The 20 long tank is maturing and becoming much easier to maintenance. (Meaning other than weekly water changes and checking water parameters once a month, the tank has fully stabilized and can accommodate more demanding species .)
The biggest change to the tank has been the upgrade to a COB led lighting system. COB= Chip on Board. This is a newer technology combining a lot of small LEDs onto a single plate with reflectors and lenses to increase the light’s efficiency and spread. I’m really REALLY happy with this, as it allows me to control the light via wifi, and set up a “ramping” schedule which mimics morning-day-evening-night unattended.
The 10 gallon pico is also maturing. I’m dealing with a couple spots of cyanobacteria (red slime) due to a flow issue (meaning that the water flow is missing a couple of areas which then become stagnant, allowing organic material to let the bacteria colonize.) Easily managed, and all part of the hobby at one point or other.
In the gallery, other than one photo-bomb, this is specifically a coral update. Fish and such will get their own post shortly. 🙂
This gallery updates and gives a glimpse into the aquatic world that sits on the other side of my arachnid world.
To view, just click the first picture in the gallery and…
Sarcophyton Coral “Green Leather toadstool” 20 Gallon Long
Capnella Sp. “Kenyan Tree” 20 Gallon Long
Monitpora Digitata “Branched monitpora” This is a rescue/freebie that I’m hoping will come back from the brink. It has polyps near the ends, so we shall see. 20 Gallon Long
Caulastrea Furcata “Candy Cane”. Two new heads on the back branch. The large heads have their feeders out. 20 Gallon Long
Candy cane under actinic light. (Blue with orange filter.) 20 gallon long
Actinodiscus Sp. Green mushroom. 20 Gallon Long
Actinodiscus Sp. Blue mushroom. Currently serving as the living door to my Firefish den. 20 Gallon Long
Center of the tank complete with Samantha photobombing. 20 Gallon Long
Xenia coral “Pulsing Brown” Considered by some to be a “weed” coral, I have been pruning and setting this up as a staircase” in the rock section. One of my favorites, this has the most motion of any coral in the tank(s). 20 Gallon Long
Stylophora “Bird’s nest”. This is the best grower in the 20 long.
Stylophora “Bird’s nest” under blue actinic lighting.
Pachyclavularia Sp. Green “Green Star” This shot is 1/2 extended, 1/2 retracted. Normally this looks like a fluffy green carpet. Was glad to get the shot at this point to show the skeletal structure. 20 Gallon Long
Pachyclavularia Sp. Green “Green Star” Fully extended, under actinic light with orange filter.
Montipora Red Capricornis This is a chalice coral that I knicknamed “potato chip”. It is STILL in the shape I bought it, but about 3x thicker. 20 Gallon Long
Pocillopora -Cauliflower Another “project” that has done far better, far faster than I could have hoped for. Beautiful coral. 20 Gallon Long
Spongodes Montipora -Green. Slow grower, but it has completely encrusted the rock piece. 20 Gallon Long
Purple strawberry zoa (might be mis-ID’d, but it has a purplish head.) 20 Gallon Long
Euphyllia ancora “Wall Hammer”. This is the slowest grower of em’ all, but it is showing budding around the skeleton, and has good extension. 20 Gallon Long
Palythoa “Turquoise”. Another “trash” zoa, but I love the colors and so far it isn’t overrunning everything. 20 Gallon Long
Palythoa “Green”. This one is considered somewhat dangerous as it can emit a deadly toxin. Great color and very pretty, imo. The white/clear heads are tubeworms. Great filter feeders and hitchhikers. (was happy to see em’ in there.) 🙂 20 Gallon Long
Purple Hornets Zoa. Retracted at the moment. (10 gallon pico tank).
Purple Hornets Zoa Extended. These are really tiny at this point. (Max zoom.)
Pulsing Xenia frag from the 20 long, now living in the 10 pico
Zoa sp. orange (not sure on the ID for this one). It has doubled the heads since I put it in. 10 gallon pico.