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Clowns & Anemones

Posted 05/19/2012 at 11:09 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)

No spawning from the clowns yet, but they have definitely paired. They spend most of their time together and Marley lets Guybrush into the rubber nem in the daytime... although he's still relegated to the back of the tank come bedtime.

Thanks to my new camera I finally got some better pics of them both...

[IMG]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r161/TheAaarrrggg/marley2.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r161/TheAaarrrggg/guybrush.jpg[/IMG]
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BSJ Update & Observations

Posted 05/19/2012 at 11:05 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)

Kululu the Blue Spotted Jawfish has settled in nicely and continues to be the star of the show.

[IMG]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r161/TheAaarrrggg/jawfish2.jpg[/IMG]

I've heard him jump once more, but after last time we added foam covers (made from filter foam) so there's been no more "overflow adventures." (Canopy off in this picture... definitely NEVER try a jawfish in an open top tank!)

[IMG]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r161/TheAaarrrggg/overflow-cover.jpg[/IMG]...
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New Corals & Cardi Spawning

Posted 05/19/2012 at 11:00 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)

With the tank looking a bit better after the Chemiclear; I treated myself to some corals. They sadly didn't all make it as I discovered a little too late that my Halloween hermit had developed a taste for LPS (bye bye golden torch... ow.)

[IMG]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r161/TheAaarrrggg/BloodSkirtWellso-95.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r161/TheAaarrrggg/AussieFrogWall-120.jpg[/IMG]

I also picked up some nice looking zoas at the LFS (skirts...
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Purple Rocks and IPSF Critter Update

Posted 05/19/2012 at 10:53 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)

When the sand started looking like Fraggle fur I gave in and treated with Chemiclear. Worked wonders on the cyano but the diatoms remained pretty bad for a while. I guess adding that extra bag of sand (=silicates) just before introducing the BSJ didn't help matters there.

Apart from the obligitary (old fashioned) large water change after the Chemiclear dose; the WCs have been performed soley by the Litermeter automatic waterchanger. I even left everything on auto pilot when we went...
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Long time no update!

Posted 05/19/2012 at 10:50 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)

Doesn't time fly?! I can't believe it's been over 2 and a half months! Sorry for my lack of updates. Work's been hectic and tbh not that much as been happening in the tank. I know it sounds nuts but I still only have 5 relatively small fish in a 144g!

My main concern has been QTing. I took down my Elos Mini (it's too nice a tank to keep using as a QT) and diligently cycled a cheap 20g system in the utility room. Technically it's been ready for fish for a while now, and I've even...
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