Wow, I didn't realize that it's been almost two months since I updated this thread. Here's what's new:
I acquired a couple of coral frags: a forest fire montipora (orangish red branching) and a yellow pagoda cup.
I got a skunk cleaner shrimp.
Someone started picking on my Bangaii cardinal. I never figured out who, but his fins were obviously picked on and he seemd a little weak. He disappeared. I assume he died and the CUC got him.
I got a royal gramma. Unlike other ones I've had in the past, this one hides all the time, never venturing more than 6" from his chosen hole.
I got another kole tang for Father's Day (June 17). July 6 we had a short overnight trip. When we got back on June 7, the tang had ich. I broke out the 10 gallon hospital tank on June 8 and began hypo and copper, but I was too late and he died the morning of June 10. I moved a bag of carbon from my sump to the hospital tank to seed with bacteria, but after a 5 gallon (50%) water change, I tested and the ammonia was at 0.50ppm, so I'm not sure if the ich or the ammonia and nitrite killed him. No other fish have shown any signs since the tang turned up with it. (The blue sided wrasse was flashing a week or so before, but I saw no spots.)
We had some rough weather the weekend before Independence Day. Our power flickered a lot, but we were never out for more than a few seconds at a time. A lot of folks in the area lost a LOT of livestock. My only caualty seems to be an impeller on one of my Rio 2500's. It works sometimes when it feels like it and it looks like one blade is missing. I walked into a Petco and they had an Aqueon 3000 on clearance for $35. (I think that they are being superceded by an Aqueon "Quiet One" line. I had called Aqueon because I was shopping for a replacement, and couldn't find a head vs. flow chart online. The guy I talked to commented something about it being an older version. The Petco I was at was a smaller one and they said they just didn't have room for them on their shelves. I've gone to about 4 other Petcos hoping to find another at this price, but no luck - yet.) I picked that up as a replacement. On paper, it's not rated for as much flow, but I think in reality it does more.
I picked up a small foxface today. I had seen him (along with two others) at a LFS
on Monday. He's only about 2" long. I have never seen them this small before. He ate there in front of me (live brine) and is good and fat. My blue sided wrasse doesn't seem to like him though.
I went to another Petco and they had a beautiful exquisite fairy wrasse for $30, he looked good, and although I knew he had only arrived today, I couldn't resist. (Live Aquaria's price is $60.) I have some concerns that my blue sided wrasse will hate him, but the exquisite is a little bigger than him. If there are issues, someone will go in the 37. After acclimation, he went and laid down in the corner of the tank in fright coloration. So far, everyone but the skunk cleaner has ignored him. The skunk cleaner has just sat about 2" from the wrasse with his antennae touching him, wagging his white arms back and forth frenetically.
I think that catches up this tank.