Good Monday Morning
I added a titanium heater last week which seems to have helped maintain a warmer temperature somewhat, though the temp listed on the heater's digital read-out and the one listed on the Coralife digital thermometer varies quite a bit. At first, I had both temp sensors in the back so I didn't have to look at them, but became concerned that the reading would be too warm given they were in the chamber next to the heater. So, I moved them out front again...and read on another thread that a temp sensor can be placed too close to lights, thereby messing with the readout, too. I will lower the heater's sensor today and see if the two get any closer. I don't really like the heater -- it's bulky and I'm not confident of what it is doing, though the water is staying warmer (it would dip down to 72F over night).
The yellow clown goby is doing well, though still a bit shy. She moves to the back whenever I move so I don't yet have her lovely yellow presence darting about just yet. She (or he, I don't know which, but it looks like a "she" the same way the blenny looks like a "he" in drag) did eat a bit this morning, which is a good sign.
The corals seem to be doing great! The baby cloves have opened nicely, the mushrooms have expanded (still wish I'd gotten the blue-green ones, though), the duncan has a terrific neon-green glow around the mouth, and the ricordia is really plump. The acan has recovered from the anemone-killing-spree, though hasn't quite plumped today yet. And the blenny is doing well -- hangs out in his tube coral cave, waiting to see if food will float by. Copepods abound on the walls of the tank! Wish I had a camera that could get a good enough pic to enter this month's photo contest.
Had a newbie moment of pride last week when my water tested beautifully at the LFS, and two others came in complaining of dying fish and water tests with colors so deep I didn't recognize them as ammonia, nitrate, and phosphate.Happy Ricordia
(though in tank, the orange is more brilliant and the blue looks more purple)http://web.clas.ufl....f/ricordia2.bmp
: today, (11/25/11) one of the two ricordia is curled up kind of like a flower cup or vase shape. It is nicely plump and open, except for the convex. Is it moving? Unhappy? There's a damn little glass nem that might have hitchhiked in and perhaps that is the problem. Suppose I need to wait a few days and watch.)Mushrooms and Cloves 1 & 2http://web.clas.ufl....ooms_clove1.bmphttp://web.clas.ufl....ooms_clove2.bmp11/25/11
-- The Acan was tipped over this morning when I came in. I think I need to actually glue it in place, but I just read in several spots that it has somewhat aggressive tentacles that comes out at night, so am not sure where I'd like to place it. Further, it should be fed at night?? Yikes. May have to reconsider the Acan. On the other hand, I am more delighted with the ricordea each day, and the mushrooms have taken on a pinkish-tinge that contrasts beautifully with the gray-green of the clove polyps. It has a very Seussian look to it
Edited by msscha, 25 October 2011 - 10:30 AM.