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  1. Where the Wild Things Are: 100 Days

    Well wow, this has to be THE best liverock ever!! I want some soooo badly but I'm too far away I'll be following this build along with the other competition tanks closely, they look so much fun. I wish I could have joined in too. Go Mr & Mrs Cling. Regards Ann
  2. Mine's still up and running. It managed to survive being left alone for 2 weeks last month, phew! I intend to update all when my thread is unlocked/moved. Best regards Ann
  3. [STOCK] tinyreef

    It's been fascinating watching this tank develop. I didn't think that it would have been my cup of tea but now I'm completely hooked. You've done a really great job and the best of luck when the voting begins. Best regards Ann
  4. [STOCK] melbourne

    Wow, what a great set of pictures, some good growth there too. I hope that you'll be keeping this tank on so that we can still see how it progresses in the future. Best of luck when the voting starts. Best regards Ann
  5. [CUSTOM] Ann

    My goodness I can’t believe it’s the end of the contest already, time sure has flown by quickly. This Pico is actually only 5 months old since I left it till the last minute to set up a tank for this contest. It has a long way to go before it looks it's best I think. It has been and continues to be a great tank to keep. I’ve tried my hardest to keep the number of corals down to a minimum so that I can allow what I do have to spread, as a consequence I still think that this tank looks a bit empty. To recap the specs of the tank are: Standard UK glass tank (12” x 8” x 8”) DIY glass ‘refugium’ (12” x 4.75” x 8”) Micro-jet 450 pump 50W Hagen Tronic Heaterstat Fluval 1 plus internal filter (containing carbon and polyfilter) Lighting: 2 x 18W 50/50 compact T5 tubes (over the main tank) + 1 x 18W Daylight tube (over the refugium) 50mm case fan to keep things cool Aquadoser set on a timer for freshwater top off Livestock consists of: Various zoanthid/Palythoa colonies 2 colour morphs of Ricordea florida mushrooms Ricordea yuma mushroom Red Discosoma sp. mushroom Blue Discosoma sp. mushroom Fungia sp. Bubble coral, Plerogyra sinuosa (still residing in the refugium) 2 dwarf blue-legged hermit crabs, Clibanarius tricolor 2 Dove snails, Euplica sp. Stomatella sp. snails Hitchhiker crab Sargassum sp. algae Chaetomorpha sp. algae in the refugium Growth of the corals has been slow but seems to have speeded up recently now that they (the zoanthids particularly) have settled in properly. Not all of the corals however have shown signs of growth yet, there are one, possibly two, small colonies of zoanthids that stubbonly refuse to do anything at all. The tank has been easier to maintain than I thought it would be. The nitrates and phosphates have remained undetectable even though a skimmer is not employed which I assume must be due to the presence of a rather large amount of algae in the system. Problems that I’ve encountered (apart from frags being knocked off the rocks all the time) have been an above normal pH which was rectified by switching the refugium to a reverse lit cycle and some chemical warfare issues which were resolved when the Seriatopora hystrix was removed. There was also a possible problem with the Blastomussa corals, I’m not sure what it was but I decided to remove them rather than watch them struggle. Unsurprisingly I lost the lovely pink hitchhiker tunicates that came on the live rock. Here are the monthly photos showing the how the tank has progressed to date: 13th Nov 05: 9th Dec 05: 4th Jan 06: 13th Feb 06: 16th Mar 06: 5th Apr 06: Here are a few of the first coral additions showing growth and how the colouration has altered under the new lighting (and tank?) conditions. In most cases the colours are lighter now than they were when they were kept under metal halides (and larger tanks no doubt ). Left: 9th December 2005, right: 5th April 2006 Left: 9th December 2005, right: 5th April 2006 Left: 9th December 2005, right: 5th April 2006 Top: 20th November 2005, bottom: 15th March 2006 Many thanks for taking the time to look at my thread and for all the encouragement you have given me over the last 6 months. It's been great fun! Best regards Ann
  6. [STOCK] tinyreef

    I thought that there was supposed to be a cut off time after which we weren't supposed to add any more stock? Since it appears that we haven't yet reached that point the contest can't be over, right? It must have a few more months to run at the very least Err, that's assuming that the contest is still on.... Best regards Ann
  7. [STOCK] tinyreef

    That's nice Tiny. I'm a fan of branching coralline too but don't have any in my Pico, can't keep them all I guess. Best regards Ann
  8. Flat things on mushroom

    From what I can see these are planaria but they are not the same species as those featured in Andre's post. Those ones are the, generally hated, Convolutriloba retrogemma which plague lots of tanks. Yours are parasitic (or possibly commensal) and are thought to live off the mucus (detritus caught in the mucus?) of their host coral. In most cases the coral is not harmed. If they are indeed flatworms then they will be multiplying in your tank. Performing a fresh water dip of your mushrooms may be helpful but it sounds like they have spread to other corals already. Best regards Ann
  9. Safe crab?

    This is the Spotted Hermit crab, Dardanus guttatus. Very cool looking if I do say so, however I wouldn't be worrying about your coralline as such. According to my book they are aggressive predators of small invertebrates such as molluscs and worms, they may eat algae. These hemits are best suited to special aquariums or those tanks filled with large robust fish. HTH. Best regards Ann
  10. Some Green-Banded Goby pics

    Yeah, it's really sad. I've just checked on the nano now and there is yet another batch of babies swimming about. I hate to let them go without giving them a chance at life. I had a separate tank set up for them a while back but after 5 or so failed attempts (they died off at 17-19 days old) I switched over to raising Sexy shrimp which was much more successful. Apparently green banded gobies are harder to raise than other species of gobies. I would have like to have tried feeding them on the s-strain of rotifers (as they are smaller than the regular ones) but they are not available in the UK. Boo hoo! Perhaps one day I'll have another go. Best regards Ann
  11. uk pico - downsizing from a 2.5

    Love the new set-up. These smaller tanks are so much fun aren't they. Best regards Ann
  12. [STOCK] Hokie03

    Really, really nice looking tank. I love the big mushrooms, very healthy looking. It's interesting that you seem to have a problem with your little B. merleti, mine didn't open properly too. I took it out last week and it's looking fine again in my big tank. I wonder what the problem was, perhaps yours is stuggling for the same reason? Best regards Ann
  13. [STOCK] Casabubu

    Phew! Good to hear that everything made it. Best regards Ann
  14. [STOCK] tinyreef

    Ahh, I like the lower profile hood. What's the pink algae in the bubbling shot? Looks cool. The tank is looking better and better as the weeks go on. Best regards Ann
  15. [CUSTOM] shivametimbas

    Very nice new anemone. Lookin good! Best regards Ann