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.