Thursday, September 14, 2006

In the center is a Six-line wrasse. It is very hard to get its picture as it is constantly on the move (and almost appears to be camera shy)!

It was kept in water with a sp. grav. of 1.019 but is now at 1.025. Since being introduced at the higher salienty it has darked and its colors appear brighter.

At the top is the Pagoda coral. I needed a place where it would be segregated from competitors so it is up at the top for now and appears to be doing okay.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

The Yellow tang was added this week. It usually hides in the rear right corner. Its stomach is very shrunken. It is still too scared to stay out and graze. It also has small small white spots on its pectoral fins. The hole in which it hides is also the abode of a cleaner shrimp so the hope is that the tang will allow its self to be cleaned. I tried feeding thin shavings of fresh garlic but it did not appear to be interested.

Added: 12/3/06: The Yellow Tang has been doing very well and appears to be very healthy at this point. It is very agressive to the Banggai Cardinal.

The Banggai in its territory. I six-line wrasse is in the rocks just behind it but moves too fast to gets its picture.

This leather is looking much better since the kalk drip was discontinued. The small frag of the same in the lg reef also is open more without the kalk drip.

The blenny is also new. I sure wish it would get busy on the algae!
Here the Rainford is actively grazing.
I recently added fish and and janitor crew to the small reef. This Rainford goby appears to like the cyano. Iys main adversary is the Royal Gramma. The Rainford moves in reverse about as well as forward. Several new hermits and astrea snails were added but the algae problem remains.

Monday, September 04, 2006

This leather (on the left) in the small reef has been looking poorly for about a week. In the center of the right picture is some cyanobacteria. After some research it was decided to raise the pH by dripping Kalkwasser. It appears that the leather does not adjust to it, at least in this case. All other soft corals are open. Today a 10-gal water change was performed and the kalk drip will be discontinued. A powerhead was placed on the bottom to increase the current as other sources suggest that cyano does not grow in strong currents. We'll see!
Interestingly the cyano problem began after all the flatworms just disappeared. Not sure if this is related..
Probably want to click on the picture twice.
There bare spots on the acro. Was not sure what was causing it but it appears that something has been chewing on it.
Upon lifting it out there was located a white limpet on the plug on which the acro is attached.
It will have to be monitored closely to assure that other predatory limpets do NOT appear. So far only this acro has suffered an attack.