Things are going well at the build out of the Reef Builders Studio and we’ve been able to install our very first concept aquarium. Just in time for the season, the Christmas Tree Worm aquarium is our version of a Xmas tree but instead of having one tree, there’s about a hundred colorful worms.
This simple tank consists of just a 30 gallon Innovative Marine EXT, lit with a NemoLight Prism LED, fed by a small Waveline pump in line with a 200 gallon coral system, and an AquaMedic EcoDrift 8.1 to provide water movement. The IM EXT aquarium has an external overflow which just straddles the edge of the wide and flat coral system, and the Waveline has been dialed in to precisely the right flowrate for silent drain from the EXT overflow.
Also, since the the Christmas tree worms are in a 30 gallon tank but in line with a 200 gallon system, it is possible to feed the worms very generously and directly and all leftover food goes to the rest of the corals in the system. But most importantly, now that the Christmas tree worms are visible through a side pane of glass we were able to make some great macro clips included in the video.
Although the tubes of the Xmas worms only grows about 1mm in diameter per year, their visible colorful gills have certainly grown in size in just a week of concentrated feeding. The worms are not along as there are numerous barnacles and colorful coral hermits embedded in the Porites and Cyphastrea colony as well. Check out the full video above and try to imagine the other types of concept tanks we are cooking up in the reef kitchen very soon.