Sunday, January 27, 2019

Husband and Son in Violent Accident, Our Family is Reaching out for Help

Fellow Reefers, Today I am reaching out to our Reefing Community, Not to share knowledge or talk about out wonderful hobby, But to Ask for your help.

Please Help Out Your Fellow Aquariest In Our Time Of Need 

On Friday, 1/18/19, My Husband Eric, you all know him From the informational Blogs that we post and From his YouTube Channel Eric's Marine Life and our Oldest Son Jordan from Wicked Reefs were in a very violent car accident, when A logging tractor and Traler pulled out onto HWY 108 blocking both lanes, it was 6:30 and still dark as night outside, The fog was so thick the driver of the logging truck diud not see my husbands truck and to make matters even worse, there were no yellow or amber lights to illuminate the bed of the logging truck which made it absolutely impossible for Eric to see that it was there as well.  He had no choice but to hit the bed of the logging rig head on, totaling our truck and injuring both my husband and my son. They were rushed to the hospital by ambulance. 

We have started a GO FUND ME ACCOUNT to help us get another vehicle so that we can get back on our feet and provide for our family. We are literally holding on by a thread. I have never had to reach out and ask for help like I am doing now, but we just don't know what else to do, we are at risk of loosing everything that we have worked so hard for. We have 3 other children that depend on us, and we have a 6 month old that has to have diapers and formula, and now with no income coming in we are doing everything we know to get a vehicle to replace the one that was totaled.

We are asking for anyone that can afford it to donate whatever they can, even if its just the minimum $5, every little bit helps, and as soon as we get another truck we can go back to work. Even as badly as my Husband Eric is Hurt, all he wants to do is be able to go back to work and support his family. He has never been someone to just sit on their bottom and do nothing, he has always pushed his self to the absolute limit to ensure that his family, that we have always been provided for. We appreciate any help that you can give, and please share this post and share our go fund me page so that others that may be willing to help can do so as well!  Thank you so much   


Sunday, January 13, 2019

AI Prime Fuge Light - For Serious Refugiums

Aqua Illuminations Has Done It Again!! Here it is, The Reefers dream come true!

If you are serious about your refugium and are looking for the absolute best refugium light, look no further! You've Found it.  The AI Prime Fuge Light is here and its everything that you would expect from AI, its got all the same features as the AI prime, but it was specifically created to grow microalgae. With a special, carefully selected blend of LED colors you will get the absolute ultimate photosynthesis for marine algaes for expert nutrient export.

You can Preorder the AI Prime Fuge right now, SALTWATERAQUARIUM.COM will be sending out their pre-ordered lights by 1/21/19!! CLICK HERE NOW AND GET A $5 OFF COUPON ON US!!

The AI prime fuge is kicking out a perfect 630nm Red along with 660nm Photo Red Cree XP-E2s. To complment these Red LEDs are Cool Whites and a 430nm Violet LED, which is not only absolute perfection when it comes to growing microalgae such as chaetomorpha and sea lettuce, but will also give it a sick looking purple color!!

So No more having to search for grow lights like the vander (which is still amazing for growing chaeto) which is really created for special medical cannabis growers, You can now purchase this Legit AI Prime Fuge light.

We will be doing a YouTube Series on the AI Prime Fuge on our YouTube Channel, so be sure to jump on over to Eric's Marine Life right now and subscribe and hit the notification bell so you get alerts everytime we upload a new video, Stay in the know!!

Here are the Specs for the AI Prime Fuge

Aqua Illumination's Prime Fuge HD is the perfect light for any serious refugium. The industry-leading Prime Fuge HD includes wireless control through the MyAi application that can be used with any smartphone or tablet. The LEDs used are designed to provide the correct spectrum that macro-algae like cheatomorpha require for photosynthesis. Unlike other refugium lights that are inefficient and use cheap LEDs, Aqua Illumination only uses high-quality CREE and Liteon diodes that provide maximum light output while minimizing the power consumption. 
  • Multiple Mounting Options
  • Wireless Control
  • Efficient and Effective
  • Low-Heat Production
  • Balanced Spectrum

Maximum Spread - 24" x 24"
Recommended Spread - 18" x 18"

Refugiums are a great option for natural nutrient reduction. By creating a safe harbor where macro-algae can grow, with proper conditions, algae will prefer to grow in your refugium instead of the display tank, while also consuming nitrates and phosphates as the algae grows. In the past couple of years, researchers have found that the spectrum of light for algae to grow under is completely different than what corals prefer and in some cases is the most important factor in algae health. The heavy red lighting helps increase the rate of photosynthesis leading to quicker growth and nutrient uptake, but the red light is not all that is needed. Aqua Illumination also includes two cool while and a single UV LED to create a balanced spectrum that is ideal to maximize algae growth. 

Mounting Options

MyAi App
Available for iOS or Android
Google Play Store
iTunes App Store

LED Specifications:
80° Optics Per LED
6x Photo Red CREE XP-E
4x Red CREE XP-E2
2x Cool While CREE XP-G2
1x UV 432nm Liteon

Dimensions - 4.88" L x 4.88" W x 1.34" H
Optics - 80° Optic per LED
Power Consumption - 46W @ full power
Cable Length - 10 feet

What's Included?
1x Aqua Illumination Prime Fuge LED Light
1x Power Supply
1x Quick Start Guide

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Purple Tang

The Purple Tang or Yellowfin Tang

Scientific name:    Zebrasoma Xanthurum

Care level:             Moderate to Easy

Diet:                      Herbavore

Species of the Reef Surgeon fish in the Acanthuridae family

Although the Purple Tang Originated from the red sea, they are also found in the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Aden. 

The Purple tang is often referred to as the yellowfin tang, yellow sailfish tang, yellowtail surgeon fish, or blue surgeon fish.

The Purple tang is Blue-purele in color with a yellow tail and yellow accents on the pectoral fins. With darker lateral lines. They are sometimes found by theirselves or even in schools. Like all Sailfish tangs, purple tangs have a slightly extended snout. The Purple tang has not been successfully bred in Captivity so far.

The Purple Tang can reach 10 inches in size. This Show Fish is one of the most popular tangs for a reef aquarium, because of their beauty and they are very easy to care for. But it is important to make sure that you have a large enough tank to house them, they require a lot of swimming room, they love to swim around the tank, they are not a fish that just stays in one place. Its best to have them in a tank that is at the very minimum 60 gallon for a juvenile and at the minimum 125 gallon or larger for an adult, this will give them plenty of growing and swimming room.

Its important to keep a Purple Tangs Diet and environment well maintained. If not well maintained they can develop LLD or Lateral Line Disease and color loss. Tangs do not produce as much skin mucus as other marine fish, and are more susceptible to diseases such as marine velvet or marine ich. It is always best to quarantine tangs with a dip or copper dip to ensure that any marine ich or velvet is cure before introducing them into your system.

Purple Tangs are herbivores, but they do enjoy Mysis, brine and pellets as well as their seaweed, such as nori. They also enjoy grazing on microalgae so they do well in a tank with some algae growth. It is best to feed them 3 times a day instead of 1 large amount once a day. This may seem like a lot to feed a fish, but because they are "grazers" they seem to stay hungry more than other fish, or ours does anyway. He is quite the little piggy, always first in line for a bite. They are know to be continuous grazers and benefit from eating multiple times a day to maintain their diet.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Our Christmas Giveaway!!

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

What's up fellow Reefers? We hope everyone has had a absolutely amazing Christmas, We have has such a wonderful Christmas that we thought we would share some of our Christmas spirit by giving all of you guys a chance to win a bottle of ARC Reefs Purple or Pink Helix, Coralline Algae in a Bottle!! We love this stuff, and it really works, we have used it in all of our reef tanks and always have had amazing results!! 

Purple or Pink 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 we all know have to be watched sense they are already in our salts and some of us even dose these elements. Purple or pink helix does not contain either of these so they will not throw your parameters out of whack by adding it. What you will be adding is good benefical bacteria and real live coralline algae spores!! 

So now I guess you are wondering how to get in on this giveaway??
Hey its as easy as this...
1. Watch this video

2. sub to our channel
3. share and like the video
4. comment done and something about your reef tank!!
5. watch for us to respond with your number
6. hit the notification bell so you don't miss out on any more of our videos and the live stream of us using to choose the 3 lucky numbers on 1.25.19!!

That's it!!

Good luck to all and Happy Reefing!!!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

What is that? Its a Stomatella Snail

The Stomatella Snail 

What is That? The first thing that you say when you see one of these strange looking snails. 

The Stomatella snails are extremely Beneficial to a Reef Tank, and make a great part of the clean up crew. These snails are often hard to find any information about unless you know their name, and to many reefer, this is the first they are even hearing of them, or they happen to come across this post because they are desperately searching for what these guys are. They are sometimes searched using the phrase "snail that looks like lost his shell", "Slug with a small shell", or even Snail with a half or missing shell".

The Stomatella Snail are herbivores that love to eat algae and micro algae. They are very fast moving snails and are often found at night along the rock work in your reef aquarium. 

They do reproduce, buy not at an alarming rate, and will not harm your tank or its inhabitants. The three and six line wrasse will eat stomatella snails, so be sure to keep them safe if you see them. They will drop a part of their body to help get away and hide from predators.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

The Nero 5 Powerhead by Aqua Illuminations

Aqua Illuminations has created their very first powerhead, with a very veritile sleek design and whisper quiet technology that is sure to Please any reefer!!

The Bluetooth technology allows you to set the pump into different modes and even create a daily schedule, using the same app as you use with your AI lights.

There is no doubt about it, Aqua Illuminations Nero 5 powerhead is unlike any powerhead on the market to date. Unlike the traditional propeller designs that can irritate corals with a hard stream, the Nero 5 creates an adjustable wide pattern with its innovated propeller that pushes water with a broad flow, moving food, detritus, and other free floating particles around without blasting your corals directly. The Nero 5 has many uses around the reef tank,  But AI's main goal is to  "produce enough flow to keep low flow spots from forming in your tank and help elevate detritus to be sucked into the filtration"

Connecting the New Nero 5 is a breeze and literally only takes about 2 minutes with the Bluetooth LE. The Nero 5 uses the same interface with the MyAi app that their infamous LED lights use. The App immediately recognizes the powerhead, making it incredibly simple to choose which mode is right for your reef tank. If your rally not tech savvy and do not wish to use a phone to control your AI Nero 5 powerhead, its ok, don't worry, the included controller has one very powerful button, and by just pressing or holding the button for different lengths of time can change the speed, mode or even turn the pump off and on without having to access to any additional control interfaces.

 Using the app however, unlocks a ton of fantastic features with the MyAI app there are many different flow modes available to choose what is right for your fish and corals.

You can even create a schedule, which is simple and can be done in just a few minutes, creating a full blown daily schedule that will cycle though out different modes you choose and different settings though out the day. 

You can even put the Nero 5 powerhead on its random mode which will keep your tank guessing, creating a natural flow rate though out the day creating natural water movement though out your reef tank.
The Nero 5 pulse mode can be changed to harmonize with yuour aquarium, along with the max flow rate, which is a great method for lifting settles detritus from hard to reach areas. 

The Nero 5 even has a 'set it and forget it' mode, or the Constant mode, which will keep the speed you set until you change the mode or flow. 
Having a Feed Mode is a must when Target feeding,  Just hold the driver button down for 2-5 seconds to put the Nero 5 into a feed mode for 10 minutes.

You can turn your AI Nero 5 pump off at anytime you want with full control over when they turn back on, just hold the driver button for 6 or more seconds to turn the pump off. Touching the button again will restart the pump.

Mounting the Nero 5 only takes a minute, and with the included magnetic mounting system, moving the pump around only takes a second. Giving around 15 degrees of movement, you can angle the Nero 5 to direct flow where you need it. The Mounting system incorporates a inner magnet and an outer magnet that can couple together though 1/2 inch of glass or less, and the pump sits into the beveled inner magnet for an isolated and quiet mounting system.

Max Flow:     3,000GPH
Max Glass Thickness:    1/2 inch
Dimensions (wetside):   2.1"x2.8"
Power Consumption:   (variable) 30W @ 120VAC Max

In The Box
1-  Nero 5 Powerhead
1-  Nero 5 controller
1-  Magnet mounting system
1-  Power supply
1-  Instruction set

We can see many possibilities for the Nero 5 Powerhead in a reef system, Mounting the powerhead at either end of your tank, the back glass, or even the sump. We choose to place our Nero 5 on the back glass helping eliminate the dead spots we had from only using the ice cap 1k Gyra. 
So far setting up the Nero was very simple, it connected to the MyAI app with no hesitation, We are already seeing major results from the Nero 5 Powerhead, And its only been installed for 2 days!! One huge notable mention is our very shy Australian Drendro, He has completely began showing off his beautiful yellow and orange polyps!! Many of the other Corals are already showing huge signs of happiness by the growth we are already seeing from them as well!!

Please stay tuned for another post about the AI Nero 5 pwerhead, as we will be watching its already amazing performance and letting our readers and veiwers know just how much it has really improved our YouTube Reef Tank Build Aquarium!!

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Our Top 10 Reef Tank Pest Identification List

Our Top 10 Reef Tank ID list... Causes, Prevention and Treatment!

As a Reef Aquarium Hobbyist, We do all the research we can to find out "what the heck that is??" That we just saw chewing on our beautiful corals we work so hard to grow. Well We dicided to  come up with Our top 10 Reef tank Pest Id list. 

Coming in at #10     The Bristle Worm

The Bristle worm, although many reefers are ok in small quantities, if not kept undercontrol, population can explode at a rapid rate. If you allow bristle worms to get a good size to them they can eat your fish and have been know to munch on corals. As long as they are small they are great scavengers and will help get rid of unwanted detritus and uneaten food that cause your parameters to get out of whack. 
Never grab a bristle worm without gloves on, the tiny bristles will sting you, causing irritation and a possible allergic reaction. 

The best way we have found to keep your bristle worm population under control is to use our trap method, you can watch the video below to see how to make and use this simple DIY Trap.

Coming In At #9      The Fire Worm

Much like the Bristle worm, the Fire worm has many bristles, but the fire worms bristles are poisonous and the fire worm can eject their bristles. Unlike Bristle worms that can only crawl, fire worms make excellent swimmers and are a known predator of coral.

The Best way we have found to keep your fire worm population under control is to use the same trap method as the bristle worm, please see the video below. 

Coming In At #8           The Sundial Snail

These are Zoa Eating monsters, they look more like a flat spiral with black and white colors, a little smaller than your everyday reef snails, and should be removed as quickly as you see them!! Its best to inspect Zoas at night, that is when you will see these guys inbetween the closed polyps. 

The Best way to remove Sundial Snails is to manually remove them as you see them, and be sure to remove their eggs as well, if you see any, they don't reproduce very quickly so once you have removed them from your system you should be ok. 

Coming In At #7           The Zoa Spider

These are actually Marine Arthropods not real spiders or arachnids. There are more than 1300 specie of these guys, and not a one is good for your reef tank. They will devoir your corals, anenomes and sponges, Especially Zoanthids!! The Spider will crawl inside of a zoa polyps mouth making them extremely hard to spot, then they lay their eggs and the polyp turns to a grey melted mess. Get rid of these guys the second you spot them!!

They can stay hidden in the polyp mat so be sure to always dip your corals before placing them in to your display tank. Its really best to quarantine all your corals for a few weeks before adding them to your system so that you don't become plagued with marine pests!! 

There are other treatments you can buy that will help get rid of Zoa spiders, such as Coral RX, Removing by hand of course and quarantining your corals for a few weeks to several months.

Coming In At #6       Asteria Star Fish

Sure these guys are pretty on the glass and floating around in your tank, but don't be fooled. These little coral munchers are a pain in the butt to get rid of. They repopulate and reproduce extremely fast. Just by scraping the glass and acceditanly cutting off a leg or two will cause one or two more. Get rid of these guys as quickly as you can.

Its best to manually remove Asteria Star Fish very carefully so that you don't break off a leg causing them to reproduce. Or buy a Harlequin shrimp, but be sure to keep buying the shrimp chocolate chip star fish or any star fish to keep them feed, because that is all these guys like to eat. 

Coming In At #5         Pyramid Snails

Pyramid Snails are very small, about the size of a grain of rice, and white in color, with a slender swirly body that comes to a point,  much like a very tiny, white cerith snail.  Pyramid Snails use their probaoscis, a tubed mouth used to suck out the fluids and zooxanthalle of their prey, such as snails, clams and starfish.

Remove infected clam, snails or starfish and pick off any that you see. Scrub the shells to remove any eggs, Sixline, eightline,  and green wrasse will eat pyramid snails!

Coming In At #4                 Parasitic Isopods

With Well over 5,000 different species of isopods, it can sometimes be difficult to determine if you have a parasitic isopod or the good isopod. But there are a few ways to determine if your isopods are parasitic blood sucking demons or sweet little rollie pollie scavengers.  
If its a good isopod, Sphaeromatids,  it will have the ability to roll up in a ball just like a rollie pollie, they are less than a cm in length.
The Bad parasitic isopods, cirolanids and aegids, can not roll into a ball, they also have very large eyes that cover most of its head.

You can try to manually remove these from your tank, but they are usually way to quick to catch, Usually you will have to remove all your fish for about 3 months or until your absolutely sure the parasitic isopods have starved out. Or you can remove all of your live rock and sand from your system, sense isopods are much like copepods and burrow and hide in the sand and rock. 

Coming In At #3              Acropora Red Bug

Tiny Red bugs, about 1/2 a mm in length, or more like a yellow color with a rid dot. They are so tiny they are often missed unless a magnifying glass is used, or sometimes even mistaken for polyps on your acropora.  there are theries that acropora red bugs are a type of copepod, but they act like a flea or a mite, infecting your acroporas, feeding off of the slime and waste, causing discoloration, affecting its growth and even causing the acropora to die, if the bug infestation is not treated and cleared up.

If your Acros are showing very poor or no polyp extention and loss of color you may want to check for acropora red bugs

There are a few methods to rid your acropora red bug infestation. 
   1.  You can get a sixline wrasse, yellow clown goby or a dragonface pipefish, but as many reefers come to find , you could go and buy these fish and add them to your system and they, being that they all have their own personalities, may not even touch them. For instance, we have a emerald crab we bought to help with bubble algae, he wont touch the stuff, and that what they are supposed to be good for! So its usually a "hit or miss" when depending on fish or inverts to eat a critter infestation. 

   2.  Remove the acropora from your system and dip them in a iodine based solution for about 10-15 minutes, repeating if bugs are still on the acro. We recommend always dipping your corals before adding them to your tanks as a rule of thumb.

   3.  Interceptor
Interceptor is actually a dog de-worming medication that is highly effective, it contains an ingredient called Milbemycin oxime, which will kill any crustation. That being said, remove all your infested acros and place them in quarantine tank so you don't loose your copepods, crabs, shrimps and amphipods. 
We recommend crushing the pill and adding it to the quarantine water. Use about 1/4 of the pill per gallon of water, let sit in medicated water for about 2 hours. Inspect and if you still see bugs then dump the old water and repeat in a new medicated batch for another hour. They should be gone with the first session. 
You can also treat your entire tank, but remember interseptor will kill all crustations.

Coming In At #2       Coral Eating Nudibranch
Are you seeing spots or discoloration on your corals, especially your montiporas? Or are you Zoas or leathers looking a little rough? You might have a coral eating nudibranch hanging around. What makes these guys hard to spot is the fact that they will take on the color of whatever coral they have claimed as their menu for the evening. Many times they stay on the underside of the coral, making it even more difficult to spot. 
A nudibranch can be anywhere from 1/2 cm to 2 cm in length and can range in color, with many branch like appendages. They reproduce very quickly and can wipe out an entire colony in a matter of days.
You can manually remove nudibranchs with tweezers or you can get a butterfly fish such as a thread twin or red sea butterfly fish.

Coming In At #1         The Flat Worm
If your noticing rapid tissue loss on your acros with golden brown eggs on the skeletons then chances are you have acropora flatworms. If your seeing little rust brown bugs on the tops of your corals then you might want to check and see if they are rust brown flatworms.

There are two types of flatworms, The rust brown flatworm, the most common of the two. Rust brown flatworms are tan, with a red dot and get up to 1/4 inches in size. They are oval with two tail like appendages.
They populate at a very rapid rate, and will sit around on your corals keeping them from getting the light they need to survive.  The flatworm feeds on the zooxanthellae from the coral cousing major damage to your corals. 
The Second flatworm, which is much more aggressive than the rust brown flatworm. The Acropora flatworm. The acropora flatworm will devoir the acros tissue extremely fast. The acro flatworm is extremely invasive, oval shaped and opaque, almost see through which makes them very hard to spot.

Keeping a good protein skimmer along with the use of carbon and good flow in your system is a great way to prevent from getting flatworms. Always dip new frags before adding them to your main display.

There are many different fish that will eat flatworms. Sixline wrasse, yellow wrasse, leopard wrasse, spotted manderan dragonette and the blue velvet nudibranch.

you can also remove flatworms by siphoning your tank sense flatworms don't keep a good grip on corals they will suck right up the tube. Flatworms are ectrememly sensitive to salinity changes, so you can also dip the corals in fresh RODI water for about 15 seconds and repeat in fresh batches.

Well, That is Our Top 10 Reef aquarium pest. We really hope you found the post informative. Please comment below, we are always happy to answer any questions you may have and we are always happy to hear from you!!

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