Monthly Archives: May 2012

Diatom Bloom

Diatoms are sometimes referred to as microalgae, brown algae, or golden algae and can be very unsightly to look at in a reef tank. We are currently experiencing a “bloom” of diatoms and researching the possible causes and solutions. From … Continue reading

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Microscopic photo’s of the mysterious white growth

We are still stumped by this white hair-like growth that remains consistent in our tank. Here are a couple of microscopic images that we are hoping will help us identify it. To me, these images look very plant-like, rather than … Continue reading

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Adding Chaeto To Our Reef Tank

We have added “Chaeto” to our refugium, which is short for Chaetomorpha. Chaeto is a type of algae whose main purpose is to help maintain good water quality, by filtering nitrates.      The type of Chaeto we have is Chaetomorpha linum and is … Continue reading

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3 Month Reef Tank

More than 3 months have gone by since we started our reef tank! We have had so much fun with it and are constantly seeing and learning something new! So much has happened it seems like it has been much … Continue reading

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Xenia Eating Worm

Feeding time is when we can usually get a pretty good head count of the invertebrates still alive in our tank. Our fish will not eat food that has fallen on the substrate, so this left-over food is prime opportunity for our … Continue reading

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Fun Fish and Reef Magazines

Some fun magazines we purchased recently are the 2012 Annual Marine Fish and Reef USA magazine, as well as the 2012 Annual Coral and Reef USA magazine. They contain some great articles and are loaded with good information about saltwater … Continue reading

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How To Catch A Crab

My husband has suspected for quite some time that our largest Emerald Crab is a troublemaker, and has since been referred to as “The Monster”. This suspicion started when The Monster was coincidentally near our Green Star Polyp Coral when … Continue reading

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Returning Corals to our LFS

We learned just how fragile stony corals can be when we purchased our Pocillopora coral and accidentally broke it  into 4 small pieces before we even got him into the tank. When this happened we super-glued each small piece onto rocks … Continue reading

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