Saturday, November 28, 2009

How many watts?

I did some testing yesterday with my new kill a watt meter.

Here are the results,

8 Blue LED’s – 3 watts
Koralia 4 (left side) – 16 watts
Koralia 4 (right side) – 16 watts
Koralia Nano – 6 watts
Rena Cal 300w Heater – 296 watts
Danner Mag Drive 12 (1,200 GPH) – 75 watts
Vertex IN-180 Skimmer – 32 watts
Lumatek 250w electronic ballast (left side) – 282 watts
Lumatek 250w electronic ballast (right side) - 278 watts
TEK II T5 retrofit (2x54w) – 126 watts
Refugium bulb – 19 watts
Cabinet light – 15 watts

Monthly usage = 282.52 KWH @ $0.22 per KWH = $62.15

New Shots

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

ORA Ice Tortuosa

Some information on the new ORA release:
The ORA™ Ice Tort has the typical Tortuosa branching growth form with a deep sea green base and glowing baby blue branch tips. This coral may look similar to the standard Tortuosa that we sell, but rest assured it is not the same thing. In addition to a different color pattern, this slow growing variety has thicker and considerably longer branches than its more common counterpart. The contrast of the dark base, blue polyps with green rims and almost white tips is stunning. Interestingly, all of the Ice Torts in the ORA greenhouse spawned 2 weeks ago.

Stock photo from ORA

Here are a few shots of the frags from Live Aquaria's Diver's Den

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tank Progression Shots

Started in September of 2006.

September 23, 2006

November 4, 2006

December 7, 2006

March 22, 2007

September 15, 2007

November 11, 2007

February 17, 2008

April 18, 2008

July 11, 2008

December 22, 2008

January 4, 2009

July 17, 2009

November 2, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009

New Bulbs Installed

Before (Two 250 watt Phoenix 14K metal halides, one 54 watt UVL Super ActinicT5 and one 54 watt ATI Blue Plus T5).

After (Two 250 watt Phoenix 14K metal halides and two 54 watt ATI Blue Plus T5).

The growth is pretty amazing, I'm going to sell some of the corals I no longer have an interest in to make room for the corals I really like. I will be selling frags and colonies during my Thanksgiving break. Send me an email if you're interested in anything.