Changed the thumbscrews on the base of my Bubble Magus Curve 5 with long nylon bolts to raise the skimmer 1". Now sits in 8.5" water and no longer makes the chugging noise.
View May 6, 2020 08:30
First corals go into my system, see photos.
View May 2, 2020 08:28
Ammonia and Nitrate at zero, so may not measure these so often now. Phosphates still 0.1ppm am running Rowaphos so would expect this to be lower. I might need a better test kit or meter. The Milwaukee MW12 Phosphate meter readings were all over the place, so got a refund on that.
View April 29, 2020 11:05
Three more small hermits went in yesterday and 6 Cerith and 6 Nassarius snails today. That would do for a clean up crew for now.
View April 24, 2020 14:04
There are various algae growing, some macro, some turf but a couple of patches of hair algae. Phosphates are 0.125ppm now the Rowaphos is in the reactor and with Nitrates at 4ppm, I wouldn't expect this.

I'll do another water change and maybe change/turn of the main lights for a while. It's not helped by a lack of cuc. I've had to order some online as my LFS is shut.
View April 18, 2020 07:36
Started the Rowaphos today. Added 2 tblsp to the reactor and set the flow so that is is just fluidising. I'll check levels in a couple of days.
View April 13, 2020 08:56
Phosphate reading today was with my new Milwaukee MW12 instrument, so should be more accurate than the test kit. Did both today and the test kit showed between 0.25 and 0.5 so the MW12 agrees but gives more accuracy.
View April 9, 2020 17:22
spare hermit shells not turned up. I've emailed JSB Marines who said that they were on their way. I will not be ordering from them again and thankfully it was not livestock.

The wandering shell less hermit has not been seen for days so I fear it has died.

Tank is running well but I might pop some Rowaphos in the reactor to get the phosphates lower.
View April 4, 2020 14:43
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 08:32
20% water change today. Skimmer cleaned and new filter sock added.
View March 25, 2020 16:38