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Happy New Year! Here is the one month update on the three reef tanks which only differ in which type of mud substrate is being utilized

The tanks are set up the same and use the same equipment with only the mud substrate being different. These tanks house exactly the same corals and fish and other invertebrates. To try and show the differences between the substrates and their possible effect on coral, the corals are placed in approximately the same place within each tank

Water parameters are recorded weekly and the health and growth of the fish and corals is being documented both in a log and via pictures and video. We expect that this experiment will demonstrate the differences in these different substrates over time. The corals and invertebrates in each tank are: SPS: ORA red planet, Oregon blue tort, purple nana, green Bali stag horn, Leng Sy cap, setosa montipora, red capriconous. LPS: Duncan, Acan from Australia; Soft corals: green finger and green polyp devil hand. Fish: one yellow tang and one blue tang; Inverts: 4 Astrea snails and one peppermint shrimp.

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Here is the one month (December) update of the four equivalent tanks, which are comparing the 4 primary filtration methods. These systems include a Berlin tank, a tank using both a protein skimmer and Miracle Mud (Paletta method), a modified Paletta method tank where the skimmer is only on for 6 hours each day and a tank using only the EcoSystem method. These tanks are housing exactly the same corals and fish.

SPS: ORA red planet, Oregon blue tort, purple nana, green Bali stag horn, Leng Sy cap, setosa montipora, red capriconous.

LPS: Duncan, Acan from Australia;

Soft corals: green finger and green polyp devil hand.

Fish: one yellow tang and one blue tang;

Inverts: 4 Astrea snails and one peppermint shrimp.

The corals are evenly placed in the approximately the same places within each tank. They also utilize the same lighting and equipment other than filtration, so that the differences between these methods will become apparent over time. Water parameters are recorded weekly and the health and growth of the fish and corals will be documented both in a log and via pictures and video.

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I’m currently establishing a new organization, the “Environmentally Conscientious Organization (ECO), whose goals are 1) to reverse the declining health of planet earth’s ecosystems and stem the tide of climate change (global warming), 2) to promote preservation and conservation of rain forests, streams, marine habitats/ecosystems and other sensitive ecosystems on the planet and, finally, 3) to develop alternative sources of income for people in countries involved in any way with environmental concerns (i.e., ornamental animal trade, commercial fishing, deforestation and so on). Over the next few months I’ll be working on plans for achieving these goals, including promoting an understanding of the marine ecosystem via media publications and setting up public and home/office aquariums. Stay tuned for more ideas as we proceed with this project.

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