Saturday, June 28, 2014


FTS of aquarium 3
This is quite a sad month especially after I came back from a 5 day trip to Tasmania. All my SPS perished and I had to clear up the mess. There wasn't much restocking for these few weeks. Even the photos I took now look terrible. I guess I just isn't in the right mood to do anything much at the moment since I will be away again.

Strangely and sadly, my beautiful Flame Angel which had been so healthy looking suddenly disappeared completely about a week ago and I never saw it ever since. I presumed it to be dead amongst the rocks and decided not to overturn anything to find its carcass. I also lost a clam just like that for no apparent reason. It had been growing so well for so long and yesterday I noticed it shrunk into its shell. I had no choice but to clear it before it pollutes the water further.

For this month, I am posting it earlier than usual because I am going off tonight to New Zealand and would only be back around 5 Jul 14.

Here are the livestock and technical updates and photos:

Aquarium 1 (1 ft cube - 27 litres)
I removed another batch of basal sand which I discarded. It is also still looking pretty bare and I haven't added anything much. 

The list of livestock is as follows: 
  • Fishes 
    • Flameback Angel
    • Yellow Shrimp Goby
    • 2 true Ocellaris clowns
    • Hector Goby
  • Invertebrates 
    • Cleaner Skunk Shrimp
    • big red Hermit Crab & 3 small red Hermit Crabs 
    • 3 Turbo Snails 
    • Nassarius Snail 
    • medium Clam
  • Corals
    • LPS
      • green brain coral
      • bleached Hammer coral
      • neon Candy Cane
      • Brain corak
    • Soft Corals
      • Zoas
      • Rose Bud Tip Anemone
    • Polyps
      • unknown Anthelia
      • Green Star Polyps
    • Mushrooms 
      • a few blue Actinodiscus mushrooms
      • a few green Rhodactis mushrooms
  • Macroalgae
    • green Caulerpa
    • red algae
    • purple algae
The technical information is as follows:
  • Dolphin H-200 hang-on-back filter
  • Shiruba XB-303 External Filter
  • Maxspect Razor Nano 60W (10,000 K)
  • Tunze Osmolator Nano
  • Aqua Cool Fan 
I forgot to adjust the colours before taking the photo

a boring display that looks pretty bare

Hector and a shy Flameback

Aquarium 3 (3 x 1.5 x 1.5 feet and sump - 250 litres)
I was quite sad with the SPS loss and decided not to add any more for the time being but added some LPS instead. I also finally accepted that some SPS and corals became bleached because of the higher than normal water temperatures and am struggling with whether I should get a chiller. I also stopped all dosing because it seemed to bring on more harm than good when I didn't calibrate everything properly.

There are still quite a bit of diatoms on the sand but I will just let it be for the time being.

The updated list of livestock is:
  • Fishes
    • 2 black Clowns
    • 2 false Clown Fish
    • Yellow Tang
    • Purple Tang
    • Blue-yellow Damsel
    • Royal Gramma
    • Six Line Wrasse
    • Yellow Wrasse
    • Fathead Sunburst Anthias
    • Yellow Shrimp Goby
    • Hector Goby
    • Golden Stripe Maroon Clown
  • Invertebrates
    • Turbo, Nassarius and Bumble Bee snails
    • electric blue Hermit Crab
    • small Clam
    • red Linckia starfish
    • small yellow, big brown and yellow-brown Feather Duster worms
    • Cowry
    • 2 black pistol shrimps
    • black crab in sump refugium
    • Tuxedo Urchin
  • Corals
    • LPS
      • 6 Acans
      • 2 Hammer Corals
      • 2 Blasto (bleached)
      • mega Blasto
      • Sun Coral
      • Supersun Coral
      • Green Chalice (bleached)
      • Brain Coral (bleached)
      • Unknown
      • Neon Candy Cane
      • 2 Bubble Corals
    • Mushrooms
      • Ricordea yuma mushrooms
      • rock of blue Actinodiscus mushrooms
    • Soft Corals
      • 2 Chili Corals
      • green Carpet Anemone
      • red Flower Rock Anemone (bleached)
    • Polyps 
      • 2 frags of pink-green Palm Tree (Clove) Coral
      • mixture of Zoas
      • 3 Green Star Polyps
      • 1 green Goniopora
  • Macroalgae
    • Caulerpa
    • Chaetomorpha
    • red Bamboo
The technical details are:
  • Jebao Marine Aqua DC-6000 return pump
  • Maxspect R420R 16,000k 120W
  • Tunze 9004 Nano Skimmer
  • 2 Two Little Fishes Phosban Reactor running Phosban
  • Dymax cooling fan (42 CFM)
  • Fluval 3 external filter
  • MP25 and Boyu wavemaker
  • Tunze Nano Osmolator
  • Marine Magic Triplet Dosing

green Yuma

unknown LPS

green mushrooms

two Bubble corals


bleached Blasto

diatoms on sand bed

Fathead Sunburst Anthias

I have been neglecting these

these too!

my only clam now

red Acan

bleached red Flower Rock Anemone