05-09-2009, 07:44 AM
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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.