Saturday, May 30, 2015


Another month has gone by so quickly. This is the first time in many months that I am putting up the monthly post this early in the day instead of at night because I will be catching a flight this afternoon to Taiwan with my mum and sister's family. So I will be gone for a week and the aquarium is up for another frightening week again. Hopefully all is fine when I am back.

This is also a significant month because from the day I re-started reefing 29 months ago, I started with Aquarium 1. I had lots of memories of it, good  bad, and last week I finally decommissioned it and combined the stuff from Aquarium 4 which I brought back from the office. It is with sadness that I finally cleared everything and put it aside for good.

As for Aquarium 3, it is now predominantly LPS and soft corals dominated. I will try out more SPS after I manage to get the Zeolith reactor.

The updates are presented below.

Aquarium 1 (1 ft cube - 27 litres)
This aquarium is finally decommissioned after 29 months!

Aquarium 3 (3 x 1.5 x 1.5 feet and sump - 250 litres)
I couldn't help it but added a beautiful pocci which was on sale at Ah Beng's at $30. Well, I almost planted the base of the aquarium with LPS and there isn't much space left for others. But I think this aquarium is overcrowded with fishes at the moment with the big 5s taking the lead.

I am looking out to buy a zeolith reactor but there wasn't any that I fancy and is affordable.

So anyway, here is the monthly updated list of livestock:
  • Fishes
    • Purple Tang
    • 2 Blue-yellow Damsels
    • Yellow Tang
    • Flame Angel
    • Regal Blue Tang
    • Majestic Angel
    • Yellow Wrasse
    • Orange Striped Prawn Goby
    • 2 True Percula Clowns
    • Golden Maroon Clown
    • Royal Gramma
    • Yellow Clown Goby
  • Invertebrates
    • Turbo and Nassarius snails
    • 2 red Linckia starfishes
    • purple Linckia starfish
    • 2 Tuxedo Urchins
    • 2 Cleaner Skunk Shrimps
    • Fire Shrimp
  • Corals
    • SPS
      • Horn Coral
      • Poccillopora
      • Cyphastrea
    • LPS
      • Acan
      • 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 (green tentacles and purple center, 2 purple tentacles green center and brown)
      • 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
      • 5 assorted Zoas
      • green Palythoa
      • 5 green Star Polyps
      • 5 Clove Polyps (2 gold, 1 green and 2 common)
      • 3 Daisy Polyps (brown and 2 green eyes)
      • grey pulsing Xenia
      • 17 frag plugs of Zoas
  • 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
    Pocci under blue and white lights

    close-up of Pocci

    new Zoas rock

    Zoas under blue and white lights

    top view under blue and white lights

    top view

    Clove Polyps

    under white lights

    under blue lights only

    back to higher white lower blue lights

    Orange Striped Prawn Goby

    one of two remaining Fire Gobies

    FTS under blue and white lights

    FTS under higher white lights

    new GSP

    Zoa frags

    under only white lights

    Golden Maroon Clownfish

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

    Anyway, the livestock in this aquarium are:
    • Fishes
      • False Percula Clownfish
      • black Clownfish
      • Pomacanthus alleni damselfish
      • Possum Wrasse
      • Hector Goby
      • Golden Angel
    • Invertebrates
      • 3 Turbo Snails 
      • Nassarius Snail
      • Tuxedo Sea Urchin
      • Cleaner Skunk Shrimp
      • yellow Banded Coral Shrimp
    • Corals
      • LPS
        • Bubble Corals
        • Acan
      • Soft Coral
        • branched Finger Coral
        • Anthelia
        • green Anemone
        • Rose Bud Tip Anemone and Bud Tip Anemone
        • White Tree Coral
        • Orange Tree Coral
        • a few blue Actinodiscus mushrooms
      • Polyps
        • Zoas
        • Macroalgae
        • Bubble Algae
        • green Algae
        • red algae
    The technical information is as follows:
    • Sanrise LED Pro lights (without wifi)
    • Tunze Osmolator Nano
    • Boyu Cooling Fan
      FTS under white lights

      under combination lights