Monday, December 26, 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Maxspect Mazzara P

Took me over 10 hours to get this up. Too modular is good and....bad in a certain way.
4 Modules on 100 degree optics

Sunday, September 4, 2011

+2.5ft tank - Trimming...Again

Result after major trimming on the front portion of the tank. Scheduled for back portion trimming this upcoming weekend ..if I am not lazy

 Fresh vege for sale? If only this could be eaten...

Equipment used for trimming and cleaning. From left to right > ADA Spring Washer > BorneoWild Spring Cutter > BorneoWild Wave Cutter > Old toothbrush

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Hanna Phosporus Checker ULR

Gotten this electronic checker to get better accuracy on Phosphate (PO4) reading compare to D-D Phospate Test Kit.

Test result 114 ppb (Phosphorus) from my shallow 5ft tank containing rocks soak in RO/DI water. Apparently the rocks are still releasing PO4 into the water. :(

Recommended PO4 for SPS tank would be 0 to 0.03 mg/L. Basically need to achieve max reading of 10ppb on my Hanna checker. Still far to go.....

Side by side D-D H2Ocean Phosphate test kit and Hanna Phosporus Checker (ULR - Ultra Low Range).

After reading and research, I managed to obtain formula to convert Phosphorus to Phosphate. Formula as per below:

([Phosporus (in ppb)] x  3.066) / 1000 = Phosphate (in ppm)

Taken my test result as example, it would be 114 x 3.066 / 1000 = 0.349.

+2.5ft tank - Day 246

9 months old scape. No change to the scape besides adding in L. Vietnam. Need to do major trimming again otherwise it is going to turn into jungle scape. BorneoWild Boost A is really boosting the growth faster than I want it to.

Gotten it for free from one of MAC member. Limnophila Vietnam. Growing well despite multiple trimming to propagate the plant.

Big boss of the tank.

Iriantherina werneri. commonly known as Threadfin Rainbow. Don't you love the flare? I am still looking for female to add into the tank but fish shop only sell males.

Microrasboras Galaxy. Bought 4 but 3 of it decided to live out of the water. I am thinking to get another 3 for this guy. Lonely little fella.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Minimalist Rock Scape

3 days of mix and match to come out with this scape. Around 40-50kg of rocks. All the rocks have been soaked in bleach solution (1:1) for 1-2 days followed by RO/DI water for about 14 days. Daily change of RO/DI water.

Still pending for minor plumbing work before this tank can taste salt . . . more to come :)

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Rock scape + Tunze? + Additives

Rock scape. Still lack a couple more rocks. Rock hunting again this upcoming weekend.

Top shot. My first attempt scaping marine tank.

Liquid bacteria + bacteria feed. ROWA carbon for Fluidized Reactor.

New toys. ^_^. Tunze Multicontroller 7096 + Tunze Nanostream 6055 (currently have 1 but will add another one later). Tunze packaging is very modest with nothing fancy. I cannot even find a user manual. Not sure if it does include but well, it is dummy proof.

Unboxing the Tunze Multicontroller.

Tunze wave-maker holder comes with rubber "joint" to absorb vibration. Brilliant design.

Top shot of the blue rubber.

Position inside my tank. Wanted to purchase Vortech but I didnt like the noise level so end up with Tunze.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Test Kits + Refractometer

Some new stuff that I got over the last weekend.

D-D H2Ocean Test Kit. From bottom to top;
1) Multi test kit (Mg, Ca and KH)
2) Phosphate
3) Nitrate

What is in the box? I am gonna have mini lab at home soon. . . weee~!

User Manual. No idea how to use it yet. I am Lazy to read

Portable refractometer. Getting accurate reading is really tough because the grid is so small. Need to wear my specs.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

5ft Shallow Marine Tank - It Is Wet Now!

Added Ikea LED light. No need to use torch light anymore :P

Inside cabinet - side view.

(o_O!) Powerful wave and ripple created by Eheim Universal 1264.

Avicularia Minatrix

Remember this little fella? Now he/she is called Fuzzy.

Click HERE to refer to old picture of this cute spider

Nhandu Chromatus

Newly acquired tarantula. Also known as Brazilian White-Knee Tarantula.

Scientific name: Nhandu chromatus
Type: Terrestrial
Size (approx): 18-21cm
Feeding: Mealworm
Temp/Humidity: 24-28°C, 75-80% humidity
Temperment:Skittish and defensive.

Pamphobeteus sp. machalla v2.0

One of my favourite. About 10 months with me and has gone through 3 molts.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

+2.5ft tank - Day 163

Glosso growth after about 3 weeks of massive trimming. Nothing has change from the original layout.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

+2.5ft tank - Day 141

After massive trimming . . .

Thursday, May 12, 2011

+2.5ft tank - Day 132

Growth after 4 months+. Daily dosing of BorneoWild Growth and ADA Phyton Git seem to be able to suppress GDA (or any other algae) growth. GDA on the rocks is complete disappear now.

Glosso growth after 2 weeks of inserting BorneoWild Boost A. Glosso on "turbo" drive?

Saturday, April 9, 2011

+2.5ft Tank - Day 98

BorneoWild Boost A - Soil fertilizer.

Info taken from
Boost (Capules) is a substrate supplement containing 70 kinds of immediate and slow release macronutrients, nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, that stimulate plant growth, ensure proper balance and improves nutrient uptake. Recommended for densely planted tank with rosette and stem plants.

Promising huh??

Antibiotic anyone? :P

FTS - . . . . day 98.

Current maintenance schedule:-
1) Daily 1ml of BW Growth and 2-3ml of BW Essence K
2) 50% water change every 10-14 days
3) Fishes are fed twice daily with BW Staple S and twice weekly with BW Pro Color.

Current tank stats:-
1) Temp: 24-25C
2) Co2: 2 bubbles per 3 secs

Current fauna:

15 Otos
15 Ember tetra
20 Boraras maculatus
20 Boraras brigittae
1 Badis bengalensis
3 Fire Red shrimp

Monday, March 14, 2011

5ft Shallow Marine Tank

Full tank shot + Cabinet

Custom made cabinet with 4 doors for better access.

Sump is slide in via this access

Sump. Acrylic cover to prevent splash, evaporation and sound (I hope). Have yet to cut hole to allow piping. Pending plumbing works.

Side shot

Overflow outside of the tank.

Black acrylic with weir. No background sticker required.

Very neat workmanship.

German silicone with industrial grade strength.

Tank size : 150cm (L) x 75cm (W) x 40cm (H) - braceless
Sump size: 90cm (L) x 50cm (W) x 37.5cm (H)