Friday, March 29, 2013

Thinking of making a nano-reef ? Read this..

Saltwater nano reefs are so tempting. The bright colors, the complex and interesting process of making them.. It's just awesome. But before you start even thinking about them, be aware of the time it takes to make/ mature them (if money is not a constraint).
Where a planted tank can be ready to take photos and to show in just 2- 3 months, a nano reef may take upto 15 months to get ready.
see this-

And before giving it a thought, dont forget to start reading
without which your nano-reef will definitely be a flop show.
It may take months to read and understand. The lighting, natural filtration, chemistry, corals, anemones. Marine stuff is way more complicated than freshwater that's for sure. Unlike planted aquariums where you can grow a node to 12 nodes in merely few weeks, a coral may take 2 years or more.
If you're still in the unstable part of your life, you shouldn't go for it. Coz you dont wanna move it. It may seem so small and portable but they say that corals may get stunned once you move or displace them.
Undoubtedly they are like an ocean in a 10G tank. See this-
Read read and read.. And thenwhen you think you can go for it, dont look back. Go go go...
Hope to see someone getting inspired and start making one. Some more inspirations are here-


# My life is not so stable, but still I'm gonna make one soon :D

Thursday, March 07, 2013

An awesome day

It was an awesome day.. After completing lots and lots of assignments what I got to see were 2 packages that my mailbox had. When I checked the label, the first one said "from Thomas Barr" and the second one said "From Josh's Frog". My excitement was on its peak. I ran to my room with both the packages .
So first I opened the one which was sent by Tom. And the sight was breathtaking. Ludwigia Tornado. With some Rotala sp Mini Butterfly and Hygrophylla Arguia. Awesome. Here are the photos-
Ludwigia Tornado

Hygrophylla Arguia

And then I started planting them.
After planting them, I ran to the othe package..
It was from Josh's frogs :D
My expectations were high. I opened it and first saw the Fruit flies.. World famous Josh's frog's Fruit Flies.

And then came out the most amazing and interesting thing-
Venus Fly trap- Carnivorous plant.

I started mixing sphagnum moss and peat to make the base.

Planted them

Then again went back to the tank and saw it from a new angle. Every time I look at my tank, I fall in love...

Right now if there's anything I love more than my life, it's my tank.

My camera has a new place to be. Every time I wanna say "I love you" to my tank, I go and take a few photos :)
And here's my other small Vivarium I call it Viva la Vivarium :)

A lot of photos for today. Time to hit the bed now. I'll try to update my blog regularly.