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My display tanks and tubs from February 2015.

Post  liquidg on 16th July 2015, 2:39 pm

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Fattening up my Luzon sea stars for the harlequin shrimps.

Post  liquidg on 16th July 2015, 2:42 pm

This is one of my luzonicus eating some hypnea bulking up to become a larger dinner and tastier for the harlequin shrimp.
Every one is eating, even the acans I am conditioning for a mate have sealed up their damaged sides and growing nicely and are pigging out on the fine foods that I put in this next tub up stream for raising the redlines that makes it way through the barriers, intentionally, and is keeping the acans nice and healthy for now.
This works out well for the sea stars, I use to throw the extra growth from the displays of the hypnea on to the lawn, but a while ago I found this to be one of the healthiest foods for the Luzon sea stars and my harls near jump onto a fresh-chubby luzon, lol.


And another one.


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My 4 year old flavissimus-lemon peel angel is a real toughie.

Post  liquidg on 16th July 2015, 3:00 pm

I caught this guy nearly 3 years back and it was around a year old then.
It was badly attacked when living in my bottom tank in 2014 and it took over two months of tender care to fix, the poor little guy was so mangled its back bone was exposed, it was so badly damaged by two fish ganging up on it.
The result is a deformed fish that has a well earned place in my hobby!








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Re: My display tanks and tubs from February 2015.

Post  Cho_Didi_Ho_Bag on 17th July 2015, 9:05 am

Great pictures as usual, would you be able to grab some shots of from the outside, for a full perspective of everything?
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Re: My display tanks and tubs from February 2015.

Post  liquidg on 17th July 2015, 10:26 am

Here you go.
Top tank


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Sea urchin patterns as it eats the algae off the tub walls.

Post  liquidg on 17th July 2015, 2:03 pm

What an artistic urchin, this guy I rotate from tub to tub, for obvious reasons.


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Raising lysmata amboinensis.

Post  liquidg on 21st July 2015, 2:53 pm

All the little guys including the one i was worried about with painfully slow growth are powering in growth now!
Most are fully fledged hermaphrodites now.
The little guy is responding really well with the food additives i put in and has shed twice since I was getting worried about it a while back.
I put one of the first adults of this lot in with their mum/dad and mum/dad is chokers with fertile eggs after ages of them coming on and it drops them off.
Prob is I have no where to raise them as yet, the little guys are not ready to get rid of yet.
I will miss them, sort of!
I finished achieving the findings i was aiming for but I like to make sure they completely trust the cleaning of a human hand, to me that signals they can make it in any tank if there is no chance of predation.
Just a couple of months back I would put in my hand and they were totally scared of it, couldnít get them near it, now they clean me in shifts of 3 to 4 of the 9 that I raised, the little guy still wont go near my hand, but in time it will get there.
I tested the levels of phos in the tubs with all this feeding over these many months and I do not do water changes!!!! and its all most unreadably high!
I keep chaeto in there but it is near useless for fast paced phos.
She/he is ready go.


The little guy, no ovarian activity yet!


Training time.


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Close up of one of my porcelain anemone crabs feeding

Post  liquidg on 22nd July 2015, 11:50 am

I donít keep anems so my crabs roam around and just chill and wave a bit food in here with there feeding appendages.


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Hinge back shrimps are getting big!

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Obese, very old brittle sea star.

Post  liquidg on 22nd July 2015, 1:39 pm

This guy i have had for years.


At collection near 4 years back in a plastic cup.


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Acans feeding nicely in high nutrient conditions with weak lighting.

Post  liquidg on 28th July 2015, 1:34 pm

Acans are so easy to keep!! These acans are in water with painfully high phos and such low light that most would say is so weak its not actually aquarium lighting at all.
These are the guys pigging out with fully healed borders from when I collected them a while back.

Orange collected


Settled in. †


Multi coloured collected


Settled in.

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Amboinensis lysmata red line stage of maturity.

Post  liquidg on 30th July 2015, 1:20 pm

The last of my 12 tub raised red line shrimp, of which I put into my displays, three of them and nine were left behind to watch change to adults, the last hit maturity these past two days.
The smallest of the juv red lines disappeared two days ago, not long after me seeing a perfect shell, which I thought was its left over body, I thought the rest of them had killed it!
This had to happen on the day I donít feed any one!
Dam, I was attached to that little guy as well!
Today I was feeding the guys heaps and out came these feelers from the very bottom section of conduit, the little guy was fine, he had gone from male to hermaphrodite in that shed and was hiding as result of that change!
It appears that a juv does not want to be fertilised at the first sign of ovaries.
Such a relief, now I can get rid of the lot of them, lol.
Red line two weeks back, just a hint of green but not adult yet.


red line hiding


green ting


ovaries and eggs

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Red line shrimp shed, just missed it.

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Australomussa coral, looking good.

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lights off time

Post  liquidg on 11th August 2015, 12:53 am

some lighting for my fish 24/7
The lights ďthat are on when displays are offĒ are only three two foot ten watt led fluoro lighting at the rear of my tanks that doubles as lighting for my algae area and night lights for the tanks.
Before that many years ago found how amazingly well this worked at reducing stress to fish with just a small 20-watt bulb.

Though i only have what I introduce as i do not use live rock, that is another reason why i have lights on 24/7 for my aquariums, the poor fish do not sleep as we do, they sort of lay there in a trance, not actually sleeping but many will feed you rubbish on fish supposedly sleeping, this is not actually the case,certainly not like we do!
In other reefers tanks the ones who can not get up high, the poor beggars get walked on, prodded, stabbed, pinched, rubbed, its all so stressful that they sometimes leap out or get hurt on corals and or anems at night not knowing where the hell they are going and by morning they are really stressed.

At night, from your ďlive rockĒ, itís like a whole new world roaming around terrifying your fish and other reef life!
Its funny in my tanks, my main lights go out and the very weak one s behind are on, so my fish and what ever head to the back to carry on annoying each other,lol.



Tanks †after main lights go off


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This amphipod is a whopper!

Post  liquidg on 12th August 2015, 4:45 pm

Here I was thinking I have seen the biggest of my billions of pods, but this guy is bigger then a 5 cent coin!


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Coralline growth in algae tub in just over 6 months.

Post  liquidg on 17th August 2015, 1:43 pm

This is late 2014.


This is August 2015


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They hammer corals grow up so fast!

Post  liquidg on 21st August 2015, 2:20 pm

The hammer coral that came from the original is now as big as the original!
Its not as green, but it certainly grew fast.
Not long ago it was this little hammer that grew off the side of the one i bought that until I did some tidying around the hammer, I didnít know it was there, so I snapped it off and once out of its parents shadow, the sky is the limit, lol.


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Eerie looking algae gets going.

Post  liquidg on 21st August 2015, 2:22 pm

Here it looks sort of eerie amongst the hypnea.


This is it in the bottom tank on the spray bar.


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My tank has worms, lol.

Post  liquidg on 22nd August 2015, 2:18 am


Thatís where some of my my cal and mag goes!


On my first pre filter slide, all cleaned the same days.


Cleaned off.


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The male anthia can finally tolerate me.

Post  liquidg on 22nd August 2015, 2:20 am


Itís was a while back now that the male anthia will come out and feed but, when I get close to the tank it hides, its good now.


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Capensis algae on spray bar

Post  liquidg on 22nd August 2015, 2:26 am

This a little community is in not a great spot!
Early last year I cleaned the pray bar and broke it off, but not the bass so it grew back.
Last year.


Early this year.


Last month.


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Capensis algae and mesomorphum coralline algae.

Post  liquidg on 22nd August 2015, 2:35 am

Out of constant sporing of my mesomorphum/flower coralline, the dam stuff is near every where!
Now I know one of my fav algae species being capensis is basically a coralline, very flexible coralline, but still similar and these two prove it with their like for each other! lol
Like two different flowers growing in each other they seem to be not harming each other.
Last year I think this was.


Some months back.


Last month.


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Sps and capensis to create a different, pretty reef tank!

Post  liquidg on 27th August 2015, 2:06 pm

The combo of capensis and sps I have played with a long time ago but could not get it to work, so for a few years now I have been giving it another whirl after learning much more about capensis and its working out really well.

Sps in focus


Capensis in focus

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Corallines growing in my bio systems dry section!

Post  liquidg on 2nd September 2015, 1:43 pm


A part from everywhere else, this is my plastic rubbish bin dry section, that has corallines galore and the weird thing is itís the flower species, not the flat variety?
There is no water sitting in here, thatís the whole function of a dry section, no media submersed, if it is working correctly!
The water flows onto a drip tray then through correct sized countersunk holes then splashes over nedia and out, it doesnít rise, sit or anything else in here that will allow water levels to exist at all, it drains from the base so these corallines are living in extreme humidity and the resulting spots of water from impacting/splashing on my rollers, nothing else!
The drip tray has walls to contain and direct water through the holes as it should and drains at each corner if holes block once the tray holds over 15 mill or greater of water as a fail safe and neither are near these corallines.
Plus i clean the tray regularly so it doesnít over flow the fail-safes!
Amazing stuff this flower variety, slim water availability and yet it sustains enough cal and mag to grow and thrive, in a semi dry rubbish bin, lol.
A dry section correctly made and functioning blows away anything else at gas exchanging and that is a naturally occurring a simple fact.
As a gas professional said, way back when i was chasing info on how to best set up my home made calcium reactors and how to best use the CO2 from my leased bottles, nothing achieves gas exchange better then cascaded water and the best and most common naturally occurring cascaded water is a water fall!
Coralline, drip tray off.


Drip tray back on.


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