Thursday, December 31, 2015


This day is an important milestone for me.

Today, it marks 3 years or 1,095 days that I returned to aquarium reefing and I must honestly admit I am still a novice in SPS husbandry. Just when I thought almost everything seemed fine and promising, some SPS started to bleach or showed rtn. The big chunk of Bird Nest was getting my attention and on the way to become one of my favourites when it started to deteriorate. Fortunately, this past week I had more time on my hands and spent boxing day taking frags of it. In fact, I spent some time taking multiple frags of some SPS that were happy, with the slim hope that I will not see the end of them. I should probably steer free of Stags since they never seemed to do well in my hands with fading colours and non-existent PE.

What is making me happy are the few SPS listed below that are displaying very good PE and/or new growth. I cross my fingers that they will remain this way for a long time.
  • copper green Poccillopora - It was on the verge of declining previously but is one of the best specimens that I have now with excellent PE.
  • unknown fluorescent green SPS - I started with a frag of it from AquaMarin and subsequently, I broke a smaller frag from it and now I have 2 separate frags. Initially, I don't see the PE but now it seems to extend bluish polyps.
  • radioactive Bird Nest - I bought 2 frags of it from AquaMarin and now the larger frag has surprising long waving polyps in the water.
  • Acropora - This is a recently acquired Acropora together with a pink Millepora, green Acropora, blue Stag etc. All the others either perished or are declining but this colony has a brown body with green tips and blue polyps, that seemed to be on display most of the time.
  • red Acropora digitata - I got this in Taiwan in June this year and the frag initially lost its colour but it is now recovering its colour even though it is not as red as when I first got it and it certainly is growing.
  • green Acropora digitata - I used to have 2 frags of it and one main frag got rtn and perished, but not before I took a frag of it, and the other was partially bleached. I discovered one small frag which was originally white has green on its body now. I have also taken a frag of the bleached one, with the hope that it can regenerate itself.
  • orange Cyphastrea - I got this from GO in May this year and it seemed stable and is extending outwards slowly.
  • Red Planet - I bought this frag with a green body and purple "pimples" for $10 from a reefer and it is one of the most stable SPS that I have. Whilst most of the frags I bought from reefers died, this one seemed to look better by the day. It is growing very, very slowly but I am confident it has become accustomed to the tank conditions.
  • unknown deep sea Acropora -  Ok, I have no idea of its identity but it is a very slim, smooth-skinned frag with a brown body that is showing more green now.
Well, I suppose it is quite apparent that I have a penchant for green SPS, presumably because I am in the green industry and love green plants. I am definitely trying to build up my collection of colourful SPS gradually over time.

Other notable corals that are worth mentioning are the now expanding pink-tipped Bubble Anemone, which almost shriveled and died when I first got it, and the green body brown polyps Tree Coral and green polyps Toadstool Leather Coral, both of which I bought in Taiwan. I guess the chiller did make a difference in the successful culture of SPS but it is obvious that temperature is not the only factor worth paying attention to. I guess stability of the water parameters is still paramount to maintaining a successful and sustainable pico or nano-reef.

Aquarium 1  (1 ft cube - 27 litres)

After the death of a huge chunk of Caulerpa algae, I think, that fouled the water and made me scrambled to partially change the water and replace the phosphate removal media, this aquarium has more fish inhabitants now. The water temperature remains to be one of the problems that is limiting the success of this aquarium.

The good news is, out of 4 Fire Gobies, 2 are now responding well and have ventured out of their hiding places to look for food.

The livestock are:
  • Fishes
    • False Percula Clownfish
    • Hector Goby
    • Yellow Wrasse
    • 2 Fire Gobies
  • Invertebrates
    • Turbo Snails
    • Tuxedo Sea Urchin
    • Cleaner Skunk Shrimp
  • Corals
    • Polyps
      • Zoas
    • Macroalgae
        • green Algae
        • red algae
        • Chaetomorpha algae
    The technical information is as follows:
    • Atman HF-0600 HOB Filter
    • Maxspect Razor Nano 60W (10,000K)
    • Tunze Nano Osmolator
    a relatively bare FTS

    the two Fire Gobies

    the Yellow Wrasse

    the Clown Fish

    Aquarium 3 (3 x 1.5 x 1.5 feet and sump - 250 litres)
    This aquarium is still evolving and this is how it looks currently.

    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
      • Cleaner Skunk Shrimp
      • 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
        • Bird Nest
      • LPS
        • Acan
        • Hammer Corals (purple green)
        • 2 Supersun Coral frags
        • 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
        • pink Rose Bud Tip Anemones
        • Toadstool Leather Mushroom
        • luminous green Tree Coral
      • 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
        • 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
      • Skimz skimmer
      • Two Little Fishes Phosban Reactor running Phosguard
      • Maxspect Gyre and RW-8 wavemaker
      • Tunze Nano Osmolator
      • Marine Magic Triplet Dosing

      a FTS under blue lights

      the top left view

      the expanding pink Bubble Tipped Anemone

      the rtn Bird Nest that was fragged and the luminous Tree Coral

      the Stag and Radioactive Bird Nest frag

      the Red Planet frag

      frags of the various SPS

      the unknown Acropora and green A. digitata

      the unknown green Pocci maybe with bluish polyps?

      the Acropora with blue polyps

      the red A. digitata

      the frags

      green polyps Toadstool Leather Coral

      the Red Planet with purple polyps
      the mushrooms corner with Chili and Hammer Corals

      the very aggressive Golden Maroon