April 15, 2012
So the cleaner shrimp has finally started showing it's face more often...
You can definitely tell the peppermint is afraid of him because anytime the cleaner gets remotely close, the pep freaks out and swims off.
WIth summer rapidly approaching, my cooling has been a huge issue. I upgraded the stock fans pretty easily, but didn't really notice a HUGE increase in air movement, I made the vents for them bigger, but still really wasn't getting anywhere. So I did some research and added some more fans!
Two more up front that are blowing cool air into the tank. Not the BEST job ever, but not bad for my first try, I'll take it. Tank never gets above 81 on the thermometer now...which in actuality is about 79.5-80, so I'm happy with that. I haven't noticed a huge increase in evaporation either, so that's good.
Tank parameters are still 0. About 1-2 days after I added my shrimps and hermit crab, I saw ammonia dart up to a bit under .25. I'm unsure if it was because the added bioload or what. One thing might have been my testing. I'm using an API saltwater test kit, and I normally always do 8 drops of solution one, invert a few times, 8 drops solution 2, shake for 5 seconds and wait for 5 minutes. Of course this day I just added 8 drops of 1&2 and then shook it up, so that might be the reason as well. All is well though. I still haven't had to do a water change since I've had the tank, which concerns me a bit, but since the chaeto continues to grow well in the fuge setup in the back, I'm not too worried about it.
I just used the turkey baster and man, do snails crap a lot or what!? I just stirred a bunch of stuff up in my tank, so I'm curious how that will affect the levels, if at all.
Oh, I also bought a Hydro Flo Deflector. I wanted something other than the stock stay in place thing in the back, and for only $12, I figured why not.
STILL no jawfish. My LFS that I've been going to says he's trying to get one, but I guess he didn't get in anything besides corals this week, so I'll keep on trying. I'm determined to get what I want and I don't want to settle...however, I don't want to buy online because with shipping I double my price ($30 for the fish, 30 for shipping)...if I could get some decent frogspawn, I would consider it, but it seems like some places are out of stock.
Well, that's it for now...just patiently waiting. I have supplemented the shrimp's diet with some pellet food since they aren't getting any waste/leftovers from the fish that aren't there yet.