Tank Journal

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by iCon, May 5, 2010.

  1. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member

    My ears were burning.
    Nice little thread you have going.
    Tank looks killer.
    I'm kinda bummed right now because I thought the Giants were going to come from behind and get the Padres tonight.
  2. iCon

    iCon Supporting Member

    Thanks Jon - For only being in the hobby a little over a year (I think..)and more serious only in 2010, I guess it can do. After seeing a lot of your guys' tanks - Already dreaming about skipping a few levels and building THE ONE. Btw, is that a huge lingcod or is it just the camera angle??? Looks like a 4ft 50lb+

    You know - as a Giants fan, disappointment is nothing new..unfortunately. But think about how much better this game was compared to a game where Zito pitches 8 innings of 4 hit ball, gives up one run...and get the ND or the loss because our bullpen served it to them on a silver plate. :(( THOSE games are murder. Or Lince going 8 1/3 and getting the loss. Such good starting pitching...Ok. I'm done.
  3. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member


    Ling was about 40" 30lbs!
  4. iCon

    iCon Supporting Member

    As it turns out, one of the 8 settings on the digital timer was set to turn on at 0:00 and off at -:--.... This meant the thing was on for about 5 hours...Gah. Completely --------- mistake. Oh well. Nothing in the tank looks stressed and I actually think the corals look better than usual. The dKH has been about that high since 5am this morning and since nothing seemed visually wrong as of 10 minutes ago, I'm deciding to just leave it and let the Alk come down on it's own. I'm under the assumption that I would have seen some sign of stress in either the corals or the fish if it were about to wipe everything out. Fingers crossed...
  5. screebo

    screebo Supporting Member

    A real light bulb went on when I saw these great pics. My new Panasonic camera is waterproof to 30 feet and I've yet to use it under the water of my tank. All this time I've been shooting through the glass. Well, I'm gonna play now! Must have had a brain hick-up to not think of it. Great shots of a very nice looking bunch of livestock! Great work and you get a gold star on your chart!
  6. houser

    houser Past President

    Nice, beautiful pics and stuff. They look happy.
  7. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    If you go diving, remember waves will give a temp increase in water depth. If it's rater for 30, don't take it more then 15 :)
  8. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Those are collonista snails, not babies of something. Those are near if not, full size. Algal grazers.

  9. iCon

    iCon Supporting Member

    Hmm...I just thought they hatched because I never noticed them before and then all of a sudden there are tons in my tank. "billions of them!" So they're not bad per say but are they considered pests?
  10. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    have you read the article I posted? It talks about them in there :)
  11. iCon

    iCon Supporting Member

    Yeah, I actually read that last night after I posted. But...are they 'generally unwanted'? I mean, sure, they won't destroy your tank like AEFW or monti eating nudis (men?) but they could still be considered a pest...Couldn't they? =P Or are they an 'oh joy, I'm so glad I have them in my tank!' type of thing? Not sure what the consensus is.
  12. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    ... they are algal grazers. That's somethign you want, right? :) The only time they area pest is when they get stuck in powerheads.
  13. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    from that article:

  14. iCon

    iCon Supporting Member

    Thanks Gresham:]

    Just because they're algal grazers doesn't mean they're not pests =P Like pigeons for example, they're terrific garbage grazers/clean up people's messes things but damn, I consider them pests! Probably pushing that one a bit far but there was a pigeon sitting on a flag pole outside. Slow day at work.... ;)

    Ok I get it - They're good for my tank. All naturrral. Perfectly normal reef inhabitants to the modern day aquarist. :D ............ :tired:
  15. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    I service a 135 with out a cleaning crew, except for our little Collonista friends. The tank has halides and a bunch of fish yet I only have to wipe it down every two weeks and is still very clean when I do.

    BTW, I use no Purigen or Chemi-pure on the tank.
  16. houser

    houser Past President

    Well I think this ID's something I've seen in my setup as well but wondered what the hell they were. I'll get out the loupe and take a better look.

  17. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member

    Don't say that stuff!
    It's like talking about a no hitter in the 7th inning or something.
  18. iCon

    iCon Supporting Member

    :X Well, I'd rather think about it before it happens than after = ... This is SF after all... Ideally I'd like to compile what everyone's learned about big tank stability and shakiness and create something 'resistant'... The big aluminum I-beam for example - Other ideas?

    Hmm -- Journal updateything.. Things are settling in nicely :D Tank has reached a seemingly stable point for once. I was looking at pictures and it seems like I have a decent growth rate considering the crap I put my tank through. Namely, that green monti is now huge. Encrusting wires, other corals etc. I think it's time for a new pic...Maybe one of the new tank as well - My mini rendition of the future :)
  19. iCon

    iCon Supporting Member

    It's been a while and I don't want to lose where my tank journal is so I'll toss up a post.

    Quick thoughts:

    1. VACATIONS. Returned from 2 back to back 5 day vacations with one day between and man, is it nerve-wracking! It's like what I imagine leaving a kid behind would be like. Geez. Procrastinated on setting up an ATO. Ended up doing it at 1am the night before my 8am flight. Well, it worked. Otherwise you'd be reading about a burnt out pump or a flood. Everything in the tank was a-ok. Though, one zoo frag fell off and went behind my rocks where I can't get to it. Oh well.

    2. EARTHQUAKES. While I was gone there was a small one and well, that got me thinking. How to prepare for an earthquake. Obviously, there's no earthquake-proof fish tank but I'm sure there are things one can do that can help. Any ideas? I've heard horror stories of 200g in wall tanks completely breaking and would like to avoid that misfortune once I get a place where I can cut up the walls as I please. :D

    3. I CAN'T KEEP IT UP! My alkalinity, that is. I'm almost out of ESV 2 part and will be trying out the homemade recipes as some suggested. Stay tuned.

    4. I left my fish to catch fish. Funny how that works. Total was 20/3 days. Not bad but not close to our record of 54/2 days. Here's a pic of the 2 big ones. Both about 20". Not bad for trout :D
  20. iCon

    iCon Supporting Member

    So I borrowed my friend's underwater camera and here are the results! Well, some of them. First time messing with aquarium/underwater photography...fun ;)

    Also set up auto-dosers yesterday...and something went really wrong. dKH just clocked in at 18...Uhh...SHHooT!? My feeling is that I can either do water changes right this instant, or let the dKH come down on its own. I don't think it's lethal to anything in my tank...and I don't notice anything visually wrong but I'm a little worried of a pH spike when the lights come on...

    I know some of you like to see the DBTC stuff in the tank, so here ya go! DBTC stuff, new additions, other frags and fish!

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