Thanks for sharing, me likieWent back through my phone for full tank shots to make this annotated progression: 7 months of the tank.
April 16 2019:
This tank was an upgrade from my 40b in late 2017, and was moved in february this year. Had a hideous overflow box that took a quarter of the tank and still leaked so have been experimenting with overflows since removing that. Photos on my current phone only go back to april.
My friends montipora had grown too large and shaded many of the corals lower in his tank, so we cut it up and he gave the trimmings it to me.
I lost the burgess butterfly and male venusta angelfish in the weeks leading up to getting a puppy, in july and so taking pictures of the tank and cleaning the glass to take pictures of the tank took the back seat for a little bit.
Dosed praziquantel in response to the lost fish, not in time to save the burgess. The stress of the second round of prazi killed the large birdsnest colony. Added 40watt Pentair UV and mechanical flow meter in hopes of reducing chances of future disease, in addition to tightening QT protocols.
some of these photos are not the most consistently framed, that with the random dates makes it seem like this was not planned out.
Left the powerheads off for a week while out of town and lost most of the pipe organ coral in the lower right.
Got the bird nest and octospawn from helping a friend rescape, the large clump in the upper right promptly RTNed after being in the tank a week. smaller frags in other spots are doing alright and have grown small amounts in the few intervening weeks. Seems the top of the rightmost rock stack does not grow this birdsnest.
Added the hawkfish after quarantine, conditioning the longnose hawk was a refreshing change from the butterflies and angelfish. My makeshift acclimation box hit was running into a montipora. So I introduced after lights out and after some initial scuffles in the first 48 hours the hawk happily cruises the tank.
I am not sure why images keep getting repeated at the end of my posts,
Man it has been a rough summer. Some good things going on outside my reef, some bad things going on in.
Lets start with some of the good stuff. I finally finished my undergraduate degree! And now am job hunting, if anyone is in need of an engineer with an extensive background in complex mechanical systems and underwater robotics, please feel free to PM me. Lol.
Try Oceaneering. They design and operate AUVs and ROVs all over the world. Since oil and gas exploration has long since moved in to deeper water depths these vehicles are more and more in demand.
We had Oceaneering divers kept in a at-depth habitat onboard doing repairs to our SPAR facility. 6 divers would do 28 days at a time in a habitat 6' in diameter and about 15' long. Days of compr/decompr in and out. The ROV brought some interesting things up and we saw from really cool videos of wildlife at the bottom around the subsea connections, 4000'+Thanks for the suggestion! Oceaneering has been on the list, I just was looking at a mechanical engineering position in Texas with them earlier today, I will have to apply. In my free time I have been dreaming up schemes to do deep water fish collection with ROVs, I don't think I am brave enough to do mixed gas rebreather diving.