The last two weeks have been pretty slow compared to the rest of the time in the experiment. This is because the main focus of the past weeks have mainly been algae control and tank cleanliness. This has been difficult to maintain because the local aquarium does not have any snails in stock.
There was a lot of work that was put into maintaining the tanks in the past two weeks. This is because the algae that is growing in the tanks is thriving really well in this environment. However, this isn’t exactly a bad thing because this particular algae is good for the growth of the corals and shows that life can be maintained.
The addition of the snails would be crucial to the environment because just another biotic filter in the ecosystem. Having more snails will not only eat the physical algae, but just having the snails in there would mean that every time they breath, they are naturally filtering the water to help manage the turbidity.
The last thing that occurred this week was I decided that I need to switch the filters that I run through the filters. This was because the filters that I am using right now are not adequately filtering out the algae and other debris. The new filters are twice as thick and twice as fine. This means that the water will be filtered more regularly without human input.
The next weeks bring a lot of work because I will be travelling to Key Largo, FL to volunteer at the Coral Restoration Foundation to help wok on the coral farms in the Atlantic. This means that volunteers will working on managing my tanks and taking tests on the water.