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About natalia_la_loca

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  • Birthday October 30

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    el mitón
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  1. Natalia's reefbowl featured in Reefs.com!

    @Friendly, believe it or not, nearly all the corals are pretty well spaced out. I let acans touch other acans, zoas touch other zoas, etc, but otherwise try to not let corals touch. I do have to glue over corals sometimes to prevent them encrusting, especially the red planet acro. @Lula_Mae, yup, the blondies are slow they're doing well though. One of the babies was dying because the red planet got too close, but it's recovering now thanks to super glue.
  2. Natalia's reefbowl featured in Reefs.com!

    It wouldn't hurt to give it more light IME. Mine gets direct sunlight in the morning and afternoon.
  3. Natalia's reefbowl featured in Reefs.com!

    @SeaFurn, do you have any light sources besides your overhead light? I wonder if the intermittent sun on my reefbowl helps the acros grow.
  4. Natalia's reefbowl featured in Reefs.com!

    Hey guys, sorry about the lack of updates, been doing summer stuff the reefbowl is doing just fine. The green and rainbow gonioporas are still not doing well though (the pink one is still looking great though.) I'm going to try to rehome them locally. here are some pics: Pink and golds growing like freaking crazy Utter chaos looking chaos-y Last but not least, here's something neat: the red planet acro is becoming red again at the tips. My guess is that the added height and proximity to the light are doing it. I still have to glue around it every couple of weeks to prevent it encrusting on the blondies.
  5. Nano Sapiens 12g - Ye Olde Mixed Reef

    OMG love those fat little sausages
  6. Natalia's reefbowl featured in Reefs.com!

    @Friendly I'll try to get video for you this weekend. @holy carp, the green stuff is a biofilm that grew spontaneously. that's what the opae'ula eat, I don't provide any other food source. (it does look like a Dr Seuss snowstorm lol)
  7. Natalia's reefbowl featured in Reefs.com!

    Hi The airline is nothing complicated. I run airline from the pump to a piece of rigid airline that has been bent into a rounded shape to fit over the lip of the bowl. My LFS sells these bent pieces of rigid airline, or you can make one yourself by holding it over a toaster and bending it when it heats up. To the other side of the rigid airline, I attached a short piece of flexible airline, maybe 15 cm long, just enough to get close to the bottom of the bowl. This helps ensure strong circulation throughout the bowl. I don't know about the creating-current-through-the-substrate thing. You wouldn't want to have an airline under the substrate as it would just blow sand all over the place and irritate the corals. Re: how-to guides, Reefjar.com is a good one. My Featured Reef Profile and my Reefs.com article provide a good synopsis of how mine is set up. By the way, here's a shrimp update: the baby opae'ula in my shrimpbowl settled down at the two-week mark, like clockwork. There were very few, if any, fatalities. The shrimp population has more than doubled! Opae'ula are so cool.
  8. Nano Sapiens 12g - Ye Olde Mixed Reef

    Love your tank so much. Looking forward to year 10!
  9. Natalia's reefbowl featured in Reefs.com!

  10. Natalia's reefbowl featured in Reefs.com!

    I havent posted any updates on my opae'ula shrimp bowl in a long time. Well, now there is news. The shrimp have gotten eggs many times, but none have hatched. Finally, after nearly a year and a half of diligently doing nothing, there are babies! The shrimp at left under the overhang has a cluster of newly hatched larvae. The one at upper right also has nymphs, but those aren't really visible in the pic, In the pic below, the two tiny tadpole shapes are free-swimming larvae. They have a 2-week planktonic stage before they settle down and become benthic like adults.
  11. Natalia's reefbowl featured in Reefs.com!

    My reefbowl is featured in the latest Reefs.com magazine Check it out!
  12. Natalia's reefbowl featured in Reefs.com!

  13. Natalia's reefbowl featured in Reefs.com!

    Thanks everybody Hopefully the new feed will make a difference. @micoastreefing, I do have several SPS and LPS that are actively growing. I did a water test today, and my alk is lower than usual. I'll probably start doing some small water changes in between the big weekly water changes to help replenish alk and calcium. @JoeR, I got the acan at Cherry Corals. They have some absolutely incredible acans. The red and blue thing to the left of it is a blastomussa, also purchased at Cherry Corals. I'm glad you're getting a pico bowl A zoa or nem garden would be fantastic. If I had more time, I would set up a RFA reefbowl. And speaking of reefbowl inspiration, a couple of weeks ago I gave a talk to the saltwater staff at my LFS about my reefbowl. When I went there the other day, lo and behold, they had just set up this Pretty neat, huh?
  14. Natalia's reefbowl featured in Reefs.com!

    Hey, long time no see been busy with summer things. reefbowl is doing fine. Utter chaos have a 7th head! Here's a pic that shows my two leptos in the background, growing slowly but surely. witches wheel acan is doing really well too. The valida acro is liking its place at the top... Pink n golds growing like crazy... But not all is well. The pink goni is thriving, but the other two gonis aren't looking so well. Not sure what's going on. I've started feeding both Reef Roids and Goniopower to see if I can turn them around. On the whole, however, it's a happy bowl.
  15. Teenyreef's IM40 Not-So-Teeny Tank - New Pictures

    So glad your bubblegum digi is growing for you they are wonderful corals!