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Old 04-12-2009, 01:02 PM   #41
 
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stage 2

So, this morning I have hit the 2nd stage of a new marine aquarium. I approach every marine aquarium by watching the progress that life makes as it spreads. This helps me understand the maturity and stability of the system.

The first stage if when the tank looks dead, nothing but rock and maybe a few immobile invertebrates on the live rock. The second stage to me is when you begin to see small microinvertibrates moving about the substrate and on the glass. Today is the day. I have small starfish and an abundance of copepods, visible on the glass.

Here is a picture of the starfish. I counted 3 of them, but was only able to get this one to show up on camera. Obviously the copepods are invisible on camera, just to small to see on the glass.

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I will leave the aquarium as is for the next few weeks to allow the copepod and amphipod population to really flourish.
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Old 04-12-2009, 07:19 PM   #42
 
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Congratulations on the progress. I like the aquascaping.
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Old 04-12-2009, 10:48 PM   #43
 
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congrats. an asterina. wait 4 months and you'll have 100,000. lol.
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:16 PM   #44
 
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I have an update, but no pics.

I ordered yet ANOTHER 25 pounds of Key Largo rock. It arrived today, so I rearranged the entire left side of the tank. I am very pleased with the result now and looking forward to adding some livestock. I also picked up the plumbing for my sump and plan to get it running as soon as I return from my honeymoon. Yes, I am getting married on Sunday.-)

By the way, my 180 was running with live rock for exactly 1 month as of yesterday.
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Old 04-25-2009, 07:39 PM   #45
 
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I am jealous!
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Old 04-26-2009, 01:39 PM   #46
 
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Congratulations on getting married.
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Old 05-09-2009, 07:44 AM   #47
 
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I guess its time for an update. Sorry, I don' t have pics today, but they are coming soon. (Where did I put the digital camera?)

Last Sunday, May 3rd, I finished the sump installation. Ammonia and Nitrite have both been zero for some time now. I have primarily been testing for alkalinity and calcium, with a weekly dose of calcium and Kent Marine SuperBuffer DKH as needed.

At this point all of my Fiji Dry Rock is completely blended with the original live rock. You simply can not tell the difference to pick out the dry rock from the live rock. The initial 50 lbs of Key Largo dry rock is starting to blend, and the final order of 25 lbs has some way to go. Copepods, amphipods, and asterina are visible all over the glass and all of the rock.

I have made a decision of great importance, which is concerning livestock. My trip of Ripley's was very helpful in this decision. I have decided to keep my 58 Bowfront in tact as my reef tank, and do the 180 as a FOWLR. I figure I can always go reef later after my passion for keeping some of these fish has been met. I must admit, the incredible success my 58 has had has really factored into this decision. I have already split my Hammer Coral into 2 separate colonies, and the Green Leather has shown incredible color. Anyhow, the 180 is FOWLR.

I added my first fish to the 180 on Sunday, May 3rd. I started with a Clarkii Clown and 3 Yellow Tail Damsels. If you follow any of my postings you will know that I have not personally found Yellow Tail Damsels to be aggressive in aquariums of this size, and I think they are a beautiful fish. By the way, I can't wait to post pictures of this Clarkii Clown. WOW. It is an amazing find. The moment I saw this fish I couldn't say "bag it" fast enough.

I plan to set up the 38 quarantine sometime this week or next. I won't use it for every introduction to the 180, having a UV I don't feel the need. But I will quarantine any fish that I feel carries any level of risk, such as larger Angelfish, Tangs, etc.

Pictures coming soon.
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Old 05-09-2009, 04:32 PM   #48
 
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So, this morning I have hit the 2nd stage of a new marine aquarium. I approach every marine aquarium by watching the progress that life makes as it spreads. This helps me understand the maturity and stability of the system.

The first stage if when the tank looks dead, nothing but rock and maybe a few immobile invertebrates on the live rock. The second stage to me is when you begin to see small microinvertibrates moving about the substrate and on the glass. Today is the day. I have small starfish and an abundance of copepods, visible on the glass.

Here is a picture of the starfish. I counted 3 of them, but was only able to get this one to show up on camera. Obviously the copepods are invisible on camera, just to small to see on the glass.

Attachment 1642

I will leave the aquarium as is for the next few weeks to allow the copepod and amphipod population to really flourish.
Did you buy that starfish or how did it get in the tank? The copepods you are talking about arent those a bad thing for the tank? all those critters isnt it an objective to get them out of the tank? And did those cirtters come from the rock you bought?

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Old 05-09-2009, 06:42 PM   #49
 
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The asterina are a subject of debate, as some people report having them eat corals, but they are generally accepted as reef safe and most likely only feed on dead or dying corals. I think they are nice for keeping the sand stirred, as well as for eating uneaten food and debris. Plus they are cool to look at.

The copepods and amphipods are not only good for the tank, they are a sign that the tank is stablizing and capable of supporting fish. I generally wait to add fish until after I see a good healthy supply of these critters all across my glass and in my sand.

All of these came from the live rock and are a part of a stable marine aquarium environment.
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Old 05-10-2009, 05:00 PM   #50
 
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I added 2 more fish today, a small Yellow Tang and a medium size Fox Face. I was surprised to see that my existing fish completely ignored the new additions. Not even the slightest bit of curiosity. Perhaps this is the benefit of a 180 gallon aquarium?

You will notice that I am still adding fish that are reef safe. I want to keep my options open. Just in case.
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