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Nice pics and nice fishes bro. To be able to breed in captivity is no mean feat! :welldone:

Thanks. Just lucky actually.


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Hosting this chalice for a fellow reefer. Can see its covering a little more of the frag plug.   Found a baby Banggai Cardinal yesterday morning. Scooped it out before it gets eaten by

I've started to journey into the microscopic world of the reef tank. Invested in a good microscope with a camera hooked up. Its great to be able to pinpoint issues and apply the correct fix. For examp

Currently the Kalk stirrer is hooked to the Apex & switches ON for 2min. Once every hour. Quite a waste to use the Apex for this simple purpose.  Tried using one of those standard smart wifi

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Gave some away. The rest didn't make it :(

Found it troublesome/diffcult to manage water conditions for stand alone tank (eg. water cleanliness, evaporation etc)

 

Was thinking of setting up a connected tank to house baby fishes in future.

Maybe try more interesting gobies or mandarins. Need to consult Chun Wai.

 

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19 hours ago, SubzeroLT said:

Gave some away. The rest didn't make it :(

Found it troublesome/diffcult to manage water conditions for stand alone tank (eg. water cleanliness, evaporation etc)

 

Was thinking of setting up a connected tank to house baby fishes in future.

Maybe try more interesting gobies or mandarins. Need to consult Chun Wai.

 

gobies and mandarins are even harder to breed.. New challenge for you, haha

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On 01/05/2018 at 2:05 PM, he said:

gobies and mandarins are even harder to breed.. New challenge for you, haha

That's why I need to consult Chun Wai.

 

10 hours ago, Kingkk said:

That’s interesting bro u planing to breed fish.. looking forward for loads of updates and progress .. cheers mate
 

Thanks. I read in a recent edition of Coral Magazine about the various fishes bred in captivity. Something worth trying...more for interest & learning than for profit.

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Got complacent & ignored the growing corals touching the tonga pinkbirdsnest. Had to trim a lot away :(

 

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Thanks. No particular fixed schedule but this should be representative enough :

  • Morning before heading to work. Feed a small bit of Ocean Nutrition Formula One pellets
  • Night time ~ 9pm. Ocean Nutrition Formula One pellets + a cube (about 1cm^3) of home made fish food. 
    • Use long pipette to target feed some of the food to the Rock Flower Anemone & super sun coral
  • Reef Roids about 2x a week (night time after lights out)
  • DD Ocean Reef Paste. About 1x a week 
  • Live Phyto culture. About 1 cup (~250ml) a night
  • 2x market prawns chopped up & fed to Anemone, duncan, scolly once every 2 weeks, several hours before water change.

 

  • Some things i need to restock soon which i found to be good :
    • Nyos Gold Pods
    • Selcon (Used to hydrate the reef roids) & to fortify baby brine shrimps
    • Oyster Feast

 

For the home made fish food, its just a mix of whatever can be found in Sheng Siong. Fish meat, prawn meat, clams.

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Gut of clams removed

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Fish/prawn/clam meat is hand chopped (not using blender).

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Wow... u feed the fish better than I feed my children :lol:

I do chop chop chop up food for my fishes. Now looking at urs, reminding me to also add some shellfish in future. 

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An alternative is just to purchase Larry's Reef Frenzy frozen food from Iwarna. Good product.

White clams is like a lot of effort to prepare for so little meat. An alternative is 1-2 oysters instead.

I don't use an electric blender as i find it mashes the fish meat too finely even with a couple of pulses. So end up cutting it with a knife instead.

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Weather here in Singapore has been quite warm the past weekA. At times, hitting 32DegC inside the apartment :(

The compressor kicked in more often. That prompted me to check the compressor temperature controller & realized that the accuracy drifted by about 0.5degC. That is, its reading too warm => cooling the tank 0.5DegC more than it should. I cross checked the Apex temp probe (supposed to be a 'long life' probe which is 3yrs old & still accurate when further cross referenced to an alcohol thermometer)

 

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Emerald crab munching away on red turf algae. Some of them have grown quite big ~ 1.5" big.

 

 

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Time to re-generate the Continuum Aquatics Cleanse HM Heavy Metal.

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Soak in vinegar for 1-2hrs. Then rinse thoroughly.

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As good as new. Ready to re-use :)

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On 17/05/2018 at 11:38 PM, he said:

Is the heavy metal removal getting any results in removal of heavy metal from your tank ?

Sent from Singapore Reef Club mobile app
 

Need to send for another round of ICP test soon to determine if it works.

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Just back from a 2 week vacation. More or less, the tank ran on its own.

Many thanks to a fellow reefer to came in between to help check on things & to target feed the mandarin.

 

Some things that helped with the long absence. 

(1) Large waste water / skimmate bucket with float sensor

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(2) Clarisea roller mat filter

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(3) Alkatronic KH measurements. I did make some calcium reactor CO2 timing adjustment remotely during the trip via the Apex Neptune. Quite happy with the Alkatronic to enable a close loop measurement of the most important parameter.

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Pleasantly surprised to find the max mini anemone split.

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Crowded

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Sea Cucumber's new fav spot

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That’s good to hear. I’m going for a 12 day vacation next week and I’m getting worried! Definitely don’t have the setup like u do and my tank is pretty new! :yeah:

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16 hours ago, Jeebusai said:

That’s good to hear. I’m going for a 12 day vacation next week and I’m getting worried! Definitely don’t have the setup like u do and my tank is pretty new! :yeah:

What's your tank plan when you are away like? (eg ATO, skim collector, auto feeder....)

Of course we all have a fear of power trip. Need to prepare for such contingencies as well.

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15 minutes ago, SubzeroLT said:

What's your tank plan when you are away like? (eg ATO, skim collector, auto feeder....)

Of course we all have a fear of power trip. Need to prepare for such contingencies as well.

I have a apc backup for the wave maker and MTO (Maid TOP-up). But she’s kinda of blur and extremely forgetful....pray she doesn’t screw things up 

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On 13/05/2018 at 2:18 PM, SubzeroLT said:

Time to re-generate the Continuum Aquatics Cleanse HM Heavy Metal.

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Soak in vinegar for 1-2hrs. Then rinse thoroughly.

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As good as new. Ready to re-use :)

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Hello! May I know where you bought the big botte one? I only saw the smaller size one at LFS  

 

Btw i saw they said to soak in Muratic acid, does vinegar works as well? Ps am not very good in chemistry 

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Interesting. If  this Continuum Aquatics Cleanse HM Heavy Metal work please update us

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