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Born in North Carolina, grew up in north GA and Chattanooga TN, moved to Olympia, WA in 2001
Olympia, WA
Salt water fish tanks, potted Japanese Maples, airplane spotting
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Little 29 gallon is 4 years old this week

by blakew on 09-02-2012 at 12:01 AM
Unfortunately, my 75 gallon build has stalled for much longer than I wanted...hopefully soon, hopefully. Until then, my little 29 is still plugging along and as the title says, it turns 4 years old this week (actually Sept 6). So I thought in the absence of any updates for the 75, I'd post some pics of the 29. Over the years, much has changed, recent rash of jumping fish, hair algae outbreak that either overgrew and choked out my zoa garden (or maybe more likely, the high nutrients that fed the

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Tank Entry

Rod's Food "problem"

by blakew on 07-25-2012 at 10:09 PM
Calling it a problem is really over stating what's going on, but I'm looking for opinions none the less.

As you may know if you've followed along, my little 29 gallon has gotten healthier, but I've lost several fish to jumping and am now down to 1, a Flameback Angel.

Everytime I feed the angel, he fixates on the large pieces in Rod's original mix, most of which are too large for him to eat, grabbing them and then spitting them out and then grabbing them and then spitting

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Questions - Need some input , ‎ Feeding

Sad day for the 29

by blakew on 06-05-2012 at 05:35 PM
Came home today and was missing my little clownfish, Waggles. Looked all around and found him, turned into jerky, laying on top of the baseboard heater.

He was the third permanent (I say permanent because I didn't know any better than to follow a particular fish store's advice and used damsels to cycle the tank when it was first set up...sorry.) fish in the 29. (Purple firefish 1st-added Nov 8, 2008; Wheeler's Watchman Goby 2nd-added Dec 3, 2008 and Waggles was added Dec 13,

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Tank Entry , ‎ Random Thoughts

Finally won the battle with the hair algae in the 29

by blakew on 05-29-2012 at 03:16 PM
Before (January 2012)

a few months ago


Things are on the upswing again at work, so hopefully I can at least get the 75 in the house before my birthday also.

Updated 05-31-2012 at 12:25 AM by blakew

Tank Entry

Beefing up my clean up crew

by blakew on 03-16-2012 at 10:19 PM
Sorry if this is a double post. I had a post all ready to go then I accidentally navigated away from the site and poof the post was gone.

Anyway, as I've posted previously, I'm really making an effort to get the hair algae under control in my 29 so it doesn't get transferred to the 75. To those ends I've changed the type of food I'm feeding from Ocean Nutrition Formula TWO Marine Pellets to Rod's Foods Original (wanted the Fish Only but the only "lfs" (1 1/2 hours away)

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Tank Entry , ‎ New Additions