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Unread 01/06/2005, 10:49 AM   #201
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I'll take em!

Oh - and there's always photoshop if the color doesn't look right.



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Unread 01/06/2005, 10:51 AM   #202
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i am just gonna bag up as much as i can and you can keep what ya like and trade what ya dont... some of my stuff just isnt mature enough to go clipping yet... but you know where i live


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Unread 01/07/2005, 01:16 PM   #203
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I can truly understand your joy about now. We are neck and neck with your set and yours is look good everyday. I love the aquarscaping. and as for the top off system. good job. I too am plan to start some kind of top off and your posting has given me a got of ideas. Of course you will be credited. And as for drill my 150, I think that will have to wait for another project. Keep those pics coming. Oh, did you have to cycle the spike sand or, did you just put it in when you got the batch of livestock?


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Unread 01/07/2005, 01:22 PM   #204
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Thanks. Happy you're able to get ideas from this thread. The sand was just thrown in with the livestock. Nobody seemed to mind the temporary sandstorm.

Picking up another 11 SPS corals tomorrow morning - these are all tank raised - some ORA, some not - but all aquacultured. I'm gonna have to stick with true 2nd and 3rd generation from now on....

Then Kips coming over with what's left of my tank's corals... Then i'm done with the coral phase...

Couple more fish, shrimp, and a clam or two and I'm completely stocked...


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Unread 01/07/2005, 01:27 PM   #205
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I too had spike sand and was a little paranoid, so I cycle my tank for 2 weeks, However, it there wasnt any stress on your side, that great. I see that your line of work allows you to be next to the PC all the time too ha. I love my job. "Surfing reefcentral"


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Unread 01/07/2005, 10:30 PM   #206
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Found a hitchiker - must have made his way with the frags? Not sure. I didn't see him on there - and all the water I got with the frags was discarded...

He's a little shrimpy.. At first I thought he might be a pistol shrimp - I had a pair of them that lived in an old acro colony back in the day - but he's on his own and doesn't have the pistols. He has 2 sharp claws and no color to speak of - basically clear. He's close to an inch long and pretty fat.

This picture is horrible - he's hiding inbetween 2 branches of an acro. All you can really make out is his little green eyes..>




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Unread 01/08/2005, 11:56 AM   #207
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James,

How do you like your closed loop setup? Is there anything you would do differently?

How many lbs of rock do you think you have?


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Unread 01/08/2005, 08:47 PM   #208
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I'm liking the closed loop setup a lot. Easy - and no drilling. I wouldn't change a thing. I love the fact that the pump itself is in the crawlspace.

If I were to do something different, I suppose I would save up some extra money and get the OM current switcher...

Oh - by the way, got about 50 more corals today!

12 REALLY Nice SPS from a member here. Plus Kip came over and gave me all the survivors from my tank plus a WHOLE bunch of frags from his stock.

I'm pretty much all set on corals now.

My laptop died earlier today so I'm working on fixing it (so I can post pictures). Can't get it to boot up....

More soon!


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Unread 01/08/2005, 09:05 PM   #209
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Unread 01/08/2005, 10:44 PM   #210
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Very nice to see that everything is progressing on your rebuilding. Great info on this thread.
thanks Larry


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Unread 01/09/2005, 07:24 AM   #211
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OK - well, turns out my hydrometer was WAY off. Thankfully, Kip was able to bring over his refractometer (something I've been putting off buying) and let me know how bad it was...

Working on loading up the coral pictures now. Should have them up in about a half hour...


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Unread 01/09/2005, 08:04 AM   #212
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Allrighty then - here's the pictures:

This first one is one of my original corals from my old tank. This brain has gone through some serious bleaching, then some extended stress from being hosted by clowns. It's nice to have a few corals from the old tank to remind me...



Nice piece from Pi:



Here's another original piece of froggy. It was a very large colony that had some head losses - it was fragged into 7 or 8 pieces. I'm keeping 2 and trading out the rest.




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Unread 01/09/2005, 08:09 AM   #213
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Here's a nice little birdie from Kip:



A green slimer.



Blue Milli.



Couple of digitatas. On the montipora front kip hooked me up with a green, orange and brown digi, and a purple, green, orange, and tan with purple edge cap - that and a few more plating corals...




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Unread 01/09/2005, 08:14 AM   #214
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Sweet little red with blue tipped prostrata.



Very hairy green milli... (bleached a little during acclimation - it'll come back though)..



This is another original piece - this pagoda cup is really a cup... Unlike a lot of these, the growth patter is really deep. I've had this one since the beginning - just over 3 years ago... It's making a baby on one side - we'll see how long that takes to make a viable second head...




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Unread 01/09/2005, 08:19 AM   #215
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Here's a nice plater with blue polyps...



Little pink pocci...



The Cali Tortuosa.



Pinkie from Pi:




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Unread 01/09/2005, 08:24 AM   #216
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Rose Milli:



Purple monti




That's it for now. There's about 30 or more others that I didn't get to - the whole zoo and ricordea section was skipped (not sure why)..

Bottom line - I'm done buying corals...

Need a couple little fish and I'm fully stocked...

Then it's just a matter of letting it grow and keeping the corals trimmed...

Thanks for reading/looking...


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Unread 01/09/2005, 08:26 AM   #217
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Nice! How far off was your salinity?

All those gadgets and you haven't bought a refractometer yet?


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Unread 01/09/2005, 09:17 AM   #218
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yeah, yeah... It was a little high.... Couple of ppt.




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Unread 01/09/2005, 01:10 PM   #219
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Anyone reccommend a cheap refractometer?

Also - here are the fish I am considering:

Green clown goby
Pair of banggai cardinal
Lemon Peel angel
Royal Gramma
Shrimp/Goby pair.
Copperband Butterfly....

I want to keep the fish relatively small and reef safe - so the angel and butterfly might not make the cut unless I see a really nice and small specimin at the LFS...

We'll see...


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Unread 01/09/2005, 01:19 PM   #220
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I got one from drsfostersmith for $35 bucks for christmas. Like everyone seems to find out my swingarm was off by several points---probably explains a few things that I could never figure out. Now I wonder how I went so long without one!


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Unread 01/09/2005, 04:16 PM   #221
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maybe hold off on the clown goby til your frags mature


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Unread 01/09/2005, 04:32 PM   #222
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James - Frags are looking good in your tank! Most seemed to hold their colour well. However, what you have labeled a rose milli looks like another piece of the pink stylo....

Glad you liked them and looking forward to more pics!!!


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Unread 01/09/2005, 04:53 PM   #223
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Good point on the goby Kip.... And Pi - you're right, it's the extra pieces of the stylo, I attached the wrong picture...

Thanks guys. I couldn't have done it without you.


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Unread 01/09/2005, 07:10 PM   #224
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Heres that bump you wanted lol


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Unread 01/11/2005, 10:09 PM   #225
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Couple of new updated full tank shots:








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