Sunday, January 31, 2016


I thought I wouldn't be able to put up this post today because I was quite ill the last few days due to a fever, sore throat, cough and back ache after weeks of working on the floral display. I slept from 4-6 am on last Friday and that morning, I developed a sore throat, lost my voice around lunch time and a high fever by 2 pm. I went to see the doctor by 5 pm and when I reached home, I slept until the following day around 11 am.

For this whole month, the aquariums were so neglected and I didn't even make any new acquisitions. So everything looked miserable and just yesterday, the first casualty of the year was the Yellow Wrasse, which I found today on the table. I guess it managed to squeeze through the gap in the cover. Rest in peace, little fella. I don't know when I lost the Hector Goby, which is one of my small favourite gobies, but I think it could be last month. Even the Tuxedo Sea Urchin was dead and I found the remains of it.

I felt better today, did a cleanup of the aquarium and here are some photos taken today.

Aquarium 1  (1 ft cube - 27 litres)
I feel bad that the water in this aquarium always feel warm to the touch. I stopped using the fan for some time now and whilst the inhabitants are fine, I think they are not in their optimum condition. Maybe I am being cruel here, so I am considering getting them a chiller now to make them feel more at ease in this small abode.

The livestock are:
  • Fishes
    • False Percula Clownfish
    • 2 Fire Gobies
  • Invertebrates
    • Turbo Snails
    • Cleaner Skunk Shrimp
  • Corals
    • LPS
      • 2 Supersun Corals
  • Macroalgae
      • green Algae
      • Chaetomorpha algae
    The technical information is as follows:
    • Atman HF-0600 HOB Filter
    • Maxspect Razor Nano 60W (10,000K)
    • Tunze Nano Osmolator

      Aquarium 3 (3 x 1.5 x 1.5 feet and sump - 250 litres)
      Today, I removed a number of dead corals and siphoned away a lot of sand, which was smouldering the corals lower down, and hopefully things will stabilize soon. I discovered my beloved Black Percula Clown also disappeared and I think it could have gone missing last month. The biggest culprit is the Golden Maroon Clown, which was always chasing it and which I failed to net out.

      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
      • Invertebrates
        • Turbo and Nassarius snails
        • 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
          • unknown Acropora
          • Bird Nest frags
        • LPS
          • Hammer Corals (purple green)
          • green Candy Cane
          • Duncan Coral
          • Fox Coral
        • Mushrooms
          • orange Ricordea yuma mushrooms
          • green Ricordea yuma mushrooms
          • red mushroom
          • green mushroom
        • Soft Corals
          • Chilli Coral
          • 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
          • 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