Its Thusday, not a particularlly exciting day for me. School in the morning, followed by work in the pm. As for my tank. I had to lay to rest another one of my pepermint shrimp last night. It turned milky and laid on its back, kicking its legs for a while, then passed on.
This bothers me. A friend of mine suggested that maybe I had copper in my system. This would be the biggest of my fears, and continues to be. I am doing a twenty percent water change later today, as well as installing a second return pump. This one will be a mag5, to go along with my mag 7 equivalent.
I realize it is a little unconventional to run two return pumps, but i need to get some more flow. As you can see from my picture, i have my lockline branching several times, off of a mag7! So as one could asume, I am suffering from some substantial headloss. I feell like this second pumps will also act as a backup, should my one pump decide to fail.
I have also introduced some new algae into my tank this week, given to me by a friend (thanks Reef Ninja), as well as a new piece of live rock. I believe I am beginning to see some coraline algea growth on the back wall of my tank, as well my sand changed from a brown diatom colour to a pleasing purple color. This was after adding start smart bacteria on the reccommendation of Scott Ruff @ Ruff Waters.
Other exciting news includes: The introduction of a small frogspawn frag... Which is not doing that great due to a fall, and possibly close encounter with a mushroom. As well a small frag of SPS, which was given to me, mostly as an expirement, to see if it would survive under my strictly LED lighting scheme.
In other news, my mushrooms and snails are doing fantastic. I now have at least a dozn small, "baby snails" that i did not buy from a LFS. My mushrooms have multiplied from one, to around five now. They are green speckled in variety. This is the only thing that leads me to believe that it was in fact not a copper problem that killed my shrimp.
One more final thing. I found this starfish on the back of my turbo snail. I was wondering if anyone knew what species it was, also if it is pestulant. Thanks for reading!!!