Embracing a plug and play aquarium for personal coral reefs

Peppermint Shrimp in RSM 250

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 in Invertebrates | 0 comments

The two Peppermint shrimps I added hide quite a bit between the rocks in the Red Sea Max 250. They are always cleaning with their little legs working tirelessly to get spotless rocks! However I did snap a quick photo of the smaller of the two. The tank is doing well so far. The rocks are starting to acquire purple speckles or coraline algae (this is a very good thing). I had scraped some of the coraline algae from a purple rock so that it could circulate in the tank and possibly spread to the other non-purple rocks. Maybe it’s working. The Red Sea Max protein skimmer on but isn’t skimming very much. I guess my bioload is...

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Cleanup Crew added to RSM 250

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 in Invertebrates | 0 comments

The Red Sea Max 250 has been running for 5 days now. I used a test kit to check ammonia, nitrate and nitrite levels, but they were all at zero. I thought I should have seen a spike by now, but maybe the live sand and contents of the cycled Biocube cycled the tank faster and I missed the products of the nitrogen cycle. Time to add the cleanup crew that will eat algae, uneaten food, dead organisms and other edible products that will add ammonia to the tank if not removed! I already had 2 large hermit crabs in the Red Sea Max 250 tank from the Biocube. My readings on the web and the Red Sea Max 250 manual suggests that around suggested that I add about 65 members to my tank cleanup crew. Fish stored didn’t...

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