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Old 04-24-2012, 10:44 PM   #31
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I'm thinking about buying the kit to hang my lights. My fixture is as wide as my tank, so to reach in and move anything or scrub algae, I have to put the fixture back with the rear legs on the overflows and sometimes take it off completely. I think doing so will also allow me to put on the glass covers (I'm using light diffuser grating now.) What has anyone else's experience been with this? What do you think?
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:18 AM   #32
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Well, I went ahead and bought the light hanging kit. I had a bear of a time gettign the J-hook far enough into the ceiling on the left side. In fact, I twisted the hook off of two J-hooks during the installation.

The J-hooks then have a bracket that screws around them with ears theat stick down. You then have a metal cup that slides up over the ears with two small holes in each to hold the cover on the ears. This piece bears no weight (other than the cover itself) but only serves to cover up the J-hooks and excess wire to make for a neat installation. Unfortunately, they give you TINY little screws to do this and working over your head in an awkward position REALLY close to the ceiling made using these about impossible for me. These screws look like they belong in a laptop computer motherboard they're so small. I ended up losing all four of the original screws and ended up buying some larger ones to use.

Ome thing you might notice is that the hangars are not centered over the tank. The reason is that you pretty much have to run the J-hooks into a stud. Otherwise the weight of the fixture would likely rip through the drywall in the ceiling. Perhaps if I had better cerpentry skills I could have painted a 2 x 4 black and anchored that to the ceiling studs and then run the J-hooks into that.

Anyway, doing this allowed me to remove the light diffuser grating and put glass covers in. This will reduce evaporation and I think increase the light intensity despite being about two inches higher than before. I can now flip open a cover to feed or to scrape algae. I'm liking the functionality this provides.



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Old 05-05-2012, 12:24 AM   #33
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Oh, I almost forgot. My candycane coral skeleton did completely separate and drop a double head. At first, the dropped heads were on a rock, but either current or a snail knocked them down and I can't find the. I guess they're somewhere in the back of the tank. It looks as though it might drop another head sson. Is this normal? The dropped heads still extended their feeding tentacles and had good color, but their skeleton just seemed to erode below the heads.
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Old 05-12-2012, 03:26 PM   #34
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I've been out of town for a few days and got home about 8pm last night. Everything looked good as far as I could tell under the nightlights. This morning however, I didn't see my kole tang swimming about as normal. I did find him hiding but still alive and obviously not doing well. I don't think he's been eating enough. (My wife and daughter pay the tanks little attention when I travel.) He still swims, albeit lethargicly, but I don't think he'll make it since I can't get him to eat today.

On a happier note, I bought some new mushrooms and pink zoas. I also rearranged a little rockwork today and found a bright yellow nudibranch or planarian (I'm not sure which). My batteries are dead in my camera, but I hope to snap a couple of photos later. I've isolated the yellow nudi / planarian in case he's harmful.
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Bummer about the kole tang, maybe he will bounce back, it's not unheard of.

Good luck, fingers crossed for his recovery!
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Old 05-14-2012, 09:10 PM   #36
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Bummer about the kole tang, maybe he will bounce back, it's not unheard of.

Good luck, fingers crossed for his recovery!
Unfortunately the hermit crabs were all over his carcass Sunday morning.

Here's some pics of the new corals:




And here's the uknown varmit:




He's kind of got a row of frils the length of his body down his back and two antennae. About 3/4" long.
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Really sorry about your tang. :-(

Good luck with your corals!
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Old 07-14-2012, 12:57 AM   #38
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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.
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Nice acquisitions, what did you name your fox face and we want pictures!!!!!!
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Becasue you demanded it. . .

The forest fire montipora (much redder in person):


Yellow cup coral:


The foxface:


A couple shots of the exquisite wrasse (he's still very shy):



And a group shot for relative sizing. That's the blue-sided wrasse in the picture. The exquisite is about a 1/2" longer:


The foxface kind of follows the blue-sided wrasse around like a lost puppy. He ate a little this afternoon and he's picking at some kind of red algae I have on my live rock. (It's some kind of short bushy stuff that's a little bit stiff.)

The exquisite has picked at some food as well. I haven't seen any agression between the wrasses at this point.

I haven't seen the royal gramma today. I am not sure if I saw him last night or not for sure. Before that, I was gone for two days on business. I'm hopeful that he's in a rock hiding from the new fish.
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