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Urchins removing hair algae

Post  liquidg on 4th September 2015, 2:29 pm

Some time ago I chucked in a bit of algae and stupidly introduced hair alga and turf algae!
It was annoying to use tweezers as in the past to pull it out from time to time so i put in these guys along with my tub cleaning crew land mine urchins and the green is near non existent and so far no coralline has been touched as well.
Itís not easy to find just little urchins, but with some help after an hour or two in the rock pools, its all good.


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The most popular spot in my bottom tank.

Post  liquidg on 8th September 2015, 1:15 pm

Just about all the fish pass through here, or try to?
The pyroferus owns it, well it thinks so, lol.










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Capensis getting quite big.

Post  liquidg on 9th September 2015, 12:54 pm

This is now, from roughly this time last year in the last photo.








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Hammer coral photos.

Post  liquidg on 18th September 2015, 2:17 pm

Hammer frags are doing great, now its hammer corner.
Temp down to 23c, mag raised and frags rarely suffer in any way.
On the bench being worked on


In the tank the next day.


In the tank near on a week later.


Another week later.


Another week later


Another week later, looking good.


With new coralline growing under one


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Sea star pliers.

Post  liquidg on 1st October 2015, 2:15 pm

Just getting some snacks for the harlequin shrimp and found one they had chewed on regrowing its arms.
I trained this one to look like a pair of pliers, lol.


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Tube worms breeding near pre filter.

Post  liquidg on 7th October 2015, 1:16 pm

This is the safe, high flow and heavy food zone of the tank.
The one in the photo is of roughly 23 of them that I can see and may be much more springing up that have began life in the small gap between my top tank and the filter barrier!
No fish can get in here, due to quarter inch mesh size of mono filament netting over the holes in the rear, at the end of my tank that I drilled for water to enter the pre filter chamber, so the worms are doing very well here.
They did this last year as well, but due to chiller failure, they all croaked!
It looks like a cross breed with the purple ones that I have in the tank.
Its good the barrier stops the eggs from getting to any where else, a little of the sperm would get past, but thatís all, if they can get a go on in your filter, they can be a serious blocking event that you do not want!!!! like i had in 86, the filter over flowed with that mass of hundreds of tube worms in there. They were all temperate white ones; I converted an upright freezer as a chiller back then, they did too well.
This is the biggest at one and a half mill thick.



Oops, I found a larger one! This one was so tiny, just a week back, gee they grow fast!
Its hard to see but there is a very small one between this one and the glass, you can just see what looks a line made by a pen, sort of, the arrow shows where it is, heaps at that stage!


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Mesophylium mesomorphum-coraline algae growing over SPS corals.

Post  liquidg on 18th October 2015, 7:01 am

This goes on all the time in the bottom tank.

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Sea stars doing there thing.

Post  liquidg on 18th October 2015, 7:03 am

All types getting close in here, two of these I have had for over four years.


One biscuit in the bottom tank is lonely so it is cuddling base rock?


These guys are getting cleaned by a red line.


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Racemosa algae has mutated again.

Post  liquidg on 18th October 2015, 7:04 am

This time the forms look like two arms reaching up with a head in between.

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Reef tanks going great on on 23c temperature.

Post  liquidg on 18th October 2015, 7:06 am

The best temperature to run a reef tank at if you can keep stresses at minimum!


Now the temps are better controlled the SPS are going from an ordinary purple to a nice blue sheen to them.


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New algae area-refugium to take the place of the old one.

Post  liquidg on 18th October 2015, 7:08 am

The other was in place for four years.





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Old wet section bio filter change.

Post  liquidg on 18th October 2015, 7:18 am

Out with the old and in the with the new, the old one was over 18 years old and it has had silicon borers twice, so just house plastic bins instead.


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Anthia

Post  liquidg on 18th October 2015, 7:29 am

collected


Was shy


Loves angelfish?




Can't take a pic now with out it wanting in



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Re: My display tanks and tubs from February 2015.

Post  liquidg on 18th October 2015, 7:31 am

Cool photo of imperator and one of the lemon peel/pearl scale hybrid.




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Acans multiplying sexually

Post  liquidg on 19th October 2015, 9:59 am



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Fish food for large anthias.

Post  liquidg on 19th October 2015, 11:54 am

As I hope all reefers realise, all anthia species swim mid stream-"above the bottom" and feed on anything alive swimming past, mostly small shrimp and fish to a degree and when smaller planktonic sized fish and shrimp.
So these collected tiny shrimp from using a legal shrimp trap are the ants pants.


Trays for freezing.

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Attaching scoli corals to base rock.

Post  liquidg on 21st October 2015, 11:38 am

My poor scolis! Two I have had for years and have been stung by other corals so many times, the hammers gave them real curry and suffered greatly, so I bit the bullet, as in stopped being so lazy and gave them each a home.
So i raised salinity a little and dropped tank temp to protect corals from stress related bacterial attacks during all this.

Base rock cooked in boiling water and dried under heat gun, then a diamond blade angle grinder used to flatten the base and cut flow grooves then the top cut flat and a steel brush used to clean up, then heat gun a again to dry it out.


Sit cool wetted toilet tissue on coral to keep it safe during this process


Attached to new home with high grade epoxy resin.


In tank with wet tissue taken off to start their new life.


Six months later


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Hammer frags are doing great, now its hammer corner.

Post  liquidg on 28th October 2015, 1:39 pm

Temp down to 23c, mag raised and frags rarely suffer in any way.

On the bench being worked on


In the tank the next day.


In the tank near on a week later.


Another week later.


Another week later


Of course some one has to get in on the pics.


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New algae area is doing really well.

Post  liquidg on 29th October 2015, 3:18 pm

This is not a refugium and neither is yours!
It is a place of refuge to something suffering and not an area where algae imports nutrients and also some reefers, not knowing how wrong this is, grow plankton there.
So I finally got rid of all the stinking pods that eat the algae and help create more nutrients via their waste.
Boiled and RO wash everything!

The day of new set up after seeding with a few algae stolons.


Next week.


One more week.


One more week and algae area is back in full swing.


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Lights are off and the guys are still free to live, stress free!

Post  liquidg on 29th October 2015, 3:40 pm

The night light is so stress reducing, its not funny!
Since the mid 80s, by an accidental bad set up, I found out that our reef life do far better if there is some light, "not photosynthetic", so that they can see 24/7
The list of why reef life are far better off if there is no actual night time is too much to go into.
This is how the back of my tanks look at what other reefers would have as night.


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Harlequin shrimp pics over time in my tank.

Post  liquidg on 14th November 2015, 2:46 pm

In the wild from where I collected them.


Face close up


In container with sea star


Sea star nearly completely eaten.


In reef tank
Male


Pair




More on the harls.
The guys have settled in really well and know what they want.
Who would have guessed that a harl could be trained, naw its not that hard with them, i got this guy to get onto my hand by luring it there with a sea star, then the red line climbed on to check out my skin, it chased it away then behind it the leandrites wantís to check out some human flesh as well, lol, not a happy harl, lol
Now its happy, lol


Harl climbing around on hand looking for sea star that I let fall between my fingers.


Harl got sea star


Harls on a Luzon sea star

Luzon sea star reacting by swelling to the harls




The smaller harl grabing a pale sea star species.


I got sick of seeing the guys chewing a saggy old well chewed black sea star hanging at the back of the rock!
I put in some nice looking red sea stars and the guys just stuck with the daggy black one.
An hour later on, I went to feed the fish and here is the big female amongst the scolis where I dropped the sea stars, problem is the sea stars had moved on ages ago, she is dumb, the colour is the same but she is not bright enough to know the difference between red scolis and sea stars that are not there now, derrrr!
Anyway I gave her one and off she went dragging it back to hubby!


They enjoy one


One is a bit worried and is trying to get out, lol


One each and that weird imperator is still hanging with them.


Since doing some cleaning the harls have set up shop behind the rock structure.


Super strong harlequin shrimp, lol
How many other forms of reef life you know of that can rip an arm off?!!
Well there are others but my harls are pretty butch, they ripped this arm off a sea star in just 30 mins, lol


Harlequin shrimp sheds shell 11/15.


A pair if have been looking after f0r Danny for most of February 2016
This relation ship is now complicated, lol
The pair of harls have separated, its her time to pass on her youngsters.
She has gone to a safe spot and poor hubby is left looking out and waiting, she wont let him near her for now and waves at any fish that swim near by, lol
I got here out and had a look at them, so cute!
This is hubby waiting.


Her hiding spot, she opens up, fans them, then closes again.


Harls shed shell


Youngest harl with orange developing on its feelers 15-6-16


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Imperator hiding

Post  liquidg on 12th December 2015, 4:13 am

For near on two weeks now I thought the top tank imperator had died, the silly thing was hiding when I would walk into the room due to recently moving some stuff in my tank, the white line under the base rock is the fish.

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Nice coloured nudibranch

Post  liquidg on 12th December 2015, 4:16 am

This guy is the smallest of two I put in and the next day there were eggs and the next day the sea star was eating them, oh well!




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Red quadricolor bubble anemone as it grows.

Post  liquidg on 26th February 2016, 11:38 am

From being held in netting in the tank for a few days before being added.
1


First spot.


It moved


And again


Hopefully it stay here.


A bit bigger a week later.


28-03-16


05-04-16


17-4-16


So I stoped feeding it and it moved 3 days later.
After moving around it settled here with near no bubbles.


I started feeding what makes it bubble again and its all good.




3-6-16


14-6-16


time to go


sick of it and its out 26-7-17


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Some recent pics from my tanks

Post  liquidg on 21st March 2016, 1:33 pm

Strange algae like a plastic bag on the sray bar.


Sea star in the bottom tank either singing a high opera note or showing how big its last catch was.


Stars starting to spread out in the tank.

Original community


Latest algae mutation


coral feeding


Some fragilis algae trying a new life in my tank


Some new growth on one of my corals


A fight because of new growth on my corals


A fight over space


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