Sunday, August 31, 2014


This month passed by so quickly that before I realized it, it is the end of the month. This is the month where I was so busy that I had no time to make many new acquisitions, except for a few Birdnest SPS, and everything remained pretty much the same, except for the loss of some fishes and stn of some of the Stylophora and Birdnest SPS.

Here are the livestock and technical updates and photos:

Aquarium 1 (1 ft cube - 27 litres)
I had no time to clean this aquarium this month, so it looked really dirty. However, I am really amazed that this aquarium supports 5 fishes. Sadly, the 2 Cleaner Skunk Shrimps suddenly disappeared without my knowledge and I suspect it had something to do with the less than ideal water conditions and they were eaten up. The clam also died mysteriously. This aquarium also saw the resurgence of the purple algae.

The list of livestock is as follows: 
  • Fishes 
    • Flameback Angel
    • Yellow Shrimp Goby
    • 2 true Percula ocellaris clowns
    • Hector Goby
  • Invertebrates 
    • big red Hermit Crab 
    • 3 Turbo Snails 
    • Nassarius Snail 
  • Corals
    • LPS
      • 3 bleached Acans
      • mega Blasto
    • Soft Corals
      • Rose Bud Tip Anemone
    • Polyps
      • unknown green coral
      • 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 
it looks unappealing

the colours come from the fishes

thank goodness this is doing fine

the red and purple algae

Aquarium 3 (3 x 1.5 x 1.5 feet and sump - 250 litres)
Just when I thought I made some headway last month, things seemed to go on the decline again.

I lost the Flame, Potter and Regal Angels, and the Dispar Anthias, then my Stylophora and Birdnest SPS started to show stn. My Yellow Tang also disappeared a few days ago and I am pretty sure it is dead.

The other SPS frags which I bought were mostly fine though.

The updated list of livestock is:
  • Fishes
    • false Percula Clown Fish
    • 2 black Clowns
    • Purple Tang
    • Blue-yellow Damsel
    • Six Line Wrasse
    • Yellow Wrasse
  • Invertebrates
    • Turbo, Nassarius and Bumble Bee snails
    • electric blue Hermit Crab
    • red Linckia starfish
    • big grey Feather Duster worm
    • Tuxedo Urchin
    • 4 small Hermit Crabs
  • Corals
    • SPS
      • 2 orange digitata frags
      • yellow Birdnest (with stn)
      • Monti cap
      • Stylophora (with stn)
      • Horn Coral
      • pink Millepora 
      • frag of green digitata
      • frag of pink Pocci
      • frag of Birdnest
      • frag of pink Birdnest
      • frag of red Monti cap
      • frag of deep sea Acro
    • LPS
      • 1 Acan (bleached)
      • 2 Hammer Corals
      • 2 Bubble Corals
      • Sun Coral
      • Supersun Coral
      • Torch
      • red Brain Coral
      • green Brain Coral
      • red green Favites Brain Coral
    • Mushrooms
      • Ricordea yuma mushrooms
      • rock of blue Actinodiscus mushrooms
      • brown hairy mushrooms
    • Soft Corals
      • 2 Chili Corals
      • red Flower Rock Anemone (bleached)
      • pink rose bud tip anemone
    • Polyps 
      • mixture of Zoas
      • pink Goniopora
      • 2 green Star Polyps
  • Macroalgae
    • Caulerpa
    • Chaetomorpha
    • red Bamboo
The technical details are:
  • Jebao Marine Aqua DC-6000 return pump
  • Maxspect R420R 16,000k 120W
  • ATI Sun Module 4 x 39W T5 lights
  • Tunze 9004 Nano Skimmer
  • 2 Two Little Fishes Phosban Reactor running Phosban
  • Dymax cooling fan (42 CFM)
  • Fluval 3 external filter
  • MP25 and RW-8 wavemaker
  • Tunze Nano Osmolator
  • Marine Magic Triplet Dosing
almost a fts

the Stylophora and Birdnest with stn

a brownish looking Pocci

the green digitata frag

Horn Coral from Aquamarin

a beauitful Birdnest with good pe

one of two Hammer Corals

all the colours are washed out

similarly, a Stylophora and Birdnest with stn

this small Birdnest showed stn from the base up

the only Zoas

the Stylophora close up

the deep sea Acro

the pink Pocci frag


aquarium 1
I haven't tried the time lapse for a few months already and these are the ones compiled by my iphone.

aquarium 3

the small Regal Angel

this is not real because I don't have so many fishes

it's fantastic

the Yellow Watchman Goby

again, this is not real but is a series of overlaps