Hi all. HNY. My Boyu 550 setup now has a couple of elect. blue Damsels joining the Percs. Clean up crew comprises a pair of shrimps and a couple of hermits. A few days ago I noticed that my live corals were looking a bit sad. Despite weekly 10% water change and regular testing, I found a v sudden ph spike. Down from 8.1 to below 7 overnight. Instant appl. of Reef Buffer has brought the ph back up, so I hope the corals will approve. Can anyone identify the wee beasties that have hatched out of the live rock for me? They are small, (1cm long), amber yellow, with bony or spiky body and a pair of prominent antennae. Caught one sliding along the glass on its belly - seems legless - perhaps a nudibranch? Rather cute really, but are they harmless and will they try to take over? Best to all, Dixie
Hi all,(or both) My setup is now 9 weeks old. Coral producing lote of weird and wonderful flora - and some fauna! Aiptasia all "X"ed. The sexy shrimp and invisible pep shrimp - who I hope is ok - have been joined by a pair of Percs and two hermits who are obviously in love as they go everywhere together. All seem remarkably well so I'm tempted to get some more fish. What think electrogear? Hows youre 550 nattyp? Happy new year, etc, Dixie
Thanks so much, Electrogear. I was exaggerating. So far there are three on two pieces of rock, so I could try the upside down in the sand trick. I'm a little concerned that there may be more in the rock rubble in the heater chamber, which may breed happily away and then strike out....
Sorry if this is old hat to some. Got a brand new setup using a TL550 (second hand tank). 3 weeks into curing cycle, with live rock rubble in back and 8kg live rock on non-live substrate. No Nh3/4 spike, yet. Water quality seems good. However half a dozen sweet little anemones are popping their dear little heads out of the holes in the rock which are definitely Aiptasia. I have read how these are bad news and how to combat them with peppermint shrimps of Aiptasia X - which involves zapping them with a syringe. My question is - as the setup is so new and there are no other livestock present (apart from anything else that might be lurking in the rock), is there an easier/better way to deal with the Aiptasia? I would try to photograph them, but they are v small and my camera skills are not that brilliant.
Hi all. I'm just setting up a Boyu 550. It's 3 weeks old with live rock and using all the latest help from the forum. My fans make a depressing noise when switched on, but settle down to an acceptable hum after a couple of minutes. (The tank is not new) I'm ready to change the fans, but am happy with the present state of affairs. Dixie
Thanks for these, Suey, lots of useful info. When I kept marines all those years ago (1970's-80's), we had no www to share stuff. We were in the dark. Rather like the fish (Grolux tubes gave out v lttle light!) But we muddled through. Of course the smallest successful tanks were at least 150 litres. No room for a large tank these days, so a nano cube is a Godsend. Dixie
I'm goin' to persevere with the Boyu skimmer as I may not even need it with the setup I plan. Got my youngest daughter - with slim, but incredibly strong hands to re-fit the existing skimmer. 3 Weeks ago, when I begabn to surf for reef building stuff I read a thread on one site from a guy who described in some detail how he built his reef wall (for an Orca 450) by taking slices of cured live rock and siliconing them onto a sloping wall. It made so much sense, but I, stupidly, did not save the website and now cannot find it. Can anyone help? After 20 years I'm so thrilled to be back in the marine community, no matter how limited. Dixie
Hi all, thanks so much for such good stuff. Just bought an Orca 450 to resume marines after 20 year gap. How things have changed! No more under gravel filters. My tank is 3 yrs old & has been unused in a garage for some time. I've stripped it down, cleaned it thoroughly (in hot water)and am ready to reassemble and build a reef. Exciting. One big prob. My hands are too large to fit down the chamber to reconnect the skimmer to the new Maxijet 900 I just bought. How does anyone do this? Dixie