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Old 05/30/2016, 11:55 AM   #1501
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That Jaw Dropper is sweet!!! The growth pattern is fan-FREAKING-tastic! I like yours better than the Photoshopped Google Image versions.
Hey Mindy, yeah, it's a very cool coral. My larger colony is getting more and more interesting. I'll take some shots of it soon.
The growth form is very cool.
Under blue plus bulbs only, the red gets very intense and when the blue polyps are out, it's stunning. I guess if you shot it under blue bulbs and blew the saturation right through the roof, it would look like the google images.
I might give it a try..
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Dear lord... I hope naked tank maintenance and peering neighbors didn't ever happen at the same time
Well, Matt, I'll just say, it wasn't me getting arrested!


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Old 05/30/2016, 04:32 PM   #1502
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......Thanks, Daniel. I appreciate you looking in and I sincerely hope your tank turns around soon! As they say here in French Canada, 'lache pas!!' Don't give up!!.......

Matt..... I did not give it up yet. If I got it once, why not twice. It will be just depressing to continually updated my thread with dead coral. Today I lost one of my SSC small colonies.

Sooner , at least for my records and memories I will have to write something in my thread.

Positive : still some of the old colonies are fighting and doing well. Not all is lost.

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Old 05/30/2016, 07:15 PM   #1503
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Dom, wow, you are way too kind! I feel like the tank is just a jumble of little bits and some of them are nice. Recently, I seem to be walking away from the tank in frustration.. I usually feel better offer a good top down viewing but I still feel like there isn't any flow to the tank.. I guess that's really my fault as I keep adding tiny little pieces.. As the corals truly grow out and I become more and more restricted in terms of new additions, I'll probably be more at ease.. It's a slow puzzle.. Like a game of Tetris........
I can understand where you're coming from but at the same time the way it all sits and mixes really draws your eye all around the tank Once they start to really crowd you might need to work some puzzle magic haha but for the moment it just looks amazing! Seriously stunning


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Old 05/30/2016, 11:11 PM   #1504
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My tank is in the basement and I still have neighbors asking about my weird glow after 7 years. They will be shocked when my living room starts glowing in the next month or so.


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Old 06/02/2016, 06:39 PM   #1505
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......Thanks, Daniel. I appreciate you looking in and I sincerely hope your tank turns around soon! As they say here in French Canada, 'lache pas!!' Don't give up!!.......

Matt..... I did not give it up yet. If I got it once, why not twice. It will be just depressing to continually updated my thread with dead coral. Today I lost one of my SSC small colonies.

Sooner , at least for my records and memories I will have to write something in my thread.

Positive : still some of the old colonies are fighting and doing well. Not all is lost.

Best !!!
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I'm happy to hear some things are doing ok. Is it mostly the older stuff struggling, or are newer pieces struggling as well?

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I can understand where you're coming from but at the same time the way it all sits and mixes really draws your eye all around the tank Once they start to really crowd you might need to work some puzzle magic haha but for the moment it just looks amazing! Seriously stunning
Thanks, Dom. I appreciate it! I do always try to fill a colour void. If there is an area that has blue and green, for example, I always try to a red in the middle.. Doesn't always work out..

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My tank is in the basement and I still have neighbors asking about my weird glow after 7 years. They will be shocked when my living room starts glowing in the next month or so.
Looking forward to your dt finally going up, Brandon! Any blue glow is a good glow..

So I figured I'd relay two bits of info..
One, I decided to add some true actinics back to my bulb combo. I haven't used actinics in a while but I really do like the look for dawn/dusk. It's much more mellow than blue+.. I'm now using 2 actinics for dawn/dusk, then two blue plus and two coral plus, then MH..
Actinics- 8:30a - 10:30p
Blue+/coral+ - 10:30a-9:30
Mh- 11a-7p
Leds are on from 7a-11p but only get to around 40% when the mh are on..
Still a fairly long photoperiod, I know but shorter than it used to be. And my mh are only 150w..
And two: since things have been so stable chemistry wise, I decided to start dosing some Micro E and Koralcolor.
I have started with 6 drops Micro E (half daily dose) and .8 ml Koralcolor (1/3 daily dose) each day..
The only overlap in these products is the manganese.. Tough to test that..
I also have a Triton test kit. I'm going to take a sample now and then again in a couple months of dosing..
We shall see if the new dosing makes any difference...
And just for full info disclosure. I have been dosing AF flourine (6drops a day) and Lugol's (2drops a day) for a few months now. I'd say I saw a bit of blue development on a couple corals but it wasn't dramatic.. I will continue at the same dose..
So, some random shots:
I think I posted this exact same shot a few weeks ago but this is a new one.

This guy has really grown. You can see below the new growth, the original frag. It's much darker..

Haven't posted this guy in a while..

The twins don't completely get along while encrusting..

Nice contrast or complement, I guess.

Wider shot..



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Old 06/02/2016, 07:13 PM   #1506
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Gaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwsssssssshhhhhhhh. I love every acro in there ... and that bubble algae, obviously the secret ingredient!


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Old 06/02/2016, 07:19 PM   #1507
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shhhhhh! Mark, don't tell anybody about the bubble algae!!
Everybody will want it..


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Old 06/02/2016, 07:21 PM   #1508
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Phenomenal colors, whats the top left on the 2nd to last picture. Incredible


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Old 06/02/2016, 07:34 PM   #1509
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Thanks!
It's a no name.. Well, it's a wild frag that came from raging reef here in Montreal..
I've been calling it Furiosa..
I have a second piece under less light, off to the side..

I might like it better under less light..


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Old 06/02/2016, 08:17 PM   #1510
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Very nice tank! Love the colonies! The frags seem to make the DT abit busy.


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Old 06/02/2016, 08:21 PM   #1511
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Thanks. Agreed. But my addiction doesn't allow me to stop adding new frags!
The colonies were pretty much all originally frags..


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Old 06/02/2016, 10:10 PM   #1512
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Furiosa is nice Matt! Beautiful colors all around.


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Old 06/03/2016, 03:26 AM   #1513
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wow Furiosa is a nice piece!! congrats!!

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Old 06/03/2016, 03:06 PM   #1514
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Well i dedicate my friday's hate jealousy/hatred feelings to you matt...those pics won it for you buddy
Even those green bubbles can't shake it off

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Old 06/03/2016, 03:31 PM   #1515
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Furiosa is nice Matt! Beautiful colors all around.
Thanks, Tim!
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wow Furiosa is a nice piece!! congrats!!

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Well i dedicate my friday's hate jealousy/hatred feelings to you matt...those pics won it for you buddy
Even those green bubbles can't shake it off

Awesome
Well, Mike, anytime you need to get a hate on, I'm happy to oblige!
Yes, I'm very proud of my bubbles........
Thanks!

Here's my little ice fire.. Forgot to post it.
this is the first ice fire type coral that I have ever owned that has actually grown. The arm growing off the upper side of the coral is new growth. I'm very excited!!



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Nice ice fire Matt!! Colors are looking great as always!!
Echinata are so delicate congrats

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Old 06/03/2016, 04:14 PM   #1517
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Matt that ice/fire echi is sick buddy!!! All your corals are so colorful man, awesome pics as always my man


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Old 06/03/2016, 04:34 PM   #1518
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Nice ice fire Matt!! Colors are looking great as always!!
Echinata are so delicate congrats

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Matt that ice/fire echi is sick buddy!!! All your corals are so colorful man, awesome pics as always my man
Thanks, guys!
It's a coral that I've never really been able to keep.. And one of my favorites..
Hopefully this will change...
The not being able to keep part..


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Thanks, guys!
It's a coral that I've never really been able to keep.. And one of my favorites..
Hopefully this will change...
The not being able to keep part..
I lost my piece too, I find it to be as sketchy as the Hawkins, just does not like change too much I could never really keep the Hawkins happy either, but got lucky with my colony, it is becoming a beast, lol.... Great stuff Matt!


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Hey Matt i also have blue Led and true actinics for dawn dusk and love it so much. Would love to see some pics of your tank with just those on in the future.


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My Hawkins is doing well but I got an icefire frag, this was after the tank was improving, and it died in dramatic fashion after 2 weeks. Hopefully yours does well.


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Old 06/04/2016, 10:59 AM   #1522
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I lost my piece too, I find it to be as sketchy as the Hawkins, just does not like change too much I could never really keep the Hawkins happy either, but got lucky with my colony, it is becoming a beast, lol.... Great stuff Matt!
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My Hawkins is doing well but I got an icefire frag, this was after the tank was improving, and it died in dramatic fashion after 2 weeks. Hopefully yours does well.
Thanks, guys! My experience is that it is even less hearty than the Hawkins.
There seem to be a few varieties of ice fire echinata.. All seem very finicky..


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Hey Matt i also have blue Led and true actinics for dawn dusk and love it so much. Would love to see some pics of your tank with just those on in the future.
I think I can accommodate that request. I find it very difficult to get satisfying photos with only that light but I'll see what I can do..


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Old 06/04/2016, 12:08 PM   #1523
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cool echi matt!Wish i could keep them alive too
Who do you think will win if they reach each other,echi or the green on the right?
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Old 06/11/2016, 04:08 PM   #1524
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LOL tank looks great man! I don't mind a little algae in a tank, but I realize I'm probably a minority in thinking this.


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Old 06/11/2016, 08:13 PM   #1525
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Love the Ice Fire. If you want another one Divers Den has a "DFS Real Deal" in the aquaculture section right now. Love this tank, keep up the good work!


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