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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Happy Holidays!!!

Merry Christmas (belated) and Happy New Year!  It has been a hectic couple of weeks here, what with all of the family events and things to do.  But, rest assured that my tank saw a lot of action this week (some good, some bad).

I have my first death to report.  The baby half moon angel died after just a week in the tank.  He disappeared for a few days (he was getting harassed) and he showed up dead a few days before Christmas. 

In the meantime, I got a nasty outbreak of both hair algae and cyanobacteria.  And, at the same time, my macroalgae (chaetomorpha) was melting away in my refugium!  Oh no... 

This was so much easier in my little 14g BioCube (where it was supposed to be so difficult).

Well, I managed to figure out the problem in the fuge, I think.  The lights were too close to the water and the chaeto was cooking.  Apparently, it is very temperature sensitive!  So, I raised the lights and it seems that the chaeto is coming back nicely.

My cyano is going away, but the hair algae is still there in full force.  I will give it some time and see what happens.

Meanwhile, my elegance coral bit the dust.  That hurts!

And, the other Christmas present from my wife, the majestic angel had experienced a lot of stress in the new tank and his color was fading badly. I am doing Melafix in the main tank because we could not catch him (and we tried for a half hour) and he seems to be doing a little better.

Who says a bigger tank is easier than a small one?firefish

But, the good news is that everyone else is doing very well.  And I got three firefish for Christmas from a family friend.  

The rest of the fish and coral look great!

Jay (from the Delaware Valley Reef Club) gave me four SPS and they are doing great too!  I got a Tyree Pink Lemonade, ORA Cali Torte, ORA Fuzzy Blue Stag, and one other from Jay!  All beautiful!

More to come!  Happy New Year!

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