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    The glassbox | Before & After – Finding balance

    We were looking back at some old photos of the glassbox and were glad to see the coloration changes as of late. The tank has begun to settle in and we’ve found the balance of food input and export. Here are two photos showing before, May 2008   And after, August 2008    The Purple […]

    We were looking back at some old photos of the glassbox and were glad to see the coloration changes as of late. The tank has begun to settle in and we’ve found the balance of food input and export.

    Here are two photos showing before, May 2008

    gb before 

    And after, August 2008 

    gb after 

    The Purple A. nana has grown ~2in in all directions, filling in and becoming much more dense. It is also beginning to get its Tricolor coloration with a green sheen at the base.

    The Tort has also seen some impressive growth. Our Camera does not capture the coloration well, but the green and blue mixture is quite vivid. To the right of it, you can see the new A. turaki we just added.

     

    To help keep track and make record of, here are the changes we have made between May and August. 

     

    • We have reduced our dosing of VSV to .1ml a day. With this reduction, algae growth is still limited, and colors have become more vibrant.

     

    • We’ve switched from 5g weekly to 10g weekly water changes to maintain trace elements. 

     

    • We’re now feeding our fish over 6 times a day, with a total of 4 frozen cubes in addition to a chunk of cyclopeeze and two 3×4″ sheets of nori. We feel this is greatly helping the coloration of our Acroporas and the growth of our little P.imperator; I would guess that he’s already grown 1/2″ in length and nearly that much in girth! 

     

    • We have also lowered the temperature 3 degrees from 80F to 77F. This was primarily for our C. declivis shown above, but seemed to have a positive effect on the tank overall. We are curious if others using carbon dosing have noticed negative or positive effects from temperature changes that likely influence bacteria metabolism.

    Looking forward, we are excited about the potential positive effects from increased and varied water motion as well as trying out some new amino acids and a new carbon source. We’ll have more on all that in the near future.

    5 Comments

    1. Christopher
      August 18, 2008 at 4:13 PM | Permalink

      The purple coral is sick. I wish my acros looked that good.

    2. MR294
      August 18, 2008 at 5:48 PM | Permalink

      The change in coloration is fantastic! Great growth as well.

    3. August 19, 2008 at 1:59 AM | Permalink

      Great colors!!!

    4. August 28, 2008 at 8:03 AM | Permalink

      Thanks guys. We’ll be getting some new bulbs that should improve the coloration even more.

    5. December 19, 2008 at 8:51 AM | Permalink

      Hello Eric,

      The tank is coming along nicely but I couldn´t find a front side picture of it.
      Could you update the tank with a panoramic picture so we can enjoy that live painting?

      Regards,
      André
      AquaticGuild.Blogspot.Com

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