90g Reef Aquarium Update

Hello loyal fans. I bought a new camera last week and have begun taking tons of pictures of the 90g. Here are a few of the new ones:

Full Tank Shot

Pajama Cardinals

Yellow Tang


Ricordea Yuma

Quote of the Day:

“Photography is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality” – Alfred Stieglitz

Published in: on November 26, 2007 at 6:31 pm  Comments (1)  

Huzzah For Thoughtful Humans

Hello loyal fans. My faith in the benevolent nature of humanity was, to a degree, restored today. When you spend your days surrounded by little wieners (that is the correct spelling…just ask Martin Prince) who, for the most part, spend 23.5 hours a day thinking about themselves, (that is right…even when they are sleeping), it is nice to be surprised by some generosity.

You see…some glorious students of mine decided my little Ocellaris Clown in the school tank needed a friend. They pooled their money and went out at lunch and picked out a good little specimen and brought him back to me. Beyond that, they were responsible enough to check with me first and make sure they found something compatible. It was pretty darn exciting! There is hope for society! Glory be!

Now those guys need to go out and take over the world…at which point I will apply for the position of assistant dictator, a job for which I believe I am naturally suited.

Quote of the Day:

“Be a clown, be a clown,
All the world loves a clown.” – Cole Porter, “Be A Clown”, from 1948’s The Pirate

Published in: on September 11, 2007 at 8:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

90g Update

Hello loyal fans.  Some good news…and some bad.

The good news: The trio of Pajama Cardinalfish are in the 90g after a month in quarantine.  They are swimming happily and eating well.

The bad news: The Yellow Tang I put in QT Saturday is showing signs of Black Ich (Surgeonfish Disease) so I need to go get some Formalin tomorrow and begin medicating.  I’m not really worried about this in the long term as generally it is not a fatal situation as long as treatment begins early, but it is still not good news.  This is, of course, why a quarantine tank is so critical.  I definitely would not want to get an infestation in the display as the little flatworms are said to live for months.

Quote of the Day:

“People would cry for the death of a bird, but never for the blood of a fish. Blessed are those who have a voice.” – Ghost In The Shell

Published in: on September 4, 2007 at 8:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Aquarium Related News

Hello loyal fans.  The 90 gallon aquarium is now up and running!  All the equipment is installed and operational except for the lighting.  The live rock is in and looking good.  I will probably try to get a fish or two tomorrow to go in the quarantine so they can go into the display in a month or so.  Normally it would be really important to wait, but because this is basically just an expansion of my 55 gallon using rock which is already well established, things should be okay pretty quickly.  I will do the appropriate water tests as necessary beforehand.

For those interested, here is a picture:


On an unrelated note, today was the first day of school.  It was good to get back…but I had forgotten the general insanity that school is.  I am just not used to functioning all day; throw in the heat (mid 80s for the first time in weeks, and no doubt warmer in the classrooms) and it was just a pretty draining day.  Good, though…

Quote of the Day:

“If you are truly serious about preparing your child for the future, don’t teach him to subtract – teach him to deduct.” – Fran Lebowitz, Social Studies (1981)

Published in: on August 28, 2007 at 9:47 pm  Comments (2)  

90 Gallon Reef Website

Hello loyal fans. As a service to the community I have decided to keep a website documenting the development of my 90 gallon reef tank. Hopefully my efforts will both inspire and educate new and experienced reefers alike. Right now I am still teaching myself CSS (I know html) so things are a little rough around the edges, but hopefully I will get things running very smoothly not too shortly down the road. If you want to check it out, you can follow the link in my Blogroll (on the menu on the right) or just click here.

On a quasi-related note, I am off to Monterey tomorrow. While there I will, of course, be visiting the aquarium. Perhaps something I see there will serve as an inspiration for the aquascaping of the new tank. Whatever the case may be, I will post pictures from my trip!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Quote of the Day:

“I think that the online world has actually brought books back. People are reading because they’re reading the damn screen. That’s more reading than people used to do.” – Bill Murray

Published in: on July 27, 2007 at 10:58 am  Leave a Comment  

New 90 Gallon Reef Tank

Hello loyal fans. I am back and posting with a vengeance! Be aware, however, that I will be down in lovely Monterey, CA this weekend so I may briefly disappear again.

The news of the moment is my new 90 gallon reef ready aquarium. Now, it is a long way away from being set up, but the process has begun. The beautiful new tank is sitting on my apartment floor as I type. A custom built stand is in the design phase (36″ tall most likely, which will set the top of the tank at 60″) and when it is completed the real work will begin.

Equipment wise I am looking at adding an Aqua C EV-120 skimmer coupled with 500w of Metal Halide lighting courtesy of a Current USA Sunpod fixture. Will this be an SPS tank? In all likely hood it will. I have always loved those “fuzzy sticks”.

Luckily, most of the equipment from the 55 will be reused on this new endeavor. The SEIO M620 and Hydor Koralia 4 powerheads will go directly in to the 90. The Mag Drive 5 will power the Aqua C EV-120. The Aquafuge HOB Refugium will stay, though I may move it to the sump. Huzzah!

Unlike the 55 gallon, this tank is going to be gloriously designed and orchestrated. With three years of experience under my belt I am much more well prepared to properly do the plumbing and setup on this tank the way it should be done.

Updates will come as progress is made!

Quote of the Day:

“So long, and thanks for all the fishes” – Douglas Adams

Published in: on July 25, 2007 at 6:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Custom Aquarium Stand?

Hello loyal fans. Aside from the excitement of an exploding microwave not much is going on here.

I am still in the process of upgrading my living room furniture to be…how shall I put this…not crappy. All that is really left is the aquarium stand (provided I actually get Old Blue [the blue recliner] off to Good Will this week [anybody want a blue recliner?]). The major items I have (TV Cabinet and Coffee Table) are from the Tao Series at Cost Plus (there is that Eastern Religion thing popping up again…) and a few other things from various other sources like a Pier 1 CD rack, couch, and home finished chess set table. So…when I look around the living room the only thing which really does not fit in is the slightly damage (moving is fun) black aquarium stand.

That leaves me with two big questions to address:

1) Do I want to spend $500-600 to get a custom made aquarium stand to match everything else (teak is expensive)

2) Am I ultimately going to be happy with my 55g aquarium? Or should I upgrade to a 90g? (the stands cost essentially the same amount) And, if I were to upgrade to the 90g, will that be as big as I ultimately want? I do not want to spend $500 on a stand I will not keep for the long term…

I am fairly certain that I will not want a tank larger than 90g at any point in the near future. Sure, a 150 seems to be about the ideal size tank, but that is not feasible in an apartment (where I will likely be forever). So, in that respect a 90g seems like a good choice. The question, however, is not answered with that alone. The 90g will take up more space in my admittedly small living room (though some day I might move somewhere with a bigger living room), but I think when I rearrange things it will actually seem less full than it does now (especially with Big Blue gone). Decisions…decisions…

Quote of the Day:

“She had a beaky nose, tight thin lips, and her eye could have been used for splitting logs in the teak forests of Borneo.” – P.G. Wodehouse, Much Obliged, Jeeves

Published in: on July 16, 2007 at 2:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Aquariums Are In High Demand

Hello loyal fans. Apparently my little classroom aquarium has inspired some other folks to set up their own! I have received a request for advice on setting up a similar saltwater setup as well as a small freshwater tank. We shall see what comes of it all, but I think it is fairly likely that both tanks will be set up and running by the beginning of the school year.

Clearly my master plan has succeeded…slowly, but surely, aquariums will be everywhere. As George W. Bush once said, “I know human beings and fish can co-exist peacefully”, and so they shall!

Quote of the Day:

“Joy to the world

All the boys and girls, now

Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea

Joy to you and me” – Joy To The World, Three Dog Night

Published in: on July 13, 2007 at 12:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Happy World Ocean Day

Hello loyal fans. If you were not aware, today is World Ocean Day. We are damaging the world’s oceans at an alarming rate. The ocean is far less protected than land environments as we see it as somewhat disconnected from our existence. But, if you take some time and think about all the important things we rely on the ocean for, we must pay more attention to her. The ocean plays a significant role in terms of our food, recreation, climate control, and oxygen production (just to name a few).

Nevertheless, we continue to destroy the world’s oceans at an alarming rate. Shame on us! We are bad humans!

I do not want photographs and aquariums to be the only place where I can see this:

coral reef

Quote of the Day:

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds on in its net of wonder forever.” – Jacques Cousteau

Published in: on June 8, 2007 at 8:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Coral Beauty Angelfish

Hello loyal fans. I decided it was time to spend a little of that raise and so off I went to the local fish store to see what was in stock. Much to my surprise, it was a 50% off sale on all saltwater fish. While this made me a bit wary at first, all the stock looked to be in excellent shape. I found it difficult to pass on a $22 Coral Beauty Angelfish, so I did not. Before the great power outage of June 2005 I had an Eibli Angel in the tank and I absolutely loved it; the behavior and activity were great and I really enjoyed the color scheme. While the coral beauty is certainly a much more vivid splash of color (not always my style…this is one bright fish I do like), the same behavioral patterns will be present. I look forward to enjoying the coral beauty for a long time. With the coral beauty, the dwarf/pixie hawkfish, and the maroon clown the tank is filling out nicely again. I will probably hold off on purchasing any fish for several months (and, knowing me, I may not add anything at all).

I ordered a new RO/DI setup from TheFilterGuys which should arrive tomorrow so that is exciting as well. When that comes in and I get it up and running I will try to write a brief review. With the pay raise and some time on my hand thanks to the end of BTSA (and the school year in a couple of months) I hope to really get things back in shape in the tank. I also think I have decided to set up a small planted tank again.

Again, I would really encourage anyone to get involved in the fish keeping hobby. You certainly do not need to get as deep as I have; it can be very rewarding/satisfying at low level and with limited financial outlay. Also, I would strongly recommend MyFishTank.net to anyone involved in the hobby (new or long time) if you are looking for a friendly forum full of knowledgeable members.

Quote of the Day:

“In this hobby, only bad things happen overnight. Good things take time.” – Source Unknown

Published in: on May 3, 2007 at 9:17 pm  Leave a Comment