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  1. SuncrestReef

    Jellyfish tank

    I’m in San Diego for the week, staying at the Catamaran Resort. Their restaurant has a large cylindrical jellyfish tank, about 5 feet diameter and 6 feet tall. The jellyfish are about 8” to 14” each, and just mesmerizing to watch while eating lunch. Take a look:
  2. SuncrestReef

    Hermit crab vs. emerald crab

    I’m in San Diego for my birthday, so my tank sitter is dealing with the crab drama. For now I’m enjoying fish tacos, margaritas, and a great sunset. Who knows what I’ll find when I get back!
  3. SuncrestReef

    Hello from the addicted reefer

    Wow, if my math is correct, that's 1,240 gallons once the big tank comes online. Even without it, that's still a lot of water. Photos, please. 😀 Welcome aboard!
  4. Every aquarium sold should come with a complimentary orange filter for cell phone photos. It would do wonders for the industry.
  5. SuncrestReef

    Pew Pew Pew

    I have a hard time believing this is actually a 5 Watt laser. 500 MilliWatts perhaps, but unlikely 5 watts. Mine is a 4000 mW (or 4 Watt) laser and it cost significantly more. I did a ton of research before buying mine and found a guy on YouTube who frequently tests popular lasers with a sensor that reads the actual laser power. Many that said they were 3 Watt or 4 Watt were actually 300 mW or 400 mW. Apparently there are a lot of mislabeled products out there. The seller doesn't say what class this laser it. See http://www.laserpointersafety.com/laserclasses.html. You will want a Class 4 laser.
  6. When I posted last month's update, my frag was doing well, but about a week or so later it started browning at the tips. I'm guessing this was due to parameter swings after I did several large water changes in late December/early January to combat the brown jelly outbreak. It has recovered a bit, but one branch did lose some flesh. I've also noticed my red bug infestation has now spread to this frag. My new pipe fish still haven't gone near the infested frags, perhaps because they're in higher flow areas of my tank. I'll probably give them about a month and if they haven't started grazing on the red bugs I'll need to try Interceptor instead. I highly doubt I will win this growout contest.
  7. SuncrestReef

    Hermit crab vs. emerald crab

    OK, things have escalated between these two. Right now they are stuck in a standoff where the hermit crab has clamped down on the emerald's claw and is tucked inside his shell. Who will let go first? The emerald can still eat in this situation with its other claw, but the hermit is sort of trapped. So much drama.
  8. SuncrestReef

    Pew Pew Pew

    It’s no problem on the glass. The beam is only hot at its focus point, and I’ve even used it through my acrylic top-down portal with no damage to the acrylic. I usually hit the aiptasia for about 10-20 seconds, until there’s hardly anything left of it.
  9. SuncrestReef

    Pew Pew Pew

    The lasers are real, and they do work, as long as you have an unobstructed line of sight to the aiptasia. I started a thread about this back in November with photos and a video of zapping an aiptasia: The only problem is that any aiptasia that grow in spots you can't hit with the laser will continue to multiply.
  10. SuncrestReef

    Pew Pew Pew

    I've been using my laser for about 4 months now. It works great on the aiptasia you can see and have a clean line of sight to reach with the laser, but the ones behind rocks or in the sump keep reproducing so it's a never ending battle. But I never get tired of hearing that crackling sound as the laser cooks them! I'm zapping about 10 per week on average as they pop up. At some point I'll probably get some berghia nudibranchs.
  11. Thanks @Gil&Fin Holly! As usual, a great selection. Here are my 5 new frags in their new home:
  12. Just curious, do your neighbors know what this is all about? Several times per year all these random people show up with buckets and/or come out carrying lots of little plastic bags. I can only imagine what they think is going on! Do they refer to you as "that crazy coral lady"? 🤣
  13. SuncrestReef

    Hermit crab vs. emerald crab

    Lefty (my hermit crab) is having territorial disputes with my new emerald crab. "Let's meet at the mushroom...then we'll see who's the toughest..." 🤣 My money is on the emerald crab.
  14. Oh yeah! I’ll be first in line, with your loaner bucket in hand!
  15. SuncrestReef

    More tank updates 2/7/19

    If you drive about 4 miles beyond Cuttlefish on Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, you could stop at World of Wet Pets. They will test your water and have a variety of test kits for sale. They're open every day. I'm sure there are other shops, but that's one I know of. http://worldofwetpets.com Cool algae photos! I'm glad the cell phone adapter worked out for you. 😀