2008/02/22

Acalycigorgia Blue Sea Fan

I have added one more coral to this Nano-Reef; Acalycigorgia sp. Blue Sea Fan
This coral is not photosynthetic and therefore should not be exposed to strong lights. It is a filter feeding coral which should be fed 4-5 times a week with Phytoplankton, frozen Cyclops, Marine Snow, Zoo-plankton. The best is to mix all these types of food together and feed the Blue Sea Fan coral. This coral requires medium to strong water current. Also, I was observing the Sea Fan while feeding. One can actually see how its tiny polyps capture food particles and move them into the mouth that is in a middle of each polyp. That is the best proof that this coral is getting the right type of food. This coral should be supplied with Iodine, Calcium, Magnesium, Strontium and other trace elements.
I like the blue adition to the left. I will introduce one more Clavularia viridis Green to the bottom left to create a "grassy" look.

2008/02/15

Box or Sundial snails - Polyp eaters

















These snails can be found on different types of polyps like Zoanthus, Palythoa and Protopalythoa. They feed on polyps, by sucking out polyp's fluids. If left in the tank they can ruin polyp colonies. I advise to take them out as soon you spot them. It is easy to remove Sundial snails manually. Inspect newly purchased coral colonies before introducing them to the tank.



2008/02/07

Video update

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Everything is in order. The only problem was my Trochus snail had died. This aquarium never had any algae and I speculate the snail couldn't find enough food.