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The Tidepool Two: UK Temperate Tank

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1 hour ago, SaltyGallon said:

Lights off now in a very cloudy pico! Here's all you'll get, for today... 😎

 

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A great day out on the coast yesterday...

 

Sadly no shrimp or hermits to be found (we didn't look for these guys too hard) but plenty of topshell snails, periwinkles, different beadlet anemones (in red, green, blue, purple and brown), gem anemones, and of course the much coveted green snakelocks anemones. No macro for now, but perhaps a prospect to collect in the summer when stuff will be suited to warmer room temps.

 

Lots of little critters added including a couple of big amphipods, brittle stars, and plenty of coraline trimmings in purple/red. It's going to be really interesting to watch this tank develop in time. I've got a bunch of fine slate/gravel too that I'm toying with the idea of adding - it will really fit with the "biotope" - but not sure if it will look janky mixed with the white sand!

 

Everything settling in nicely and feeding... I'm just about to head out and buy some frozen prawns to feed the anemones. They're really voracious, and quick moving too! 😊

 

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debbeach13

Looks like a successful collection trip to me. Go for a little walk, check out the tide pool, come home with some critters and anemones. So jealous.

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57 minutes ago, debbeach13 said:

Looks like a successful collection trip to me. Go for a little walk, check out the tide pool, come home with some critters and anemones. So jealous.

We were out mooching around for 5 hours, so I'm not sure if a "little walk" haha 🙂

 

I've put some netting round the wavemaker for now too... I expected the anemones to go big time walkies last night but as it happens the majority have stayed largely in the same spot where they were placed. They aren't fussy really but I think they like their food (a bit like their keeper I suppose lol)

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... All well in the rockpool tank, for now 🙂 

 

The topshell snails are a slight pain as they go walkabout most nights... Every morning I have to pick at least 3 or 4 of them up off the floor! They seem to have no issue with being out of the water for hours on end, which I suppose isn't surprising. I don't really want to "lid them" but if they carry this on I might have to, otherwise I'm going to run out of CUC pretty quick! I dropped one back in the tank during the night last night and I think it might have ended up in the snakelocks anemone, as the snakelocks has a very suspect bulge this morning 😂

 

Likewise I left the fan on for a few hours yesterday and managed to get the tank down to 16.3°C / 61.3°F - which was nice, and colder than I was expecting. Mist on the glass kind of realms! I think the fan will loose it's effectiveness a little come the warmer weather but I'm confident it should be able to knock a good few degrees off of ambient room temperature, and keep everything just cool enough.

 

For now, nitrates sat at a very amicable 5ppm and the tank's got a light dusting of diatoms. Watching intently for the first few flecks of coralline - as loads of it went in (blitzed up) from rock scrapings... 🤞

 

All in all happy days, and pics to follow later.

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An FTS (I did add some black rock to the sandbed after all!) and a snakelocks close up 😊

 

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Here's an interesting comparison too, the snakelocks now vs. the snakelocks when collected. It looks like the purple is extending up the arms, rather than just the tips. This is a trait I've noticed in other captive ones - not sure if a response to high or low light. I'd guess high, but who knows?

 

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debbeach13

Wow looks like two different animals.

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I might have already asked, how are you maintaining temperature?  What temp does this run ?  I have experienced that internal pumps do emit heat, how long before you see the increase in temps?  The light looks great to keep this photosynthetic anemone doing well. 

 

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4 hours ago, debbeach13 said:

Wow looks like two different animals.

Yeah Deb. I think part of the difference is the cool blue LED light vs the warm natural sunlight, but it will be interesting to see how the colour changes over time.

3 hours ago, Micro-Reefs Aquariums said:

I might have already asked, how are you maintaining temperature?  What temp does this run ?  I have experienced that internal pumps do emit heat, how long before you see the increase in temps?  The light looks great to keep this photosynthetic anemone doing well. 

 

You have, but that was before it was up and running! I have a fan which in current temperatures can drop the temperature by just under 4°C - without the fan it sits around 19°C. I haven't noticed any additional heat from the light or wavemaker in this tank, though the return in my 1G does kick out noticeable heat.

 

Everything in the tank is intertidal and tolerates a natural temperature range of approx 8-28°C, so my plan for the summer is to run the fan via a wifi socket on hot days to ideally keep things sweet at no higher than 25°. We rarely get temps over 29-30°C here in the UK and when we do it's for a couple days at most, so it should be manageable with cooling water changes if needed 👍🏼

 

Yeah the A80 should be more than sufficient for the snakelocks. I'm in the process of working out how high I can crank the intensity without annoying the other beadlet nems, or causing excess heat over the tank.

 

... Sadly I never heard back from that chap re the IceProbe!

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Tired

You could always have a lid that you put on the tank in the evening, so the snails stay in, then remove it during the day. 

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6 hours ago, Tired said:

You could always have a lid that you put on the tank in the evening, so the snails stay in, then remove it during the day. 

That is what I did last night. No escapees! 😊

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A friend was down on the South West Coast last week and he turned up at our place on Thursday night with a small bucket full of goodies. No hardback crabs, just hermits/shrimp/starfish I told him... So you can guess what he brought back lol.

 

So the tank is now also home to a juvenile green shore crab with cool mottling, a limpet, two small clams, and a bunch of cool algae. Still no hermits, or shrimp! As it happens the green shore crab is extremely well suited to pico life (super tolerant of brackish/saline water and high temperatures). He's eating well and I've seen Mr Limpet moving around on his rock too. In terms of macro algae there's some bladder wrack, sea lettuce, some sargassum, and two reddish guys I've yet to ID. I've got high hopes for the wrack and sea lettuce but sadly I think the nice reds will fade away in time, being more seasonally cold water.

 

The anemones are all doing well, bar a pretty little green beadlet who definitely has the weakest sting in the tank and spends his time picking/losing fights with the other beadlets lol. The bigger gem anemone has spat out three babies already! The snakelocks is a voracious feeder and caught and digested a snail last week, and spat its shell out this morning.

 

It's taking on a really cool rockpool feel now, which is nice 🙂

 

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Firefish15

Looking great! 😄

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Reefkid88

Fantabulous !!! 

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Nathans_Reef

Looks really good! 

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Thanks guys. In other news....

 

Here's the green shore crab causing trouble

 

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And the limpet taking a sh*t!

 

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