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  • Birthday 11/05/1989

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    Ascot, Brisbane
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    I really enjoy fish :P
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    marine bioligy, aquaponics, gaming, music and skateboarding
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    warehouse dispatcher/reef shop employee
  1. Hey guys, just wondering if anyone might have any information on raising marine fish from eggs ? To many peoples dismay i have 2 lawnmower blennies inn my 3x2x2 reef tank (originally 1 but my friend closed down his tank so i took some orphans) turns out his is a female and mines a male and they like each other so no fight to the death as was originally expected. anyways they did their thing yesterday which was really interesting to watch as the female laid out her pattern of eggs on the back glass of the tank the male kept dancing around her and sweeping over the egg rows as she lay them, so cool ! haha so now i have a mixed reef tank with about 200 blenny eggs on the back glass behind the rockwork. so far the female is guarding the eggs so no other tankmates have got near them which is my first concern as i feed fish eggs in their frozen diet so they would eat them in a heartbeat if she wasnt there. secondly if they make it through gestation and actually hatch i fear they will either get eaten as babies or straight over the weir and inevitably into the filter sock or skimmer... so what should i do ? im about to do a water change but ill make sure i dont drop it too low that i go past the eggs and ill be refilling very carefully and slowly so as to not disturb them but im guessing without removing my 8 chromis, 2 anthias, foxface, niger trigger, occy clown pair, diana hogfish, spotted mandarin and clown goby i probably have very little chance of them surviving ? thanks in advance for any valid information, as it seems these guys have not been successfully bred in captivity (generally due to near impossible pairing) i dont expect too much but my assumptions (i know never assume right?) are if the hard part (pairing the blennies and having them spawn) is already done i might just get lucky and see some baby blennies crusing about in a few days? fingers crossed anyhow heres some pics for good measure cheers!
  2. awe stink yeah ! good stuff mate, GL with them
  3. looking good Ray ! got any pics of your new yellows yet? marc
  4. hey bud whats your reading for PO4 ? algae love phosphates and will grow like crazy with any traces of it in your system, if its a little high perhaps try adding a media reactor with some rowaphos or the likes, i had the same issue in my tank with some halymenia sp. that just kept popping up after i removed what i could, so i added a small RLSS media reactor and the recommended amount of rowaphos and ive not had any algae issues since (of course keeping up water changes and trimming refugium algae regularly aids this also) hope this helps
  5. I ran one for about 2 years, was absolutely woeful to try and tune in without having the tank filled to the brim and even then I still had issues, not to mention the constant gurgling coming from the intake hose giving me a headache. I found home made pvc overflows to be more reliable and better flow with the eventual upgrade to a purpose built sump (you can diy one for under $100 if you already have most equipment. this is just my opinion from my experience however negative review aside with great difficulty it did manage to run my old 4x15x18 lps and softie reef for almost 2 years with minimal livestock fatalities before I started to try some diy solutions. good luck !
  6. sand sifting starfish are legends for cleaning detritus from your sandbed, trochus and turbo snails for glass/liverock, lawnmower blenny and foxface for lettuce and hair algae on liverock that's how I stock my CUC in my tank anyways Oh btw gold head sleeper gobies are good sand sifters also
  7. yeah dude looks like you are towards the end of your bio cycle perhaps another week with small 5-10% water changes every 2 or 3 days and those nitrates should drop down to the desired level. perhaps try focusing on syphoning out any detritus you can see in your filter and on your sandbed, that what I do hen my nitrates start to creep. other than that it sounds good to go for some softies which are hardy as fudge, you could throw in some morphs or zoas to start getting some colour now if you want as they can thrive in anything hope this helps and happy reef keeping !
  8. Did a slight rescape last night whilst cleaning/water changing. red and blue lobos that went clear and were almost skeletons are starting to grow new flesh and colour up again (gashed my wrist open on the old tank moving house 8 months ago, severed a tendon and wasnt able to set up the tank properly. lost quite a lot of livestock however what you see in this tank are all survivors only addition is the blue trachy) looking through from the right hand side of the tank still only letting me add 2 pictures at the time with the uploader... sorry for all the replys!
  9. Current Full tank shot 15/11/2014 macroalgae going nuts in the fuge with emeelio my snowflake moray chilling in there (fish eater) til i find him a new home having trouble uploading pics... sorry for the quality also as i only have my iphone camera
  10. The day i switched it over (earlier than planned as the marisys pump died) sorry for sideways pic but the tank and sump after setup FTS day 7 So i initially had planned to take it slow and set it up around xmas 2014 but the old systems pump failed one day when i got home from work so it was an emergency rush to set up the new system to keep everything alive. used the 200ltrs of water from the old system and had to mix about about 200 more of RODI and salt to get the new system flowing so essentially it was kind of like doing a 50% water change lol. i used all the media from the marisys and had a large bag of marine pure spheres seeding in my housemates sump for about 6 months so the initial spike i expected was taken care of by a large bio colony. i decided not to reuse my old sand from my 4ft (except in my fuge for the DSB due to all the living goodness already in it) and opted for 3-5mm calcium carbonate in the display instead. I also had a bad caulerpa outbreak in my display so i dried out all my old live rock over a few months and only used it once it was white again and soaked in RODI water for about 2 weeks, dont want any algae other than coraline in the display this time round !
  11. .Hey guys, thought i might start a thread for my current project. Its a 3x2x2 G&J Maher tank, cabinet and hood purchased 2nd hand from a workmate with a custom racetrack sump to fit the cabinet. I decided to buy this setup from my mate to move the inhabitants of my 4x15x18 running off an aquaone marisys for the past 2 years to get a little more high tech and have a crack at some sps corals again. strike up date: 12/10/2014 water: RODI/salt mix lighting: 160w dim-able full spectrum bridgelux led fitting (china ebay) on 12hr timer circulation: tunze nanostream 6020 and hydor koralia nano 1200 (soon to be either jebao rw4 x2 or a maxspect gyre) skimmer: reef octopus DNW-110 (soon to be marine sources RDC-850 monster skimmer) sump: 3 chamber racetrack, 1st chamber filter sock, marine pure bio-spheres and skimmer, 2nd chamber DSB, refugium with chaeto and caulerpa, 3rd chamber chemipure blue, 300w heater and 3000lph return pump fuge lighting: 14w full spectrum led on opposite schedule to display tank top up: manual RO (soon to be smart ATO) dosing: manually dosing Aqua Vitro calcium, magnesium, iodide, trace elements and 8.4 ph buffer and testing with API reef master kit and salifert testers. (soon to be kamoer 4ch dosing pump and hanna checker test kits) Tank Stock 1x niger trigger, 1x coral beauty, 1x lawnmower blenny, 1x snowflake eel (eaten a few of my fish now resides in the refugium til i find him a new home) 4x strombus snails, 2x trochus snails, 6x turbo snails, 2x cowrie snails and about 20x glass shrimp from kings beach rock pools that escaped the triggers wrath... 1x catty, 1x favia, 2x trachy, 2x lobo, 1x toadstool, 1x colt, 1x acan, 4x zoa colonies, a few pallys and bright red mushrooms and a small green sps that started as a spec on some liverock and has grown to about a 20c piece size, i have since fragged it off the rock and am hoping better placement will boost its growth so i can ID it better. anyways pics to follow all comments and questions welcome ! old vs new
  12. here is a pic of one from my old 4ft tank about a year ago, he was a big fella (sorry for thread hijack)
  13. defs a small stomella snail, i have a couple of these in my tanks off liverock. brilliant little algae grazers with an interesting shell, i used to think they were abalone until i had them correctly identified. only harm as far as i know is they can knock your corals over if not fixed into place with putty or glue, however you get that with most snails right? lol
  14. hey mate, is this one of those aqua medic blenny or yasha nano's ? i thought they came with pretty neat lighting out of the box ? but anyhow, i dont know what you would call cheap but i got a little aquazonic led for my nano has 8 blue, 3 rgb, 6 cool white and 6 warm white led's (i think) on separate switches for around $80-$90 at pet city they work a treat, i actually use one as a moonlight on my 4x2x2 reef and it some how delivers nice light to the whole tank at night so perfect for nano's. there are many cheaper options i'm sure but if you are like me and want to pick something up from a local store with warrany keep it in mind hope this helps !
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