I am about a month into my first saltwater tank and already I am amazed with all the living organisms in my tank without me even introducing corals or fish. I will be posting pictures and things as they happen on this thread to help me document my progress.
So my 40 gal breeder has alot in it without me introducing very much to it. Have tried to identify these things myself...tried. If I am mistaken please don’t hesitate to correct. Here are my many creatures thus far.
This was my first creature a bristle worm and at the time of this post I have at least 5 known ones.
Flatworms...yay...probably will need to nuke my tank before fish or corals. Ordered Flatworm exit online, but trying to wait it out till the tank is a bit more established.
Spirorbid Worm I thought it was a calcium speck the first few weeks but once the spiral started to appear I was pleasantly surprised.
Ok still on the fence with these guys. They look to be Hydroids Jellyfish but they stay latched and don’t move so hopefully it will make fish food and disappear later.
Not the best pictures but I have thousands of these little bugs all over my tank. Best I could find they may be Munnid Isopods. I know they eat green hair algae like mad crazy so I like em a ton.
Has got to be Spaghetti Worm. My son found this guy last night and he’s my favorite addition so far.
Not sure if it’s really alive(it is alive) It has 2 feeder antennas and 2 fang like appendages. I hope it grows to be a feather worm(highly doubtful). Worried it might be a pest, but I will keep an eye on it. It’s attached to live rock and is quite hardy.
Not too sure what algae this is but it’s not being eaten by either the bristle worms nor the skitter bugs so next water change I’ll try sucking it up.
I bought a bottle of purple coralline algae directly from ARC. Since the time algae started appearing I figured I’d get it and see if all the nutrients in the water would boost its seeding process. This was right at a week ago and already I have these purple splotches appearing on my dead dry rock. I’m stoked about it. I’ve just kept my salinity at 1.026 and my light intensity at half mass. Really excited to see it cover my tank
Dinoflagellates coming up in low flow areas of my tank. Gonna wait it out since there’s a lot of green algae peeking out and the coralline is spotting out more and more. There’s quite a few small speck of it in that picture too.
Finally able to find one of the bugs as an adult. You can see it munching on dinoflagellates. I also have a video that is much clearer that this pic. After a bit more research I believe they are gammarus. I have also been feeding the spaghetti worm and have a video of it going to town on flake food.
Here is a picture of a gammarus laying eggs and I have a video where it is attaching egg sacs together.
My 1st fish, bangai cardinal. My wife wasn’t happy to find out they do best in pairs, and I only got one. However due to my Dino outbreak and this being my 1st time acclimating, I wanted to be sure that both creatures survived. Probably going to get another next week.
So I found out I have one of the rare feather duster worms that can radiate the color of it’s feathers. It will radiate a green hue in the center. Also, I believe it does this to help lure plankton. I have fed it a small portion of reef chili every day, and as such it craps for about an hour after it withdraws it’s self. Another interesting fact, it will twist within it’s tube to adjust it’s feathers to accumulate more debris.
So I overfed my anemone today. I was sooo happy when it took the prefozen catfish a 2nd time, but it expelled the majority of it back into the tank. I’m not going to remove the excess waste since it has attached near the spaghetti worm/bristle worm burrow and I know what they don’t devour, the hermits will.
FYI I purchased phytoplankton to harvest. My fan duster has retracted a bit since it’s first feeding, but I believe it’s due to over feeding. My hermit crabs haven’t seemed to bother it yet. I think it is just over fed and needing less feeding. Also I have been bullying the larger cardinal fish back to it’s cave to give the smaller cardinal time to feed on pods, since neither will take flake or pellet foods. Also the peppermint shrimp has found a hidey hole beneath the lion king shelf, and has a tendency to bully the cardinals away from his domaine but I believe he’s still finding his comfort zone.
An update on the tank... I had an electrician come in and add new breakers and plugs for my tank. When he was attaching the wires he had to cut the power for most of the day. Then the next day the power went out again and my lights were off that day as well. The result was my Dino bloom died. The 2 day long blackout killed the bacteria and now my water quality is FANTASTIC!!! Now the anemone isn’t as healthy as I’d like but it isn’t any worse than before, and I think now with the Dino gone and me keeping better tabs on my salinity, it should get much healthier over the next few weeks... fingers crossed.