Sunday, March 25, 2018

Candy Cane Coral

Candy Cane Coral (LPS)

The origin of the Candy Cane Coral is Figi.  Other common names my include Bullseye Coral, Big Pipe Coral, Candy Buttons Coral, or Trumpet Coral.

The Candy Cane Coral would make an excellent addition to any reef tank as it is easy to maintain.  It's Best to place this coral anywhere is your aquarium with moderate water flow and moderate lighting.  Be sure to give 2-3 inch distance between this coral and other corals in your reef aquarium as it does have sweeper tentacles and may sting other corals if they are too close.

The Candy Cane Coral gets its nutrition though Photosynthesis, and it will also filter feed upon brine shrimp, Mysis Shrimp, and zooplankton when open. Adding Calcium and trace elements to the water as a dietary supplement is also another option. If fed properly this coral will grow quite rapidly.

  • Scientific Name:     Caulastrea furcate
  • Care Level:        Easy              
  • Temperament:        Peaceful          
  • Diet:           Phytoplankton
  • Lighting:     Moderate    
  • Water Flow:          Moderate         
  • Placement:            Any        
  • Temperature:      72-78 degrees F
  • PH:               8.2-8.4      
  • SG:             1.022-1.025
  • DKH:          8-12         

Coralline Algea, What is it and how to make it grow


Coralline Algae, What is it and How to Make it Grow

Coralline Algae is a very important part of a reef aquarium.  In Nature, Coralline algae grows in a lot of different ways. But for a home aquarium we are more interested in crustose coralline algae, CCA for short.

In a reef aquarium crustose coralline algae can grow so well it will grow covering everything if proper maintaince is not kept up with.

Coralline Algae is usually grown in a reef tanks water parameter starting at:

Mag:  1350 or higher

Calcium:  420 or higher

Alk:  8 to 12 DKH

Temp:  78-84 degrees Fernhiet




Thursday, March 22, 2018

UFO LED Grow Light By Vander



UFO LED GROW LIGHT

We use this light in our sump to help our Chaeto grow, and it works, really works. We are seeing crazy growth, so much that we have to pull 3/4 of it out of the refugeium every other day! We highly recommend this grow light to any hobbyist looking to improve their chaeto growth!! 


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UFO LED Grow Light by Vander
High-performance, low power advantages can replace 200W high pressure sodium lamps, saving 80% energy Input 85-265V, easy to use, safe, applicable to any county or region in the world.
Products cantain a variety of matching programs, the user can choose different lighting ratio scheme according to different plants. Power 200W Lumens 4200 lm Lifespan 50,000 hrs Color Deep red, red, blue, orange, white, uv Wavelength Deep red 660nm, 6x5w leds

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Purple Helix: Coralline in a Bottle 2 Week Update


ARC Reef donated a few bottles of their new product for our tanks to do a honest review on youtube about their laboratory made Purple Helix, Coralline in a Bottle, which contains 6 different kinds of live spores of Coralline Algae. Today we did a 2 week update on their product.


                                                                GET YOURS HERE


All of our perimeters are spot on, and we do regular water changes weekly, we are doing the review on our 40 gallon reef tank, and we have to say that we are pretty impressed with the results so far. We are seeing Coralline Algae growing on the overflow inside the display tank that sends the water down into the sump, and in the sump we are seeing a lot of Purple and pink Coralline Algae growing all on  the baffles in the refugium. Even on some of the pieces of unused coral that we moved down to the sump!! Its so exciting to see so much Purple and pink Coralline algae growing in just 2 weeks.

The instructions for use say to give the product at least 4-6 weeks to see results, and in just 2 weeks we are seeing wonderful results. We give ARC Reef props for creating such and amazing product. We highly recommend Purple Helix to anyone looking to jump start their Coralline Algae growth!!

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I'm going to post the instructions for use, exactly how they printed it on the paper you receive when you order their product.

CORALLINE ALGAE IN A BOTTLE VS OTHER "PURPLE ALGAE ACCELERATORS"

Purple Helix, Coralline Algae in a Bottle is the ONLY product developed in a laboratory that contains actual live algae spores.  Other similar products are simply a mixture of calcium and magnesium, both of which are already contained in all salt mixes and a rarely ever lacking in a newly setup aquarium.  If your aquarium isn't stocked up yet with corals and coralline algae then there is nothing drawing calcium and magnesium from the water yet.  If your levels are not low then using these "purple algae accelerators" provide absolutely nothing and we implore you not to fall for the marketing hype.  Coralline Algae is a calcareous algae so it does utilize both magnesium and calcium in its structure and would not be able to reproduce without them.  Once your aquarium is stocked with corals then you should start dosing with 2 part or kalkwasser.  We recommend the 2 part calcium and alkalinity kit from BRS.  It provides a more complete and controllable system than purple up or purple tech and is far less expensive over the long run.

When you receive a bottle of purple helix you will receive a letter that has instructions for use.

Purple Helix- Coralline Algae in a Bottle

Thank You ARC Reefs for providing us with the bottle of purple helix to do videos on!!
Be sure to subscribe for updates every couple of weeks on this amazing product!!

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR BEST RESULTS
Purple Helix, Coralline Algae in a bottle is a LIVE product that is bottled on the day it was shipped. Please make sure to use entire contents within 14 days from the bottling date on the label, bottle can be stored at room temperature or refrigerated but DO NOT FREEZE. Freezing point of contents is 28.4 F.
TANK REQUIREMENTS FOR OPTIMAL GROWTH:
Temperature:   Between 78-81 degrees. It is important that the temperature remains as stable as possible.
Salinity:    1.026 (Must remain stable)
PH:    Keep a stable pH level between 8.1-8.3 (always test the same time of day each day)
Alkalinity:     Keep a stable KA level of 2.8 meq/L for alkalinity or carbonate hardness (the concentration of carbonate and bicarbonate) Your level can be +/- up to 0.14 meq/L. Having a correct KA level in your tank has a stabilizing effect on you pH.
Calcium:    above 420mg/L
Ammonia:    As close to 0 ppm as possible
Phosphates:    under 0.25 ppm
Nitrates:     under 5 ppm
Lighting:    Lighting is key. the intensity, or "PAR" level, of your lighting shouldn't be too high and the duration of your photo period should be somewhat close to the natural duration of the sun. your aquarium shouldn't receive full intensity or "noon" lighting for 8 hours because that is natural and it will bleach out corals and the coralline will not grow. Coralline Algae LOVE Actinic and blue spectrum lighting. In the beginning we advise to lengthen the time that our actinic lighting stays on by an additional 1-2 hours daily.

DIRECTIONS:
1. Turn off filter, protein skimmer, and UV sterilizer if equipped. Leave powerheads on.
2. Shake bottle, as algae spores will start to adhere to the inner walls of the bottle after several days.
3. Pour entire contents of bottle into marine aquarium.
4.  Refill bottle with aquarium water then repeat steps 2 & 3, (we recommend doing this twice)
5. Wait at least 60 minutes before turning all equipment back on

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE BEFORE MY ROCKS TURN PURPLE??
Coralline Algae is a slow but steady grower. YOU WILL NOT SEE GROWTH OVERNIGHT! If all your tank parameters are in check then you will see what looks like small chickenpox on your rocks and on plastics like powerheads within 4-6 weeks CARALLINE SPORES WILL NOT GROW IN POOR WATER QUALITY.  If you have high ammonia, nitrites or have other parameters that are off then the algae spores will remain in a dormant state until the levels are corrected and then it will be 2-6 weeks after that when you will first see your chickenpox.  After this stage you will notice these small spots double in size each culture more color variations and more complex strains with accelerated growth rates.  Every bottle contains a minimum of 6 separate species of coralline. Each species has a different affinity to lighting conditions and that is how we can insure that no matter what intensity lighting your tank has, there will be a species included that is well suited for your tank. IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED TO HAVE AN URCHIN TH THE SAME TANK. SEA URCHINS MAIN DIET CONSISTS OF CORALLINE ALGAE!!

 PRO TIPS FOR FAST GROWTH!!!
 Raise your temperature. Coralline Algae grows very slowly, but its growth rate is approximately 10x's more rapid in tropical waters then in the Arctic. If your tanks temperature is below 76 F. try increasing the temperature to 78-81 F. this will increase the reproductive growth rate by nearly 15%
Aquatic Life Loves Stability and so Does Coralline Algae. Try to keep your water parameters stable through regular monitoring and water testing. Smaller more frequent water changes a re preferred over larger less often water changes, this helps eliminate any shock to your system.
More Frequent Water Changes.   you should be doing  regular water changes at least twice monthly. Nearly every problem can be fixed with a water change.  High Nitrates? Water Change!! Cloudy Water?? Water Change!! Nuisance Algae?? Water Change!! Got Ick?? Water Change!!  Corals Shriveling up?? Water Change!!  Spending all your money on Corals? Ok, well that one a water change cant fix but for nearly everything else, a partial water change will fix, or at least give you more time to find the problem. Your aquarium is a closed system and can easily be put off balance!!
Have Patience.  If you're new to the hobby this tip will save your hard earned cash from being flushed down the drain. Only bad things happen overnight in this hobby. Add livestock slowly and never change anything quickly. Its best to think of your aquarium like a very old man, it doesn't adapt well to change (and at times can smell like and old sock).

Be sure to subscribe to Eric's Marine Life to get our latest videos!!

Thanks for reading!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Pod Condo by Barr Aquatics



The New Pod Condo from Barr Aquatic Systems

Barr Aquatics recently came out with this little 3x3 inch Pod Condo, and I just had to get one for my self, Copepods and Amphipods are hard enough to find and transfer from the sump or breeder tank to your display tank, so they created this little guy to make transferring copepods and amphipods easy. Its unique design makes living easy for copepods, giving them 5 levels of a maze like pattern to live and bread in. When you need to transfer pods from one tank to another, simply take the little condo out and place it in the other tank, let it sit for a bit and the little guys will come out and flood your tank with new copepod life!! The Pod condo's are a must have for any marine hobbyist and are sure to make a splash in the marine hobby world!!


The Pod condo is a new addition to the POD world.  It's a place where Amphipods and Copepods can safely congregate, throw parties and hang out, without having to worry about predators.  Each condo unit contains 40 individual serpentine condos, all connected to the central atrium.  A total of about two feet of linear space, or about 40 square inches (281 cm) of space is provided for our little friends.

The central atrium serves another purpose though. Cover the hole with your thumb and move the condo to the display tank, then us a baster to blast water in the central hole. all the ne'er-do-well slacker pods that are hanging around the condo will be blasted out in to the tank, to make tasty treats for your fish! Replace the condo in your sump, and let the new tenants move in.

Each unit has about 4 oz of PETG, and measures about 3x3. Available standard in translucent blue, and other colors via special request.

These cool condos are only $24 and well worth the money, and they come in translucent green, translucent blue, translucent red, black, yellow, purple and bubblegum pink!! Get yours at Barr Aquatic Systems

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Purple Helix: Coralline Algae In A Bottle





ARC Reef sent us a couple of bottles of their new product Purple helix Coralline Algea in a Bottle, to do a honest review and let fellow hobbiest know what we thought of their laboratory developed live algae spores that contain 6 different species of Coralline Algae. Above you will see a youtube video that we uploaded showing how we applied the product.  Every couple of weeks we will be doing a new video on how ARC Reefs new product works.





CLICK HERE NOW TO ORDER YOURS

CORALLINE ALGAE IN A BOTTLE VS OTHER "PURPLE ALGAE ACCELERATORS"

Purple Helix, Coralline Algae in a Bottle is the ONLY product developed in a laboratory that contains actual live algae spores.  Other similar products are simply a mixture of calcium and magnesium, both of which are already contained in all salt mixes and a rarely ever lacking in a newly setup aquarium.  If your aquarium isn't stocked up yet with corals and coralline algae then there is nothing drawing calcium and magnesium from the water yet.  If your levels are not low then using these "purple algae accelerators" provide absolutely nothing and we implore you not to fall for the marketing hype.  Coralline Algae is a calcareous algae so it does utilize both magnesium and calcium in its structure and would not be able to reproduce without them.  Once your aquarium is stocked with corals then you should start dosing with 2 part or kalkwasser.  We recommend the 2 part calcium and alkalinity kit from BRS.  It provides a more complete and controllable system than purple up or purple tech and is far less expensive over the long run.

When you receive a bottle of purple helix you will receive a letter that has instructions for use.

Purple Helix- Coralline Algae in a Bottle

Thank You ARC Reefs for providing us with the bottle of purple helix to do videos on!!
Be sure to subscribe for updates every couple of weeks on this amazing product!!

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR BEST RESULTS
Purple Helix, Coralline Algae in a bottle is a LIVE product that is bottled on the day it was shipped. Please make sure to use entire contents within 14 days from the bottling date on the label, bottle can be stored at room temperature or refrigerated but DO NOT FREEZE. Freezing point of contents is 28.4 F.
TANK REQUIREMENTS FOR OPTIMAL GROWTH:
Temperature:   Between 78-81 degrees. It is important that the temperature remains as stable as possible.
Salinity:    1.026 (Must remain stable)
PH:    Keep a stable pH level between 8.1-8.3 (always test the same time of day each day)
Alkalinity:     Keep a stable KA level of 2.8 meq/L for alkalinity or carbonate hardness (the concentration of carbonate and bicarbonate) Your level can be +/- up to 0.14 meq/L. Having a correct KA level in your tank has a stabilizing effect on you pH.
Calcium:    above 420mg/L
Ammonia:    As close to 0 ppm as possible
Phosphates:    under 0.25 ppm
Nitrates:     under 5 ppm
Lighting:    Lighting is key. the intensity, or "PAR" level, of your lighting shouldn't be too high and the duration of your photo period should be somewhat close to the natural duration of the sun. your aquarium shouldn't receive full intensity or "noon" lighting for 8 hours because that is natural and it will bleach out corals and the coralline will not grow. Coralline Algae LOVE Actinic and blue spectrum lighting. In the beginning we advise to lengthen the time that our actinic lighting stays on by an additional 1-2 hours daily.

DIRECTIONS:
1. Turn off filter, protein skimmer, and UV sterilizer if equipped. Leave powerheads on.
2. Shake bottle, as algae spores will start to adhere to the inner walls of the bottle after several days.
3. Pour entire contents of bottle into marine aquarium.
4.  Refill bottle with aquarium water then repeat steps 2 & 3, (we recommend doing this twice)
5. Wait at least 60 minutes before turning all equipment back on

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE BEFORE MY ROCKS TURN PURPLE??
Coralline Algae is a slow but steady grower. YOU WILL NOT SEE GROWTH OVERNIGHT! If all your tank parameters are in check then you will see what looks like small chickenpox on your rocks and on plastics like powerheads within 4-6 weeks CARALLINE SPORES WILL NOT GROW IN POOR WATER QUALITY.  If you have high ammonia, nitrites or have other parameters that are off then the algae spores will remain in a dormant state until the levels are corrected and then it will be 2-6 weeks after that when you will first see your chickenpox.  After this stage you will notice these small spots double in size each culture more color variations and more complex strains with accelerated growth rates.  Every bottle contains a minimum of 6 separate species of coralline. Each species has a different affinity to lighting conditions and that is how we can insure that no matter what intensity lighting your tank has, there will be a species included that is well suited for your tank. IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED TO HAVE AN URCHIN TH THE SAME TANK. SEA URCHINS MAIN DIET CONSISTS OF CORALLINE ALGAE!!

 PRO TIPS FOR FAST GROWTH!!!
 Raise your temperature. Coralline Algae grows very slowly, but its growth rate is approximately 10x's more rapid in tropical waters then in the Arctic. If your tanks temperature is below 76 F. try increasing the temperature to 78-81 F. this will increase the reproductive growth rate by nearly 15%
Aquatic Life Loves Stability and so Does Coralline Algae. Try to keep your water parameters stable through regular monitoring and water testing. Smaller more frequent water changes a re preferred over larger less often water changes, this helps eliminate any shock to your system.
More Frequent Water Changes.   you should be doing  regular water changes at least twice monthly. Nearly every problem can be fixed with a water change.  High Nitrates? Water Change!! Cloudy Water?? Water Change!! Nuisance Algae?? Water Change!! Got Ick?? Water Change!!  Corals Shriveling up?? Water Change!!  Spending all your money on Corals? Ok, well that one a water change cant fix but for nearly everything else, a partial water change will fix, or at least give you more time to find the problem. Your aquarium is a closed system and can easily be put off balance!!
Have Patience.  If you're new to the hobby this tip will save your hard earned cash from being flushed down the drain. Only bad things happen overnight in this hobby. Add livestock slowly and never change anything quickly. Its best to think of your aquarium like a very old man, it doesn't adapt well to change (and at times can smell like and old sock).

Be sure to subscribe to Eric's Marine Life to get our latest videos!!

Thanks for reading!!