Archive for March, 2010

Aquarium Open House

No energy for a new blog post today. No new pictures yet. The tank is doing well. We have a small ammonia spike that we are dealing with by doing water changes. Hopefully it starts to come down today.

Only other news is this:

We would like to invite you to an aquarium open house! Marci and I would like invite everyone to a drop in on Sunday, March 14 from 6 – 8 pm. We would like to show you the beauty of God’s creation of the reef. Drop in at any time for a visit to see the aquarium. It’s not snorkeling but you won’t end up with sand in annoying places either.

If you need directions, leave a comment and I’ll get in contact with you. Or most of you know how to contact me outside this blog, so you can do it that way.


Finally, pictures.

I’ll let the pictures do the talking today. We spent about 4 hours acclimating everything and placing it in the tank.

All of this came from Tampa Bay Saltwater. Most of it was free gifts from him! It was so fun and amazing to open every bag and see what we got.

You can click on each picture to see it bigger. If you have any questions about anything, please leave a comment and I’ll try to answer it.

This is how the came packaged. This is a beautiful sea urchin.

2 Peppermint Shrimp. The one has lots of eggs!

Beautifully-colored sponges in a bag.

Yellow Sponge growing on live rock.

Pretty Macro Algae

Black Sponge growing on the live rock.

Black Urchin the hitched a ride on the live rock.

Tiny crab peaking out to see what's going on.

Pistol Shrimp under the orange sponge with lots of eggs.

Starfish in the bag. (2 of them)

Getting ready to put the urchin in the tank.

Putting things in. Zachary is supervising.

Starfish is exploring.

The starfish found a home under the rock.

Sea Cucumbers!! Aren't they pretty? But God gave them a useful purpose in life.

Full Tank Photo.

Sponges in place.

Middle of tank with sponges and gorgonians.

Gorgonian. It straightened itself up over night.

Sponges on the left side of tank.

An Anemenenome... anamenamea... aneneome... A Condy Anemone.

We call this Hermit Crab Hill. Always at least 5 hermits crabs on it.

A cool plant that was sent along.

3 Cheers for U.S. Airways

Short post today… Basically, U. S. Airways decided to put the cargo on the last flight of the day… 10:30 pm. The two live rock boxes were leaking so I had to put them in the tank when I got home. At the airport I had to wait behind people doing lost luggage claims. Didn’t get home until 11:40. Went to bed at 1 am. Couldn’t sleep and didn’t fall asleep until 2 am.

We were dreadfully disappointed when the boxes weren’t on the 6 pm flight. We wanted to put everything in the tank as a family. So I talked with Richard from Tampa Bay Saltwater and he assured me that everything was packaged well and would last for days. So we decided that we would unpack the box of critters and gifts as a family tonight!  I had to put the live rock in when I got home because it was leaking. It is going to be a long day of waiting.

So sorry that there are no pictures yet.  We promise to take a lot tonight!

Psalm 27:14

Wait for the LORD;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD.

Part 2 is coming today!

Well, Tampa Bay Saltwater shipped me part 2 of their package today. Hopefully none of the boxes get lost or damaged in Philadelphia again. I asked Zachary last night if he wanted to go to the airport with me to pick them up. He answered “Of course!” but the way he answered was in a way that made it seem that it was a silly question. Why wouldn’t he want to go?  Silly daddy.

Orange Tunicates

One of the reasons we wanted to get  live rock from Tampa Bay Saltwater was because of the amount of life on and in it. Every night we look at it, we find new and interesting things. Marci sometimes gets frustrated with me because I’ll go and stare at the tank instead of helping to clean up from supper or help take care of other things.

Last night we found orange tunicates living on one of the rocks. These things get their nutrients from the water. I meant to zoom in on the picture, but I forgot. Hopefully I’ll get a better picture posted here later. There are also white, black, and orange sponges growing on the rocks. Found a pretty, little, red macro algae growing. All of this life growing together, working together, and it’s just beautiful. And so fun to watch.

Little crab making a home.

We also found a little crab. He’s hard to see in the picture because he blends in so well. He’s the size of a pencil eraser and he’s made a home under a rock that is the size of a 1/2 dollar coin. The rock is right at the front of the tank so it’s easy to watch the crab work. He has excavated  under the rock so that he can come out from under it on either side. Every time I looked at him he was hard at work organizing the little pebbles around the rock.

Tonight should be a fun night for setting up the rest of the stuff.

As I watched the crab, I thought of this proverb, even though it’s talking about an ant…

Proverbs 6:6 (NIV)

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!

Nothing happened with the aquarium over the weekend, and that is a very good thing. The water quality is staying high. It was so good in fact that we moved everything over from our old tank to our new one.

Unless something goes wrong tomorrow, we’ll be receiving the second half of our shipment from Tampa Bay Saltwater. In this shipment will be:

Hermit Crabs/Peppermint Shrimp/Gorgorian/Sea Cucumber

  • blue leg hermit crabs
  • astrea “turbo” snails
  • tiger tail cucumbers
  • serpent or brittle stars
  • peppermint shrimp

All of these critters will work together to create an almost maintenance-free aquarium. The hermit crabs are good at eating any leftover food and are good scavengers. The cucumbers are funny looking creatures that basically eat sand to clean it. (I’ll leave it to your imagination for how that works). The starfish stir the sand so that it keeps turning over.

We’ll also be receiving another 50 pounds of rock.

That is all that the package includes. However, Richard from Tampa Bay Saltwater likes to take care of his customers. He usually sends free gifts with the package.  Past goodies that others have received:

  • Gorgorians
  • Sponges
  • fish
  • starfish

We’ll most likely receive some combination of that. It’ll be like Christmas!

Revelation 22:17 (NIV)

Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of (eternal) life.