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Old 09-06-2012, 01:29 PM   #141 (permalink)
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Today I went to a large LFS and they have a huge selection of corals and they are cheap so I picked up some pipe organ. I also got a yellow clown gobi to keep my older one company. As soon as I put her in the tank, the older one swam right over and did his spawning dance which looks similar to the Macarana. I love these little clown gobies and always have a few in my reef. I now have a couple of yellows and a black guy.
Their only problem is they only live a few years and they need tiny food. That is no problem in my tank because I hatch baby brine shrimp every day and they also eat the smaller blackworms. The best part about these little guys is that they are about $5.00 and are bright yellow. They stay in the front in a piece of acropora but I don't know how they avoid predators in the sea being a real Sissy looking tiny fish.
They come in yellow, green and black but the black ones are larger and hide a lot.
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:21 PM   #142 (permalink)
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I took some pictures. I also made a mistake and added a little too many fish, I sometimes just can't help myself but the fish will get over it. I wanted a school of cardinals and I already had two, so I bought two more, then three more, then I needed one more, so I have 8 of them. Real cool fish and they school. There is actually two different kinds, when I get time I will make a video of the school. They float around facing the current and grab baby brine shrimp all day, my feeder allows some shrimp to get loose all day so they love it.
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:03 PM   #143 (permalink)
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Today I added a bunch of new LEDs to my algae trough, one string of LEDs croaked.
It is much brighter now but the problem is that I clean the thing so infrequently that those hard tube worms grow all through it and it is hard to remove the screen. When I removed the screen I had to break many of them and I have amphipods and brittle stars al over my workbench. I caught as many as I could and threw them back home.
Soon I will install my new revolving algae grower.
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Old 12-08-2012, 01:09 PM   #144 (permalink)
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My pair of mandarins spawned last night. I am not sure if they spawned before and I won't be hunting for eggs in this 6' long tank.
The young female I got about a year ago and she was very skinny at the time. She fattened up nicely partially due to the baby brine feder I added even though my tank is full of pods.
One pair of cardinals is also spawning as are my fireclowns, but they always spawn. The male is 19 years old now but the female is only about 10.
I am curious of the number of fish I have so I am going to try to count them.
6 glass cardinals
5 unidentified cardinals
2 mandarins
2 fireclowns
1 copperband
5 or 6 different gobies
1 clown gobi
1 shrimp/gobi combination
1 6 line wrasse
3 chalk bass
unknown number of crabs
2 urchins
I think thats it. So about 27 or 28 fish. Most of them are small so I assume the tank can handle it with no problem. Time will tell.
I would like to get the tank to last at least until it is 50 years old in 8 years, then I will consider it a success
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:16 PM   #145 (permalink)
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That's amazing Paul,

While most people struggle to keep one, you have a pair and they must be verry happy with you; they are spawning. Congrats!

BTW I am forever fascinated by your inventions, you just cant sit still.

How is that revolving algae grower coming along? Are you going to compete with Santa... and his algae scrubber design?
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I just got back from a short three day trip to New Hampshire and before I left I removed the revolving algae scrubber. The test is over and it needs tweeking as it did not hardly grow much algae at all. I think that is because my algae trough grows it so well there are no more nutrients to grow on this thing. There is no algae in the tank itself so all is well. My fish came through fine even though they didn't get anything to eat in 4 days. But they are making really mean faces at me and carving nasty things on the inside of the glass.
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The test is over and it needs tweeking as it did not hardly grow much algae at all. I think that is because my algae trough grows it so well there are no more nutrients to grow on this thing.
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My fish came through fine even though they didn't get anything to eat in 4 days.
I usually tell whoever looks over my tank not to feed if it's that long. I tell them "Just look if everything is normal and top off water"

I would imagine they could go on without food for 2 weeks or even more.

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But they are making really mean faces at me and carving nasty things on the inside of the glass.
That is hilarious Paul
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It ran for a month or two. I will rebuild it with some design updates.
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Yeah a month or two should be sufficient enough to start algae growth. I'd say if anything you should see major algae growth in 2-3 weeks.

I don't think the problem is nutrients, afterall, the algae through is growing. Unless you're thinking that it is because it's already established...but that still shouldnt really take a way from other algae scrubbers.

You should maybe colaborate with Santa on the next big thing to hit the hobby.
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All the algae grows in mny algae trough and they hate to change locations.
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If only my aiptasia colony would listen to me that way.
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Hello. I have not been on here for 5 years and decided to drop by. (actually I got a E Mail from the administrator and forgot about you guys)

My tank is still going, it was 47 years old this week. I will be moving in a few weeks and hope to take all the inhabitants with me. If it works I will be getting a larger tank.

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