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Bubble Tipped Anemone

Bubble Tipped Anemone

Going to have another go at an anemone. This one is certainly in good nick so it has every chance to succeed! It’s quite a stunner, as usual from the LFS: Aquajardin Gloucester. Here it is: … Read entire article »

Filed under: Seagrass Lagoon Biotope

Fluval Edge Aquarium DIY LED Upgrade

Fluval Edge Aquarium DIY LED Upgrade

I recently setup the Fluval Edge as a Planted Tropical style aquarium. It quickly became apparent that the standard lighting wasn’t really up to PAR though. Especially in the corners. Here is a picture of the tank with the original 2x15W halogens taken at the same camera settings as the upgrade below. You can see that some of the plants have already become quite leggy. I looked at several upgrade paths – most people simply upgrade the … Read entire article »

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Red Scooter Blenny (Dragonet) Moved Into Main Display

Red Scooter Blenny (Dragonet) Moved Into Main Display

Scooter has done his time in QT. He has adapted to flake and is quite aggressive at coming up into the water column to feed on the larger pieces of the New Era Flake food. He settled straight in and has been feeding in the small rubble/soft coral area for the last hour. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Seagrass Lagoon Biotope

Cup Coral, Turbinaria reniformis

Picked and mounted a new coral today. Really chuffed I managed to get it mounted in exactly the place I wanted. Took some super glue, reef glue, a careful hand and patient other half to help! … Read entire article »

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New Corals: Blastomussa and Pectinia

New Corals: Blastomussa and Pectinia

Collected two new corals on Sunday. I really liked the form of the Pectinia and I think it fits well on the back of the branch piece where lighting and flow is moderate. The second piece is a bit I have been after for a while – a Blastomussa. I have yet to decide where to mount this – probably on one of the branch arm ends. I might cut it down a tad first though. I’ll … Read entire article »

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Tubastrea spp, The Sun Coral

I purchased a couple of Sun corals over the weekend. One has an orange flesh and the other a much more yellow colour. I had always planned to put these near the weir overhang and little cave system underneath. I have mounted one on a flat piece of live rock that I hope I can turn upside down – these corals are non-photosynthetic (don’t require light) as you may be aware. The yellow one is much more reticent at opening up both at the shop and at home. The orange one is much more willing. Here it is just before a good feed: Hopefully I can update the blog with a pic of the other when it comes out to play. Update: a couple more pics. Update 2: finally starting to open up nicely: … Read entire article »

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Decommissioning stress

Phew, finally got around to getting the Sand Wrasse out of the 600 litre system and I’m now just left with enough water to cycle the live rock. What a nightmare though. The Wrasse just wouldn’t play ball. I ended up getting about half the sand out of the bottom with a net to find the little bugger. Very murky and smelly tank ensued. It looked very upset in the bag  whilst acclimatising to the new tank (the shallow lagoon). Perked up after a while though but went and sulked behind a rock when I let it out. It did eventually start to check out its new surroundings and all was good until the Tang took a sudden dislike to its new housemate. Ahh stress. Poor Wrasse has not been seen since. I think … Read entire article »

Filed under: 600ltr Mixed Reef, Seagrass Lagoon Biotope

Brains, Brains! Plus Scooter Blenny

A couple of new inmates for the tank. Into the QT goes a Pink Scooter Blenny (actually a Dragonet not a Blenny) (Synchiropus Ocellatus). I have also recently added some brains. Enjoy! … Read entire article »

Filed under: Seagrass Lagoon Biotope

White Tiger Goby (Priolepis nocturna)

White Tiger Goby (Priolepis nocturna)

A new addition into the QT tank today. I’ve always loved these gobies but they are very rare in the trade. They are very secretive fish and I may crack on with an external nano tank linked into the main system for it to live in once QT time has been served. It would also allow me to keep a few other smaller Goby sp. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Seagrass Lagoon Biotope

Seagrass Clean Up Crew

This seagrass build certainly has a lot more critters than on my other tanks. Here is a shot of a couple. Brittle stars seem to love getting in and around the seagrass rhizomes. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Seagrass Lagoon Biotope