Zukari
Zukari posted on Zukari
2013-10-30 19:33:50 -0600

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfNdSZcLPh0

New video of updated reef. Not great quality... this was taken a day after the move.

Battling ich currently... no idea how I got it. I'm guessing my royal gramma had it all along and the stress of moving (20 feet) really did him in. Only other fish showing signs of this horrible parasite is the female clown... whom I am more attached to than most people. If she gets any worse I'll throw up my hospital tank after work tomorrow... it's ready to rock and I have media in the DT collecting bacteria.

TLDR Parasites making me want to pull my hair out. But my coral are doing great.

Zukari
Zukari posted on Zukari
2013-09-30 15:20:13 -0600

Anyone have any ideas on how to make a stable LED Light mount (Hydras) using PVC? Brainstorming this ... bowfronts are awesome but a real pain in the ass to get completely built.

  • clay
    clay
    2013-09-30 20:09:00 -0600

    http://aquarist.me/kla/55-reef-tank/photo/2310 We did a custom mount for ours. You'll have to ask kla for the build though.

  • Zukari
    Zukari
    2013-09-30 22:02:06 -0600

    I went a lot more ghetto. But it'll do util I can build the canopy. Had to do something in a hurry as my coral beauty is destroying all of my corals so this move needs to happen post haste.

    I'll post pics soon. Definitely not my proudest work.

Zukari
Zukari posted on Zukari
2013-07-26 13:29:45 -0600

Clownfish have spawned twice this month... I have been busy and didn't post pictures... so here is a bad one I snapped before leaving for work the first time round. I'll try to get more of the newest batch. Pretty neat to see them do this (for the first time) and then spawn again less than 15 days later.

Pic http://imgur.com/XGZzmGr

Zukari
Zukari posted on Zukari
2013-06-30 18:31:18 -0600

Wound up not doing a DIY project and went with two little fishies to remove my phosphate problem. In other news the anemone split again today.. have 4 now. Will post pics soon.

  • Zukari
    Zukari
    2013-07-26 13:27:34 -0600

    Got lazy and purchased a twolittlefishes kit... Worked great but took it out until I upgrade with a sump.

Zukari
Zukari posted on zukari/corner-reef
2013-05-03 10:21:15 -0600

Going to do a DIY Phosphate/carbon reactor this weekend. Pics to come when I figure out how I want to go about doing this.

  • klm
    klm
    2013-05-03 12:51:52 -0600

    Sounds like a fun little weekend project :) Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

  • Zukari
    Zukari
    2013-05-03 13:59:03 -0600

    I have a few ideas in mind. Also going to start looking into my next build to upgrade to! I am clearly running out of space. I think I'd like to build a 100-120g cube tank, and drill the back of it for several hidden return lines. Going to look into building a schematic. If I do that, I'll probably use halides/LEDs ... and a chiller. Talking about my dream tank.... Build it, and then try to find somewhere I want to live for a few years to not disturb it with another move... the problems of being young.

Zukari
Zukari posted on zukari/corner-reef
2013-05-02 21:03:59 -0600
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  • Zukari
    Zukari
    2013-05-02 21:06:27 -0600

    And then there were three... Would be awesome if they decide to stay in this alignment.. if they don't, one will need to find a new home when it heals up.

  • clay
    clay
    2013-05-02 21:19:47 -0600

    Do they ship well? I wouldn't mind trading for it or buying.

  • Zukari
    Zukari
    2013-05-02 21:24:00 -0600

    Honestly I don't know. These guys are hardy... extremely hardy. But I doubt they would ship terribly well... It would be risky. I promised it to my buddy who has the cube tank on here (He lives down the street) if I decide to find him a new home. He does this splitting behavior about once ever 2-3 months... But I think I figured out the trick. Lots of feeding, and a sudden light change = split. If he decides to not take this one I'll definitely keep you in mind! But I have no idea how I would go about shipping him... wouldn't be impossible to figure out of course.

Zukari
Zukari posted on zukari/corner-reef
2013-04-10 12:00:53 -0600
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  • Zukari
    Zukari
    2013-04-10 12:02:32 -0600

    Growth rates are still keeping steady. I have done some rearranging and trimming (Xenia were out of control) ... But everyone is very happy. SPS Seem to finally be getting use to my light. LEDs are wonderful, but be careful not to underestimate their power. I have my AI Sol Blue at 40% and everyone seems to be pleased with it.

  • klm
    klm
    2013-04-12 09:09:44 -0600

    Thanks for posting the new shots. Everything looks great & your rose bulb is gorgeous.

  • Zukari
    Zukari
    2013-04-12 10:02:12 -0600

    Thanks! They are doing really well, and getting massive... the clone (One on the left) is now the same size as its parent. The parent looks to be getting ready for another split. Clowns are incredibly happy, and both seem to care for each anemone.. Male tends to feed/watch the one on the left, and the female does the same for the one on the right. The coral beauty and the female have been having at it, and that's why her fin has the clean cut in it. Should see the other guy, he's got some marks too. If the fighting doesn't stop, I'll have to find the beauty a new home.

    No idea why he started punking on them.. it's a new development and he isn't winning. They fling the anemones tentacles at him all the time, and he clearly has sting marks.

  • kla
    kla
    2013-04-12 15:21:37 -0600

    Do RBTA normally split this frequently?

  • Zukari
    Zukari
    2013-04-13 12:44:04 -0600

    Not entirely sure... But the guy I got them from originally had a 75g with about 40-50 anemones in his tank that had all split from one. He said they did it once a month or more. Oddly enough he fed them some kind of pond fish food.

Zukari
Zukari posted on zukari/corner-reef
2013-02-25 21:10:49 -0700

Got a Sunset Montipora and a Rainbow Montipora last week -- first real attempt with SPS... So far so good.

  • clay
    clay
    2013-02-25 21:17:29 -0700

    Great shots. Your anemone looks fantastic under night lights.

  • Zukari
    Zukari
    2013-02-25 21:19:06 -0700

    Thanks! AI Sol Blue is a beast with those blues. I am still trying to figure out how to make the shots more clear... The montiporas polyps are so small and move so much it's hard to get a non blurry shot.

  • clay
    clay
    2013-02-25 21:40:29 -0700

    What kind of camera and lens?

  • Zukari
    Zukari
    2013-02-25 21:42:07 -0700

    Rebel XT with an 18--55mm Lens... I would be lying if I said I knew anything about photography.. but I am learning... slowly.

Zukari
Zukari posted on zukari/corner-reef
2013-02-25 21:09:56 -0700
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Zukari posted on Zukari
2013-02-18 19:15:08 -0700

Really been thinking hard about trying an octopus tank out this summer... My corner will probably be retired when I move for a bigger aquarium. Has anyone ever kept one? Any advice aside from "Lock that thing up"

  • klm
    klm
    2013-02-19 11:55:45 -0700

    Our buddies over @ http://nanoreefblog.com offered up this advice "you need astroturf around the top edges of the tank - they hate the texture and a very tight fitting lid". Astroturf, who knew :D

  • Zukari
    Zukari
    2013-02-25 21:09:14 -0700

    That's just nuts. I can't wait to give it a shot.

Zukari
Zukari posted on zukari/corner-reef
2013-02-17 20:59:53 -0700
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Zukari
Zukari posted on Zukari
2013-01-25 19:02:31 -0700

Day 87... The sailfin tang still has the clowns convinced he too is a clown. He sleeps with them, lays below the anemone to hide... and they act like they love him.

Obviously a clownfish.

  • kla
    kla
    2013-01-27 08:52:59 -0700

    Wonder what's gonna happen when the clowns start breeding.

  • Zukari
    Zukari
    2013-02-08 15:18:24 -0700

    Whoa that's a bit of an interesting thought.. may need to remove him, I hear they can get really aggressive when they spawn... they have yet to do so, but they are doing normal fish nesting rituals.. have been for about a month.

  • kla
    kla
    2013-02-11 18:41:32 -0700

    Mine always have eggs around now and so are always a little aggressive. Not super aggressive but enough to start occasional fights with our larger anthias.

  • Zukari
    Zukari
    2013-02-11 20:26:20 -0700

    I wonder why mine have not yet spawned.. It worries me a bit. I know they have to be at least 3 years old.. unless they are spawning and eating the eggs before I see them? I constantly see them "nesting"... you know, flailing around flat rocks near the anemone.. dancing, etc.

  • clay
    clay
    2013-02-12 10:17:52 -0700

    You will see the eggs on the rocks. The ones we have are probably a little over a year old now and they were paired and mating within the first year. The spawn after a week will most likely get eaten though and it starts all over again.

  • Zukari
    Zukari
    2013-02-15 22:53:25 -0700

    Well I am pretty sure I have puritan clownfish... From the day my anemone split they sleep in different beds. -.-

Zukari
Zukari posted on Zukari
2013-01-25 19:02:31 -0700

Day 87... The sailfin tang still has the clowns convinced he too is a clown. He sleeps with them, lays below the anemone to hide... and they act like they love him.

Obviously a clownfish.

  • kla
    kla
    2013-01-27 08:52:59 -0700

    Wonder what's gonna happen when the clowns start breeding.

  • Zukari
    Zukari
    2013-02-08 15:18:24 -0700

    Whoa that's a bit of an interesting thought.. may need to remove him, I hear they can get really aggressive when they spawn... they have yet to do so, but they are doing normal fish nesting rituals.. have been for about a month.

  • kla
    kla
    2013-02-11 18:41:32 -0700

    Mine always have eggs around now and so are always a little aggressive. Not super aggressive but enough to start occasional fights with our larger anthias.

  • Zukari
    Zukari
    2013-02-11 20:26:20 -0700

    I wonder why mine have not yet spawned.. It worries me a bit. I know they have to be at least 3 years old.. unless they are spawning and eating the eggs before I see them? I constantly see them "nesting"... you know, flailing around flat rocks near the anemone.. dancing, etc.

  • clay
    clay
    2013-02-12 10:17:52 -0700

    You will see the eggs on the rocks. The ones we have are probably a little over a year old now and they were paired and mating within the first year. The spawn after a week will most likely get eaten though and it starts all over again.

  • Zukari
    Zukari
    2013-02-15 22:53:25 -0700

    Well I am pretty sure I have puritan clownfish... From the day my anemone split they sleep in different beds. -.-

Zukari
Zukari posted on zukari/corner-reef
2013-02-13 18:20:48 -0700

Came home to a turbo snail missing half of his operculum ... not sure what happened to him but I doubt he'll be around much longer.

  • Cappa
    Cappa
    2013-02-13 20:07:12 -0700

    TIL operculum. Only ever heard to it referred to as the trap door previously. Good to know.

  • Zukari
    Zukari
    2013-02-13 20:07:59 -0700

    I looked it up to sound smart. So we both had a TIL.

Zukari
Zukari posted on zukari/corner-reef
2013-01-27 18:39:26 -0700

So today I snagged a tiger banded pistol shrimp ... at about 2 1/2 inches and a blood and fire shrimp ... both for 40$ ! Great find! The pistol shrimp has already made a mountain with his excavation... I am a bit worried about the fire shrimp though... he is hanging out on my mag-float staring off into the abyss.

Zukari
Zukari posted on Zukari
2013-01-14 15:38:03 -0700

One of my anemones went for a jog all over my tank... I got home from work today to find him in the exact same spot he originated at. So that's depressing for him.

  • Zukari
    Zukari
    2013-01-16 11:47:16 -0700

    He is still seemingly jogging around. His sister anemone looks fantastic, but I can't find the original runner now.. Always makes me nervous about intakes when I lose track of one of these guys.

  • clay
    clay
    2013-01-16 12:17:55 -0700

    I don't think my anemones has moved in 6 months. I wish he would take a jog so I could catch him out and throw him in the sump in lieu of a more colorful anemone for the display.

    Is this a recent behavior or does it just happen from time to time?

  • Zukari
    Zukari
    2013-01-20 12:13:07 -0700

    It's recent.. I don't know whats going on,. He is the clone off my other RBTA. The primary one is looking great! He's about the size of a dinner plate and I feel like he will split again any day now. The clone is about half his size and seems to be having problems finding his own spot. They have been right next to each other the last two days though.

    He looks happy and the clowns look happy - can't complain.

Zukari
Zukari posted on Zukari
2013-01-14 15:38:03 -0700

One of my anemones went for a jog all over my tank... I got home from work today to find him in the exact same spot he originated at. So that's depressing for him.

  • Zukari
    Zukari
    2013-01-16 11:47:16 -0700

    He is still seemingly jogging around. His sister anemone looks fantastic, but I can't find the original runner now.. Always makes me nervous about intakes when I lose track of one of these guys.

  • clay
    clay
    2013-01-16 12:17:55 -0700

    I don't think my anemones has moved in 6 months. I wish he would take a jog so I could catch him out and throw him in the sump in lieu of a more colorful anemone for the display.

    Is this a recent behavior or does it just happen from time to time?

  • Zukari
    Zukari
    2013-01-20 12:13:07 -0700

    It's recent.. I don't know whats going on,. He is the clone off my other RBTA. The primary one is looking great! He's about the size of a dinner plate and I feel like he will split again any day now. The clone is about half his size and seems to be having problems finding his own spot. They have been right next to each other the last two days though.

    He looks happy and the clowns look happy - can't complain.

Zukari
Zukari posted on zukari/corner-reef
2013-01-13 11:59:00 -0700
Zukari
Zukari posted on zukari/corner-reef
2013-01-11 12:07:03 -0700

Torch coral is now 5 heads instead of two... guess he has been doing some undercover splitting. My Duncan also has three new heads growing on it. Kind of amazing to see how fast the Duncans can grow for an LPS... I noticed two about three days ago and they are already showing tentacles and a mouth. Nature you cray.

  • kla
    kla
    2013-01-11 15:08:11 -0700

    My duncans are the same way. They grow very fast.

  • RainsReef
    RainsReef
    2013-01-11 15:25:33 -0700

    How long have they been in your tank?

  • Zukari
    Zukari
    2013-01-11 16:11:04 -0700

    I got them on black Friday for about 5$ So they are not too old. I'll try to take a shot tomorrow. About to get sloshed.

Zukari
Zukari posted on zukari/corner-reef
2013-01-08 19:28:21 -0700

So today I was looking for a refugium light... And I thought to myself, instead of spending 50-100$ Why not just make one? I took a Knob Creek box and went to town... took about 10 minutes to make.

I added the pics and all that good stuff, you can kind of get an idea what I did. It so far is working great without any heat being added to the tank at all. I will modify it more as I move along and let everyone know how it works out.

  • clay
    clay
    2013-01-08 21:09:14 -0700

    We ended up doing the same thing for our refugium. Just threw in some cheap hardware from lowes and used a PC fan for ventilation. No one ever sees anything down there and it's more $$ to spend on the display!

  • Zukari
    Zukari
    2013-01-08 21:26:01 -0700

    My thoughts exactly. I think my next purchase will be a handful of clean up crew critters. I seem to have lost a few when I upgraded tanks.. Mostly snails it seems.

Zukari
Zukari posted on zukari/corner-reef
2013-01-08 19:25:42 -0700
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Zukari
Zukari posted on zukari/corner-reef
2013-01-07 21:00:32 -0700

So by a twist of luck Noobixide and I were able to snag a bunch of new corals off of Craigslist for 250$.. So I have a lot of new guys in the tank now.

I should have pictures up in the next couple of days.

  • klm
    klm
    2013-01-08 09:59:37 -0700

    Looking forward to seeing what you got :) Did you get your RO/DI setup?

  • Zukari
    Zukari
    2013-01-08 19:06:04 -0700

    I haven't set it up yet! I am debating if I want to set it up where I live now or when I move in a month or so. Not looking forward to moving this reef. Updates inc.

Zukari
Zukari posted on zukari/corner-reef
2013-01-07 22:41:50 -0700

Today I learned when people say Acans don't like a lot of light they are not lying. Mine have turned brown with an orange mouth.. which still somehow looks good. Going to move them to a shady spot and see what happens.

Zukari
Zukari
Zukari posted on kla/55-reef-tank
2013-01-04 16:05:15 -0700

That 55 looks amazing! I was never happy with the aquascape in my old 55, love yours.

  • kla
    kla
    2013-01-06 17:00:03 -0700

    Thanks!