Wow Paul does this make you the oldest reefer. With a Reefer age of 38
Nothing like being the oldest reefer.
Chris I was out today and yesterday but the tide during the day is high now. Maybe we can go out next week. The collecting spot is about 10 minutes from my marina. You just need shoes to walk on the rocks and a bucket. I don't know whats there now but there are thousands of fiddler crabs, shrimp and amphipods. The horseshoe crabs don't spawn yet (not that I collect them)
Maybe we could get a few people who don't mind getting wet. You kind of have to wade/swim to the beach.
you feed all that to your fish?
I have not updated the thread in a while and since it went through some large changes I figured I would show it.
The original thread was getting too long
You will notice almost a total lack of corals except for a few gorgonians and the addition of more than 20 gobies.
The loss of corals was due to two accidents last year while I was away for a family emergency. My Mother (who is 97) was found unconcious and we had to stay with her 24/7 for two weeks in a Hospice. I also had a problem when my town added zinc orthophosphate to my water in a large dose exhausted my DI resins.
Anyway, thats another story.
I always wanted this tank to be filled with smaller unusual gobies that would breed and just be interesting. Over the years I have kept just about all the fish that are for sale and it was time to go for something else. The problem was that I kind of like hippo tangs, moorish Idols, and copperbands so I never had the room to do this. The only larger fish I have is one hippo, a pair of Bangai cardinals and an old fire clown.
With all these smaller gobies I still have to hatch brine shrimp every day and I still also feed live blackworms almost every day.
The cardinals are breeding as are a pair of gobies. Unfortunately they do it under a rock in a part of the tank where I can't see.
Everything seems fat and healthy, the nitrates are still about zero, I still only change 20% of the water about five times a year and everything else is the same except I retired and started a part time business in December.
There are five of these gobies in the bottom picture, two of which are breeding and the other three are fighting.
Have a great day.
Probably having a very old tank and not keeping it too sterile. It may have something to do with the diversity of bacteria I have in the tank from the NSW and amphipods I throw in there. If you use ASW and you never add NSW you will only have the type of bacteria that your LFS has and he will only have what his supplier has. Most fish are shipped in copper treated water so there will be very little bacterial diversity and after a short while you will be left with only a very small bacteria pool which may not be the best type for our purposes. Of course this is only my theory but it seems to me that very sterile captive reefs do not look as healthy and are plagued with ich and other problems. It also happens with people.How do you keep your nitrates so low, while only doing 5 water changes per year? What's the secret there?