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Unread 01/05/2005, 08:21 PM   #176
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OK - so 3 things came today:

The spiked livesand (from "guy")
18 SPS frags and 1 RBTA (from Dr. Mac)
Cleanup crew (from Reeftopia)

Consisting of:
100 micro bluelegs
12 Astrea snails
12 Cerith snails
2 Peppermint shrimp
12 Nassarius snails
1 fighting conch

Here's some pictures of all the stuff (the real reason anyone looks at this thread at all)..


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Unread 01/05/2005, 08:23 PM   #177
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Here's the conch:



Some of the hermits


Some of the snails - covered in hair algae Won't matter - the hermits will kill them and eat the algae in no time.




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Unread 01/05/2005, 08:27 PM   #178
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Here's some of the scarlet hermits.



Funny thing. One of the little blue hermits must have come in without a shell - he grabbed an old feather duster tube and made it his home... Hard to see in the picture.. Still getting used to this camera. Plus the hermit is VERY small.




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Unread 01/05/2005, 08:32 PM   #179
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Allrighty - so, I ordered the (9 for $99) frag deal from Dr. Mac - two of them.

They're all nice sized. Some are suprisingly big. Most are a little stressed from shipping - but there are no obvious RTN's or such yet.

I took a few pictures of some of them - it's really difficult to capture the colors. I need to mess with the white balance..

None of them were identified as anything other than either "acro" or "stag". Feel free to let me know what you think they are.








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Unread 01/05/2005, 08:33 PM   #180
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Unread 01/05/2005, 08:34 PM   #181
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Unread 01/05/2005, 08:36 PM   #182
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Here's a look at the tank during acclimation:

The left side:



The right side:




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Unread 01/05/2005, 08:37 PM   #183
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very nice


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Unread 01/05/2005, 08:38 PM   #184
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wow that a lot of stuff floating there


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Unread 01/05/2005, 08:38 PM   #185
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And finally, an updated full tank shot:






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Unread 01/05/2005, 09:05 PM   #186
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Looking full there.


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Unread 01/05/2005, 09:24 PM   #187
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yeah right - 18 frags and it's barely made a dent...

I get back my other corals on Saturday, then a couple more fish.

Then I'm hitting up Peter for a few frags.


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Unread 01/05/2005, 09:28 PM   #188
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Where's the RBTA?


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Unread 01/05/2005, 10:02 PM   #189
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Unread 01/05/2005, 10:02 PM   #190
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3 guesses.



Under a rock in the back. If you squint, hold your head up on one side and bend over - you still can't see it.


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Unread 01/05/2005, 10:53 PM   #191
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Nice James,
I love frags
They'll look nice when they grow in.
Some of them are nice size for that price.
I may have to look into getting some.

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Unread 01/06/2005, 07:22 AM   #192
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I am so jealous. Good news is we might be moving in to a house if February or March. I'll be there soon!

Loookin' good Jamesurq!


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Unread 01/06/2005, 08:12 AM   #193
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looking great james... soon there will be a couple more items in there .... some quite familiar from your old tank


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Unread 01/06/2005, 08:31 AM   #194
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thanks guys. Any ID attempts on the SPS frags? Kip - you're the master of SPS IDs...


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Unread 01/06/2005, 09:23 AM   #195
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Looks really great im glad you got the tank back up and going.

On your ID's im 99% sure all those are Acro (sp.) hehe


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Unread 01/06/2005, 09:42 AM   #196
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my WAGS
1. noblis
2. too small
3. dunno
4. maybe nasuta
5. possbily abratonaides
6. maybe a browned secale
7. looks a lot like my rosaria
8. a. blurryedness (i dunno, but it looks heavily fused)

my guess on all of these is that they are gonna change colors dramatically... and of course all will be easier to ID as they age.

considering i probably got all of them wrong... you still think i am an ID master?


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Unread 01/06/2005, 09:54 AM   #197
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thanks. Good enough. The acropora dunno is a new one - never heard of it.

Looks like 2 frags didn't make it - no polyp extension. I'm sure you're right about the color shift - these are basically wild frags that have sat in a prop system for a few months.


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Unread 01/06/2005, 10:24 AM   #198
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dont toss new frags based on polyp extension... leave them until you see algae growin on them (or tissue necrosis).. then toss em (or frag a healthy part if available)... i have had several arrive via shipment that were in horrible shape only to spring back in a month or two.... no instant gratification, but i know of two specimens i am glad i didnt give up on.


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Unread 01/06/2005, 10:44 AM   #199
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will do... Hey - they look bluish with the actinics on.


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Unread 01/06/2005, 10:47 AM   #200
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yeah.. thats a good way to tell if a coral is dead or not... shine some actinics at it... even a bleached acro will flouresce a tad.

when the tissue is gone.. you wont get a reflection... that and the coraline or other algae will start to accumulate

you have a source for some orange digi and green digi yet... i have some pieces i need to snip


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