Articles Comments

Reef Mag » Archive

Algae on the wane

Quick update. Nelson has settled in well. There has been a massive drop in the amount of hair algae present. This may have been significantly influenced by the 50% reduction in lighting but it has certainly been affected by the turbos who have munched through it with abandon. I can now start to see some much more interesting algae start to appear: Some clean up crew out to play: … Read entire article »

Filed under: 600ltr Mixed Reef

Half Nelson

Splat has been quite successful and happy in the tank so I introduced another brittle star today – a tiger serpent nicknamed Nelson (he has lost half an arm). I learnt my lesson and took a pic whilst he was acclimatising: I also added a few more burrowing snails to keep the substrate turned over. Still need a fair few more so I may mail order them as the LFS was running low. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 600ltr Mixed Reef

More parameters, more algae

Diary entry #43305: dKH: 8 NO2: 0 NO3: 0 NH3: 0 PO4: .03 pH: 8.23 Temp: 26.7 SG: 1.024 (needs raising still) I have some very impressively long hair algae, which looks kinda cool, a bit like maidenhair fern, but in an attempt to stem it’s growth I have dimmed the lights 50% for the next few days as an experiment. The good news is what the turbos eat doesn’t grow back. I have some small amount of diatoms returning to the substrate where it hasn’t been touched by the brittle or the four substrate sifting snails (or myself). I think I will get another five Narcissus in the next few days because where they are active it is all looking very clean. I guess I could redirect the sump return over the substrate but I’d rather find the biological balance. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 600ltr Mixed Reef

More CuC

New addition – SPLAT! So named because the chap at the LFS was very careful to bag me a brittle star and then unfortunately dropped it at the counter splitting his bag open. It seems just peachy though. It was sold as a Nemaster but as far as I can tell it isn’t and is indeed a brittle star (Ophiocoma sp.). I guess I probably paid over the odds but it was just what I was looking for so I’m happy as long as Splat is. I really should have taken a pic in the bag whilst acclimatising but didn’t so this is the best I could manage. It is still happily extending it’s arms into the flow. Ofc now I’m paranoid it’ll find its way into a powerhead. Guess it’ll get renamed … Read entire article »

Filed under: 600ltr Mixed Reef

Clean Up Crew working on the Algae Bloom

Additional reflectors are going to wait until the algal bloom is over. It has actually got noticeably less brown today but the green hair is looking better than ever. I don’t actually mind a certain amount of this as my potential fish list will appreciate it. I have also made a decision to not fastidiously clean the rear tank glass for the same reason. A diy phosphate and carbon reactor has also been added to the system. Start of CUC a few giant turbos: a cowrie (hopefully will turn out reef safe in the long haul): and a couple of camera shy narcissus snails that have buried themselves in the sand. On the water parameter front, Nitrite is now zero and Ammonia is trace. Everything else is pretty low and my guess is my fairly small … Read entire article »

Filed under: 600ltr Mixed Reef

Skimmer Working Hard

OK, more pics. After the algae bloom started I decided to drop the skimmer into the sump. Needed to mod the inlet hose end by a few cm to get it to fit without kining the 18/22 hose fed from the MJ1200. This is what it pulled out in the first 12 hours. Seems a bit wet. …and another little hitchhiker. A small 1cmish fanworm. Sorry I had the ISO a little high and had to degrain the photo. My first attempt at a macro shot in the tank. Finally getting hold of the last two D&D reflectors for the hood Tuesday so will post pictures of the hood setup and the wiring into the ballasts and GHL driver then. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 600ltr Mixed Reef

Vortech MP40W Added

Many thanks to Chris @ Cyber Aquatics who went out of his way to get me a new Wireless Vortech pump – phoned me yesterday to say it had arrived and already sent, arrived and installed Very pleased with it so far. Here are the pics of the unit itself: And an attempted shot showing how much detritus it has brought into the water column. although this has settled down a bit more now. I’m quite chuffed my “tunnel” running the length of the rockwork is working very well. Flow is keeping a lot of what was settled on the substrate in suspension now. It has even brought out a fan worm hitch hiker on a piece of LR Manual states it will be noisy for a period whilst it beds in. It … Read entire article »

Filed under: 600ltr Mixed Reef

Parameters

Not sure how much it will cycle. All LR was cured and bones were cured for about four weeks or more prior to addition. Params: dKH: 9 NO2: 0.05 NO3: 1 NH3: 0.1 PO4: 0.5 SG: 1.023 Temp: 26.0C … Read entire article »

Filed under: 600ltr Mixed Reef

Aquascaping

Reef bones were ordered from Aquaristik.net. A couple of large pieces were added from the LFS. Chris @ Cyber Aqautics supplied me a GHL Profilux II to run a PH, Temp and Lighting system. The lighting system was a DIY build made from wood, acrylic, D&D Razor reflectors and 6x54watt T5s. All dimmable from the GHL, along with a LED strip. The scaping was settled on over the last week or so and finished off over the weekend. The lighting hood was attached and plumbed into the GHL this evening. Officially on Fiji lighting periods offset to GMT and then forward by 4 hours (so I can appreciate it in the evening). The main tank will shortly have a Vortech pump added to the left top glass panel and the idea is this … Read entire article »

Filed under: 600ltr Mixed Reef

Initial Build

Well, a four month journey is nearing an end and hopefully a much longer one is starting. The setup will be aimed mainly at LPS but with a mix of a few SPS and softies where appropriate. Of course this is just “the plan”. I decided to go with one of the Bettas. They came in Black and a perfect size at 51″x24″x24″. It’s been a long DIY process. I have a floating floor with smallish but closely spaced joists, running the right way. Even so, I built a platform for the tank to help spread the load. The old fireplace is being used to exhaust moist air from the sump area that will be situated in the alcove. The other duct is for an air con unit. Tank arrived and was eventually man handled … Read entire article »

Filed under: 600ltr Mixed Reef