Hey gang, just wanted to drop by and let everyone know how things have been going for me and the 55 FOWLR tank over the last couple of months. I haven't posted much since then, but things are going pretty good. My tank is still going strong and params are:
25 Nitrate (can't seem to get the darn thing to go down)
Here are the changes that have happened over the last few months. I went from standard florescent lights to 2 Power Glows which really set the tank off. Looking to add another 2 lights soon (building my own light hood). I have also recently added apprx. 10-12 lbs. more base rock to the live rock I already have. It has really set the tank off even more and I hope that it helps settle the tank down, chemically speaking of course.
I still have the following fish:
1 Yellow Tailed Blue Damsel
1 Ocellaris Clown
1 Coral Beauty Dwarf Angelfish
1 Solar Wrasse (a beauty)
1 Linear Blenny
My PJ Cardinal was given to my son's girlfriend to keep in her 10 gallon tank (which is also doing well).
I recently took a chance and added a fish that I've always loved, a True Lemon peel Dwarf Angelfish to the mix. I know there were risks in adding him to a tank already preoccupied with a Coral Beauty, but so far they are doing well. He has been in my tank for about 2 mos. now, and asserted himself as the "Big Cheese" but gets along well with the other fish (yes, even the Coral Beauty).
I have about 15 Blue Tip Hermit Crabs in the tank now and would like to add another 10. I also have 2 Skunk Cleaner Shrimp now, 1 large Turbo Snail and 1 Medium Turbo Snail (these creatures are my weak spot, for I buy them very big and they don't live long in my tank). I also purchased an Arrow Crab about 3 mos. ago and he gets along fine in the tank. Sifting through the sand of this tank is a 2.5 inches diameter Sand Sifting Starfish, which does a nice job at keeping things cleaned up.
My wife fell in love with a Pink Tipped Condy Anemone back on Valentine's Day and it is in the tank too (about 2 inches in diameter) and does pretty well, but just won't sit still (and the shrimp will rob him of a meal if I don't watch them closely).
The tank is doing great, full of small snails, the occasional small white Serpent Starfish and loads of copepods (and the occasional Bristle Worm too). I also have a large Conch shell in the tank which is home to the Solar Wrasse and a food source (well, the algae growing on it anyway) for the Blenny.
More upgrades and updates coming gang (going to add a protein skimmer soon). I'll keep everyone up to date. Here are a few pics: