Mol's Lido

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Reply #600

I had planned to finally empty the 120L today. All the fish have gone, mostly to the LFS. All the corals that weren't heavily encrusted onto the big rocks have gone too. Most of the CUC have been moved to the 40L although there are still a few more to catch.

The broken skimmer has been removed and the gyre is turned off. The filter still provides circulation and the lights and heater are still on. The decor has of course been completely disrupted while catching the fish; the two big rocks spent 20 minutes out of the water before being roughly piled back in. And of course the water was completely churned up.

After all of that, one of my totally dead Montipora corals is showing new growth! Look at those little sprouts out of the top of the dead plate. There's dozens of them in several patches over the coral (though not everywhere). How on earth did that happen?

And some of the others seem to be a little brighter than they were before as well, including the Porites which is dead in the middle but still seems to be alive around the edges.

I'm not sure what to do now.
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Reply #601

Sometimes marine live shows you it's tuffer than you think.
Maybe it's a sign


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Reply #602

Sometimes marine live shows you it's tuffer than you think.
Maybe it's a sign
Tim

Let's hope the same is true on the Great Barrier Reef!
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Reply #603

Let's hope so, I always try to buy marine aquaculture or frag farm corals.


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Reply #604

Well I've not been around for a while - so long that I'm getting a warning that this is an old topic!

But the 40L is still going well with 2 gobies, 2 shrimps and a selection of crabs and snails. My gorgonians are growing well.
I bought the tank a couple of new frags yesterday, a green toadstool and a few zoas.

Next week I'm off on an expensive holiday to the Maldives. 11 days living on a boat with about 20 other people on a tour led by Charles Anderson who wrote the book on reef fishes of the Maldives. It's a mixture of cetacean and bird watching and snorkelling on reefs. So expect me to come back full of enthusiasm for a new salty aquarium...
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Reply #605

I’m jealous, I love my week in the Maldives. It was nearly five years ago and I have a ache to go back.
Have a great trip


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Reply #606

Thanks :-)
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Reply #607

Sounds fantastic! Pics please

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Reply #608

I've bought a little GoPro and a mount for the snorkel mask.
Above the waterline I'll be using my SLR and some big lenses.
Watch this space...

Now, I wonder what fish and corals would suit a Maldives biotope in the aquarium...
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Reply #609

This evening my two shrimp came out to pose nicely for the camera. My fish don't have names but my shrimp do - meet 'After Eight' and 'Ruston Bucyrus'. 
Ruston shed a few days ago, and since then has been very busy excavating a new entrance to the burrow. That slope of sand across the front of the tank is all new, and came out of the hole on the right hand side. There's now an entrance in each front corner of the tank, as well as the one in the middle and the ones toward the back. It must be quite a labyrinth down there!
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Reply #610

Well, I arrived in Malé yesterday and I don’t get on the boat until tomorrow morning. But I treated myself to a seaplane flight yesterday and was amazed by the fish swimming around the jetties.
I could semi-identify a tang, a big puffer, and some sort of ray, plus loads of others I didn’t recognise.
Looking forward to the proper reefs!
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Plans for a new 250L Maldivian biotope...

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Reply #611

Sounds great Paul , have a good time . Look forward to seeing the pics

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Reply #612

Are turtles reef-safe? ;-)
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Reply #613

Are turtles reef-safe? ;-)
No but I'm not sure you can keep a tank in prison hahaha

I always wanted marine turtles and would of had a tank full of them I tried to get some simply not available and protected and the fact they get huge so they best left in sea

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Reply #614

Well, Wow. I have falken in love with snorkelling on reefs. And I have lots of Maldivian ideas for a new bigger reef tank too. Though I don’t think I have the space for a pair of Naso elegans which would be my first choice...

I’ll be getting on the flight home soon, pics and vids when I’ve recovered...
40L: Tiger pistol shrimp and Wheeler goby trio, peppermint shrimp, zoas, ricordeas, gorgs, tree
Plans for a new 250L Maldivian biotope...

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