Archive for November, 2010

Update 11/22/2010

Hello. Not too much new this time, but I did manage to recover the video I was talking about last time. It’s the best footage of the life down in the refugium. These guys are called “pods” because they’re usually some type of copepod or amphipod, or some “pod,” from everything I can tell, though, they are the beneficial type that keeps Manny well-fed.

Update 11/17/2010

A couple of casualties, not much happy news this time. Sorry.

Swirly (the puffer) isn’t looking so good. I’ve never been able to quite nail down his psychological issues with us, but he’s been looking kind of sick recently and I doubt there’s much that can be done.

Also, Herbert died a couple of days ago. My guess is that he was pretty old, and he seemed to live a long and full life, so I’m not concerned that anything is wrong in the tank, but it’s still sad that he’s gone. I’m sort of thinking about the future of that tank and how it might play in to the next tank I get, so I’m not sure when/if he’ll be replaced, but as of right now, the plan is to one day turn that 20G planted tank into a shrimp tank and move all of the fish to a larger tank (that I don’t have yet).

Anyways, that’s all for now. I thought I had a neat video of some interesting critters in the refugium in the saltwater tank, but I guess not: I’ll try to get another one or recover the original soon.

Update 11/3/2010

Well, nothing super-important in this update, but I have some pictures and a couple of small things. First, I have new full-tank shots of each of the tanks, including the puffer tank. I’m still not sure how I feel about the puffer tank, and I still might switch some things around since the puffer doesn’t seem quite comfortable in there…

Some of these pictures may be kind of large since I wanted to show some detail.

Next, there is some news about the puffer, he has a name! It’s Swirly. Once I’m done tweaking his setup and his food and all of that stuff, then he’ll probably get a spot on Roll Call and Tank Specs, but there are still some issues I want to iron out before then.

Next, in the freshwater tank. One of the black neon tetras is looking VERY pregnant, and I have a couple of pictures. I don’t plan on doing anything to help along the breeding process, so I’ll be very surprised if we even see any fry before they’re eaten, but it’s amusing to watch this huge fish swim around.

Everyone in the saltwater tank is doing fine and I’m having some success with the plumbing renovations I’m doing there. It’s not very interesting, though, so I won’t say anything about it other than the problems I had in the past aren’t an issue anymore.

That’s all I have for now.

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