February 3 2013
The new nutrients are continuing to work perfectly. The refugium has been running flawlessly for 3 months now. There are no problems, no benthic algae and no mud on the bottom of the refugium. Still no progress on the zooplankton project though.
Dead man's fingers soft coral (Alcyonium digitatum).
Tube anemone, unknown species.
Dahlia anemone (Urticina felina)
This is my sea cucumber (Cucumaria frondosa). It is a small and cute specimen. It seems to have found its place in the front right corner. Notice how it puts the tentacles into its mouth to eat the food that sticks to them.
Notice the sea cucumber in the corner.
Plumose anemone (Metridium senile)
Many new sea squirts have popped up lately. I guess the conditions for sea squirts aren't so bad after all. Moss animal (bryozoa) colonies growing on the back wall.
The siphons of a sand dwelling clam.
One of my many brittle stars (Ophiothrix fragilis) feeding in the current.