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Tunze Master Doc 9410 Mod

The Tunze Master Doc 9410 is possibly the best value skimmer on the market. It is an absolutely great performer – utilising the fantastic Sicce pumps which use just 12W of energy. These are the same pumps used in other skimmers that cost two or three times as much. Anyhow, the one issue with the skimmer is that the lid can rattle when empty. Tunze did do a free body upgrade kit to help the situation but it did not silence the cap. So here is a quick mod to silence it completely. Purchase a cheap sheet of neoprene from ebay (a few quid at most). Then follow the pictures below: … Read entire article »

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Conch Party on the corner of Seagrass and Cyano

I also made a hand puppet out of an old sock and styled it on my jawfish. Whaddya reckon? … Read entire article »

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MPS…. huh?

There is no such thing as an MPS! Yes there is, there is this: “That’s an SPS!”. Hmm take a closer look: Still so sure?? Ok, it’s an odd coral – a Hydnophora. In a lagoon? Yes, again these strange corals are actually found in murky lagoon areas. Not only that but it’ll take the Pepsi challenge with virtually any other coral and come out on top. Very aggressive. What could be more fun? Not only not only that but it was a belated birthday present from a mate! Cheers Andy! Does life get any better? From the web: If you look closely at a Hydnophora specimen, you may observe small, fused bumps or “pimples.” These are the animal’s name-sake hydnophores—and they appear wherever the corallite walls of the animal’s skeleton come together. These hydnophores are … Read entire article »

Filed under: Seagrass Lagoon Biotope

Alveopora Added

To fit in with the lagoon style tank I have added a branching Alveopora today.  It’s a nice green with white center actinics for those that care but this is what it looks like in normal sunlight (yes still no actinics ahem): Moonlights with a little actinic after lights out: … Read entire article »

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Test Results

Just thought I’d note down the latest test results…. PO4: 0.015 NO3: 3 Ca: 400 Mg: 1350 kH: 7.4 pH: 8.26 Dosing Mag to bring that up. I should also note I haven’t done a water change in the last 21 days to see how this affected the cyano/system. I now plan to go ahead and do several over the next week or so to observe the difference. … Read entire article »

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The Deep Blue (Background)

Phase 1 of the acrylic lamination is in place – the tank back wall. Here it is: It’s astonishing how much clarity and depth it can add to fish pics as well: … Read entire article »

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The Manus

Some pics of my Fungia inspired by ReefStock’s video. Scott you have a lot to answer for. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIgyG5QXj80 The real truth - The Manus Vortex: … Read entire article »

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New Fungia and Yuma

Made a couple of purchases from cockfields.co.uk. Firstly a Yuma frag, still not opened out nicely yet. Also my first LPS, a small Fungia. Still sulking a bit in the pic but has plumped up really nicely today. Here are some better pics of the recent Florida rics: … Read entire article »

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New Inverts and Some More Rics

FismansFrags.co.uk came through with an order of Blue Leg Hermits (Tricolor) and Ricordea Florida today! Packed really tidily as always and all arrived safe and well. Rics starting to open slowly. I will post some better images later. … Read entire article »

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