That is a great read. I have been pondering my next tank and I was not sure how big the overflows needed to be. I had ran 1.5 inch and was concerned it could not drain enough. I know now that I am no where near to the top end. Thanks for the article.
A lot of variables involved, this is a good read that covers the subject.
I have 150g going to basement sumps through bean animal with 1" pipes.
My read is that summer is actually happening this year and people have been enjoying it and the main admin just got married and between summer and wedding he has been busy. I expect it will pick up soon. I know for my self I have been buried at work. I am beginning to get back into the tank.
Hey everyone. I've been out with family alot and trying not to spend so haven't been around much. Shoot i've stayed out of local fish stores for a few months now. You will probably see more of me here soon since i am going to third shift and may spend more time home. The family is good we have been playing pokemon go and we have been hitting up kings island, cincinnati zoo and the newport aquarium. We now have passes to all three..... Costly that is lol.
I'm sitting here relaxing in front of my tank for the first time months. I've almost forgotten how therapeutic reef watching can be. Dancing among my coral I have a yellow tank, bicolor angel, green mandarin, blue chromis, cardinal fish (the black and silver striped ones which the name is eluding me at the moment) and... Jumping out of the rocks from time to time is my lawnmower blennie.
He's so odd i think he deserves a posting. If you've never seen or had one its a unique looking fish.. Kinda like Frogman meets horned toad. If beauty is truly in the eye of the beerholder then I think we're looking at full barrel of 90 minute IPA before before you're overlooking the angels in favor if his little guy.
So ... Why keep one then? Thats a good question ... Here's some observations i've had which form the reasons why i will probably always have one in my tank.
1.) They reef safe - i have a number of corals - soft,lps,sps - as well as other inverts and he bothers non of them
2.) They are non aggressive towards my other fish
3.) They are very hardy and easy to care for
4.) They are primarily herbivores but will eat mysis or other meaty food when algae is scarce
#4 is the most important reason for my recommending everyone keep one. I had a terrible bubble algea problem. I tried emerald crabs and various tangs to no avail. Every month i was removing my rockwork and scraping handfuls of bubble algae into the waste can. I picked up this lawnmower blenny one afternoon simple because of his odd appearance. Within a week of introducing him to my tank i noticed the bubble algae was not growing like it had been. The blenny is very shy and at first i thought he went to the land of lost socks that some of my new fish go to... You know.. Let them loose and they disappear into the rockwork never to be seen again. In either case, i sat quietly and watched the tank for him to appear and eventually he did.... When i put him in the tank he looked normal. (For a lawnmower blenny) but now he looked like a stomach with fish parts attached to each end. 3" long fish with the stomach area a sphere the size a nickel. He would perch on he rocks by sitting on his belly...
As it turns out he was mowing down that bubble algae like a champ. I haven't removed one bubble of algae since and if i look, i can't find any in the tank. If there were a 'miracle fish' for bubble algae.. This guy would be it.
The only con i can think of is that he is still very elusive. Had him about 6 months now and he's still rockin the big gut but I only rarely see him except during feeding time at the rare occasion i get to veg in front of the tank for more then a couple minutes.
So.. If you're looking for an small reef safe fish hat plays well with others, has a unique appearance and interesting behavioral characteristics i encourage you to check this lite guy out. If you have bubble algae this could be the best investment you could make to control or eliminate it.