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Old 11/08/2017, 08:02 AM   #451
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This is what I'm using. When I fold it and put on the clip, I cut slits into it so when they pull on it they're getting a max of 2 inch long "skinny" slit. Haven't had any issues of it breaking apart. I believe it was 100 sheets on Amazon for like $14 or $16.

I can take a pic of the "prepared" nori on the clip with the slits if you'd like.

The only issue I have is occasionally the leopard wrasse pulls off a slit and then just lets it go. But the tangs get it, only have seen 2 so far that made it to the overflow.

I don't know that it's staying together better or if it's because of how I "prepare" it with the slits. Here is the amazon listing:




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Old 11/08/2017, 12:19 PM   #452
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My advice was inaccurate. I do NOT suggest the brand mentioned previously. I didn't realize we were still using the older package and hadn't opened the amazon pack yet. I do NOT suggest the brand I listed. I just put it in the tank and wow it breaks apart just in the current. I'll be ditching all 98 of these sheets in the trash and going back to the old. I'll get the other name brand after work. The "other" was great, no issues of it Falling apart at all.


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Old 11/09/2017, 08:09 AM   #453
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The clowns in QT laid eggs in the PVC pipe. I am strongly considering hatching and raising the babies. We have the extra tanks and equipment to raise them. Researching now and maybe will have our first group of babies soon if I decide to pursue. This is the first time our clowns have laid in an accessible, easy to remove place. We have yet to go a week without eggs, but they're usually on the glass.

I don't think I'd do it regularly, but trying one batch sounds fun, and a good challenge.


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Old 11/09/2017, 08:19 AM   #454
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My advice was inaccurate. I do NOT suggest the brand mentioned previously. I didn't realize we were still using the older package and hadn't opened the amazon pack yet. I do NOT suggest the brand I listed. I just put it in the tank and wow it breaks apart just in the current. I'll be ditching all 98 of these sheets in the trash and going back to the old. I'll get the other name brand after work. The "other" was great, no issues of it Falling apart at all.


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I have also used the fold and strip method which seems ok. The nori doesn't really just break apart but after the fish tear it apart there is plenty of shrapnel that floats around. Just thinking that a thicker/less flexible nori may work better but just a thought. It would also mean it takes the fish longer to eat it which can be good as well. More grazing time. Anyway, no worries!


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Old 11/09/2017, 10:26 AM   #455
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I've decided it's time to remove our first full colony. First time I'll be removing or fragging any SPS. Grew all of our corals from just 1" frags and this bad boy is an easy 16-18" across already. I don't like the way it's growing, not tight together like I wanted. I'm ordering a new "next level up" of SPS this week of 15 frags. A few of them will go in this big guys place and should fill in nicely.

Feels surreal pulling out a full SPS colony, seems like just a few months ago it was tiny!

Taking it to LFS for credit this weekend. We'll see what they give. The last load of softies we took there we came out wayyyy further ahead than I expected. We'll see what they do with this guy!

I may have to break the colony into two, I'm not sure it will fit out the top openings of the tank. We will see!


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Old 11/09/2017, 10:31 AM   #456
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Feels surreal pulling out a full SPS colony, seems like just a few months ago it was tiny!

I may have to break the colony into two, I'm not sure it will fit out the top openings of the tank. We will see!
That's a great feeling!


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Old 11/09/2017, 06:24 PM   #457
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The clowns in QT laid eggs in the PVC pipe. I am strongly considering hatching and raising the babies. We have the extra tanks and equipment to raise them. Researching now and maybe will have our first group of babies soon if I decide to pursue. This is the first time our clowns have laid in an accessible, easy to remove place. We have yet to go a week without eggs, but they're usually on the glass.

I don't think I'd do it regularly, but trying one batch sounds fun, and a good challenge.


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Old 11/09/2017, 10:31 PM   #458
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Definitely! Will take some tomorrow.


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Old 11/10/2017, 06:16 AM   #459
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Pictures please

Here's the eggs!





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Old 11/11/2017, 05:14 PM   #460
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Very nice
Beautiful parents as well
Keep us updated
Would love to see what the babies look like good luck


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Old 11/12/2017, 12:09 AM   #461
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Nice job on the clowns awsome setup by the way


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Old 11/14/2017, 07:28 PM   #462
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That is a pretty cool shot of the eggs and parents.


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Old 11/15/2017, 06:09 AM   #463
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Thanks!. I didn't make it to LFS for rotifer and everything to raise these babies I'll get the next batch and try to hatch them!!


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Old 11/15/2017, 01:45 PM   #464
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Getting the clowns to spawn in the first place is amazing! A tip for those who use Nori and don't like that it breaks so easily and is messy in the tank. Just leave the bag open by the tank. When you seal it, the moisture is kept out. If you leave the bag open after a few days the Nori will not be as brittle. It will definitely help reduce the mess but is not perfect. Keep up the nice work!


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Old 11/15/2017, 02:10 PM   #465
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Getting the clowns to spawn in the first place is amazing! A tip for those who use Nori and don't like that it breaks so easily and is messy in the tank. Just leave the bag open by the tank. When you seal it, the moisture is kept out. If you leave the bag open after a few days the Nori will not be as brittle. It will definitely help reduce the mess but is not perfect. Keep up the nice work!


Thanks! Both of my pairs are currently spawning. Typically have two sets of eggs like clockwork almost every 14 days from both pairs. Only 1 pairs eggs are accessible, which thankfully are my nicer looking clowns. Although my other pair is a typical orange and a black/white (sorry, don't know technical names). Would be neat to see how their babies turned out.


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Old 11/16/2017, 11:01 AM   #466
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Hah! Could they be any cuter? Canvas' of the kiddos came in today.


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Old 12/01/2017, 06:24 AM   #468
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Tank is almost 2 years old! Cycle started around March 15, 2016. Can't believe that time has went by so fast. It's really filling in nicely. The new tang additions are still a bit timid, powder brown still running the mill. It seems to be letting up tho, now just flashing each other, which is nice!

Frag tank and fuge need a solid cleaning. Still need to catch the darn clownfish in the DT so the other pair can go in!

Have a bi color BTA (2 of them) in the frag tank currently. I'm hesitant to put them in DT. Worry of them splitting and taking over, and moving where I don't want them, lol. No risk, no reward though, right? Haha


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Old 12/06/2017, 11:15 AM   #470
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My advice was inaccurate. I do NOT suggest the brand mentioned previously. I didn't realize we were still using the older package and hadn't opened the amazon pack yet. I do NOT suggest the brand I listed. I just put it in the tank and wow it breaks apart just in the current. I'll be ditching all 98 of these sheets in the trash and going back to the old. I'll get the other name brand after work. The "other" was great, no issues of it Falling apart at all.


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Placing a slice of bread in a ziplock bag along with the nori will keep it soft.


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Old 01/02/2018, 09:12 AM   #471
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Jeremy made an awesome nori feeder yesterday that lifts out of the tank so I donít have to climb the ladder and reach in every time the nori needs changed. The tangs are consuming around 5-6 sheets a day, I was ready for an easier way to change it!

Iíll grab some pics once the lights come on in a bit, it took the fish about 1/2 day to get comfortable with the new setup, but now theyíre going to town on it!

Thereís still aggression going on with the new tangs, really itís down to just the powder brown picking on the Blue hippo. Itís definitely gotten better, but thereís aggression, causing everyone to be on edge/timid a bit.

With the AWC and CaRX running these past few months I cannot believe the colors that are coming out in the SPS. Thereís 2 frags I was going to move because they looked so unhappy, browned out and very little growth. In the past month both drags are colored up amazingly (one is a bright purple, I had no idea) and growing rapidly. Amazing the difference of having the right chemistry/equipment running.

Skimmer flooded the fish room two times in the past month. We were trying to dial it in a bit more and apparently overdid it. None of the leak detectors from our Apex went off, thankfully discovered it with only about 2-3 gallons drained onto the floor.

Still have yet to catch the darn clown in the DT so the others can come up to the DT. His partner is waiting patiently with 2 bicolor BTAís in our frag tank.


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Old 01/02/2018, 11:29 AM   #472
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Hereís pics of the nori clip Jeremy rigged up to eliminate having to climb the ladder and get my arm in the tank! I am in love. Some may not like the look of the pipe hanging down and holding the clip, but itís functional for me. And to be honest itís nice to have the clip off of the front pane so I donít have to clean around it.

He made two of them, youíll see one on each side of the return lines. Youíll notice the ďclipĒ on the back of the tank that holds each on. Itís held on by sticky back, and made for brooms/mops. It helps keep it held into place. Itís pretty sturdy without the clip, but just extra precaution.



Top view, he put 2 90 degree in top to keep it from rocking back and forth.



Front view. Sorry for all of the Blue, lights just coming on. The pvc hanging down is grey to keep it more blended in versus white.




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Old 01/02/2018, 01:31 PM   #473
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Can I get a better look at your light on how you hung them....



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Old 01/02/2018, 02:15 PM   #474
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In addition to the nori clip update, hereís one years progress. Sorry for the blues, but you get the idea. One years growth! Everything grown from 1-2Ē frags!


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Old 01/02/2018, 02:18 PM   #475
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Sure thing! Jeremy made the mounts himself from bicycle brake lines. If you want more details, let me know and Iíll have him chime in. We made sure they were hooked up, but removable with the clips should we need to move the lights at all.


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