True to form…



Due to a case of spring fever, a common affliction for many Chicagoans as we finally get regular temperatures above 50 or 60*F, there is quite a lack of updates on StonyReef. Aside from daily kH checks, I haven’t tested my water since early April, nor have I done so much as a water change since mid-April. That said, my tank is looking as good as ever. Nutrients are low (yes, I can tell even though I haven’t been testing), my colors are great, and growth is very good as well.

I am having one very slow loss in the azoox tank, the Scleronephthya (Umbellulifera?) that never quite opened is now in a constant state of collapse. About a month or so ago, the coral started to show a very thick waxy layer of skin, akin to that of Porites. sp. when they shed. No matter what I did, increasing flow, moving it, very light brushing in attempts to coax the waxy layer off, it simply wouldn’t shed. I am certain this is why it is not doing well / dying. I’m leaving it in and have been changing the position weekly in hopes that it finds a position it likes, though is is likely a futile effort.

So, that’s all for now. I’ll get a new tank shot and some growth photos up next week. I keep the tank ~75 - 76*F in winter, and now that temps and photo period (using AquaController’s Seasonal feature) are increasing, color and growth are are as well. I also attribute a bit of coloration to Fauna Marin’s Power Trace 1 - 4, but more on that + tweaking colors later when I have some visual aids…

In the meantime, be sure to check out Glassbox Design’s page re: new products from the Interzoo show, lots of cool stuff coming out. I’m excited for the new Tunze products in particular, as well as Fauna Marin’s UltraMin D & Ultra Bio Activ. Also check out this blog. Some good reads (don’t miss the one about spearfishing for Synchiropus splendidus …?!…) and some outstanding photographs.

Have a great 3 days off….