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labnjab
09-28-2008, 04:27 AM
We made our first coral purchase today, so now our tank is no longer a FOWLR. We found a guy locally and bought 10 small frags for $40, and I told him about the AC so hopefully he will check us out. He had some really nice tanks. Most of them seem to be doing ok, although one seems a little stressed and hasn't fully opened (we have 2 of the same type, and the other one is just fine) The placement is just temporary until we have better lighting, then I will spread them out more. The light should be in by next week.

Please help identify our corals. The guy told us, but I've forgotten most of them. Number one is the one where one is doing great and the other is stressed

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010005-4-1.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010003-5-1.jpg
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010002-4-1.jpg
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010001-2-1.jpg
Thank you for any help

kaybee
09-28-2008, 05:30 AM
1. Some sort of xeniids, probably xenia. Can grow like weeds under ideal conditions. Depending on the species, will also pulse continuously.

2, 3, 6, 7, 8 are all zoanthids. There are a lot of hobbyist 'designer names' for these (which I don't keep up on), but they're all basically the same thing, just in a variety of colors.

4. A relative of the zoanthids, these are palythoa's.

Zoathids and palythoa's are extremely toxic if injested or if in contact with an open wound or an eye, etc. Be careful with these (wash your hands thoroughly after handling, eye protection is advised if fragging them, etc). These spread quickly as well.

5. Clove polyps.

labnjab
09-28-2008, 06:03 AM
Thank you for the info, and we will be careful with the Zoathids and palythoa's, he mentioned to always wash our hands after handeling them. Other then keeping water parameters perfect and occasional feedings (when we bought them, he showed us a food that he feeds them once a week) are there any other tips for careing for them.

Also, do you think the second xenia will open up eventually? It was just as open as the first before we bought it. I'm thinking the move just stressed it, but I'm no expert. I know when we get our 192 watt PC light, it will make a huge difference, although the rest seem to do good in the light we have now.

kaybee
09-28-2008, 06:43 AM
What type of food was it?

The cloves and xenia will do well on light alone and what they manage to directly abosorb from the water. The palythoa's will probably have the best feeding response. Zoanthids may take in small particulates.

The contract when they've been disturbed, I wouldn't worry about it. Even if it happens not to do well, as long as the other one is doing good, the quantity of xenia you have will increase, it's a fairly hardy coral.

What type of light do you have now?

By the way 10 frags for $40 is a great deal!

Here's a link where you may find out what designer names your zoathids have:
http://www.zoaid.com/index.php?module=Gallery2&g2_itemId=15

labnjab
09-28-2008, 07:00 AM
I have 51 watts with aquarium bulbs using 2 shop lights. I just ordered a pc light with 192 watts with these bulbs. <li class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; color: red;">FREE 2x 96W CF Bulb (1-12000K, 1-Actinic Blue) <li class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; color: red;">FREE 3x Dual Bluemoon LED
The food is coral frenzy http://www.drsfostersmith.com/images/Categoryimages/normal/p-32813-42115-coral-food.jpg

It was a good deal, he's just starting fragging and has been looking for local people to start frag swapping with, were gonna make sure we can grow them good before atempting to frag

oldhead
09-28-2008, 01:52 PM
Nice purchase, nothing better tban finding a good deal on corals. I just found a place here that has KILLER deals on stuff. Anyhow I've been using the Coral Frenzy too and it seems to be working rather well. And I haven't read any horror stories about it yet so I hope it works out in the long run. Anyhow, nice additions tank is really coming along.

kaianuanu
09-28-2008, 04:51 PM
nice.................

labnjab
09-28-2008, 11:37 PM
What do young Zoas look like? I noticed today, on just the zoa frags, some transparent things growing, which look like feather dusters, but without the tubes. Some have brown stalks, but they are too small to see in a camera.

I hopeing they are not aspista and just young zoa because they are only on the zoa rocks. I can find any pics of young zoas. I did kill a large aspista recently buy removing the rock and burning it for a good 5- 10 minuets. Is there anyway to tell other then waiting? Thanks for any help.

Halelorf
09-28-2008, 11:50 PM
All of my young zoas I only see when they get to maybe a fraction of the size of a pencil eraser. Those look just like really tiny zoa polyps. They seem to just pop up out of no where.

kaybee
09-29-2008, 12:55 AM
What do young Zoas look like?

They form from buds which develop among the inter-connecting tissue of the zoanthid or zoanthid colony. Here's what one looks like:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a259/y2kenny19/zoabud.jpg


...some transparent things growing, which look like feather dusters, but without the tubes. Some have brown stalks, but they are too small to see in a camera....

Possibly anemone's (and may or may not be aiptasia) or even hydroids. Young zoa's don't fit your description.

labnjab
09-29-2008, 02:17 AM
I see what you have pictured too, so what I'm concerned about is not young zoas. What should I do about the possible anenome? Some are growing between zoas. Should I get joes juice, or will that affect the zoas? or should we get a pepermint shrimp? My biggest concern is them being so close to the zoas and they didn't seem to be there yesterday.

edit: That second pulsing xenia (actually we have 3) (I remembered what he called them) is doing much better, although not 100% it has regained its color and is pulsing.

labnjab
10-01-2008, 11:11 AM
Not much change this week so far. I should be receiveing my pc lights very soon. I will post some pictures once that comes in later this week. All coral is doing great. The algae stages are coming along. We have a little bit of green hair algae on a few rocks and diatoms on the sand and glass, but its mostly coraline algae. I plan on getting 10 hermits on friday, i finally found a place that sells them locally. I've also counted atleast 7 or 8 bristle worms after lights out, I don't know if that is a good or bad thing, but, if they clean up any excess food and leave the coral alone, then their good in my book

Most of what I thought were aiptasia have turned out to be tube worms, but there are still 2 or 3 brown ones that I am keeping an eye on.

labnjab
10-01-2008, 04:40 PM
Got the new light set up a few minuets ago, only problem I see with it is now i can't have a top due to how the legs attach to the tank. now I will rething stocking and maybe not get a watchman goby. It makes a awesome difference in the colors of the coral.

Were would be the best positioning for the coral I have with 192 watts of light, more towards the bottom? I'm gonna reposition them tonight and I will have pictures soon.

oldhead
10-01-2008, 06:00 PM
You can always use the plastic egg crate sheets from Lowe's or Home Depot to cover the top. This will keep most things from escaping. You're gonna see a tad faster evaporation rate with an open top also. So you might wanna have some water for top-offs available too. Now you just need to hit us with some pics of the new light set up. :18:

labnjab
10-01-2008, 06:45 PM
I'll have some pictures later this week, as for top offs, each week I buy 5 gallons of RO, 3-3.5 are for water changes and the rest are for top offs. I kinda like the open top, much easier to work on the tank and feed. I'm tring to plan a light schedule, it has seperate switches for each light, so I will probably turn just the acentic bulb on first at 10:30am, the add the 12000 k at noon untill 8:30 pm, then turn off the 12000 k and leave the acentic on till lights out a 10 pm, where I will turn the moon lights on until we go to bed. I will see how that looks/ works. What do others think about this schedule?

oldhead
10-01-2008, 10:38 PM
Not a bad plan though some timers would help you out some. I only run my lights 10 hours a day. I think that's more than sufficient so I might cut back a little if I were you. Try it out and see what results you get though.

labnjab
10-03-2008, 04:14 PM
And now, the moment you've all be waiting for...................Pictures


FTS
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010002-6.jpg

The new PC light

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010003-6.jpg

Our coral banded shrimp just hanging out
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010004-5.jpg

Some of our Zoas
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010005-5.jpg

labnjab
10-03-2008, 04:16 PM
One of our pulsing xneia (sp?) and some zoas

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010009-1.jpg

Palyothas
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010008-3.jpg

My favorite Zoas
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010011-1.jpg

Clove polyps

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010010-1.jpg

labnjab
10-03-2008, 04:18 PM
And the rest are just a few random shots. These will be the last pictures for atleast a month, unless we add something else, I don't expect much to change for a while.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010012.jpg
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010013.jpg
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010001-3.jpg
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010014.jpg

labnjab
10-03-2008, 04:22 PM
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010015.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010016.jpg

I hope you enjoy. The tank is really coming along. The corals seem to be doing great, as well as everything else.

A few questions on the coral banded shrimp. I've read that they eat bristle worms and I have atleast a dozen that I've seen, but should I also feed a little excess so he can find it on the bottom when he runs out of worms? Nemo usually eats all we feed him.

oldhead
10-03-2008, 04:22 PM
Wow! Looking good. New light will make a big difference. Now you just need to get in there and clean some of that algae up,lol. :14:

labnjab
10-03-2008, 04:25 PM
Thank you. Tonights water change night so I plan on scrubing as much as I can off the glass, especially the back. Is there any way to get rid of the green hair algae off of the rock in front without spreading it? Thats turning into an eye sore

Lowflyer
10-03-2008, 04:28 PM
while doing your water change, put the pumps off and while sucking water out with a gravel vacuum, put it near the hair algae on the rock then use a brush and gently brush it off. The vacuum will suck it up while sucking the water

cocoa_pleco
10-03-2008, 04:53 PM
to get rid of larger hair algae, put on a rubber glove and manually pluck it

labnjab
10-03-2008, 08:53 PM
Thanks for the tips, I'll give them a try tonight. Is there a good site to buy smaller empty hemit shells? I can't seem to find them around here locally, only larger ones. I've asked everywhere.

cocoa_pleco
10-03-2008, 09:47 PM
Thanks for the tips, I'll give them a try tonight. Is there a good site to buy smaller empty hemit shells? I can't seem to find them around here locally, only larger ones. I've asked everywhere.

try ebay. here, most saltwater stores have a huge pail with them 5-10 cents each

http://cgi.ebay.com/38-SM-XL-HERMIT-CRAB-SEA-SHELLS-TURBO-CRAFTS-WEDDINGS_W0QQitemZ230296408271QQihZ013QQcategoryZ4 838QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

labnjab
10-03-2008, 10:05 PM
I never even thought of that, I always foget ebay...lol

labnjab
10-06-2008, 11:27 AM
Not mayy changes this weekend. I had a zoa polyp pop up out of nowhere, maybe 3-4 inches away from the rest of them, but then it soon fell off the rock, so tonight I'm going to glue it to a piece of dead rock and see how it does. I don't know if it just fell of of the frag, or if its a new growth.

I've also noticed 3-4 small pulsing xneia growing on one of the frags. I wish it was on some of the live rock, but its a start, and i know it will soon spread like a weed. I will be picking up a toadstool leather soon too from the same guy I bought the rest of the frags from.

I'm planning on eventually adding a sump, but not for a few months

labnjab
10-10-2008, 10:06 PM
Not much has changed this week. The corals are doing great, and I'm seeing new zoas daily, although none have migrated from their frags to the live rock yet. I'm also seeing an increased number of bristol worms during the day and don't really see any at night. I've even seen them climbing up the back glass. My theory is the coral banded shrimp is doing its job and is scareing them into hiding at night so they are looking for food during the day.

I also have one xneia frag with several new xneias growing on the frag, and also an apista anenome on the same frag. I've ordered some joes juice to take care of that.

One of the clove polyp frags have exploded in growth and there's not much room left on the frag so I'm hoping I will soon see some on the live rock.

Here are a few random coral shots and nemo trying to sneak in there. Tonights water change day so I'm gonna clean up some more algae off of the glass.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010006-6.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010007-4.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010008-4.jpg

labnjab
10-17-2008, 02:24 PM
Update:

Earlier this week, nemo commited suicide by jumping out of the tank. Wednesday I picked up some egg crate and made a top and also bought a new clarkii clown, which, other then being a little smaller, acts exactly like nemo did. Our coral banded shrimp molted yesterday, almost thought he was dead when we saw the shell, but then I saw him hiding nearby a few seconds later. I read that they will leave the shell out as a decoy. The cuc almost has it devoured now.

Stayed tuned for some pictures later today.

labnjab
10-17-2008, 10:10 PM
Here are some FTSs showing the progression of the tank

week one


http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/DSCF0428.jpg

New Live rock
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/GetAttachment3.jpg

New lighting

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010040.jpg

With PC lighting

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010002-6.jpg

labnjab
10-17-2008, 10:13 PM
And heres todays shots, one FTS, one of our new clown, who wouldn't stay still, and one of some zoas that are doing great. Tonight I'm gonna clean up the skimmer and back glass, the alage is starting to block the flow of the skimmer's powerhead, and the back glass is getting out of control, lol


http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010002-11.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010004-10.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010001-9.jpg


I hope you enjoy, I'll keep this updated, but there won't be anymore pictures for a few weeks, I've said this before, lol, but this time I mean it, This is by far the best looking tank I have, I gotta start doing some aquascaping in our freshwater tanks, they look empty and dull.

cocoa_pleco
10-17-2008, 10:18 PM
a tip is clean your tank glass 1-2 times per day, if you leave algae on it too long, it gets hard and impossible to get off, i learnt that with my 55g

labnjab
10-17-2008, 10:20 PM
Thanks for the tip. I usually did the front and sides atleast once a day when the diatoms were bad, but they've slowed down to almost a stop, I've also had very tiny stars on the glass for a few days that I haven't had the heart to kill, lol Today its getting any algae bath, especially the back glass, hopefully I can get it all in the 3 gallons I'm changing

labnjab
10-23-2008, 10:24 PM
I befriended a scraper with a razor yesterday:hmm3grin2orange:, and it makes short work of cleaning the glass and gets into tighter places then the magnetic and plastic scrapers.

This is just an algae progression picture. This rock was completely covered in long hair algae (2-3 inch strands) just a short time ago, and I trimed some, but didn't get much off of the rock. (you can see it in some of the earlier pictures) Now, the hair algae is almost completly gone from the rock and the coraline is staring to take hold. Its not much, but just something I thought was neat about how these tanks are ever changing.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010001-11.jpg

labnjab
10-31-2008, 02:32 PM
I picked up some free frags yesterday from a member of a local reef club. I got a kenya tree and a few palys on a decent size piece of Live rock, a mushroom and another one, which I don't quiet know what it is. It was a fragment that fell of of one of his corals, and I thought it was a soft coral, but now I'm thinking it may be a SPS. he threw it in and said see how this does. Everythings opened up and doing good, even the suspected SPS. I'll post some pictures at noon to help identify it. I also got a hitchker brittle star and some nice feather dusters.

oldhead
10-31-2008, 03:47 PM
a tip is clean your tank glass 1-2 times per day, if you leave algae on it too long, it gets hard and impossible to get off, i learnt that with my 55g


Oh man I'm like an OCD case when it comes to this sorta thing. lol
Tank is looking good though, have fun with the scraping.:c2: :c2:

labnjab
10-31-2008, 04:15 PM
I was doing it daily at first, when It would cover the glass quickly, but now I do it every few days.

Here are those pics

Heres the kenya tree and some palys on a nice coraline covered rock. I killed 2 aspista's on it last night.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010002-16.jpg

Heres the shroom
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010003-15.jpg

One of the feather dusters, which I think is the same species as a large one in his tank


http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010006-8.jpg

These 2 pictures are what I think are the SPS, but I'm not 100% sure. Its on the right side of the picture. If the pictures aren't good enough I'll pull it out and take one. If it Is an SPS should I start monitoring calcium, and is there any special care for it. I'm willing to do what it takes to make it work.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010005-10.jpg

labnjab
10-31-2008, 04:17 PM
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010004-13.jpg


I'll have a FTS soon, the coraline is really starting to take hold on the back glass and the hair is slowly disappearing :c12: I'm also buying a clown tonight to put into my qt tank for a month or so. I hope you enjoy the pics

kaybee
10-31-2008, 10:03 PM
...These 2 pictures are what I think are the SPS, but I'm not 100% sure. Its on the right side of the picture. If the pictures aren't good enough I'll pull it out and take one....

I guess I'm not seeing it. You don't have to pull it out but are you able to annotate your photo and add an arrow pointing to it (or do the same with different picture of it?).

labnjab
10-31-2008, 10:07 PM
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010004-13-1.jpg


I think its pocillipora, but I'm not sure

kaybee
10-31-2008, 10:26 PM
Ok I see it now, in the center (I was looking at the far-right portion of the photo).

It's possibly what you think it is.

labnjab
11-03-2008, 12:17 PM
This weekend, there have been a few changes. I picked up a mexican turbo snail, I was gonna get a few more, until I saw how huge they get. I also got a True Pecullar clown who is spending time in the qt tank, but seems to be doing great so far, but so did the last clown I had for the first few days.

Here's the snail

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010002-17.jpg

Another good thing happened too, our Coral banded shrimp molted for the 2nd time since we had him.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010001-16.jpg


How often are these guys supose to molt? He must be getting plenty of bristle worms to be growing this fast, lol

Corals are all growing pretty good but I'm still waiting for them to attach to the live rock. Most are quickly running out of room on their frags.

cocoa_pleco
11-03-2008, 05:31 PM
they usually molt 1-2 times a month

labnjab
11-07-2008, 10:33 PM
I swapped some of my zoa frags for a few frags yesterday. I got green star polyp, another piece of pocillipora, and what I think are pallys, but I don't know for sure.

First a FTS

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010005-12.jpg

Pally?

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010001-17.jpg

Green Star Polyp

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010002-18.jpg

And the pocillipora

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010003-17.jpg



Were gathering some parts for our sump this weekend. I'm picking up a 20 long and an overflow. Then all were lacking is a pump. Once I get that up and running I will be getting some more fish, I debating about getting a pair of Ocellaris (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/../clownfish/ocellaris.php) clowns (mated), but I'm 100% sure if they will be ok for a 29.

kaybee
11-07-2008, 11:44 PM
The one's you had a question about are yellow polyps (parazoanthus sp.).

Lots of fast growing soft corals there! The green star polyps should completely encrust that plug in no time.

labnjab
11-10-2008, 05:27 PM
Thank you kaybee. The corals we got originally seem to growing pretty fast. Some of the zoas are finally starting to attach to the live rock, and some of the other frags are running out of room.

coachfraley
11-10-2008, 08:16 PM
Tank is looking great!

Some people don't like the GSP because it will take over everthing. I have some, but I am trying to keep it isolated on a sand "island".

labnjab
11-10-2008, 10:11 PM
Tank is looking great!

Some people don't like the GSP because it will take over everthing. I have some, but I am trying to keep it isolated on a sand "island".

Thank you.
If anything gets out of control, I'll start cutting it back and fragging it, lol, theres plenty of people in the local reef club that like to swap them. So far things have been growing slow but steady. Unfortuanatly I don't have any open sand to make an island, although I wish I did.

cocoa_pleco
11-10-2008, 10:20 PM
if youre looking at small-time fragging, one of these is a good idea. theyre magnetic, so theyre removable. perfect for growing fast spreading corals like GSP

http://cgi.ebay.com/Coral-Reef-Magnetic-Invisible-Frag-Rack-Small_W0QQitemZ150297792342QQihZ005QQcategoryZ4630 8QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

or if youre looking to frag alot

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150302842570&ssPageName=MERC_VI_RCRX_Pr4_PcY_BIN_Stores_IT&refitem=150297792342&itemcount=4&refwidgetloc=active_view_item&usedrule1=CrossSell_LogicX&refwidgettype=cross_promot_widget&_trksid=p284.m184&_trkparms=algo%3DCRX%26its%3DS%252BI%252BSS%26itu% 3DISS%252BUCI%252BSI%26otn%3D4

labnjab
11-14-2008, 10:50 PM
I'll have to get a few of those when the time comes, thanks cocoa.

A few things have been happening in the reef this past week. I've been shuffling frags around to make room for a frogspawn I will be getting on Sunday. I will also be picking up a pari of clowns. One is from a member of a local reef club who has had it for over 2 years, and I will be buying the second from petco. I've also been dosing purple up weekly. I will be building my sump soon. I have the tank, and will have the overflow this weekend.

Heres a few pictures

I moved my clove polyps into higher flow, they seem to do better in it and extend further.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010001-19.jpg

This xenia frag has started to walk onto the rock next to it. Its hard to see in the picture, but the head in the left rear is almost broken off from the main colony. I've only had the frag in that spot for 2 or 3 days.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010002-20.jpg

This zoa frag has finally attaced to the live rock. Theres 5 or 6 polyps that are half on the frag and half on the rock.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010003-19.jpg

I moved a mushroom frag this mushroom to the bottom while I was clearing a spot for the frogspawn because I had nowhere else to put it. Let me know if theres any problems with leaving it in the sand. Thank you


http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010004-15.jpg

labnjab
11-14-2008, 10:55 PM
I noticed 2 or 3 of these growing on a rock I recently received. They look like some sort of mushroom, but I could be wrong. Its right below the pallies

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010005-13.jpg

This is just another fts and a picture of the 20 long I will be using for the sump and where it is located. The reef is the tank in the upper right of the picture. I couldn't fit the sump under its stand, but my 55 had just enough room under its stand with not a fraction of an inch to spare

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010007-7.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010008-6.jpg



I hope you enjoy and I will post more on monday after I get the frogspawn and clowns

coachfraley
11-15-2008, 04:05 AM
That brown mushroom looks kind of like a yuma to me...although I have never seen brown ones. My yumas have a very similar structure.

labnjab
11-21-2008, 05:28 PM
I picked up a pair of false perc clowns last Sunday, and they paired up within a few minuets. I also got a frogspawn, candy candy coral, and a few other softies. I've also began dosing calcium as needed and stopped using purple up.

I will be getting the baffles for my sump cut the weekend and hopefully will be ordering a return pump very soon. The baffles will only cost $6.50 each so that not bad at all. My goal is to have the sump going before x-mas.

My next stocking will either be a pair of neon gobies or a yellow watchman goby, depending on what I find first.

I will have some pictures later tonight, I did some rearanging with the rocks to give more open sand and to make more caves for when I get the watchman.

labnjab
11-24-2008, 12:19 PM
I sold several of my softeis this weekend to benefit the local reef club. Now my current coral stockings are

LPS
Frogspawn
Candy Cane coral

SPS
pocillipora

Softies
Zoas (3 different types)
Pallys (3 different types)
Red mushroom
Green Star Polyp
Pulsing Xenia
Kenya tree
Clove Polyp
Ricordea

I am buying a green and pink tipped torch coral tonight for $20 and I think this will be my final stocking other then possibly another sps or lps. I didn't get a chance to take pictures this weekend, but I will at some point. I will be tracking coral growth.

labnjab
11-26-2008, 05:02 PM
Here are shots of all our coral, that I will use as the starting point to track growth

Our new torch

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010002-24.jpg

Candy Cane

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010003-22.jpg

Frogspawn


http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010004-18.jpg

Palyotha

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010005-14.jpg

labnjab
11-26-2008, 05:05 PM
Pulsing xenia, which were all on the small frag a little less then 2 weeks ago
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010006-12.jpg



Mushroom

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010007-8.jpg

Kenya Tree

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010008-7.jpg

Clove Polyps

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010009-2.jpg

labnjab
11-26-2008, 05:09 PM
pocillipora

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010010-2.jpg

Green Star Polyp

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010011-2.jpg

And last but not least, our zoas, the lone one on the rock was my first attempt at fragging, and it worked. This is not their final home, except for the pink centered ones. My next water change I'm going to be moving some rocks around.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010012-1.jpg

This should be our final stocking as far as coral goes. I may add one more lps or sps, but that's still up in the air. Stay tuned for some updates

labnjab
12-03-2008, 12:30 PM
Only real update is our clowns are becoming very territorial. If we even look too close to their side of the tank, they will give us the meanest look..:hmm3grin2orange: I was moving some things around yesterday and they were going after my hand. They sure are brave little guys. Luckily they pretty much stay on the far right of the tank. That gives the rest of the tank to any other fish we add

The sleep almost on top of some zoas and clove polyps. I wish I had a camera with night vision because its kinda cute watching them sleep side by side, the exact same spot and position every night. Him on the inside by a rock and her on the outside.

labnjab
12-05-2008, 05:33 PM
I ordered some NLS marine food Wednesday. I'll be posting some before pictures of our clown if they will stay still for more then 2 seconds ( I swear or female has RFS "restless fin syndrome", lol) Then In a few weeks I'll see how much of a color improvement they make.

labnjab
12-09-2008, 11:11 PM
Here are some updates. I started feeding NLS to my marine tank as well as all my freshwater tanks. I also added a yellow clown goby and a rock with around 100-150 zoas and 20-25 pallys. Here are some updated pics, including a FTS.

This is our new addition

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010002-27.jpg

Our pulsing xenia are gowing steadly and contining their journey up the rock.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010003-26.jpg

Here is the zoa rock

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010001-23.jpg

labnjab
12-09-2008, 11:13 PM
Here are a few FTS

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010006-15.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010007-10.jpg

labnjab
12-12-2008, 04:47 PM
Finally got some decent pictures of out clown goby once he decided to swim around

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010004-23.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010003-27.jpg

I like how he's just perched on the shell

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010005-18.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010009-4.jpg

labnjab
12-12-2008, 04:48 PM
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010008-9.jpg

Were attempting to get this green star polyp to grow on the glass. I hope were successful, lol

travie
12-12-2008, 05:07 PM
Great looking clown goby. thumbs2:

labnjab
12-12-2008, 05:10 PM
Thank you. As of now he will only eat frozen brine shrimp, and the clowns eat NLS, but I'm trying to wean him off the shrimp so he will also eat the nls. I love his bright yellow coloring. I just wish he would spend more time out and less time perched on a rock in the back corner. I'm starting to wonder if I have too much flow for him. He comes out as soon as I turn the powerheads off for feeding, but then goes back to hiding shortly after turning them on, but then he is also out after lights out for several hours, swimming around, so I'm not sure

labnjab
12-16-2008, 10:10 PM
I did some rearanging yesterday to give some more distance between our frogspawn and torch. I will have some pictures tomorrow. The yellow clown goby has been comng out more. He spent most of today perched on the glass.

labnjab
12-17-2008, 04:41 PM
I changed the position of one of my powerheads today to try and get some flow to a dead spot that was covered in hair algae

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010004-25.jpg

The right power head is the one I changed, as you can see in this picture. It was on the Right glass facing left at an angle. The dead spot now has more flow then before, so I'm hoping when I remove the hair algae it will stay gone. This is the only spot in the tank with hair algae.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010003-28.jpg

Here are the pictures I promised from my last post. I moved the rock with the kenya tree over so I could place my frogspawn atleast a foot away from my torch.

Before it was on the right

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010006-15.jpg
and now its on the left
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010002-31.jpg

labnjab
12-17-2008, 04:43 PM
And here is the frogspawns new home

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010001-28.jpg

I know I'm taking a risk putting the kenya tree near the torch, but I'm hoping it will keep it from being a weed. If I run into any problems, I'll find a new home for the kenya

labnjab
12-17-2008, 05:11 PM
The clowns are a little pissed about the new flow (I kinda feel bad because now they might need a new sleeping spot). I hope they will get use to it and it doesn't cause too much stress.

labnjab
12-19-2008, 10:02 PM
Some updates

The clowns settled in to the new flow and still sleep in the same spot. The must be very comfortable because the first morning after, I thought they were dead. The were both laying on their sides on top of a rock not moving. But after watching a few minuets they work up and started swimming normally. It was this first time I've ever seen the female not moving. They have very odd sleeping positions.

The clown goby still won't eat pellet food, so I've been varying its diet with various meaty frozen foods, mysis shrimp, squid, and brine shrimp. Let me know if I should feed any other meats.

The frogspawn loves its new spot and has open more then it ever has. I've also noticed a new head budding too.

I'll have some pictures soon and will be ordering the pump for my sump next payday and should have the baffles installed in the sump this weekend. I am going to start fragging a few softies, mainly my kenya tree (which has doubled in size since I got it) and pulsing xenia

Halelorf
12-19-2008, 10:14 PM
I've heard that clown gobies don't have a very good record of living in aquariums. So I wouldn't be too mad that you can't get it to eat prepared foods, the fact that it is eating at all is very good. Mysis and squid are very good for it to eat. I would just keep varying between frozen foods and add a pellet or two in with the mix every time you feed until you get it to eat them. Then cut back on the frozen till it's eating only pellet food. However it may never take pellet food so don't be too discouraged.

labnjab
12-23-2008, 05:46 PM
He eats meat like a pig, but still doesn't even give pellets a sniff. I'll keep trying pellets every now and then, but for now I'm just glad he's eating.

I finished putting the baffles in my sump last night. Now I just have to let them dry a week or so. I also order my sump pump, a mag 9.5 and an aqualifter pump from big als. I'm hoping the will arrive tomorrow.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010001-29.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010002-32.jpg

Halelorf
12-24-2008, 12:34 AM
Good job on the sump, hope it works out good for you!

labnjab
12-24-2008, 05:35 PM
Thank you. My pump arrived today, now the fun starts of plumbing everything in. I think I'm gonna go without the aqualifter on the u tube for now. The guy I bought the overflow from said he hasn't had any problems with it losing suction and he used if for a few years. I'm going tonight to pick up 10-15 gallons of RO water to mix up so I can fill the sump and I'm also making a trip to hope depot to pick up some pvc to plump it in.

labnjab
12-26-2008, 01:47 AM
I got the sump fired up this morning and its been running all day. Now all thats left to do is fine tune it and get some cheato and add some live rock rubble from the display to the fuge. here are some pictures. The tank seems to be a little cloudy, but I think its due to not haveing the skimmer working for 12+ hours. I'm now doing some heavy skimming to make up for it. edit: I think I'm gonna add a filter sock on the overflow side (luckily I didn't glue the last few section of pipe to allow for changes), I noticed some debris in the bottom of the 1st chamber.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010001-33.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010002-35.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010003-30.jpg

labnjab
12-26-2008, 02:30 AM
I wanted to break down the cost so far of our DIY sump.

used 20 gallon long- $20
used eshopps overflow- $25
Mag Drive 9.5- $80
4 panes of glass and 1 tube silicon- $40
Various Plumbing parts- $40
Clip on light- $10
40 watt 6500K compact florescent bulb- $5
Extra power strip- $9
Second heater- $25
having the extra water volume and a place to hide an ugly skimmer- Priceless

(lame joke but had to add it)
Total $254

labnjab
12-29-2008, 12:24 PM
I ordered a 4x39 t-5 light fixture this weekend with some xmas money. I also bought 2 more mexican turbos, 4 astrea snails and an open brain coral. I have a picture of it closed up, and will post more when It opens today. The sump is still going and running great. I picked up the cheato this weekend also, and I am running the fuge lights opposite the display lighting. Only thing left to do now is get a sock for the overflow side of the sump.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0003.jpgI am also getting rid of the large zoa rock I purchased a few weeks ago to make room for more sps and lps.

labnjab
12-31-2008, 05:13 PM
I made a large coral purchase yesterday, including purple death zoa, mohawk zoa, candy cane, lary jackson sps, purple nana sps, red millie sps, and one other unidentified sps that was thrown in as a extra. All for $85, a 3 hour drive round trip, and 1/4 tank of gas. I took some pictures a little while ago, all of the sps are slightly open, and I know they will open more as soon as I get the t-5's (fingers crossed that it will be today). I'm also getting rid of most of our softies to make room for sps and lps. I'm planning a small project involving making a pulsing xenia filter in my fuge. Right now I'm researching it, but I will make it happen soon. Here's the pics, expect more when the t-5's come in. I also included one of the open brain who has finally fully opened.

Does this look like a true purple death. At $30 it better be

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0040.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0041.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0042.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0043.jpg

labnjab
12-31-2008, 05:14 PM
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0044.jpg

This is my favorite, the mohawk

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0045.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0046.jpg

oldhead
12-31-2008, 05:51 PM
Hey how noisy is that Mag 9? I just got my 9 and 7 yesterday and finally got all my baffles glued in. This 9 is huge compare to the 7 and I was thinking I might need to use styrofoam or something to keep it quiet?

labnjab
12-31-2008, 05:53 PM
I don't even hear it over the skimmer and the noise the overflow makes

labnjab
12-31-2008, 06:34 PM
I just turned my skimmer off to see how loud it is, and its quiet, I hear more water noise then anything, I'll play a video later so you can hear what I do.

oldhead
12-31-2008, 08:52 PM
Sweet! Thanks. Is the overflow REALLY loud or just somewhat? I was trying to brainstorm some ways to help with bubbles and noise in the sump when the water hits the first chamber. I can't wait to water test this thing tomorrow. I'm ready to get it under the tank as soon as I can.

labnjab
12-31-2008, 10:25 PM
Just somewhat loud, it doesn't bother me. My fish room is loud anyways as I have 3 freshwater tanks and the reef running.

labnjab
01-02-2009, 03:13 PM
Just a close up pic of our brain opened up.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0051-1.jpg

labnjab
01-05-2009, 12:24 PM
I should be getting the new lights this afternoon. The sump is going great, and I'm starting to see several dozen pods, and hair algae and diatoms are starting to grow in there instead of the display. There is going to be a sea hare circulating the local reef club soon, so I'm in line to grab it to get rid of my hair algae problem. I think it has a good week or 2's food before it will have to go to the next person.

labnjab
01-06-2009, 05:29 PM
The lights are in and wow what a difference. Here are some pictures. Its whisper quiet and very bright (bulbs are extremely hot which confuses me because I thought t-5's are suppose to be cool) edit:it doesn't have fans, but is well ventilated

Before FTS

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010003-30.jpg

After fts

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0134.jpg

And here are several other pics of it

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0129.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0130.jpg

labnjab
01-06-2009, 05:34 PM
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0131.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0136.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0135.jpg



So far I love it. The legs were a little bit of a pain to get set, but once set its stable. It has 2 switches and 3 cords 1 for both acentics and 1 for both daylights. It also has a separate adjustable control for the moon lights which I will try out tonight.

The light is well worth the $200, the tank pictures speak for themselves. Thank you for finding it cocoa-pleco. Now I will see if the sps comes out.

labnjab
01-09-2009, 12:11 PM
I've been fighting hair algae for a month or more and have come up with a strict way to defeat it

-Continue normal 10% weekly water changes,
-Remove as much as the algae as possible
-Start feeding once a day, probably just before lights off so the cheato gets any nutrients, instead of 2 times a day and cut out feeding lps all together until this is resolved.
-Reduce the photo period from 12 hrs down to 10 and have the acentics on longer then daylight (I usually do the opposite)

Hopefully this will cut back on any excess nutrients and start to defeat the algae. I've been sort of an over feeder and I know thats not helping anything

travie
01-09-2009, 08:06 PM
Still liking the light fixture? I'm feeling a strong need to upgrade my lighting. Tank looks amazing with it.

cocoa_pleco
01-09-2009, 09:11 PM
no prob on recommending the fixture.

as for hair algae, it will suddenly disappear, thats how it was with the hair algae in my 55g. i had 2ft long strands of it allover, then suddenly it just left. if theres long strands in the tank you want gone, use the hook part from velcro and attach it to a stick, the hair algae will get trapped in the hooks and you can easily pull it off of your LR

labnjab
01-10-2009, 12:29 AM
Still liking the light fixture? I'm feeling a strong need to upgrade my lighting. Tank looks amazing with it.

I do, its great. The lps love it and are more open then ever, but I don't think the sps like it, only one has opened up, the rest aren't looking so good, I may trade them form some more lps. I'm having a plexiglass splash shield made, and its only $7 at a glass shop.

Thank you for the tip cocoa, I'll pick some up tonight. I see some improvement in some spots, and in others its worse. I think cutting back on feeding is going to help dramatically

labnjab
01-26-2009, 12:24 PM
I haven't updated in a while, so here are some updates. Our yellow clown goby went MIA a few weeks ago and at this point I'm assuming he's gone. The clownfish are doing great and their color is really starting to show. Coraline algae growth is exploding and my cheato ball in my fuge has doubled in size.

I'll try and get some pictures this afternoon. As far as coral growth, my single polyp purple dealth is now 2 polyp and the single polyp mohawk is now 3. The purple birdsnest is growing fast as well as everything else. I will be picking up a yellow Fiji toadstool leather by the end of this week (I know they get large, but I will keep up on cutting it back). Frogspawn, torch and candy cane haven't grown any new heads yet, but the current ones are getting larger.

The local reef club is starting a propigation program that I am going to take part in. Basically someone donates a coral frag to a member, and that person tracks its growth and list the conditions its growing in, then when it gets large enough, they donate 2 frags of it. Sounds like a good plan to me, free coral as well as conservation of our reefs

labnjab
01-26-2009, 06:14 PM
Here are some updated pictures. Everything is looking a bit green, and in this case is a good thing. Green and purple coraline has been growing exponentially. I think my new calcium dosing schedule has been helping a lot. I've been maintaining it at 460 by dosing 30 ML of B-ionic after a water change and a capfull of purple-up every day, which keeps the calcium level at 460 until the next water change as well as boost coraline growth

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0224.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0225.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0226.jpg
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0227.jpg

labnjab
01-26-2009, 06:16 PM
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0228.jpg

The xenia have been growing fast recently. I now have close to 10 heads, when I only had 4 a month or so ago
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0229.jpg

This is the purple birdsnest, which is the only SPS we have left. Its doing great and amazingly is still purple, even under t-5's

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0230.jpg

the lovers


http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0231.jpg

labnjab
01-26-2009, 06:18 PM
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0233.jpg
The NLS is doing wonders for the clowns coloring. The female (the larger one) use to have a lot of black blotches due to hosting a zoa, and those are all gone and her orange is really starting to shine
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0235.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0236.jpg

and an FTS

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0237.jpg

labnjab
01-26-2009, 06:23 PM
Its looking pretty empty coral wise, but were going to increase the coral stockings over the next few weeks. Were getting a yellow fiji toadstool by the end of the week will hopefully be buying others. We are also trying to decide on what our next fish is going to be as our clown goby has went missing. I am partial to the bi-color blenny, but I haven't found one locally yet

kaybee
01-26-2009, 11:20 PM
Its looking pretty empty coral wise...

Give the xenia some time! :c3:

Is your birdsnest frag plug glued in place?

labnjab
01-26-2009, 11:43 PM
Its not glued yet, in fact nothing is glued down. I am still debating on location. Is that birdsnest in a good spot because I was actually going to make a post asking what would be a good thing to glue it down with if the location is good for it. How about that mighty putty they have adds for on tv, it says it works underwater, or is there something better to use.

As for the xenia, I was thinking of putting my frogspawn where my candy cane is and making a wall to keep them in that general area. I think you have something like that, but I could be mistaking.

cocoa_pleco
01-26-2009, 11:49 PM
most stores sell frag glue or its $5-$10 on ebay

kaybee
01-28-2009, 03:43 AM
Its not glued yet, in fact nothing is glued down. I am still debating on location. Is that birdsnest in a good spot because I was actually going to make a post asking what would be a good thing to glue it down with if the location is good for it. How about that mighty putty they have adds for on tv, it says it works underwater, or is there something better to use.

As for the xenia, I was thinking of putting my frogspawn where my candy cane is and making a wall to keep them in that general area. I think you have something like that, but I could be mistaking.

I'd recommend glueing or epoxying the birdnest on the 'peak' of the rock it's currently on. I prefer using super gel (ethyl cyanoacrylate gel) but you'll have to conduct the procedure out of the water. For underwater attachments, you may want to try an epoxy. I'd prefer one made for aquarium use containing aquatic life (something like this http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=3961 )

And yes, you're correct, I've got one of my torch corals on 'guard duty' (mission: keeping xenia at bay).

AABatteries
01-28-2009, 12:16 PM
Looking good. I'd get a ton of zoas if I were you. And yeah, the pulsing xenia will eventually become a pain in the butt trying to make sure it doesn't take over your tank.

labnjab
01-28-2009, 12:28 PM
I'd recommend glueing or epoxying the birdnest on the 'peak' of the rock it's currently on. I prefer using super gel (ethyl cyanoacrylate gel) but you'll have to conduct the procedure out of the water. For underwater attachments, you may want to try an epoxy. I'd prefer one made for aquarium use containing aquatic life (something like this http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=3961 )

And yes, you're correct, I've got one of my torch corals on 'guard duty' (mission: keeping xenia at bay).

Thank you for the tip. I'll order some of that epoxy. I'd have to get the underwater stuff because that rock is huge and everything rest on it so removing it it impossible.

The funny thing about the xenia is that just a few months ago, I was saying how slow it was growing, that I only had it double from 2 heads since I got it at the very early stages of my tank. Now its up to 11 or 12 heads since I added my t-5's and started an actual calcium/ purple up dosing schedule. I'm gonna reposition my frogspawn (with the help of that epoxy) so that I can keep the xenia at bay. I'll put it in the green area in the picture, and my torch is on the other side. Then I'll get one more semi-agressive coral to cover the top, :hmm3grin2orange:. Soon I'll have to start cutting back and fragging it

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0197-1.jpg

Thank you for the comment AA. I'm looking for some colorful zoas. A friend is building a 210 and we are giving him around 15-20 lbs of base rock, so he's gonna give us the pick of his coral that are in his 90 gallon, and he has some nice frags:hmm3grin2orange:

labnjab
02-02-2009, 12:20 PM
This weekend I got a heat controller, and its a great investment. I also discovered my digital thermometer was way of. I always thought it was staying between 77 and 80 (between day and night), but actually it has been 81-84. The controller has kept it between 79.5 and 80.5 all weekend day or night, so now its in a more healthy range. The only thing I hate about it is its in metric, but it has a large bright display and an alarm if it gets to high or low.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0259.jpg

I also got a mangrove this weekend to try in my fuge. They are suppose to help greatly with controlling nutrients. Here are a few pictures of it. It is the stick in the Styrofoam, half in the water and half out. They can get quite large, but if you trim them regularly they stay fairly small. I have 2 lights over my fuge now. 1 exclusively for my cheato ball, and another one, higher up for the mangrove (the light needs to stay 12-18 inches above it to prevent burning the leaves (when it grows them) since it is a mostly land plant)

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0260.jpg
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0261.jpg
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0262.jpg

labnjab
02-06-2009, 12:18 PM
This weekend I'm getting a 11 head trumpet coral for $15 and a 2 inch pink BTA . I'll be sure to post pics when I get them. Were getting the trumpet from a guy breaking down his 125, and I wish I was ready to build a 75 now because he has Live rock at $2.50 a lb. I'd buy the whole setup if I had the money, only $1200 and this is a fully stocked reef, I've got that into this 29 gallon

oldhead
02-06-2009, 02:49 PM
You can use superglue gel to glue frags and yes it works under water. You can pick up the bottles anywhere but I use the dollar store stuff. I would never pay $5-$10 for the underwater stuff they sell on most sites. It has the same consistency and make up as the super glue. Puddy is a good idea too for some areas but I just hate the look of it and waiting till it's covered in coraline.

labnjab
02-06-2009, 02:57 PM
Thank you, i'll have to try that. I did get some of the putty but have only glued one frag down (candy cane). I'm gonna wait untill the BTA settles down for a few weeks in one spot before I glue anymore down, that way I'm not stuck if he decides to sit ontop of or too close to a glued down coral

labnjab
02-09-2009, 12:12 PM
Some updates. This weekend I purchased a few more coral from someone breaking down a tank. I got an 11 head trumpet for $15. He also threw in a small purple mushroom, some snails (can't think of their name, but their shell looks like a conch), 2 different pallys, another kind of macro for our fuge and a bright green bunch of zoas.

I was originally going to watch a friends BTA for 5-6 months while his new tank matures, but instead I bought a small pink tip BTA. I know a 29's a little small, but the anenome is small now and I have plenty of room for it to grow. We got it on friday, acclimated it for 2.5 hrs, and it ate a small piece of fresh shrimp on Saturday afternoon. Its been on the same rock it came on and has been wide open every day, so its happy so far. I'll be sure to post some pics at non when the coral opens up. We are getting a yellow fijii leather by the end of the week and I think that will be the last coral (famous last words, :hmm3grin2orange:) but I think this time it is the last one as we are running out of room.

labnjab
02-09-2009, 05:36 PM
Time for some updated pictures

FTS

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0298.jpg

Pink BTA

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0288.jpg

Mystery Snail. The guy the we bought the anemone from said they were breeding in his tank and were good algae eaters
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0289.jpg

Purple mushroom
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0290.jpg

labnjab
02-09-2009, 05:38 PM
2 different pallys

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0291.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0292.jpg

11 head trumpet

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0296.jpg

Frogspawn in a new location, its well away from the torch
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0294.jpg

labnjab
02-16-2009, 01:42 PM
I picked up a few more frags this weekend. I got a yellow Fiji leather and a section of a purple plate LPS. I'll post some pics of those as soon as the lights kick on and they open up. Here are a few pics of our sump. The mangrove has really started to grow roots. We also have a second type of macro algae other then the chaeto in the sump (please id, lol). I watched the sump the other night and there must be 1000 pods.

Mangrove roots (their red)

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0320.jpg

FTS of fuge

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0324.jpg

labnjab
02-16-2009, 06:17 PM
Heres a few shots of the new coral

Fiji Leather

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0339.jpg

Plate
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0343.jpg

The hair algae is clearing up on the right half of our tank, so I positioned some zoas and palys in the area so they will eventually fill in the area and I will probably add a few more zoa frags and make it a ZOA MOUNTAIN:hmm3grin2orange:

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0342.jpg

labnjab
02-20-2009, 12:29 PM
Looks like my Macro and mangrove in my fuge is doing a great job at cleaning out the water:hmm3grin2orange:.

Within the last few weeks I've noticed a significant decrease in the amount of skimmate I'm pulling out. I was pulling a cup full in 3 days, and now I get a cup in 5-6 days. I'm sure its nothing wrong with the skimmer because If I adjust it just pulls a wetter, lighter colored skim. There's just not much to skim. I think adding a sump/fuge is the best investment we've made to the tank so far

labnjab
02-20-2009, 05:24 PM
Looks like were winning the Hair Algae battle, lol. I removed 90% of it earlier this week and will remove the rest before my next WC.

Heres a before pic of a really bad spot, some of the strands were several inches long

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0102.jpg

and here is the same spot now (most of the green now is green coraline and not HA

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0353.jpg


I also removed all of the HA behind the rocks on the back glass. That stuff was scary. I found and tried to save tons of life that was in it, lol Astrea stars, small snails, bristle worms. I've added a phosphate pad so hopefully it won't come back (knock on wood)

labnjab
02-20-2009, 05:25 PM
Here are some updated pics of the tank, and the center piece (and in the center) of the tank, our BTA

Left side

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0355.jpg

Right side

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0354.jpg

BTA

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0356.jpg

Rue
02-20-2009, 05:38 PM
It's really coming along nicely! Congrats on your new purchases, hope they all do well for you!

Thanks for all the pics!thumbs2:

labnjab
02-20-2009, 05:44 PM
Thank you Rue.

Were almost done stocking coral (yeah right, lol) I think I'm gonna fill in some areas with zoas and that's about it. I have 3 zoa frags in the lower left corner near the glass in high flow that I'm waiting to grow out and fill the frag so I can place them somewhere (A bright green one, a purple death, and a mowhawk) So far their not growing very fast. All 3 started with 1 head around xmas and they all only have 4 heads now. I started feeding the tank Kent Micro Vert twice a week so I hope that will somewhat help

Rue
02-20-2009, 05:48 PM
You will never be done stocking corals...when this tank is filled to overflowing...you will start up another one...:hmm3grin2orange:

labnjab
02-20-2009, 05:49 PM
I'm working on saving up for a 75 gallon, and once I get into a house, I'm going big, 125+:hmm3grin2orange:, I'll be getting coral till the day I die, lol

i was looking through some old pics, and heres my tank after week 1, quite a difference compared to now

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010040.jpg

coachfraley
02-20-2009, 06:00 PM
Nice work Labnjab. It is going to be fun to watch your corals grow out.

labnjab
02-23-2009, 12:07 PM
Thanks coach Some reason the pics disappeared so here they are again


http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0355.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0354.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0356.jpg

labnjab
02-23-2009, 05:55 PM
I think our clowns are starting to take an interest in our BTA:hmm3grin2orange: They've been making passes at it and hovering over it, so I think the acclimation process has begunthumbs2: You can tell they've been touching it because the female is developing black marks on her tail. Hopefully they will take it it by the end of the week


We also ordered a 4 stage RO/DI this weekend and I hope it will arrive by the end of the week

Rue
02-23-2009, 05:57 PM
Looks great!

labnjab
02-25-2009, 12:24 PM
Well, the female finally found the BTA and was rolling around in it most of the night:hmm3grin2orange: It didn't take very long, only 3 weeks. The male is still interested in it, but hasn't taken the plunge yet, but I hope he will today.

I started putting together the zoa mountain. I have 4 small frags in place and will have more by the weekend. There in a high flow spot so hopefully the will fill in quickly. I'll post some pics of it this afternoon

labnjab
03-01-2009, 06:34 AM
I going to have to relocate a blue legged hermit crab to my fuge. He's the big bully and I've had to move him away from my BTA 3 times tonight. He's been trying to get under its foot. He's pissed the bta off and it actually started to move, luckily not too far. This guys been a crab murder anyways so maybe solitary confinement in the fuge will do it some good:hmm3grin2orange:

lt1camaroman93
03-02-2009, 06:26 AM
Your setup looks great! I can't wait until I have done enough research so I can get a SW setup up and running.

labnjab
03-02-2009, 12:09 PM
Thank you. You'll enjoy it once you get one going

labnjab
03-02-2009, 12:24 PM
Heres a couple of growth photo's of my candy cane

1-28-2008 3 heads/ 5 mouths

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0252.jpg

3-1-2008 6 heads/ 8 mouths

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0395.jpg


Its been splitting every week-week and a half and I feed it clams or mysis once a week.



My 4 stage 100gpd ro/di should be arriving this morning. I can't wait. Finally no more buying 10 1 gallon jugs from walmart every week:hmm3grin2orange:

labnjab
03-04-2009, 05:45 PM
Heres some more growth shots of oyr yellow fiji leather

2-18-2009

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0351.jpg

today I've removed the fishing line and its growing taller fast

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0404.jpg

labnjab
03-04-2009, 05:50 PM
Zoas

9-28-2008

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010002-4-1.jpg

Today

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0406.jpg

Kenya tree

10-31-08

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/P1010002-16.jpg


Today and now its dropping new ones all over the place. I have 4 that I fragged and 3 more still attached to the rock that I'm going to fragg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0407.jpg

coachfraley
03-04-2009, 06:04 PM
Verrrrry nice!

I love the pic. with the Hawkfish, those are some really pretty zoas!

labnjab
03-04-2009, 06:09 PM
Thank you. Its actually the only one of my original 10 frags that I have, the rest I traded, gave away or sold. I have some really nice zoas in another corner, but they only have 3-4 heads each and I hope they grow quick cause their worth some serious cash, lol $20-30 a head (purple death and mohawk)

Rue
03-04-2009, 06:30 PM
Nice! It's maturing well...better than my tank.thumbs2:

Hopefully mine is almost cleaned up - cyano is less. Hardly any hair algae left...maybe things will start thriving in there again soon...

labnjab
03-06-2009, 12:19 PM
Thank you Rue. I've got some off camera hair algae, but I hope that soon goes away.

Since the purple birdsnest is doing so great and has been showing new growth, I decided to pick up a few more SPS last night. I got a green montipora cap and a Elkhorn Montipora. I'll get some pics this afternoon when the lights kick on


I'm going to have to restock my CUC soon. I've had a few homicidal crabs wipe out half my hermit population and a few snails die (my 2 remaining mexican turbos died, and I think its due to them being a cooler water species) and my CUC is dwindling

Pamela_S.
03-06-2009, 02:35 PM
It took me awhile to read through this entire thread, but it was really neat to see how far your tank has come and how much it has progressed! Beautiful tank!!thumbs2:

labnjab
03-06-2009, 02:59 PM
Thank you very much:ssmile:

labnjab
03-06-2009, 05:30 PM
Elkhorn Montipora
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0413.jpg

Green Cap Montipora
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0414.jpg

labnjab
03-09-2009, 11:29 AM
Our torch has finally started growing a new head:hmm3grin2orange: I was beginning to think it would never grow another one. I have the new growth circled in the pic

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0417-1.jpg

kaybee
03-09-2009, 10:21 PM
It doesn't seem to be connected to the living tissue of the coral (which as far as I understand would rule it out as being a coral bud).

Hard to tell from the pic, but are there miniature tentacles orginating from that spot as well? (that would be the key indicator, and if so congrats!).

However, if tentacles are absent it might just be a type of tube worm that has attached itself to the skeleton.

Cameron
03-09-2009, 11:32 PM
I got to stop looking at these threads "thinks to himself" its nit that exensive and it lloks soo cool, i can do it.. ..no its WAYY to expensive i cant afford that.. oh well

AABatteries
03-10-2009, 01:20 AM
Hey, if I can afford it, you can too.

labnjab
03-13-2009, 04:47 PM
It doesn't seem to be connected to the living tissue of the coral (which as far as I understand would rule it out as being a coral bud).

Hard to tell from the pic, but are there miniature tentacles orginating from that spot as well? (that would be the key indicator, and if so congrats!).

However, if tentacles are absent it might just be a type of tube worm that has attached itself to the skeleton.
After is has grown some more it looks like some type of tube worm. I've also seem some on some other frags and rocks. its unresponsive to light and movement. It would be interesting to see what it turns into:hmm3grin2orange:

Trigun10343, its well worth the expense :wink2: , I want more and bigger tank now, lol

Cameron
03-14-2009, 02:30 AM
After is has grown some more it looks like some type of tube worm. I've also seem some on some other frags and rocks. its unresponsive to light and movement. It would be interesting to see what it turns into:hmm3grin2orange:

Trigun10343, its well worth the expense :wink2: , I want more and bigger tank now, lol

Yeah i'd sure love it, idk if i'd be able to keep up with it and the whole RO water and constant refilling and all that, oh well maybe when im older :(

AABatteries
03-14-2009, 03:10 PM
^ When I get my RO/DI unit, I'll charge you $0.25/gallon. :hmm3grin2orange:

labnjab
03-16-2009, 04:50 PM
^ When I get my RO/DI unit, I'll charge you $0.25/gallon. :hmm3grin2orange:

An ro/di will pay for itself in 2-3 months time. I've made 30 gallons so far so I've saved close to $25

Cameron
03-16-2009, 08:53 PM
An ro/di will pay for itself in 2-3 months time. I've made 30 gallons so far so I've saved close to $25

What kind of storage type thing do you use for all that water is it a pump? or buckets or what?

Thanks

labnjab
03-17-2009, 04:36 AM
What kind of storage type thing do you use for all that water is it a pump? or buckets or what?

Thanks

I have 2 20 gallon tubs, 1 for ro water and 1 for saltwater (has a power head and heater going 24/7) The ro tub has a float valve so it stays full and I siphon out what I need from either, for tops offs, water changes, or making more saltwater. I'll get some pics of my setup wednesday

Cameron
03-17-2009, 12:37 PM
Sound very efficient cant wait to see those pics, might be my next tank, maybe one my 29g fishys start going, we'll see i need a better job and to start saving.

labnjab
03-25-2009, 04:49 PM
Male clown finally started hanging out in the BTA. They take turns in it, but he knows its her nem.:hmm3grin2orange: Last night she slept in it, and he slept on the edge of it. She was hogging all the covers, but at least he doesn't sleep alone anymore.

Speaking of the BTA, its growing pretty quick. I bet its grown an inch in diameter since we got it. I've gotta do some serious trimming my kenya tree quick because both the nem and kenya are fast appraoching each other and when the collide, death to the kenya tree

I didn't forget about those pics trigun, I just have been busy. I'll try and get some up by Friday

Cameron
03-25-2009, 09:11 PM
Male clown finally started hanging out in the BTA. They take turns in it, but he knows its her nem.:hmm3grin2orange: Last night she slept in it, and he slept on the edge of it. She was hogging all the covers, but at least he doesn't sleep alone anymore.

Speaking of the BTA, its growing pretty quick. I bet its grown an inch in diameter since we got it. I've gotta do some serious trimming my kenya tree quick because both the nem and kenya are fast appraoching each other and when the collide, death to the kenya tree

I didn't forget about those pics trigun, I just have been busy. I'll try and get some up by Friday


Thanks i was about to post, im glad your still thinking about me : ) Im excited to see.

labnjab
03-27-2009, 11:20 AM
Here's my mixing station. The tub on the left is where I keep saltwater, which has a powerhead and a heater going 24 7. The one on the right is RO water. The white tube going to it comes from my ro system in the kitchen.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0480.jpg

The thing covered with sheets is my 5 gallon hex male betta tank. The sump lights run at night so I have to keep it covered


I also added some new inverts. I got 5 cerith snails, a scarlet hermit, and an emerald crab. I wish I had an army of emerald crabs. He's been munching on hair algae since being added

Cameron
03-30-2009, 09:08 PM
Thanks for posting that, do those plastic container bow, like enough that it could be a problem or the lid doesn't fit?

labnjab
03-30-2009, 10:28 PM
Nope, the one on the left has a board under it, but the one on the right doesn't (haven't gotten around to it). Both lids fit great and they don't bow

Cameron
03-31-2009, 12:09 AM
thats good to hear, i'm excited to get mine going, even though its gonna be a while before i get anything, only have $100 saved up.

labnjab
04-01-2009, 11:16 AM
thats good to hear, i'm excited to get mine going, even though its gonna be a while before i get anything, only have $100 saved up.

I ended up selling a snowmobile to get mine going. If I didn't I probably wouldn't have it going yet.




Went on a hair algae removing spree yesterday. Hopefully it doesn't come back. 4 months just seems like an excess time to go through a hair algae stage.

While I was in there I did some re aquascaping to make some room. I wasn't happy with where the rock with our kenya tree was, it was kinda tippy and the kenya tree was getting close to our bta and purple birdsnest. I moved a 2-3 lb rock from the display to the sump, and put the kenya tree's rock in its place. Now I have a big flat spot and more open sand.

I'll try and post a before and after pic this after noon. After removing all the algae last night the tank was too cloudy to take a picture.

We'll be picking up a free duncan this weekend which will be going in the new open spot. I lost part of our green cap during the mayham yesterday so I'm going to try and get another cap too

labnjab
04-01-2009, 04:03 PM
Heres some pics

Before the re-aqua scaping

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0485.jpg

After re-aqua scaping and algae clean up

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0505.jpg


The male clown is finaly in the nem and even sleeps there:hmm3grin2orange:

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0504.jpg

coachfraley
04-01-2009, 04:10 PM
Tank is looking good...and algae is looking much better. Hopefully you have the source taken care of, and the emerald will help you remove what is left in the tank!

Emerald's have a pretty bad reputation in the reefing community, but I love mine!

Your clowns looks so happy!!! I am jealous!

BTW, that is a very nice brain too!

labnjab
04-01-2009, 04:42 PM
Thank you coach. The brain actually grew a 2nd mouth, I don't know if its gonna split, or stay together.

I hope I have the source to the algae gone. I didn't have the heart to fast them, so I drastically reduced the food instead. When I fed them today the clowns caught everything. The poor hawkfish didn't get any, he likes to hunt it for a second, so next time I'll have to feed a little more to ake sure it eats. The hawkfish is fat anyways so missing one meal won't hurt, I think I read they will feed on pods sometimes)

the clowns seem to be very happy, except yesterday, where the female bit me a half dozen times while we were removing the algae (she didn't touch lab, but I was working near the nem) I've found that I can now hand feed the female.

I wish I had my camera ready the other day. I tried to feed my frogspawn, but the male clown stole the shrimp from one head, but it was a little too big to fit in his mouth, so the female stole it from him, and gave it to the nem, but the nem let go because it already had its food halfway down the hatch and when the female tried to grab it again to give it back to it, the hawkfish swooped in and ate it in one bite




edit: Whats the crabs bad rep coach? SO far its been a good crab, lol

coachfraley
04-01-2009, 05:34 PM
Some people have problems with them eating corals, or even eating fish!

Apparently there are different varieties that are all sold under the name of emerald crabs. Some of them are much more likely to become pests than others, but I have heard that all of them can become trouble if they can not find enough food in your tank. I have also heard that the big ones are more likely to cause trouble than the small ones.

I plan on swapping mine out at my LFS when he gets large.

kaybee
04-01-2009, 10:49 PM
My emerald crab always raids my sun coral after feeding. That crab is out of there as soon as I can catch it (it has great cunning so it's hard to catch without a trap).

If I didn't have the sun coral I'd have no problem with it (the crab never 'mugs' the other LPS's after they are fed).

Cameron
04-01-2009, 10:57 PM
The only things i've heard wrong with them is the false labeling and when they get bigger.

labnjab
04-08-2009, 04:52 PM
I be sure to keep an eye on the guy. So far all I see is him munching on the little bit of HA left in the tank

heres some more coral growth pics

Purple Birdsnest

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0042.jpg

Today

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0555.jpg

Candy Cane

1/28

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0252.jpg

3-1

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0395.jpg

Today

labnjab
04-08-2009, 04:52 PM
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0554.jpg

oldhead
04-08-2009, 07:45 PM
Great groth and nice shots.

Cameron
04-08-2009, 09:00 PM
nice looking corals, they look like they're growing good. Love the tank!!

Wiggs
04-08-2009, 09:05 PM
Love the tank Lab, looks like you know what's up ;)

Northernguy
04-08-2009, 09:16 PM
I like this pic!thumbs2: What kind of fish is it?

Your coral look amazing!
:22:

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0554.jpg

labnjab
04-08-2009, 10:47 PM
Thank you everyone.

That fish is a Falco Hawkfish northernguy. From what I read they don't have a swim bladder, or not much of one, kinda like a cory. It swims in short burst all over the tank and attaches to things with its pectoral fins. He ofter hangs out upside down under our powerheads or is perched on a coral. He is the only fish we have (fresh and salt) that will pose for a picture and loves to interact with us. When I snapped the pic he actually wasn't even in it, so he's very fast and very sneaky and is never in one spot for more then a few minuets:hmm3grin2orange: I'd like to be able to hand feed him like we can our clowns

labnjab
04-10-2009, 11:19 AM
Picked up a purple cap montipora last night for $20. Its fairly decent sized and really, really purple. Now I just need to get some more epoxy to attach it where I want it. I also got some yellow polyps and a micro sps frag that I hope makes it (it broke off while we were picking up the purple cap, I can't remember what it was called, lol)

Pictures will come this afternoon when the lights kick on

labnjab
04-10-2009, 04:30 PM
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0566.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0565.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0569.jpg

labnjab
04-20-2009, 11:23 AM
I've got cyno:hmm3grin2orange: Call me crazy for being happy but to me this means I've finally beat the hair algae. Its been almost 3 weeks since I removed it and no sign of it coming back (it was usually back in a week or so). There's not much cyno, just a little by the front glass in a low flow area, but Its much, much easier to remove then hair algae

I traded a small frag of my trumpet coral yeaterday for 2 or 3 mushrooms. I also hired a mexcan turbo to stay on top of any hair algae that decides to come back. I mounted my purple cap, and the next day ended up breaking a piece off so I have it in 2 spots now, but both are still in good shape so hopefully it will grow fast

Heres an updated FTS and I'll get some new pics of the mushrooms this afternoon. Note the clowns hiding under the anemone. They spend more times in it then under it
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0620.jpg

Northernguy
04-20-2009, 01:06 PM
Nice tank!
Its maturing very nicely!

tim k
04-20-2009, 01:35 PM
Lookin goodthumbs2:

Tim k

oldhead
04-20-2009, 02:37 PM
Nice man! I can't wait to add some more frags to my tank. I'm thinking that i need to get out there this weekend and find some deals. I would like to try my hand at some SPS and see how that goes.

labnjab
04-20-2009, 04:14 PM
Thank you everyone

I would try some some oldhead. Use that light for what it was meant to be used for, lol. I am liking them so far.

Owlbehere
04-20-2009, 04:17 PM
Love the tank, wish I could afford a salt water. I can barely afford a freshwater lol.

labnjab
04-20-2009, 04:44 PM
Love the tank, wish I could afford a salt water. I can barely afford a freshwater lol.

Thank you. Yeah it is a little pricey, we've got well over a grand tied up in this tank. If you ever do decide to go salt, make sure to do tons of research and don't skimp on equipment, cheap equipment will cost you more money in the long run in lost livestock

labnjab
04-27-2009, 11:18 AM
Tanks coming along good. I think I really have the nutrient problem gone. Any remaining hair algae has turned white, I haven't had to clean diatoms off the front glass in 2 weeks when usually I would have to do it daily, and my cyno is receding. My xenia is starting to wither away, but after some research I found they will sometimes do that in cleaner water. I'm giving all of it to someone with a newer tank.

I have had a problem with my purple cap and purple birdsnest. The birdsnest hasn't opened in 2 weeks and its starting to bleach and the purple cap is bleaching, but all other coral is doing awesome. I tested alk, ph and calcium, and found the alk and ph were low (calcium was great) Alk was 8 and ph 7.8, which would be fine and is in the normal range and has been stable, but since I noticed 2 sps weren't doing great so I decided to slowly bump it up. I've never had to dose anything for alk but it looks like I'm going to have to start.

As of last night the alk was 9 and ph was 8.2 after a few days of dosing. I'm going to see how the sps look today. Hopefully it helps. Now I just need to find out how often I need to dose for alk

tim k
04-27-2009, 07:04 PM
I am no expert by any stretch but did you try doing regular water changes to get the numbers up before you started dosing?

Just curious.

Tim k

labnjab
04-27-2009, 08:58 PM
It was a day after the weekly water change. I'm gonna test again tonight

labnjab
05-01-2009, 11:26 AM
I've still been having some SPS problems and I think my magnesium is low and is part of the culprit. I've never tested it so I've ordered a test kit and am picking up some mag flake from a friend tonight who has said he will test my magnesium as well. IO salt is low on magnessium in the 1st place and I've had a mangrove in the tank for a few months which I've read will suck down magnessium lvls. (I'm working on getting rid of it). I've gotta do something fast, my purple birdsnest is almost completly white and my purple cap is too. All other cora is doing well including my micro frag digi

I've also found I've got a 7.8 to 8.2 ph swing between day/night and I'm going to start dripping kalk at night to try and minimize the swing. I don't know if this is contributing to the SPS problem, but it sure would help it if I reduce the swing

labnjab
05-04-2009, 11:31 AM
Before screwing with the PH, I've decided to raise the MAG and see if that helps the SPS. I found it was under 1000, so I bought some mag flake, Epsom salt and a test kit and have brought it back up to 1250. I'm using Randy's 2 part recipe which uses 3/4 cup epsom salt and 7 1/4 cup magflake mixed with a gallon of RO http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2006-07/rhf/index.php (http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2006-07/rhf/index.php)

So far I've noticed my softies and LPS perk up (not that they needed much perking up), but no change in the SPS yet. I'll give it a few weeks and if I still see no change then I will start dripping kalk at night to reduce the ph swing, but thats gonna be a last resort

mac
05-05-2009, 05:29 AM
Your tank is coming along very nicely.

Nice set up.

mac

oldhead
05-05-2009, 12:16 PM
Could it also be that they are getting too much light? From most of what I've seen this is generally when bleaching occurs. And again this is only from my limited research so far but most low mag and nutrient problems result in a browning and not a bleaching. Just curious, like I said I'm not 100% on SPS yet. Where in the tank are they located again? I know you have your light laying right on top of the tank. I've seen where some people have had to bring their off the water a considerable amount due to the power. T5's seem to have a bit of a reputation for bleaching corals from what I'm seeing. Either way, good luck and I hope that you see some results for the better soon.

labnjab
05-05-2009, 04:17 PM
They are both maybe 6-8 inches below the light. I've had the birdsnest since January in the same spot under the same light and it was growing great. The guy I got it from had it in a 20 gallon frag tank under MH. The purple cap is a newer addition, but the guy I got that from had it in a 40 gallon breeder about inches rom the bottom under a 5x39 watt t5. Both are close to the powerhead under good, but not heavy flow. The odd thing is my elkhorn montipora is about 10 inches under the light and it is doing awesome and I have a micro frag of a digi (8 inches under the light) which was almost white when I got it (same time as purple cap) and is now colored up and growing.

I could try moving the birdsnest down a few inches and see if that helps. IF it does I can try and hang the light so it is further from the tank. I've had the magnessium lvls up for a few days and the birdsnest continues to get worse. The main body is white, but where the polyps are suppose to come out is still purple, but it hasn't extended polyps in weeks. I'm about to give up completely on sps if they don't recover

oldhead
05-05-2009, 04:27 PM
Don't give up man, I have seen some people lose SPS for unknown reasons while others remain unaffected. Could just be one of those things. SPS corals seem quite finicky and that's why I'm not too sure about whether I really wanna try them sometimes. What are you feeding them and what is the schedule like?

labnjab
05-05-2009, 04:36 PM
I was feeding kent microvert 3 times a week but ran out. It wasn't doing much anyways I'm thinking or ordering Cyclopseeze (sp?) and trying that

Thank you oldhead

oldhead
05-05-2009, 04:44 PM
I was feeding kent microvert 3 times a week but ran out. It wasn't doing much anyways I'm thinking or ordering Cyclopseeze (sp?) and trying that

Thank you oldhead


I hear that Rod's Food is sposed to be another great one to try, I was thinking of getting some of that when I go out this weekend. How long ago did you run out? Could it be possible that they are starving out?

labnjab
05-05-2009, 04:45 PM
I ran out last week, the problem was happening before I ran out, but I didn't start feeding until the last couple of months

labnjab
05-05-2009, 04:49 PM
Whats a good brand of cyclops-eeze? I'll also check around for rods food. Maybe we can find it locally instead of online

Miltonic
05-05-2009, 05:42 PM
I want to suggest you stop dozing because once you do you start unbalacing your parameters. imo You said you are using IO salt and I've read those salt doesn't have the necessary trace minerals of that reefs need. I would suggest using a different salt that says it's for reefs, like oceanic, reef crystals ect

coachfraley
05-05-2009, 07:38 PM
I have Rod's food, and I have not been very impressed with it. It just doesn't seem to have any effect on the coral. Works fine as a food for fish and inverts though.

Just my $.02

oldhead
05-05-2009, 08:08 PM
Can't say that I agree with the salt thing, it would seem to me that there would be an overall problem and not just with 2 frags given this were the case. Not to mention there are so many people out there that use IO in their tanks without these issues. Bleaching from everything I see is generally light related but the way that his are bleaching is what seems odd to me. The fact that the bleaching is occuring between the polyps and though they are closed they're still present. Interested to see how this one turns out though, hope you can find what's going on...

oldhead
05-05-2009, 08:09 PM
I have Rod's food, and I have not been very impressed with it. It just doesn't seem to have any effect on the coral. Works fine as a food for fish and inverts though.

Just my $.02


Thanks for the input, I was thinking of trying this stuff out cause I saw that people gave it such good reviews.... Might have to make it small trial batch,lol. What do you use to feed your corals, specifically your SPS?

coachfraley
05-05-2009, 08:28 PM
I am going to keep using Rod's until I run out, but I really want to try Reef Chili (http://www.reefchili.com/index.html)next.

Sorry for the hijack Labnjab!

oldhead
05-05-2009, 08:41 PM
Nice! I just came across that on another site too. Might have to give that a shot and see how it works out too. I like that you don't have to freeze it either.

labnjab
05-05-2009, 09:13 PM
No problem coach. The info will help me too




I want to suggest you stop dozing because once you do you start unbalacing your parameters. imo You said you are using IO salt and I've read those salt doesn't have the necessary trace minerals of that reefs need. I would suggest using a different salt that says it's for reefs, like oceanic, reef crystals ect

Actually a lot of experts have said its not worth it to buy reef crystals and other "reef" salt mixes. The excess minerals usually precipitate in your salt mix bucket and they don't disolve good. There was a meeting with a few local experts, including anthony calfo and they said they use instant ocean. Heres a link to the things they talked about http://www.clubswam.org/forum/index.php?topic=3345.0 If you look around they mention salt mixes. I don't think its the salt mix. I've been using it since the start 7 months ago and haven't had problems till recently. Even with a great salt mix your still going to need to supliment one thing or another

labnjab
05-06-2009, 12:39 AM
I just thought of something. Our yellow fiji leather is very close to the 2 affected corals, could it by chance be using chemical war fare against them? Just to rule it out I moved it to the opposite end of the tank but what do you think? Could the chemical war fare affect 2 corals and not the others?

Miltonic
05-06-2009, 12:52 AM
No problem coach. The info will help me too





Actually a lot of experts have said its not worth it to buy reef crystals and other "reef" salt mixes. The excess minerals usually precipitate in your salt mix bucket and they don't disolve good. There was a meeting with a few local experts, including anthony calfo and they said they use instant ocean. Heres a link to the things they talked about http://www.clubswam.org/forum/index.php?topic=3345.0 If you look around they mention salt mixes. I don't think its the salt mix. I've been using it since the start 7 months ago and haven't had problems till recently. Even with a great salt mix your still going to need to supliment one thing or another

Thats very interesting and they mentioned Tropic Marin which is the salt I use and my tank is doing great so far with it. I don't mind since I have 4 25% off coupons at the LFS that I plan to use on buckets of the Tropic Marin Pro Reef.

Hopefully you can figure out whats going with your SPS and fix it so that they can start getting better. :)

travie
05-06-2009, 01:39 AM
I just thought of something. Our yellow fiji leather is very close to the 2 affected corals, could it by chance be using chemical war fare against them? Just to rule it out I moved it to the opposite end of the tank but what do you think? Could the chemical war fare affect 2 corals and not the others?

Very possible it is bothering the 2 corals. It might be diluted enough by time it gets to other corals enough to not effect them.

labnjab
05-06-2009, 02:17 AM
I hope thats it, lol I really don't want to start dripping kalkwasser at night to stabilize the ph swing, which would be my next move. Theres just to many things that could go wrong when dripping kalk.

I moved the leather to a spot near other softies and no lps or sps. I'll see if theres any change over the next few days

labnjab
05-06-2009, 04:38 PM
On a positive note, I just noticed today how big our BTA is getting. Its doing really well and must be happy because it hasn't moved since we got it. I decided to try and feed it silver sides again today. It rejected them in the past but looks like its taking them now. The clowns don't try and steal food from it anymore either.:19: They pick at it for a second, then ignore it. The clowns spend most of the day rolling around in it or under it

2-9-2009

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0288.jpg


Today- I just fed it before taking this pic so it actually looks smaller then it is because when I fed it it retracted slightly, but you can see its covering a lot more of the rock then it did in Feb.
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0665.jpg

coachfraley
05-06-2009, 04:51 PM
Nice shot, your bta looks really healthy! You can see the growth of your corraline in the photos too.

labnjab
05-06-2009, 04:58 PM
Nice shot, your bta looks really healthy! You can see the growth of your corraline in the photos too.

Thank you:ssmile:...wow I didn't even notice the corraline change, lol. I've got 2 more rocks that need to be covered in it. The rest are 90% covered

labnjab
05-13-2009, 11:20 AM
Had to move our elkhorn montipora last night. The bta was just getting too close for comfort (you can see the montipora in the last pic) and since I got it from the propagation program I can't have anything happening to it. The tentacles on the bta are getting long, but now its got a very large area for growth with no coral around for atleast 10-12 inches. I'll post some pics this afternoon


I've started a small cyno stage. Not much, just on the side glass and powerheads. It should pass in a few days. I think I'm actually underfeeding the tank. The hermits are now going after the snails.I've stopped feeding frozen food and only feed NLS pellets now. Any that the fish don't eat ends up in the filter sock in the sump. I'll have to start feeding frozen food every now and then so the crabs have something to eat.

oldhead
05-13-2009, 12:20 PM
I feel your pain, I'm coming out of a small hair algae outbreak that came on out of the blue. Sorry to hear about your issues with the nem, this is the main reason that I don't have one (though I'd like to). How are things with the SPS that were in trouble? Any signs of improvement yet?

labnjab
05-13-2009, 02:03 PM
The nem isn't too big of an issue. It hasn't moved, it just grew, lol. I new when I placed the elkhorn there I would have to eventually have to move it. I just didn't know it was going to be so soon. I would never get rid of the nem. It is the best part of the tank and I think the clowns would hate me forever if I got rid of it. They are now in it or under it 99% of the time and only leave it for dinner or to try and chase my hand away. The female bites me when I feed the nem. Now thats shes bigger the bite actually hurts a little

The birdsnest isn't showing any improvement and I think its done for. I'll give it another week before I remove it. I think I see some purple coming back on one of the purple caps so maybe theres hope. The elkhorn and digi are doing awesome and always have been. The digi is showing some growth (white tip) and great polyp extension

To me cyno is 100% better then hair algae. It is kinda odd that its showing up in high flow areas and not in the low flow or on the rocks, but I'm not complaining.

I had a small temperature issue. Turns out since fixing the temp controller the temp wasn't as accurate as I thought. When I moved the montipora the water felt a little cooler then it should so I put a mercury thermometer in it was a little over 76 so I bumped the controller up a few degrees and this morning it was back to 80. Nothing looked affected by the lower temp but I think I caught it in time. It was only low for a few days

Miltonic
05-13-2009, 02:24 PM
im glad things are looking better for your tank :) I was thinking about getting a rose BTA but im not sure yet since I don't want to move and kill my corals, still have a few more months to think about it though since my tank isn't ready for one yet.

My tank is also going through a mild cyano stage for the first time, it goes away after lights out and then grows back during the photoperiod. Hopefully it'll go completely away soon.

labnjab
05-13-2009, 04:23 PM
im glad things are looking better for your tank :) I was thinking about getting a rose BTA but im not sure yet since I don't want to move and kill my corals, still have a few more months to think about it though since my tank isn't ready for one yet.

My tank is also going through a mild cyano stage for the first time, it goes away after lights out and then grows back during the photoperiod. Hopefully it'll go completely away soon.
Thank you. The cyno hasn't come back yet. I've never had cyno for very long. It will come for a day or 2 and then its gone.

Heres some updated pics.

Our frogspawn split for the first time. Now its 4 heads instead of 3 (the upper half). Hopefully it will split at a much faster rate now. You'll also notice our homemade frag rack in the back. I bought a small magna float and glued eggcrate to it. It works great and only cost $8 for the magna float
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0691.jpg


This is the elk horn in its new spot

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0689.jpg

And an updated FTS. The elkhorn was merely and inch from the right of the BTA. You'll also notice our homemade frag rack in the back. I bought a small magna float and glued eggcrate to it. It works great and only cost $8 for the magna

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0692.jpg

labnjab
05-13-2009, 04:50 PM
I almost forgot, our candy cane is showing some impressive growth. It was 3 heads when we got it in January and now its up to 11 or 12 full heads and if you count the heads making a split its up to 16 or 17. You can;t really tell from the pic, but it actually almost wraps all around it

1/28

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0252.jpg
3-1

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0395.jpg

Today
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0705.jpg


Here is a close up shot of our new frag rack as well

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0706.jpg

kaybee
05-13-2009, 10:10 PM
Nice growth there!

Yep, calaustrea/candy cane coral is a very quick growing LPS (and one of the hardiest of LPS corals around). In addition to head-splitting they'll also drop daughters (which will end up becoming independent colonies in their own right). Unless they're occasionally fragged, they'll eventually occupy a lot of 'real estate' in your tank.

labnjab
05-15-2009, 04:36 PM
Nice growth there!

Yep, calaustrea/candy cane coral is a very quick growing LPS (and one of the hardiest of LPS corals around). In addition to head-splitting they'll also drop daughters (which will end up becoming independent colonies in their own right). Unless they're occasionally fragged, they'll eventually occupy a lot of 'real estate' in your tank.

Thank you. The way they are forming I can't really frag them unless I take half the heads.

Heres some open brain growth. I feed it weekly with a large chunk of clam or table shrimp

1-2-09 under PC's

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0051-1.jpg
Today- under t-5's

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0715.jpg

oldhead
05-15-2009, 04:47 PM
Wow man! That is quite the difference! Nice looking brain, lol.

coachfraley
05-15-2009, 04:52 PM
That is a SWEET brain! I honestly don't think I have ever seen one that nice. I just really like the coloration!

Gotta love the T5's!

kaybee
05-16-2009, 12:44 AM
Nice update and illustration on how corals can adapt and change under different forms of lighting!

Trachyphyllia's have awesome appetites.

labnjab
05-18-2009, 11:32 AM
Thank you coach and oldhead


Nice update and illustration on how corals can adapt and change under different forms of lighting!

Trachyphyllia's have awesome appetites.

Thank you. I fed it a large piece of shrimp last. I've been feeding all LPS more often lately to see if they grow quicker

I picked up some new additions this weekend. We got a green slimer, some purple cap, a green cap which has a purple outer edge, and a crater coral. We are also holding some Lobophora variegata macro algae for our local propagation program and have been debating on keeping some for ourselves. I promise pictures will come this afternoonthumbs2:

labnjab
05-18-2009, 04:51 PM
Here some pictures. I got all of these from the same person. I went there to buy the green slimer and ended up coming home with 4 bags of coral

This is the green cap with purple rim. Its hard to see the purple in the picture but its bright in person. A little bit is whited out because while we were there he saw it fighting with an acropora and losing so he cut it and gave it to us. So far its doing good and seems to be coloring back up

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0722.jpg

Green Slimer. Its lost some color but I expect it to come back. It has encrusted the plug and polyps are always extended. Its merely inches from the powerhead and seems very happy.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0724.jpg

Purple cap. Once it grows more we'll attach it to the live rock

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0725.jpg

Crater coral. Its actually an LPS with very tiny polyps. It will encrust anything and is a fast grower. There's 30 or so polyps on that frag

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0731.jpg

labnjab
05-18-2009, 04:55 PM
This is the algae that were holding until more people want it. We have 4 frags and are debating on keeping some

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0732.jpg

And this is an army green pally (to the left). Its huge for a pally and I hope it grows fast because I really like it

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0716.jpg

Most are for the propagation program we have so once they grow their going to be fragged and spread to other members of the local reef club

coachfraley
05-18-2009, 05:07 PM
Congrats! That is a lot of stuff.

Green slimers are a great SPS, do you have any idea why your frag had lost its color?

That looks like a really cool paly, can't wait to see it grown out!

Kyle
05-18-2009, 07:01 PM
My candycane doesnt seem to split at all.. the heads seem bigger then when I got them but I think theres only 1 new head in the past 2 months

labnjab
05-18-2009, 09:08 PM
Congrats! That is a lot of stuff.

Green slimers are a great SPS, do you have any idea why your frag had lost its color?

That looks like a really cool paly, can't wait to see it grown out!

Thank you. It actually lost its color before we got it. We were going to originally pay 20 for it, but the guy selling it noticed it had lost some color so he gave it to us for $10. He doesn't know why it lost it, but for $10 I wasn't worried. Its still a cool coral and I hope it grows as fast as it did for him.


I think our cady canes grew faster the more heads we got kyle. It should pick up sooner or later

coachfraley
05-18-2009, 09:25 PM
Thank you. It actually lost its color before we got it. That is what I figured, it looks like the guys frags were pretty beat up. They should rebound nicely in your system.

We were going to originally pay 20 for it, but the guy selling it noticed it had lost some color so he gave it to us for $10.


Smart Buy!

Red
05-18-2009, 09:28 PM
wow labnjab, you are doing something right! Your tank looks great and same with your corals!

kaybee
05-18-2009, 10:22 PM
Nice additions! I'm a particular fan of the leptastrea ('crater coral').

labnjab
05-20-2009, 11:18 AM
Thank you Red Severum


Smart Buy!

Thank you...actually most of his frags looked pretty decent. The cap pieces he cut while we were there and I attached them to some rock, so thats why they didn't look so hot. I'm going to frag off some zoas some time soon.


I'm liking that crater coral. It already seems like a fast grower. He made the frag when we picked it up and its already starting to encrust the plug. I'll be fragging it in no time. The rules of the propagation program say we need to make 2 frags of the coral. Once this one encrust the plug fully then I'll cut it into 2 pieces. 1 for me and 2 for the program

labnjab
05-20-2009, 04:27 PM
I noticed these zoas have been picking up in growth

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0758.jpg


heres an up close of that army green pally
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0756.jpg

and a growth shot of our leather

3-4-09
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0404.jpg

today
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0768.jpg

labnjab
05-25-2009, 11:21 AM
Had a mishap with our elkhorn montipora this weekend, we found our green slimer had fallen on top of it and the area it had touched is now bleached. From what I read a montipora will always loose against an acropora. Hopefully I caught it in time and it will recover. Other then that things are doing great in the tank. I think the green slimer is starting to regain its color. The polyps close to its top are now green again

labnjab
05-25-2009, 06:19 PM
I'm a little bored being I have the day off today so I will give an updated list of my current stocking as it is today

Fish
A pair of O-clowns
1 Falco Hawkfish

Inverts
1 Pink Bubble Tip Anemone

Shrimp
1 Coral Banded Shrimp

CUC
Several Astrea Snails, 1 Emerald Crab, Several Blue Legged Hermits, 1 Scarlet Hermit, A few baby turbo snails, a few fighting conchs, and several other small hitchhiker snails

Softies
Purple Death Zoa
Mohawk Zoa
Pink Centered Zoa
Blue Centered Zoa
Yellow Fiji Leather
Green Star Polyps
Yellow Polyps
Mushrooms
Blue Pallys
Kenya Tree
Green Zoas
Army Green Giant Pally

LPS
Candy Cane
Crater Coral
Trumpet
Frogspawn
Torch
Open Brain

SPS
Green Slimer
Elkhorn Montipora
Green Cap with Purple Rim Montipora
Purple Cap Montipora
Forest Fire Diji

Algae
Chaeto in the refugium
Lobophora variegata in the display

I think were pretty much done with coral, although I have reserved a spot for some Duncans as soon as I can find them and we may get a few more zoas as fillers

Red
05-25-2009, 06:33 PM
how about updated FTS

labnjab
05-25-2009, 06:33 PM
I'll take one right now

labnjab
05-25-2009, 06:51 PM
Here's the fts. Thinks are a little out pf place. I'm holding a few things for some people and will be getting some glue tonight to mount some of the coral on the frag rack
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0784.jpg

and couldn't help but take a few pictures of our favorite part of the reef, the clowns in the BTA


http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0792.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0796.jpg

Rue
05-25-2009, 07:50 PM
Looks great!

Gotta luv a happy clown...thumbs2:

labnjab
06-10-2009, 11:22 AM
Thank you Rue
Not much happening lately. I've just been letting everything grow. Aside from weekly water changes and top offs I haven't done much with the tank in the last 2-3 weeks and everything seems happy and looks great

labnjab
06-22-2009, 11:19 AM
Tanks doing great. Every things growing and looking awesome. Look for pics this afternoon. The tank turns 10 months the start of next month so a year is just around the cornerthumbs2:

labnjab
06-24-2009, 11:17 AM
Picture time

Frogspawn, which is now up to 5 heads

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0818.jpg

Leather

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0819.jpg

Green cap, which was damage by an acro when I got it. It has now almost completely encrusted the damage section. Its doing great.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0820.jpg

Mushrooms

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0821.jpg

labnjab
06-24-2009, 11:19 AM
2 pics of our candy cane. It has too many heads to count now. I think there's 12-13 full heads with 20 if you count whats splitting

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0823.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0824.jpg

Our bubble tip and clowns, which are doing great

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0825.jpg

Kenya tree, which is getting trimmed again sometime this week

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0827.jpg

labnjab
06-24-2009, 11:22 AM
Green slimer, which for some reason never got back its green and now is a red color

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0829.jpg

Purple death, which was 1 head when we got it (at $30 a head) is now 5 heads
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0831.jpg

and finally a FTS

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0828.jpg

I'm going to take a few more pics this afternoon, mainly of our crater coral, which is looking very colorful and has started growing on the plug

Miltonic
06-24-2009, 04:03 PM
tank is looking great labnjab, I really like that brain coral, its colors just pop. :18:

p.s. have you noticed that this subforum is like dead now?

travie
06-24-2009, 04:47 PM
Tank is looking great. I hope my tank gets looking that good once it matures.

labnjab
06-26-2009, 11:13 AM
Thank you guys. It really is coming along great. I really haven't done much to it over the last 2 months either. Just weekly water changes, dosing purple up daily, and boosting magnesium in the wc water. I do have a tiny bit of hair algae coming back in low flow areas, but its not really in view and is going to be removed next water change. I just don't have anything that eats it

labnjab
07-06-2009, 11:30 AM
I started using marine snow this weekend. Hopefully I will start noticing more growth before too long.

Rue
07-06-2009, 04:02 PM
Let me know how the Marine Snow works...

labnjab
07-06-2009, 04:20 PM
I will and I hope it works. It better do something at $22 a bottle. I'm starting dosing at every other day, but may increase to daily. The bottle claims it will not create excess nutrients if dosed regularly. The only downside is you need to have the skimmer off for an hour after dosing

labnjab
07-06-2009, 05:06 PM
1 Growth shot

Crater Coral

5-16
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0716.jpg

today

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/random%20coral%20shots/100_0852.jpg


Once it fully encrust the plug I'm going to split it into 3 pieces. 1 for me and 2 for our local reef clubs prorogation program. For those interested here is a link describing our program http://nhreefclub.org/index.php?topic=810.0

kaybee
07-06-2009, 10:04 PM
Leptastrea spreads fairly quickly, nice encrustation there!

labnjab
07-08-2009, 11:09 AM
Thank you. Its seems to be growing a new polyp daily. My purple death seems to be growing a lot faster lately too. It took it 6 months to go from one head to 4 heads and now its grown 3 more in less then a month.

I must be doing something right, I just don't know what, lol. Things are growing great and I haven't been doing much to the tank other then weekly water changes, supplementing magnesium and dosing purple up daily to keep calcium up.

labnjab
07-13-2009, 11:23 AM
1st new Additions in a few months

Made a trip to North Chelmsford, MA this weekend to pick up some coral. Ended up getting lost in the bad part of Lowell for and hour and a half, and just before dark, and that was scary driving around in a shiny red sports car:ssuprised:

Here's what we got. A Krytonite Candy Cane. The picture doesn't due the brightness any justice. It was $45 for 5 heads, which is a steal because it usually goes for $15 a head. Its a very fast grower and we plan on feeding it mysis daily

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0857.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0858.jpg

She also gave us a large frag of clove ployps

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0860.jpg

And she gave us 5 Nassarius, which I've been looking for for months and will be a great addition considering I will be feeding coral more from now on

AABatteries
07-13-2009, 03:49 PM
Wow! That candy cane is awesome!

labnjab
07-13-2009, 04:09 PM
Thank you. I wish the picture did it justice