Jump to content

Update on my Spec Reef


kortniee

Recommended Posts

  • Regular Member

Hi everyone! I haven't been around too much of late, but my tiny little marine tank has changed a lot since I last checked in with you, and I kind of want to show it off. So here are some pictures.

The whole thing:

fca22410e42c16f40abad16a3c94f24e_zpsf6a2c82c.jpg

Here is what it looked like last time I posted about it, for reference:

929f85cbc0c9f8c7b697668da38d5d59_zps33914077.jpg

Here is a new closeup of the frogspawn coral (it's grown a lot already!):

d826ceabe7b363dd0d6f370ac63420d9_zpsd4984586.jpg

My new rock covered in super green zoanthids:

b041c77330cb05da527e439c4d7e4f94_zps20cc0492.jpg

My ricordea mushrooms (there are two mouths so I count them as two :D ):

9641b831bd27855d98a549bff62c3c8b_zps93e58fd2.jpg

The second color of new zoanthids I got:

b26ed6ea0d92b6bc025bcc4879018775_zps24397d8e.jpg

The third color was all being camera shy and closed up on me while I was taking pictures, so please accept this broader picture of the whole top of the rock as a subsitute. The third color is at the very top. I think that group is not used to all the light right at the top of the tank yet, but I think it'll get there.

a01c87d53d685ec784dcbb59bc408833_zps42dc438c.jpg

And finally a closeup of my duncan. I love this guy!

f5bb026e4944742ff544ffc9e72aaf13_zps7d05877e.jpg

Hope you like looking at these at least partly as much as I do. :) I am excited to see them grow! Though I know I will have to frag them back pretty aggressively to keep them in this tiny tank.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Regular Member

Very cool!!!! I need way more info on this though! Do corals create a bioload? When you say you will have to frag them aggressively to keep them in the tank this small, why is that? Just so they don't get overgrown or will they die if you don't?

Will you give us all a tutorial when you do some fragging? Will you sell the frags to your lfs?

What the heck do you feed coral?

I have so many questions Courtney! This is so cool :P

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Regular Member

Very cool!!!! I need way more info on this though! Do corals create a bioload? When you say you will have to frag them aggressively to keep them in the tank this small, why is that? Just so they don't get overgrown or will they die if you don't?

Will you give us all a tutorial when you do some fragging? Will you sell the frags to your lfs?

What the heck do you feed coral?

I have so many questions Courtney! This is so cool :P

Second this :) I'm also very interested in your pretty tank

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Supporter

Very cool!!!! I need way more info on this though! Do corals create a bioload? When you say you will have to frag them aggressively to keep them in the tank this small, why is that? Just so they don't get overgrown or will they die if you don't?

Will you give us all a tutorial when you do some fragging? Will you sell the frags to your lfs?

What the heck do you feed coral?

I have so many questions Courtney! This is so cool :P

Second this :) I'm also very interested in your pretty tank

Thirds! I wish I had more time for a saltwater tank. I would really love to see a tutorial on fragging. Too cool Courtney, thanks for the update, it looks amazing!!!!!!!!!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Regular Member

It looks great!! :clapping:

Thank you! :D

It looks amazing!

Thanks! I agree. Saltwater tanks can be so pretty!

Oh it is so cool!!!!! Corals are so neat :) One day I want to learn about saltwater tanks

Corals are really neat! The learning curve is definitely steep but there are really cool things to be learned!

Wow! What a lot of change from the first pic! Very nice!! :clapping:

Thanks! Tank evolutions are always fun to see, aren't they?

Very cool!!!! I need way more info on this though! Do corals create a bioload? When you say you will have to frag them aggressively to keep them in the tank this small, why is that? Just so they don't get overgrown or will they die if you don't?

Will you give us all a tutorial when you do some fragging? Will you sell the frags to your lfs?

What the heck do you feed coral?

I have so many questions Courtney! This is so cool :P

The corals do create a bioload! It's not like a goldfish or anything, but definitely you have to watch it too. I have rather a lot of snails in there as well.

The fragging will just be to keep them small enough to fit in the tank. The zoanthids are naturally small, but they would grow to cover all of the rock in there if I let them. The ricordeas would make a colony that could take over the tank too, and frogspawn and duncans both usually have several heads on fully grown specimens; the ones I have in there are just single-head babies. :)

I will try to take pictures when I cut them up for you guys. I hope it won't have to be for a little while yet. I am not sure what I will do with the frags. I could sell them, but my husband also is thinking about setting up a larger tank in the future so maybe he would keep some of them too. :)

All of my corals host microorganisms that can photosynthesize and then that in turn provides nutrients to the coral. So in short, they mostly eat light. You can also feed them things like plankton and some of them will even eat brine shrimp. I will have to make a video of my duncan eating a tiny shrimp! It's pretty awesome!

Good questions. They are fun to answer. I have learned a lot about this in a short time. :)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Regular Member

Wow! It's absolutely beautiful, and must be so much fun to see it evolving daily. :)

We've missed you, and glad to see you here. :)

Thank you Alex! It's definitely a lovely sight; it's in the bedroom so I can look at it when I get up in the morning and before I go to bed at night. I have missed you guys a ton too; I have been running around like :krazy: lately!

It's beautiful :)

Thank you Gustave. :D

Second this :) I'm also very interested in your pretty tank

I hope you like the answers I gave in the last post then! I am happy to answer questions if I know the answers.

It looks amazing :D

Thanks! I :heart it also!

Thirds! I wish I had more time for a saltwater tank. I would really love to see a tutorial on fragging. Too cool Courtney, thanks for the update, it looks amazing!!!!!!!!!

Thanks! This one actually doesn't take up a ton of time, which is good, because I don't have a lot of it lately. A 50% water change on this tank takes like 4 minutes because it's only a 2 gallon tank. However, a tank this small is probably not indefinitely sustainable, so there's definitely a trade-off.

I love saltwater tanks and yours is very beautiful! It's great seeing updates - keep them coming! :clapping:

Thank you! I will definitely keep posting pictures! This one is changing much more rapidly right now than my goldfish tank, which still looks almost exactly the same as when I last updated you all on it. I'm sure there will be more to share for this one soon!

Edited by Courtney
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...