Saturday, April 07, 2007

Reef A showing the extent of the growth of star polyps and xenia,
Mandarin hovering near the furry mushrooms seeking small zooplankton. It is up long before the lights are on. Occasionally it is sidetracked by its reflection and displays furiously.
Close-up of the nuisance brown algae in Reef B.
Pocillopora and 2 frags of spaghetti leather in Reef B.
This is Reef B up for about three months. A large portion of this scene is taken up by a fuzzy brown algae that nothing seems to eat.

Testing recently showed a pH of 8.0, alk 3.5, temp. 79.8, Ca 420, sp. grav. 1.025.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

This is a frag of a Acro for which I traded a frag of Montipora digitata . It is about as high in reef B as it can be.
Another out-of-focus shot! This Bicolor blennie is new to Reef B. After about a week it has become much more comfortable. It bites at the brown algae but does not seem to be making much of an impact - at least not yet.
One of 6 Scarlet hermits in Reef B. The hope is that they would make an impact on the brown algae.

Two Peppermint shrimp were added at the time but have not been seen since intro. Sometimes there is some concern that there is some contaminant (eg. Copper) that new critters are unable to resist. However, there are 3-4 species of hermits and numerous amphipods.
A 10-gal water change is scheduled. A phosphate, heavy metals sponge will be placed in the sump for a couple of weeks.
Incidentally a Nitrate test today came up with 0 nitrate.
A new Yellow Clown Goby nestled between the leather and striped mushrooms.. (It has since disappeared. IF I had a deceased body I could claim a rebate but like many deceased critters in a reef they are gone very shortly after dying.)
Anew Rainfordi in Reef B. It was very difficult to get his picture thus the out-of-focus shot.
The torch coral in the newer reef (Now known as Reef B).