Thursday, April 30, 2015


Another month has gone by so quickly. This is a significant month where Aquarium 3 is concerned because it is now predominantly LPS and soft corals dominated.

The updates are presented below.

Aquarium 1 (1 ft cube - 27 litres)
This aquarium is starting to get overcrowded with 6 fishes but I guess the fact that the Regal Blue Tang is growing too fast is of big concern to me. Well, there is the concern that it may introduce the marine ich into that aquarium since I believe all Regal Blue Tangs in the home aquarium would harbour some ich. There has also been a considerable increase in nuisance algae growth but disappearance of all green Caulerpa and bubble algae and I attribute it mainly to the Regal Blue Tang as well. I took the risk of transferring the Regal Blue Tang into Aquarium 3 this morning and so far, it seems to be fine.

I have not quite gotten to adding more colours to this aquarium because the focus was still primarily on Aquarium 3.

The list of livestock is as follows:

  • Fishes 
    • 2 true Percula ocellaris Clowns
    • Possum Wrasse
    • Golden Maroon Clown (from Aquarium 4)
    • Hector Goby
    • Majestic Angelfish
  • Invertebrates 
    • 3 Turbo Snails 
    • Nassarius Snail
    • Tuxedo Sea Urchin
    • Cleaner Skunk Shrimp
  • Corals
    • LPS
      • Acan
      • mega Blasto
      • Bubble Coral
      • Goniopora
    • Soft Corals
      • Rose Bud Tip Anemone and Bud Tip Anemone
      • White Tree Coral
      • Orange Tree Coral
    • Polyps
      • Anthelia
      • Zoas
      • Green Star Polyps
    • Mushrooms 
      • a few blue Actinodiscus mushrooms
  • Macroalgae
    • red algae
    The technical information is as follows:
    • Atman HF-0600 HOB Filter
    • Maxspect Razor Nano 60W (10,000K) 
    • Tunze Osmolator Nano
    • Boyu Cooling Fan

    pair of true Percula Clownfish and peeping Majestic Angelfish

    Hector Goby and golden Maroon Clownfish

    juvenile-adult Majestic Angelfish

    Aquarium 3 (3 x 1.5 x 1.5 feet and sump - 250 litres)
    After I got the Hailea chiller early this month, which was slightly undersized, I am not sure if I notice any significant difference. The temperature was set at 28 deg C and there was definitely less water top up from evaporation but other than that, everything was the same and the SPS continued to deteriorate and die.

    I suppose I won't go into SPS for the time being until I get a calcium reactor. All the existing LPS, soft corals and invertebrates are all looking good. It is amazing how big some of the Goniopora can expand to when fully inflated. This month alone I added 8 Sea Fans. Yes, from no fans to an aquarium of fans.

    The updated list of livestock is:
    • Fishes
      • 2 black Clowns
      • Purple Tang
      • 2 Blue-yellow Damsels (1 was from the office Aquarium 4)
      • Yellow Tang
      • Yellow Clown Goby
      • Flame Angel
      • Yellow Wrasse
      • Orange Striped Prawn Goby
    • Invertebrates
      • Turbo and Nassarius snails
      • 2 red Linckia starfishes
      • purple Linckia starfish
      • 2 Tuxedo Urchins
      • 2 Cleaner Skunk Shrimps
      • Fire Shrimp
      • Fromia starfish
    • Corals
      • SPS
        • Horn Coral
        • Strawberry Shortcake Acropora
        • yellow digitata
        • red digitata
        • Millepora
      • LPS
        • 3 Acans
        • 3 Hammer Corals (peach and 2 purple green)
        • 4 Supersun Coral frags
        • 2 yellow Bubble Corals
        • 2 branched Octo Corals (purple and half green and half peach)
        • Goniopora Corals (shrinking pink, green tentacles and purple center and 2 purple tentacles green center)
        • 2 Elegance Corals (pink tips green body and blue tip yellow body)
        • green Candy Cane
        • Duncan Coral
        • Blasto Coral
        • Fox Coral
      • Mushrooms
        • orange Ricordea yuma mushrooms
        • green Ricordea yuma mushrooms
      • Soft Corals
        • Chilli Coral
        • red Flower Rock Anemone
        • 2 pink Rose Bud Tip Anemones
        • Toadstool Leather Mushroom
        • branched Finger Coral
        • 9 Gorgonians (purple branch with brown polyps, 2 yellow  branch and polyps, 2 red branch with yellow polyps, 2 white branch with red polyps, red branch with pink polyps, half yellow and brown branch)
      • Polyps 
        • purple Zoas
        • Fiery Red Zoas
        • 4 assorted Zoas
        • green Palythoa
        • 4 green Star Polyps
        • 4 Clove Polyps (2 gold, 1 green and 1 common)
        • 3 Daisy Polyps (brown and 2 green eyes)
        • grey pulsing Xenia
        • 9 frag plugs of Zoas
        • Sympodium Coral
        • yellow Parazoanthus
    • Macroalgae (in sump)
      • Chaetomorpha
      • red Bamboo
      • green Bubble algae
      The technical details are:
      • Jebao Marine Aqua DC-6000 return pump
      • Maxspect R420R 16,000K 160W
      • Solite 2 x 24W T5 lights
      • Hailea HS-28A chiller
      • Reef Octopus BH1000 skimmer
      • Two Little Fishes Phosban Reactor running Phosban
      • MP25 and RW-8 wavemakers
      • Tunze Nano Osmolator
      • Marine Magic Triplet Dosing
      FTS under blue lights
      yellow Sea Fan, green Clove and purple Octo

      golden Clove and green Candy Cane and Zoa frag

      left side of aquarium

      right side

      2 Sea Fans

      Zoa frag

      yellow Elegance with blue tips

      red polyps Sea Fan

      Sympodium coral
      top view of right side

      top view of left side

      the newly introduced Regal Blue Tang and damsel

      Goniopora, Horn Coral, Grey Pulsing Xenia and Chili Coral

      the shy Flame Angel finally came out

      the Goby

      Hammer Coral

      5 new Zoa frags

      Aquarium 4 with IOS (Office)
      These are the latest photos of this aquarium and a few new inhabitants were added yesterday.

      Anyway, the inhabitants of this aquarium are:

      • Fishes
        • False Percula Clownfish (previously from Aquarium 3)
        • Yellow Tang
        • Royal Gramma
        • 5 Pomacanthus alleni damselfish
      • Invertebrates
        • yellow Banded Coral Shrimp
      • Corals
        • LPS
          • Bubble Coral
        • Soft Coral
          • branched Finger Coral
          • Anthelia
          • green Anemone
        • Polyps
          • Zoas
        • Macroalgae
          • Bubble Algae
          • green Algae

      Yellow Tang, Royal Gramma, False Percula and Pomacanthus damsel

      a recovering Bubble Coral