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    Invert Update!

    I couple of interesting invert things that have happened

    First, someone took offence to my starfish, and decided to teach him a lesson. I found the two arms right below him, so whatever did it, didn't try to eat them.
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    He was healed within a day or two and now has new arms growing. Pretty neat. I'll post pics later.

    Also, caught some hardcore starfish lovin'
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    Finally, I bought a cheap USB microscope and took some pictures of things growing in my sump.
    Pineapple sponges.
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    Tube worm.
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    Finally, a really neat picture of a Trochus shell.
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    I built and installed a sulfur nitrate reactor a week ago. After a few days, the water coming out (left) has a slightly lower level than the water going in (right).
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    Is the clear one a test sample or am I reading sarcasm? (o:
     
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    I edited my post. The left is output water and the right is input, so it took it down from 50+ to almost zero.
     
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    That's nice progress. Did you re-purpose a calcium reactor for running sulfur or did you build one of those pvc ones?
     
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    I built one out of PVC. Lots of links to how to do it out there, I used this for my basic design:

    http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2009-01/diy/index.php

    The reactor is 2 feet tall, and holds 2 liters of Seachem DeNitrate media and 1 liter of sulfur. The DeNitrate provides a lot more surface area for bacteria than just the sulfur pellets.

    I made a second chamber just like that, but without the recirc, and filled it with calcium reactor media. I monitor the ORP coming out of the sulfur chamber and using ORP, will be controlling the water input volume.
     
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    That's a good basic design and you're smart for using ORP to control it vs "counting drips"
     
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    I was just looking around the tank because...well, I have no life. Anyway, I looked in the overflow and found this:

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    Sorry for the picture quality, but I'm not usually expecting to take pictures of things in the overflow. Can you find the mystery guest?

    Ends up there are two in there. The male Bangaii in my tank was holding eggs a while back, but I never saw any babies when he started eating again. Apparently the babies got washed into the overflow, and have gotten enough food to survive.

    Now the big question...how am I going to get them out? I'm thinking I just need to use a large diameter hose and suck them into a filter sock...
     
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    That's pretty cool! Large hose or small being shrimp net if you can get it in there.
     
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    I took a picture of my starfish...you can see his new arms growing nicely.

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    Did you get your baby bangii out?
     
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    Not yet. I'm using my fish acclimation box to hold snails until the swap, so my plan is to get them out of the overflow and into that on Sunday.
     
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    Interesting developments around the bangaii babies. I used a 1" pipe to siphon the overflow to try and get the babies out...and managed to not catch the two I had seen, but I did catch two, much smaller ones. We lost another one that we didn't see until it was too late in the bucket. These are no bigger than a pen is around, including their fins. We also found there is at least one more living in the other overflow.

    The babies we caught are in an acclimation box with screen wrapped around it for now, and are clearly eating whatever is floating around the tank. When I feed they are darting around, so I can only assume they are eating. I just started a brine shrimp culture last night and will try to target feed the two overflows and the acclimation box each day with BBS for a while, then try to move to some sort of prepared foods. Maybe when the fish are bigger I can pull the pipes from the overflow and catch them that way.
     
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    Baby Bangaii update...

    I lost the two that were in the acclimation box. One disappeared before I left on my trip, and the other during at some point. I can't say for sure what happened, but I never found any remains, so I'm thinking they found a way out of the cage.

    I finally went after the others in the overflow tonight and after 2 hours and completely dismantling the plumbing in there, got them out:

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    Two pretty small ones, and two significantly bigger. They are in the acclimation box right now, but I think I will move them to their own tank tomorrow.

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    And here is a random picture of my wife with a monkey to see if you are paying attention.

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    Blah,Blah, Blah

    OMG - give me monkey!
     
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    I figured I would post some current tank shots:

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    Current stock list:

    Fish:
    Mated Pair Sustainable Aquatics Snowflake Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris)
    Two Yellow Tangs (Zebrasoma flavescens)
    Powder Blue Tang (Acanthurus leucosternon)
    Kole Tang (Ctenochaetus strigosus)
    Copperbanded Butterfly (Chelmon rostratus)
    Three Atlantic Blue Chromis (Chromis cyaneus)
    Four Yellow Clown Gobies (Gobiodon okinawae)
    Mated Pair Bluethroat Triggers (Sufflamen albicaudatum)
    Harem of one mail and five femaie Lyetail Anthias (Pseudanthias squamipinnis)
    McCoskers Fairy Wrasse (Paracheilinus mccoskeri)
    Long-Fin Flasher Wrasse (Paracheilinus filamentosus)
    Snowflake Eel (Echidna nebulosa)
    Two Bangaii Cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni)
    Firefish Goby (Nemateleotris magnifica)
    And One Long-Suffering Blue Damsel (Chrysiptera cyanea) that has been with me for as long as I've owned tanks.

    Inverts:
    Two Rose Bubble Tip Anemones (Entacmaea quadricolor)
    Green Bubble Tip Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor)
    Mini Carpet Anemone (Stichodactyla tapetum)
    Two Sand Sifting Starfish (Astropecten polycanthus)
    Two Serpent Starfish (Ophiocoma sp.)
    Tuxedo Urchin (Mespilia globulus)
    Purple Urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus)
    Various Peppermint Shrimp (Lysmata wurdemanni)
    Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis)
    Emerald Crabs (Mithraculus sculptus)
    Nassarius Snails (Nassarius sp.)
    Seemingly Thousands of Black-Foot Trochus Snails (Trochus sp.)
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    Some equipment changes since the last update. I removed the over-sump ATS and went back to my old external ATS that I built years ago. I decided to run a test, and run my old LEDs (which worked fine) on one side, and buy a cheap 300w fixture on the other and I'll compare the growth rates. After some acrylic work, and after covering the outside with black vinyl to cut down on stray light, this is the result:

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