May 1st, 2001 / Tuesday / 5:00 PM
Did my first fragging effort. Cut away 4-5 stalks of pink pulse Xenia with a knife and gave them to a local reefer who I met on Reefs.org. This Xenia was added in mid-February with 4 stalks and has grown to 15 stalks in 2.5 months. This is equal to ~275% growth over the entire period or ~14% compounded growth per week!
May 2nd, 2001 / Wednesday / 10:00 AM
Received the following frag order from Greg Hiller. I really recommend him for SPS frags - the best price, quality, and size of frags around!
May 5th, 2001 / Saturday / 10:00 AM
I did a 10% water change yesterday as I hadn't done one in a while. As usual, I did not let the new water sit before long before placing into the tank. This time, however, the pink pulsing Xenia colony shrivelled up. I have seen this happen before with buffer additions (alkalinity changes) but not when adding new water. From now on, I plan to let the newly mixed saltwater sit for a 24 hour period with a powerhead providing oxygenation. I think the Xenia will be fine in a few weeks.
May 8th, 2001 / Tuesday / 6:00 PM
Fragged my Briareum (green star polyps) completely and glued them to the back of tank.
May 9th, 2001 / Wednesday / 9:00 AM
Needed some clean-up crew so I ordered from Garf:
May 11th, 2001 / Friday / 5:00 PM
Installed my Geo dual-chamber calcium reactor. I am no longer adding SeaChem products to maintain calcium and alkalinity. I will let the reactor take care of this. The only additives I plan to use now are kalkwasser from time to time if the calcium/alkalinity balance gets out of whack, and Iodine supplements every few weeks.
May 26th, 2001 / Saturday / 5:00 PM
Added a orange/yellow Scleronephthea from Reef Science as well as another Chromis.
May 31st, 2001 / Thursday / 11:00 AM
Received several new frags from Dr. Mac & Sons Corals. I also really recommend them for frags - great selection, size, and quality.