March 2001

March 3rd, 2001 / Saturday / 1:00 PM

Ordered some new test kits that came today: Iodide (from SeaChem), Strontium, Magnesium, and Silicate (from Salifert). The calcium reading of 400 ppm that my Red Sea test generated is in my opinion questionable. Salifert read 350 and I believe it to be a much higher quality (i.e. more accurate) test. I am starting to slowly dose higher levels of Reef Calcium and Reef Complete in order to get calcium up to 450-500 ppm.

March 6th, 2001 / Tuesday / 1:00 PM

Ordered fish over the Internet for the first time from J&B's Marine Propagations. They sent me two fish, one of which died (a juvenile Atlantic Blue tang). The one that made it was:
  • Diamond goby, Valenciennea puellaris - I got this one to replace the golden head sleeper goby that keeps dropping sand all over the rocks and corals. The diamond goby also sifts but apparently doesn't bomb sand.

March 7th, 2001 / Wednesday / 10:00 AM

Received Garf order today. It included 1 lb of Garf Grunge, 2 frags of red Sinularia soft coral, and 1 piece of live rock with LeRoy's own brood stock of Zoanthus polyps from the islands of Palau.

March 11th, 2001 / Sunday / 5:00 PM

Received a Rose bubble tip anenome from a friend, Entacmae quadricolor. I was not able to keep my previous Sebae anenome around for long, however it is my thinking that the water conditions are more stable and I will keep the powerheads off until it settles. They are able to move quickly around the tank.

March 15th, 2001 / Thursday / 9:00 PM

I finally removed the medium-sized Scleronephthya that I received in December from Jeff's Exotic Fish. Ever since the buffer problem I had in January, it did not look good. It would not fully open, looked saggy throughout the day and most of the night, and was shrinking in size. I will watch the other Sclero (added after buffer problem resolved) to see how it does.

On a positive note, coralline algae continues to grow on the back piece of glass, all over the powerheads and cords, as well as on the rock.

March 17th, 2001 / Saturday / 2:00 PM

Added 2 emerald crabs from Aquarium Concepts.

March 22nd, 2001 / Thursday / 9:00 AM

Received order from Inland Aquatics:

  • 4 tank-reared False percula clownfish, all less than 1/2" long, Amphiprion ocellaris
  • Rainford's goby, Amblygobius rainfordi
  • Detritivore kit, including mysis shrimp, gammarus shrimp, miniature brittle stars, stomatella varia, and peppermint snails.

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