NEWEST 100 PERCENT ARAGOCRETETM AND SUPER GLUE REEF AQUARIUM GROWS UP
THIS SET OF PICTURES SHOW HOW THE 120 GALLON REEF
Notice how all of the AragocreteTM is covered with corals.
This reef is now ready for the sps corals that we are going to grow as brood stock. The soft corals will be harvested as we need to make room for the new crop. We have already harvested hundreds of cuttings from this reef. When Stuart Gould was here he noticed us cutting the Woods Polyp so many times that he asked if we did it every day. We just use tweezers to pull the polyps off of the AragocreteTM so we can mount them on our Reef PlugsTM. We have started using the tweezers on Zoanthids and Protopalythoa. The colonies seem to produce more if we thin them. The colonies do not seem to stop growing as much as they do when we take them out of the water to remove the cuttings.
HAS GROWN DURING THE LAST 23 MONTHS.
BELOW IS THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE ABOUT THIS REEF.
NEWEST 100 PERCENT ARAGOCRETETM AND SUPER GLUE REEF AQUARIUM
THE TANK WAS CRYSTAL CLEAR THE NEXT MORNING AND WE STARTED ADDING CORALS THAT AFTERNOON.
During the next year we will be reporting on the progress of this 120 gallon reef aquarium. This tank has been set up using 18 pieces of ARAGOCRETETM and GARF Grunge. We have placed about 10 lbs. of Coralline Eggs in this reef to start the coralline growing. The bottom of the aquarium has a ECO-SAND plenum that covers the back one half. The ECO-SAND plenum has a black plastic mesh that holds the sand that falls into it apart and stops any animals from digging into this layer. The front one half of this reef has a sloping layer of aragonite live sand. This layer is 4 inches thick at the plenum and tapers to one inch thick at the front glass. The plenum has two Maxi-jet 1000 power heads drawing water from under the plenum. This water flow through the gravel is allowing many sand stirring invertebrates to grow in the gravel. The flow through the gravel will be stopped as soon as the reef is well aged.
THIS SHOWS THE REEF AFTER ONE DAY. WE ADDED THE GRAVEL, GRUNGE, AND ARAGOCRETE AND THEN TURNED ON THE POWERHEADS.
We will not use a skimmer on this reef until the coralline algae has covered over 75 percent of the rock. We are using 2 - 40 watt - four foot bulbs on the tank. We will slowly increase the light as the coralline starts to grow. We are certain that many people have trouble growing coralline because they use too bright of light at first. We believe that skimming removes many of the coralline spores before they have a chance to settle on the rocks and other structures in the aquarium.
As we add pictures of this aquarium I will try to remember to link back to these photos so you can see how this type of captive grown reef progresses. We now have several of these reefs in our lab. Sally Jo's 55 gallon reefs are the oldest at 2 years, 1 year and 7 months. My 150 gallon SPS coral brood stock reef will be one year old in March. I will attemp to find and link as many photos of these reef as I can for a future issue.
KEEP WATCHING THIS FEATURE TO SEE THIS TANK MATURE INTO A STONEY CORAL FOREST.
THESE PICTURES SHOW HOW MUCH THE SOFT CORALS HAVE GROWN.
Take care and... "Save a reef... Grow your own!"
LINK TO THE ORIGINAL REEF FARMING NEWS WINTER UPDATE
OUR FIRST CORAL ORDER FORM
FOR THE LAST 5 YEARS WE HAVE WORKED VERY HARD TO PURCHASE, TRADE, AND SAVE AS MANY TYPES OF CORALS AS WE CAN.
We are having a special on all of the coral cuttings. WHEN YOU PURCHASE 5 AT THE REGULAR PRICE OF $100 WE WILL GIVE YOU TWO FREE CORALS!. If you have any questions please use this form to ask them. WE WILL PHONE YOU AND HELP YOU PICK THE BEST CORALS FOR YOUR REEF AQUARIUM.
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