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About msscha

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    Nano Reefer
  • Birthday 03/21/1965

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    Gainesville, Florida
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    I teach scientists/researchers at all levels to write scientific prose -- I also garden and began my first nano reef tank on September 04, 2011.

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  1. All-In-One Full Tank Shot Thread

    Got mine off C-list, too, $125 + stand. Needed to replace a JBJ 24 that had just sprang a slow leak.
  2. msscha's 24 gallon office cube

    Just some fun pics
  3. msscha's 24 gallon office cube

    It's been a couple of years since I posted, though my tank is still going. The 24 gallon JBJ sprang a leak -- a small one, so I had time to buy a replacement before catastrophe struck. I found an excellent deal on a 29 gallon Oceanic Biocube + stand on Craiglist -- $125.00. Moved it over last Thursday, kept the LED JBJ hood, and the inhabitants seem to have dealt with it well. The JBJ was a problematic tank for me -- not sure why, but I lost a lot of coral and most of the hitchhiker stock. I'm down to 2 clowns, 4 nano-gobies, 2 rusty gobies, a harlequin serpent star, a rose bubbletip anemone (a new addition that the clowns have not yet chosen to host), a dwindling duncan (b/c the clowns did choose to host it, and it's steadily deteriorated as a result), a bunch of neon-green trumpets, a few gorgs, a skunk shrimp, some rics, and a tiny acan frag that has hung in there but not thrived. I'm hoping the new environment helps.
  4. Can you ID this macro?

    Thank you, John. It looks exactly like you've described (the holdfast is particularly evident today) so I will remove it during today's scheduled water change. I very much appreciate the help.
  5. Hi All. This mystery red bubble thing began growing in my tank a few weeks ago. There are two of them; at first I thought it was red grape caulerpa as I'd had that in the tank before, but this had not taken on the grape cluster look at all. Is this just a different kind of bubble algae? I macro I should be treasuring? Something I should get the heck out of my tank right now? Thank you for your help!
  6. Any idears?

    Though I can't be certain based on the picture, if it is sort of pyramidal in shape and the body flaps as it moves, then it could be a limpet. Should be reef safe...a good hhiker to have!
  7. msscha's 24 gallon office cube

    Thank you, Shadowrider!
  8. msscha's 24 gallon office cube

    Right now, the blastos have just sunk into that spot, and I'm afraid that moving them would be harmful. I could try moving some of the bigger pieces -- well, really, just the giant duncan -- to see if that provided some cover. I'll look into that!
  9. msscha's 24 gallon office cube

    I got some proper fragging supplies -- a tube of fix-it stick and new glue, so sometime this week, I'll get the frags mounted properly. In the meantime, the toadstool has completely split, as the odd dark photo shows. It's hard to see the split when it's fluffy! I did this week's WC on Saturday night, and was much surprised to see the chiton out!! It is a lovely pinkish color, and must be close to 1.5" long. It took a bunch of pictures even to get the one crappy shot below (damned curved glass ). I also did a bit of re-arranging -- the finger leather was beating up on the acans, so I moved that slab o' rock to the bottom of the tank. Not ideal in terms of lighting, perhaps, but good for healing. The fat, stubby rock went up top, and I moved a orange and green ric up, too, because it was pretty much eating away at a micromussa. The acan got moved back and up a bit, and I think I may take the baby toadstools and move them down to the sand -- not sure the finger leather will be kind to them! Toadstool Split! Chiton FTS -- 9/23/2013
  10. msscha's 24 gallon office cube

    First time fragging! Did not take into account need for sandpaper or dremel to create a nice flat edge. Will be moving frags to plugs this week when supplies arrive and I have time. In the meantime, all the pieces are doing just fine! And mama toadstool is splitting into two heads. Woo hoo!
  11. Desktop Evolve 8

    Any chance you can use a coral glue to seal it? It seems I read that somewhere recently. Love that it's at the office; this is where I keep mine, too. (after all, it's where I spend most of my time ).
  12. msscha's 24 gallon office cube

    I've noticed the trimma goby seems to be slowing down lately. I know -- how can you tell with this goby, right? I checked my picture records to see when I got it, and my first picture of him was on 2/20/2012 -- that's over 18 months ago. If the little gobies' lifespans are only a couple of years, then I guess it would make sense if he were slowing down. First pic below is the first I took of the trimma cana goby. I am pretty sure it is a "he" because of an article in CORAL magazine stating that gender could be determined by the dorsal fin -- males have long ones, which you can see in the next picture. Guess I must be feeling nostalgic this afternoon! The last pic in this threesome is from this afternoon, Old Man Goby with Black Tunicate (or something -- new growth on Mushroom Rock, one of the new pieces of LR) Ooooh -- rusty goby is feelin' bold .
  13. Gorgonian show off thread!

    Here's my photosynthetic gorg -- yeah, it's just one of the plain brown ones! But it is hugely branched, fluffy all the time (took all of 15 minutes to adjust to life in my tank), and makes me want to hang ornaments on it! (I'm thinking of getting a small yellow one from KP Aquatics, but not certain that I want to pay the shipping. I have purchased from them before, and the whole experience was excellent; all livestock survived transport; KP even threw in an extra lettuce green sea slug!) As you can see in my post above, my photosyn gorg sits right atop a candy cane, a bunch of zoas, and a baby toadstool (which is totally hidden by the branches -- I need to move that!). It's been in contact with the finger leather, too, and thus far, no one shows any sign of damage. Gorgs are awesome -- they add such a cool, vertical, architectural vibe to a tank!
  14. 40 gallon I.C.U.

    We have just plain cats, too! Both rescues. One from the Humane society (she's a white bobtail -- okay, maybe not totally plain. Spent a year outside before being rescued and will likely have to have much of outer ears removed to prevent skin cancer. She'll then look like a bunny cat!). The other is a classic tabby, a feral cat who adopted our house when she was about 4 months old; she used to hang outside with a very old, curmudgeon calico. When the calico died (she was about 20 years old), the feral gradually moved inside. She is the most loving, sweet, and into-freaking-everything cat I've ever met! Wow! That is gorgeous. Next time around, I'm getting a long tank .
  15. msscha's 24 gallon office cube

    Thank you, DannaM. Love the sig quote -- we can be middle age moms together .