Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Water Test Results August

I have been way behind on my tank maintenance due to travel, but water quality has not yet suffered.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Water Test Results: July

The samples submitted noted I have been running the tank at 1.022 salinity compared to the 1.026 I had thought.  This has not appeared to had an effect on any of the animals in the tank, but I will be adjusting back towards my 1.026 target.

Friday, July 8, 2016

SPS Additions - Battle Corals

Shipment arrived this morning from Adam at BattleCorals.Com.  He included a couple bonus frags that I didn't even order!

- Pink Lemonade
- Aussie Enchinata
- Red Planet
- Curmudgeon Blue
- Crazzzy Bananas
- Miyagi Tort
- Rainbow
- Oddball Orange
- Blue Millipora

Friday, July 1, 2016

Calcium Reactor - Back In Business

I have slowly been adding additional, small, reef safe fishes.  With the small number of corals that were added remaining healthy also I have restarted the LifeReef Calcium Reactor to maintain optimum water chemistry for their growth.  Over the next 30 days I will monitor water chemistry and determine if more difficult SPS corals can be added.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Water Test Results

I sent my first water samples to AquariumWaterTesting.com and everything looks pretty good.  Samples were taken just prior to a water change.  I am currently using IO Reef Crystals.

06-07-2016Ammonia (NH3-4)Good00.000 - 0.050 mg/L
06-07-2016Nitrite (NO2)Good0.0010.000 - 0.100 mg/L
06-07-2016Phosphate (PO4)Good0.030.000 - 0.250 mg/L
06-07-2016Nitrate (NO3)Good1.40.000 - 25.000 mg/L
06-07-2016Silica (Sio2-3)High0.90.000 - 0.500 mg/L
06-07-2016Potassium (K)Good386350.000 - 450.000 mg/L
06-07-2016Ionic Calcium (Ca)Good248100.000 - 400.000 mg/L
06-07-2016Boron (B)NANA3.000 - 6.000 mg/L
06-07-2016Molybdenum (Mo)Good0.20.000 - 0.300 mg/L
06-07-2016Strontium (Sr)Good8.45.000 - 12.000 mg/L
06-07-2016Magnesium (Mg)Good11401100.000 - 1400.000 mg/L
06-07-2016Iodine (I)Good0.050.030 - 0.090 mg/L
06-07-2016Copper (Cu)Good0.050.000 - 0.100 mg/L
06-07-2016Alkalinity (meq/L)Good2.62.500 - 5.000 meq/L
06-07-2016Total Calcium (Ca)Good405350.000 - 450.000 mg/L
06-07-2016Iron (Fe)NANA0.000 - 0.010 mg/L

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Coral Additions

Need to have the before photos to appreciate the after photos in the coming months.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Water Change Station

It is great to have the second bathroom now to set up for water changes. This used to take place in the kitchen which the wife was not fond of....

I typically do a 10 gallon change (25%) water change on a weekly basis once the coral load is heavier. With the tank just finishing cycling only once every two weeks.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Cycling Time

Elected to go with a sand substrate instead of crushed coral this time.

Monday, May 2, 2016

LifeReef 2.0 - The Rebirth

The move is completed, and we are back in Ohio.
The tank is empty, and my imagination is running wild.


There were several scratches I had inflicted while cleaning the tank over time.
I took a shot at using the Novus Solution, and after about 3 hours of work it is crystal clear again!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Annual Maintenance

Twice a year all pumps are dismantled, cleaned, and inspected.  I forget what the corals look like from the surface without any disturbance.