Saturday, October 31, 2015


It is almost coming to 3 years since I returned to aquarium reefing, so here's the latest update.

Aquarium 1  (1 ft cube - 27 litres)

I am not posting any photos of this aquarium since there are no new additions or removals. I should be getting something on this Wed to add on to this aquarium.

The livestock are:
  • Fishes
    • False Percula Clownfish
    • Hector Goby
  • Invertebrates
    • Turbo Snails
    • Tuxedo Sea Urchin
  • Corals
    • Soft Coral
      • a few blue Actinodiscus mushrooms
    • Polyps
      • Zoas
    • Macroalgae
        • green Algae
        • red algae
    The technical information is as follows:
    • Atman HF-0600 HOB Filter
    • Maxspect Razor Nano 60W (10,000K)

    Aquarium 3 (3 x 1.5 x 1.5 feet and sump - 250 litres)
    After I upgraded the chiller, the sps seemed more stable. It could just be completely my psychological perception.

    However, I have a diatoms problem for a few weeks now and no amount of vacumming the sand out of the aquarium helped so I am just letting it grow and will wait for it to go away.

    I also got a new piece of equipment Maxspect Gyre and I am happy with it for now.

    The monthly updated list of livestock is as follows:
    • Fishes
      • Purple Tang
      • 2 Blue-yellow Damsels
      • Yellow Tang
      • Flame Angel
      • Regal Blue Tang
      • Orange Striped Prawn Goby
      • True Percula Clown
      • Golden Maroon Clown
      • Royal Gramma
      • Yellow Clown Goby
      • Black Percula Clown
    • Invertebrates
      • Turbo and Nassarius snails
      • purple Linckia starfish
      • Tuxedo Urchins
      • 2 Cleaner Skunk Shrimps
      • Golden Stenopus Shrimp
    • Corals
      • SPS
        • Horn Coral
        • Poccillopora
        • orange Cyphastrea
        • Red Planet
        • red Acropora digitata
        • green Poccillopora
        • unknown green
        • Radioactive Bird Nest frag
        • Bird Nest frag
        • green Acropora digitata
        • cyan blue Acropora digitata
        • red Acropora digitata
        • unknown browned out SPS
        • unknown Acropora
        • unknown sps
      • LPS
        • Acan
        • Hammer Corals (purple green)
        • Supersun Coral frag
        • Alveopora Coral
        • green Candy Cane
        • Duncan Coral
        • Fox Coral
      • Mushrooms
        • orange Ricordea yuma mushrooms
        • green Ricordea yuma mushrooms
        • red mushroom
        • purple mushroom
        • green mushroom
      • Soft Corals
        • Chilli Coral
        • red Flower Rock Anemone
        • 2 pink Rose Bud Tip Anemones
        • Toadstool Leather Mushroom
        • branched Finger Coral
        • luminous green tree
        • grey pulsing Xenia
        • 2 Xenia trees
      • Polyps
        • purple Zoas
        • Fiery Red Zoas
        • 5 assorted Zoas
        • 2 green Palythoa
        • 3 green Star Polyps
        • 5 Clove Polyps (2 gold, 1 green and 2 common)
        • 3 Daisy Polyps (brown and 2 green eyes)
        • 15 frag plugs of Zoas
        • green Clove
        • pink Zoas
        • yellow frag
        • green base purple skirt Paly
        • green base brown skirt 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-66A chiller
      • Reef Octopus BH1000 skimmer
      • Two Little Fishes Phosban Reactor running Phosban
      • Maxspect Gyre and RW-8 wavemaker
      • Tunze Nano Osmolator
      • Marine Magic Triplet Dosing
      Aquarium under white lights.

      The diatoms is obvious on the sand.

      The Maxspect Gyre on the left of the aquarium.

      The stuff doesn't stand out under white lights.

      The green Montipora digitata.

      The Radioactive Bird Nest sps.

      The cyan blue digitata.

      The unknown sps is showing off some green colour.

      The Red Planet.

      The orange Cyphastrea.

      The diatoms on the sand bed didn't abate after numerous vacuuming.

      I moved the mushrooms up.

      I moved this Pocci numerous times and it is showing its displeasure.

      The same view under blue lights.

      The actual colours look better than in photos.

      The left view.

      The right view.

      Sunday, October 11, 2015

      33 MONTHS 7 AND 10 DAYS

      the right is dead, possibly because it was next to the wavemaker
      Ok, I must admit now that the chiller does seem to have some effect on some of the SPS. Although I lost some SPS recently, I attributed it more to my negligence and poor husbandry when I was caught up with other stuff to spend time on them.

      I lost a number of LPS too, such as the bubble corals, golden hammer, octo coral. My guess for their demise is I placed them on the sand bed and the bully maroon clown loves to agitate the sand and create sandstorms in its territory, causing them to constantly be covered with sand.

      For these two weeks, I was battling a diatoms problem and didn't know what was wrong until yesterday when I found a disintegrated leather coral in my sump, which emitted a rotten egg smell, which I suspected to be hydrogen sulphide. Thank goodness I siphoned out much of the debris and detritus and changed almost 2 pails of water and all live stock are fine when they look really stressed out yesterday.

      Anyway, these are some photos taken a couple of days ago.
      the left side looks perfectly fine

      I couldn't believe how much this digitata grew until I looked at the June photos

      more close-ups of the polyps extension

      this photo doesn't do justice to the actual colours of this Cyphastrea

      a newly acquired green digitata

      the same pocci under blue lights

      a top view showing a number of zoas colonies

      one of two newly acquired Radioactive Bird Nest

      an unknown SPS from Ah Beng

      I didn't know what was wrong until I realized they are not all with 8 tentacles

      another beautiful newly acquired cyan digitata

      this bubble tip anemone recovered its colours and anchored itself on the glass
      the fluorescent Coral Tree has more than doubled its size since June