Lighting and Growth Update (Nov13)

Bit of an update on the Lighting used and the seaweeds. The gamble I took with going for the Aquaray GroBeam LED lights that are intended for freshwater aquariums seemed to have been worth it. The fact that whatever I collect wont be in deeper water than 5m and even that only at spring tides…

Tank Update (Nov13)

A lot going on at the moment so a small update here.     The Fifteenspined Stickleback has settled in I think. In the beginning he was mostly hiding in and around the seaweed in the left  hand corner and didnt pay any attention to others. Now he is smoothly cruising around even in daylight (a…

Sandshifting Worm and Tank update

Time for an update, only where to start? First of all an update of how the tank looks after a few more rocks went in and the overflow box is installed. The whole system is now working with sump and return pump etc. All I need to do is fit the light permanently into the…

ID mistake

I made a mistake with the identification of my fish. They are actually Three-spined Sticklebacks and not Mackerel fry. A member of the irishfishkeepers.com forum pointed my in the right direction. Thanks Bullfrog. They only grow to 4-6cm so I might be able to hold on to them which is the good part. They seem…

Feeding time and Stock update

Foodwise I think everybody is happy enough. The Sandgobies always seem to have a bigger belly as when I caught them, the brown anemone has a big appetite on snails or hermits it seems and also the prawns always seem to have something in their stomachs. Even though I think all animals find enough food…

The Sand is alive

The Sand seems to be very alive. Lots of worm burrows can be seem at the glass. I hope they are also all over the aquarium area and not only at the glass. There is also a big worm cast further back the tank, wonder what it is from. Unfortunately the water is still very…

Populating the Tank

The weather was very stormy today and it was lashing down for most of the day but luckily it cleared up very nicely towards low tide so I was really happy to be able to do a short collection trip to start populating the tank. Coral beach it was again as its fairly sheltered and…

The Tank is here….

Picked up the tank today and really excited to get started properly! The weather is unfortunately really bad so it was quite a struggle to find some good seawater as most places with access had badly browned water from the bogs I guess. Went all the way to coral beach, at least the water was…