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Another tank! Bigger is better.

17 Oct

CAM01690I bought a used 42-gallon glass bowfront tank for my Saltwater fish.

CAM00069I set the tank in front of the old one, trying to see how it would look. The stand is nice but it was nicked-up and it was too much wood for our living room.

CAM00070The old tank was 37 gallons. This tank has more “floor-space” which is most useful to fish instead of height.

CAM01097So I went to work….OK OK a little lie there…my wife went to work. She is very talented when it comes to painting and refinishing. First she sanded the stand.

CAM01098Then she cleaned it.

CAM01102And painted it. Now this makes it look easy, but she spends a lot of time and makes it perfect.

CAM01105Hmmm, much better!


Cloudy water for one day.


Just needed a background, so I got to work…


…I mean , my wife made the background.  Jeesh, what is this, the Spanish Inquisition?

In a few months I will have had my 2 Clownfish and one Royal Gramma for 6 years!  A Green-Spotted Puffer lives with them, too.

Spirobid worms, not baby snails in Saltwater

29 Dec

You may see little spiral shaped objects in your Saltwater tank. They are very tiny, and under close inspection look a lot like a baby snail.

If they are on the glass and you scrape them off you will notice they have a hard shell like a snail.

But they may not be snails, there is a good chance they are Spirobid Worms. These are little tube worms that make a little shell. They are filter feeders, meaning they ingest water and filter it, keeping the particles they can eat.

They are not harmful and, in my aquarium, there was time I thought they were going to take over the tank but,  like many things in the Aquarium, a balance was achieved and now they are still there but in a modest population.

If you have baby snails, you will notice the snails moving about and getting bigger. The Spirobid Worms find a good place to live, they attach themselves and stay there. Also, they stay VERY small.

You can see the tiny Spirobid shells on the larger snail shells.