Tank turned 49 this year

Discussion in 'General Reef Aquarium Discussion' started by Paul B, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. DaveK

    DaveK Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2003
    Messages:
    9,100
    Likes Received:
    3,108
    Location:
    Philadelpahia, PA
    Perhaps the SW collecting is considered some form or "rain dance" by some diety, and your being blessed by it raining.
     
    #3201
    Nobbygas and Paul B like this.
  2. Paul B

    Paul B Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2007
    Messages:
    4,602
    Likes Received:
    3,254
    Location:
    Long Island NY
    Reef Chronicle:
    Yup
    I changed those 40 gallons of water I collected yesterday. Everything is smiling and all is well. upload_2020-5-5_10-8-15.gif


    Hopefully soon it will warm up enough to collect some mud and maybe a few amphipods.
     
    #3202
    nanoreefing4fun likes this.
  3. Blue Space

    Blue Space Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2010
    Messages:
    1,280
    Likes Received:
    275
    Location:
    NE
    I tried most of the store bought methods. I think those products stress them out and causes the aiptasia to multiply even more. The only thing that has worked for me is berghias, and even then it was a game of rescue them from the sump and place them back into the DT. I had an explosion of aiptasia so the five I purchased soon turned into a huge army sent to seek and destroy the unholy, slimy, sons-of-fishes we call aiptasia. I sold twenty to my lfs for store credit... ;) But then again my system is only a 40 gallon breeder with a 20 long sump. Pretty easy to get to everything. I'm uncertain how successful this method is with a large system such as yours, Paul but worth a shot. Blue out....
     
    #3203
    Paul B likes this.
  4. Paul B

    Paul B Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2007
    Messages:
    4,602
    Likes Received:
    3,254
    Location:
    Long Island NY
    Reef Chronicle:
    Yup
    My Copperband kept them at bay as I never saw any. I can't get a copperband, or any fish now as our LFSs are closed.

    In the meantime I am having fun experimenting.
     
    #3204
  5. Paul B

    Paul B Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2007
    Messages:
    4,602
    Likes Received:
    3,254
    Location:
    Long Island NY
    Reef Chronicle:
    Yup
    I just found out where these Rainsford Gobies are spawning. I cleaned my glass and I also cleaned the algae off my algae scrubber which is on one end of the tank where it is hard to access. But in that back corner I never saw because it is up against a duct and I never cleaned the glass there.


    I got bored and decided to clean the glass to see if anything was living back there.

    There they were. They made a hole behind one of the tubes that goes to the UG filter. I am not sure if they got all the way under the filter plate, but they pop in and out to grab some white worms.


    I see one of the possum wrasses also hangs out there. Now that i know their hiding place, I will clean the glass there once in a while to check them out.


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    #3205
  6. Paul B

    Paul B Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2007
    Messages:
    4,602
    Likes Received:
    3,254
    Location:
    Long Island NY
    Reef Chronicle:
    Yup
    My new copperband seems fantastic and now eats everything. This is the first living thing I ever ordered through the mail.

    I had linguine with clams last night but I decided not to give him any so I gave him cake instead.


    He is about 2 1/2" long, just as I asked foe, is inquisitive and hunts all day. He eats just about anything he can fit in his mouth and didn't jump out yet. :cool:


    So far he doesn't like to come to the front of the tank while I am there, maybe I will try it while I am not wearing my Speedo. :unsure:
     
    #3206
    Blue Space and nanoreefing4fun like this.
  7. DaveK

    DaveK Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2003
    Messages:
    9,100
    Likes Received:
    3,108
    Location:
    Philadelpahia, PA
    Congratulations on the new copperband. So far I have not bought fish online, since I want to see what I'm getting, but it may come to that, since I can't really go out fish shopping.

    With all the white worms and brine shrimp you feed that fish will think it died and went to heaven. I couldn't help think of the expression "Let them eat cake".
     
    #3207
    Paul B likes this.
  8. Paul B

    Paul B Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2007
    Messages:
    4,602
    Likes Received:
    3,254
    Location:
    Long Island NY
    Reef Chronicle:
    Yup
    My new Copperband is doing great and working to become just like his predecessor who lived a long and prosperous life. He, or she doesn't seem to have any more gill parasites of flukes as I don't see him shake any more. (I think I will call "him" a "She" from now on because of her eyelashes)

    The gill parasites probably went through their cycle, fell off and tried to attach to something else but "Oh Boy" were they surprised when they found out my fish were immune to them so they have to find a new hobby, maybe Line Dancing. upload_2020-5-19_8-9-53.gif

    That is the entire method to my tank. Whatever disease the new fish believe they have, eventually goes through it's cycle and is over with so the fish can get down to whatever it is supposed to do.

    However I have not seen this fish eat any large aiptasia. But in her defense, some of my aiptasia could eat her and I think she is afraid of them. I do see her pick at the small ones and she does hunt all day on the back and side glass where all sorts of creatures live.

    She does eat live white worms but she is a little small so has to study them before she eats them. But I think she will be fine.

    Of course it is early and I have not seen my tank yet as it is downstairs in my Man Cave/Workshop so she may be laying on the bottom pushing up tube worms with a big hermit crab sitting on her tail while he is watching Don Knots in "The Fish in Mr. Limpet. " upload_2020-5-19_8-9-53.gif
     
    #3208
    nanoreefing4fun and Nobbygas like this.
  9. Paul B

    Paul B Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2007
    Messages:
    4,602
    Likes Received:
    3,254
    Location:
    Long Island NY
    Reef Chronicle:
    Yup
    To update my copperband is doing fine and he seems to think he died and went to heaven. I notice a lot less aiptasia but I have a few very large ones and one that is bigger than my copperband and he is actually afraid of it. I would be too.

    The thing is like the Godzilla's of aiptasia's and probably thinks it is a carpet anemone andI think my fireclown will host in it soon. [​IMG]


    I injected it with all sorts of things but I may have made a mistake and injected it with Regain which would account for it's unbelievable growth. I rubbed some Rogain on my head and have started to grow aiptasia out of my ears. upload_2020-5-28_16-20-8.gif


    My Janss pipefish I think is way older than it's lifespan is supposed to be but I have no idea what that is.

    My bluestripe pipefish is still trying to mate with him but being the Janss is three or four times larger, he is way out of her league.


    My rainsfords seem to be constantly spawning and my watchman goby female has not come out of her burrow in a couple of months so she is also probably tending multiple batches of eggs. I can see her in there and she seems to be very content but the male doesn't allow her out so I "shoot" worms in through the back of her cave so at least she can eat. Being married to a fat bully who won't let you come out to have some fun is just mean. He seems to want to keep her barefoot and pregnant. Or bare finned and pregnant. [​IMG]

    I am not sure what to call a Watchman female, maybe a Watchgirl, or a Watchbabe I don't know.


    My SPS for some reason are growing like that aiptasia and reaching for the stars as are "most" of my LPS. One LPS I think it was an elegance go completely covered my a Hammer coral which seemed to grow overnight. Now the thing is touching the front glass as is a very old gorgonian.

    Last week I "Very gently" pushed the entire reef structure back from the glass a few inches because I was hitting some montipora that was making it hard to clean the front glass.

    I need to do it again but I hate to do that as I hear things breaking and I don't like the sound of that.


    I don't do much to my tank so I have no idea why some things are growing so good, but I have been playing quite a bit of Vintage Linda Ronstadt lately. I have to clean the front glass every day and really could clean it twice a day. I don't get it.


    My tank is not all great, I also have some bristleworms that almost qualify to be moray eels. I really need to trap some of the ones over a pound.


    This is my Daughter and has nothing to do with this post, but neither does anything else.


    [​IMG]
     
    #3209
    Nobbygas and nanoreefing4fun like this.
  10. Paul B

    Paul B Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2007
    Messages:
    4,602
    Likes Received:
    3,254
    Location:
    Long Island NY
    Reef Chronicle:
    Yup
    As I was sitting in my workshop/Man Cave a little while ago, this woman walks in. (I have my door open so people out on the street can see me)


    She was a nice looking woman maybe fifty or so so I figured she wanted to date me, take me out to dinner or sue me.

    It turns out she is starting a salt water fish tank and a neighbor told her that I have fish.


    So we talked for about 45 minutes and she has a small, like 30 gallon tank and unfortunately is listening to LFSs and is having all sorts of problems and really wants someone to explain to her what she should do.


    I hate to start Noobs on this because I can tell that she wants a tank full of corals, moorish Idols, achilles tangs, SPS corals and she wants it all by 2:00 Tuesday.


    Well, she wants a couple of damsels anyway.

    I went through the entire speech of the no dry foods, no corals, now anyway, no whale sharks etc. I think she is getting it and she wanted to borrow my book, which I gave her even though it is my own and only personal copy. I also told her that it is not for Noobs which it says near the beginning of the book.


    In a couple of weeks I am taking her water collecting because she lives behind my house so she is on the same beach and didn't realize you could collect water. Of course the LFS told her she couldn't do that because she is buying water from them.


    I will also give her some rocks and bottles from my tank because she is using bacteria and ammonia from a bottle. I told her that is OK if you get your fish in a bottle otherwise that is not my method and she can choose which way to go. But she loves my tank so she is going with my system.


    (which of course may be a problem unless you look like me, and she doesn't)


    I am thrilled to know someone with in fifty miles of my house with a salt tank. I will let you know how this goes. upload_2020-6-2_11-21-56.gif
     
    #3210
  11. DaveK

    DaveK Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2003
    Messages:
    9,100
    Likes Received:
    3,108
    Location:
    Philadelpahia, PA
    It's great to find people near you that are also into SW systems. I know a few that are sort of close, but none within walking distance.

    Glad to hear your helping the beginner. All too often we have someone new to the hobby post here, and someone, sometimes myself, has to tell them about many things that they are doing wrong. Sometimes to correct the problem of wrong equipment, they might need to go out and spend even more money to correct the issues, or return some favorite livestock because their system is not suitable for keeping it.

    I hate to write posts like that, but it's needed if they are going to have some decent success. Bless the people that ask the questions before they get equipment or livestock. They are the ones going in and being able to make informed choices.

    Now I'm wondering when your going to tell them about growing white worm cultures and collecting mud (grin)
     
    #3211
    Nobbygas likes this.
  12. Paul B

    Paul B Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2007
    Messages:
    4,602
    Likes Received:
    3,254
    Location:
    Long Island NY
    Reef Chronicle:
    Yup
    I am getting to that. She said she had some damsels and they died. I think she put them in the tank the same time she mixed the water and added the rocks.
     
    #3212
    Nobbygas likes this.
  13. Paul B

    Paul B Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2007
    Messages:
    4,602
    Likes Received:
    3,254
    Location:
    Long Island NY
    Reef Chronicle:
    Yup
    A few minutes ago I was typing here, probably some nonsense and I started smelling something. It smelled fishy. I turned around and my tank looked like I was making egg nogs in it. The water was all cloudy and I could barely see the back glass.


    I said to myself OMG, my tank is crashing and I should have listened to Humblefish and quarantined everything.

    I quickly looked for something dead. But I just fed the fish 15 minutes ago and everything looked fine. Besides, my fish don't die, they are kind of immortal. upload_2020-6-20_15-49-37.gif


    As I was looking for the cause, I noticed a huge, white cloud exuding from under one of my large anemones.

    At first I thought it was spawning, but anemones don't spawn like that. They split, like this one has done three times.

    Urchins spawn exactly like that and have a few times but although I have a large long spined urchin he was on the other side of the tank.


    There are no corals under the anemone because like Duh. they would be stung to death.

    The anemone is the only place that white "misty" stuff could have come from.


    I quickly got out my diatom filter and hooked it up to the tank.

    It is starting to clear up and the sponges should suck up the rest.


    This may be a common occurrence in my tank because contrary to popular opinion, I have a life and don't look at my tank all day.
     
    #3213
  14. Paul B

    Paul B Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2007
    Messages:
    4,602
    Likes Received:
    3,254
    Location:
    Long Island NY
    Reef Chronicle:
    Yup
    Stupid anemones are even taking over the back of my tank


    [​IMG]
     
    #3214
    DaveK likes this.
  15. DaveK

    DaveK Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2003
    Messages:
    9,100
    Likes Received:
    3,108
    Location:
    Philadelpahia, PA
    They might be "Stupid anemones", but at least they are in good health and properly extended. So many seen in various LFSs are bleached and/or not in good condition.

    No doubt it's you clowns encouraging the anemones,
     
    #3215
    Paul B likes this.
  16. Paul B

    Paul B Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2007
    Messages:
    4,602
    Likes Received:
    3,254
    Location:
    Long Island NY
    Reef Chronicle:
    Yup
    Yes they are. I have a huge one in the front that split a couple of times to make those
     
    #3216
  17. Paul B

    Paul B Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2007
    Messages:
    4,602
    Likes Received:
    3,254
    Location:
    Long Island NY
    Reef Chronicle:
    Yup
    Yesterday I threw about 25 small mud snails in my tank. Today,I can't find even one. upload_2020-7-3_15-42-44.gif

    I am waiting to go out to dinner and I was watching my tank with the room lights off. (Yes,i am weird)


    I noticed my new, smaller 6 line wrasse which I have not seen in the week or two since I added him. If you have a pair of fish it is hard to know if you have two unless you see the both of them at the same time. In my tank I can go months before that happens as the structure is a huge system of caves that go from one of the tank to the other.


    The smaller 6 line wrasse looks pregnant although I didn't think she was old enough to spawn.


    I also found my new little bi color bleeny but I am pretty sure she is to young to spawn. A few more months maybe.

    I am pretty sure my Rainsford gobies are spawning as they "live" in a hole in the gravel next to an undergravel filter tube. They may even be going under that filter plate but I am to stiff to get under the tank with a flashlight to look for them.


    [​IMG]


    I don't have pictures of the 6 line wrasses because they are to fast, but these guys are also spawning.


    [​IMG]
     
    #3217
    Nobbygas likes this.
  18. Paul B

    Paul B Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2007
    Messages:
    4,602
    Likes Received:
    3,254
    Location:
    Long Island NY
    Reef Chronicle:
    Yup
    Some day I need to do some work on my tank. I need to move the entire middle section back a few inches because some of the corals are to close to the glass and my magnet cleaner hits it.


    I did this once before and I don't look forward to it. I have to wear thick gloves so my fireclowns don't take my arm off and I have to break a lot of growing stuff and tear a bunch of sponge and that stuff is tough as wood. I will probably also break some montipora and other SPS.

    There are two large, like 6 or 7" anemones back there that won't be happy and my powerhead is also back there that feeds the skimmer/reverse undergravel filter and algae scrubber.


    The middle section from about where the copperband is to about the gorgonian on the right side is needs to go back a couple of inches.

    This is an older picture and the corals are not that big here.


    [​IMG]
     
    #3218
Loading...
Similar Threads Forum Date
getting turned off with tank. need help please! Red Sea Max Owners Club Feb 10, 2013
Tank Turned a Year Old!!!! General Reef Aquarium Discussion Feb 7, 2013
tank turned 8 months Reef Chronicles Dec 31, 2009
Tank turned nursery! General Reef Aquarium Discussion May 22, 2009
7 day old reef tank with issues Meet & Greet Forum Jul 30, 2020

Share This Page