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  1. Nano Sapiens 12g - Ye Olde Mixed Reef

    They are quite interesting, but be aware that they typically only live about a year or so (this old female is ancient by Pedersons shrimp standards at ~1-1/4 years old).
  2. Nano Sapiens 12g - Ye Olde Mixed Reef

    Umm, not so much. While they do search around for meaty tid-bits, they won't eat algae like hermits do. Max size for the body is around 1-1/4", but add in the antennae and it's more like 3"
  3. Nano Sapiens 12g - Ye Olde Mixed Reef

    Pedersons Cleaner Shrimp: Closeup of when the eggs are transferring from the ovaries to the brooding pouch: Since there is no male to fertilize, the eggs are eventually expelled into the surroundings. This old gal has been pumping out eggs for well over a year.
  4. TeenyReef's 10g Fusion - November FTS

    I believe it would have equalized (at least for a while) since reef systems are constantly trying to achieve a state of dynamic equilibrium.
  5. TeenyReef's 10g Fusion - November FTS

    I had the 'Red Planet' Acro from Vivid. I've never seen such a temperamental coral. Out of a few frags, one finally got happy and went from a tiny nubb'in to a 4" plate with spikes in just a few months. Also, the most aggressive coral I've encountered this side of a Hydnophora. I was happy to move it on to someone with a much larger tank before it expanded and killed even more corals. The rise in nutrients causes the zooxanthellae to multiply. One would think that more zoox = more photosythate for the coral to utilize for calcification, but the opposite is true, actually, under NSW/near NSW conditions. Since there is less photosynthate being produced under higher nutrient conditions, calcification slows: http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2015/5/aafeature This article shows that in nutrient enriched conditions, DIC limitation is the main limiter to growth: 'If high alkalinity levels are maintained, coral growth rates can remain high under eutrophic conditions. This is especially relevant for home aquaria, which often experience higher than natural inorganic nutrient levels due to high fish stocking densities.' On the plus side, more nutrients (within limits) makes for richer colored corals...if that appeals to you (it does to me) Another limiting factor to growth/alk/ca usage is the temperature decrease from summer to fall. I get this every Autumn where Alk/Ca drops by ~30-40% due to slower organism metabolism. This year, it has been a nearly 50% drop due to the combo of twice as many fish (online shipment error) and the resultant additional feeding that produces more waste products plus a temp drop from ~78-79 for much of the day to a solid 76 F maintained by my heater.
  6. Nano Sapiens 12g - Ye Olde Mixed Reef

    Thank you!
  7. I like the natural look that you've created, here. As a result, the tank looks more mature than it actually is.
  8. Teenyreef's IM40 Not-So-Teeny Tank - November FTS

    Holy moly...now that is a might fine grouping of luscious Acans...and quite an exceptional plate coral, too!
  9. xellos88

    Congratulations on having your tank selected this month for NTOTM. Magaling na magaling! Next time I'm in your neighborhood I'll come and see if you still have any of those yummy Yuma babies available
  10. Lula Mae's full circle 5.5--new pics!

    Good choice of critters!
  11. Halloween Special - Psycho GBGs

    'Striped Sausage Monsters' sums it up nicely
  12. Crazy psycho Green Banded Gobies...Happy Halloween!
  13. Nano Sapiens 12g - Ye Olde Mixed Reef

    Having some video fun (Halloween Themed 'Psycho GBGs'):
  14. Intelligent Design is Natural Filtration

    When I think of all the different macro organisms have been added to my 9+ year old small system, and then all the various micro organisms that were also introduced at the same time, the total number of individual species would be in the hundreds, or perhaps thousands (corals, fish, various inverts, sponges, alga, bacteria, archaea, fungi, protists...). On the whole, I would expect a typical fully mature successful reef system to be more resilient due to a stable microbial community and increased biodiversity.
  15. Quite possibly Lemnalia... http://homelygarden.com/img/coral_lemnalia_cauliflower_52_185.jpg Photosynthetic, but being part of the Nephtheidae complex of species, should be regularly fed for long term maintenance.