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Write-Up Wednesday: Halloween Leptoseris

Combining a striking orange body and yellow-green eyes, the Halloween Lepto delights anyone who looks upon this SPS coral. Besides the unique color combination, the halloween Lepto also grows in an ridged encrusting pattern that makes it even more of an eye-catcher.

My frag of Halloween Lepto

Unlike other high-end SPS that are known to be delicate, the Halloween Lepto is an easy keeper requiring only moderate light and moderate to low flow. My frag of Halloween Lepto shown in the photo thrived under only four T5 bulbs at the bottom of a 21” deep tank. I’ve also found the coral to be very forgiving as it spent three days upside down after it got knocked off a rock. The coral has also recovered from multiple chemical attacks from neighboring corals.

Rounding out the reasons why the Halloween Lepto is a must-have coral is the fact that specimens are nearly all aquacultured. Extensive aqua culturing have driven down the price of the coral from over $100 USD a frag to under $50 USD. I love my Halloween Lepto and haven’t met anyone who doesn’t love their specimens as well.

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Write-up Wednesday: Goldflake Angelfish (Apolemichthys xanthopunctatus)

The Goldflake Angel is one of the most striking angelfish available for a saltwater tank. Their bodies are a combination of bright and muted yellow areas with brighter spots of yellow which give the fish its name. As a juvenile, the fins are almost completely yellow with a black spot on the rear of the dorsal fin. When the fish matures into an adult the fins become black which make the fish even more striking. Add on a mouth that is purple-blue and you’ve got on eye-catching fish.

A juvenile Goldflake that is in the process of becoming an adult

While these fish are available in smaller sizes, they can grow up to 10” (25 cm) as an adult which means they’ll need a lot of swimming space. Goldflakes will do best in tanks sized 150 gallons (567 L)or better. Please do not be fooled into thinking that a small specimen is a dwarf angel and will do well in a small tank.

Like most angelfish, Goldflakes are definitely “fish in the fringe” as they can develop tastes for corals. Adding to the risk is the fact that you won’t know if the fish nips or eats corals until you place the fish in your tank. My Goldflake Angel is a model citizen and ignores all coral. I’m fully aware the fish’s taste could change and I’m ok with that fact. If you love your coral more than your fish, or you don’t want to risk having to remove the fish from your tank, the Goldflake Angel is not for you.

Mr. Saltwater Tank’s 206 Gallon V.I.P. Build

Building a saltwater tank is one of my favorite things todo. I enjoy the client interactions, the planning, the challenges and I REALLY enjoy seeing the finished product. It never hurts when the tank is thriving as well.

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Mr. Saltwater Tank Friday AM Quick Tip: Easy Frozen Food Thawing Without The Stink

I love frozen fish food yet I hate it at the same time. I recently stumbled upon a great way to thaw your food without the stink and spilled water.

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Mr. Saltwater Tank Friday Am Quick Tip: Reference the Reference For An Accurate Test Kit

Can’t figure out which the color in the test tube matches up to on the color card? Use this tip to make it really easy.

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Mr. Saltwater Tank’s 448 Gallon Tank Build

Out with the old, in with the new

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Mr. Saltwater Tank Invades Reef-A-Palooza

I’m headed to the left coast and I’m taking 4 hours of Q&A with me

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Mr. Saltwater Tank’s Coverage of MACNA 2014 Part 4

The final installment of my MACNA 2014 coverage including an interview about dinoflagellates, and a budget-concious LED light

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