hermit crab abandoned shell in favour of a cleft in the rock. have ordered some spare shells so maybe it will re house itself when they are in the tank. see photos.
View March 26, 2020 04:32
20% water change today. Skimmer cleaned and new filter sock added.
View March 25, 2020 12:38
The second Astrea has dropped of the glass and is lying on its side on the substrate. I'll stand it on the rock and monitor closely. Maybe they were added to early as, with the lights off, there is almost no algae. Since the lights went on I can see two pieces of macro algae growing on the live rock.
View March 24, 2020 04:06
Starting to run lighting from today in the slow acclimation mode. will keep the moonlight option off until I start to add corals. let's see how it goes with Phosphate at 0.25ppm. 25% water change will bring it down some but I can always fire up the reactor if needed.
View March 22, 2020 03:52
water perams all good except phosphate but will deal with that through water changes for now as nitrates are still falling.

looks like the poorly astrea will have to come out and also one of the hermits seems inactive. all stock acclimated via drip feed for several hours
View March 20, 2020 09:43
added a pair of percular clowns, two astrea snails and two hermit crabs. one of the snails looks like it did not fair well on the trip from the LFS.
View March 19, 2020 09:40
Nitrite has now fallen to 0.1ppm so it should be zero today and the next phase can begin.
View March 19, 2020 03:11
Struggled to read the salifert Ammonia below 0.5mg/l as the colours for 0.25, 0.15 and zero are very similar. So I bought the more expensive Red Sea Ammonia kit which has a lower range 0-2mg/l. The reading was 0.
View March 13, 2020 10:43
No change in levels except Nitrates. I expected Ammonia and Nitrite to come down as well after a 50% water change. This is a really odd and frustrating cycle.
View March 8, 2020 14:40
No change in levels so did a 50% water change.
View March 7, 2020 13:37