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General Update

April 2017

Major overhauls of AEGIS and EOS tanks well underway

Both tanks changed vocation several weeks ago as described on past pages. The EOS tank now displays all Corals in their permanent location.  Thus aquascaping will remain the same. All frags have also been relocated including Rhodactis... Since last report: Purple Frilly Gorgonian has known a steady growth and even shows two new stubs next to the one previously highlited. 

 

In the AEGIS tank Lieutenant has doubled in size and NYX is on his way... AEGIS grew another inch and SNOWBALL has also doubled increasing his food intake... To preserve his estate we moved AVENT to the EOS tank where his services were urgently required anyhow. And even though he is still tiny (1 inch): he gets the job done !!

Quite an AVENT !! 

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Cabbage coral grows remarkably fast in all directions and the larger sections drop lower. It sheds toxic mucus and has a powerful  - downdraft - of turbulent water flow keeping it healthy. It has ample room so does the relocated Rhodactis.  

The rock was turned 180 degrees from it's previous location and allows a better view of the central section: it was heavily bleached and damaged but only the two outlined portions remain. Cyanobacteria adheres easily on damaged areas but it is rapidly dismissed through water flow, shedding and 'Pods. 

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Purple Frilly Gorgonian was also turned 180 degrees and tilted slightly forward to maximize exposure to light. It was raised above Sinularia to prevent any contact with drifting mucus... The water flow is oriented another way here to further protect it. 

The initial top bud now counts 10 polyps and two new stubs appeared !! Add all new polyps on all branches and it can be said that it's doing fine...

The EOS tank is neither a beginner's or an expert's tank...

 

 

It is an exclusive Marine Biological System designed by and for Aquarists !! Knowledge and Experience rule here and technology remains a set of tools to assist Aquarists: nothing more.  

It's no use trying to apply Arbitrary Technological and Pseudo-Scientific parameters developped for Sterile Tanks in such a Living Environment. Since none of the - readings - involved in so-called reef water chemistry apply to an SBMarine - Biological System.

Of course even a natural tank environment has it's limitations: nevertheless it's versatility is unequaled and allows to sustain a greater variety of Marine Specimens (through their full natural lifespan) than any other Method today !!

 

At SBMarine we rely on high quality synthetic and/or natural Salt Mixes...

This is what advanced Technology does best !!

But it starts and ends here leaving all technocratic debates to those it may concern... 

Calcified Algae

Definitely not for the Home Decorating technocrats and Toy Aquarium enthusiasts 

All Algae Genus and Species can be successfully maintained: not all together however...   :)    Such was the case of featured Nemastoma sp. it's demise coincided with the bloom of gigantic Caulerpa racemosa last September. It could make a comeback eventually now that four species of Caulerpa have been eliminated from EOS tank.

The group of Algae now most compatible with the EOS coral tank are the Calcified Algae. Guess what they're all showing up !!

The Coralline Group 

If you think that a wall to wall Pinkish covered reef tank flooded with Disco Blue Lighting is the ultimate interpretation of a Natural (wild) Reef Environment... You probably missed something somewhere but you're probably right on the spot with your 385-425 PPM's readings... However you should consider a wider variety of reading material... You might find out that in reality (you know... the Real World) things are not Pink and Blue at all !!

 

The Coralline Group comprises many Genus: Mesophyllum - Lithophillum - Phymatolython - etc...

They are difficult to visually differentiate and identify. The following specy could well be a Mesophyllum sp.

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When removing a bunch of Caulerpa verticillata we uncovered these spectacular Coralline !! In the wild they grow under large algae or ledges... They show same way in a marine tank. 

We can see a very rare algae eating Nudibranch busily cleaning one.  

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While busy at work, our friend Avent uncovered a second bunch of Mesophyllum sp. a week later... The rock has been turned around to accomodate the Purple Frilly Gorgonian since then. So we won't be seeing much of those any longer... 

A new colony has formed though below Gorgonian and it will be monitored regularly for growth !! 

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Neomeris annulata 

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They had known the same fate as Nemastoma sp. due to overwhelming competition by several Caulerpa species. They managed a welcome revival recently !! This is simply a Fluo Green display you just can't miss !!

Halimeda copiosa 

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As all calcified algae: Halimeda remains a constant challenge to any Aquarist. This specy remains my favorite in the Halimeda Group... we will see why as they develop. They have never been tested with Mespillia globulus... We trust Avent to ignore them as he ignores Plating Coralline. We do know however that most other Urchins, such as Diadema Setosum, will crush all Calcified Algae to oblivion...

the One Rock tank 

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Juvenile Chromis should be fed at least 5/6 times a day with finely ground food. Even flake food should be reduced to powder since they will not eat anything above a relative size !! Chromis viridis are swift and agile and will easily pick up swimming zooplankton thanks to their protractile mouths: they are caught here in action showing each a different configuration of their mouth while catching 'Pods !!

 

Marsi is doing great and is settling in her new environment quite well... Ever since Day One she has been doing what some Anemones go through occasionally when adjusting to a new environment... Sadly it is at this point that most Aquarists lose their Anemone trying to revive it with stronger water flow and powerheads: blasting laminar flow at them - or by trying to relocate them manually - or force feed them - etc... etc... etc... To eventually watch them fold in two like a wallet and suddenly cloud the tank !!

The process is actually quite simple and occurs when specimens have gone through long shipping transit routes from wholesaler to distributor to Aquarist... And didn't have sufficient time to adapt to any conditions. They need to purge themselves of accumulated dead cells throughout their - system -

It is this brownish matter that healthy Anemones expel through the mouth regularly in small quantity... Undigested food comes out wrapped in a Mucus Coating but not this brown matter: so they are easy to tell apart.

When an Anemone is heavily loaded with - dead matter - it will expel it through it's Tentacle Tips. Each tentacle has an opening through which water or dead cells can be expelled !! If the water conditions are not satisfactory and the brown matter keeps accumulating: anaerobic bacteria can develop and eventually affect the Anemone !! Often killing it from within... 

 

Anemones should always be left alone (except at feeding time). The only thing to do is to continue feeding it (in very small portions)  after it has expelled the stuff ( every two days should be fine). Keep water parameters pristine while maintaining it's stability.

The addition of two caps of Pre-Diluted Hydrogen Peroxide to every 10 gallons of water will assist in destroying any Anaerobic Bacteria. Once a week or less should be sufficient but make sure to add it when Anemone has closed for night time.

After all this an Anemone will have shrunk in volume and most tentacles will remain... well... very short. No worries here; after a few months it will have regenerated it's long elegant and/or bubble like tentacles.