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2 minutes ago, A.m.P said:

I keep forgetting about that reclassification, acanthastrea basically got cleaned out lol...

Yeah, the DNA testing is causing all kinds of coral reclassification/renaming, which is often hard to keep up with...

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15 minutes ago, Nano sapiens said:

Thanks! 

 

What I can say so far is that the particular Aussie Lord colony you can see in the side-shot photo with this particular orange Banki get cozy without showing any signs of aggression (so far).  What can't be seen quite as well is that there is another orange colored single polyp LPS on the other side of the Banki that looks like a 'Lord on a stem'...and it and the Banki have interacted a bit with their mesenterial filaments (no damage, just a bit of tissue retraction).  It was almost like they were probing each other to see if a full blown attack might be warranted.  Currently, the Banki is showing some retraction where this unusual 'Lordish looking LPS' is touching it, so it appears to be somewhat dominant.

 

I guess the best I can say is that 'my Aussie Lord is fine touching a Bowerbanki', but others' results may vary.

Thank you! How long have they been in that close contact?

 

I had a similar thing happen between a favia and lord where they were probing each other for months and months. The lord got a little aggressive and killed back maybe 5mm of the favia and they just sat there for another few months. Then, one day out of the blue the favia just went nuclear and killed all 8-10 heads of the lord in one go. So now I'm super leery of mixing genus of LPS in very close contact.

 

I guess it's time to start experimenting and moving the bowerbanki close to some lords. My biggest worry is that it dwarfs all of my lords put together, so it has the potential to get really expensive if it lashes out.

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2 hours ago, jservedio said:

Thank you! How long have they been in that close contact?

 

I had a similar thing happen between a favia and lord where they were probing each other for months and months. The lord got a little aggressive and killed back maybe 5mm of the favia and they just sat there for another few months. Then, one day out of the blue the favia just went nuclear and killed all 8-10 heads of the lord in one go. So now I'm super leery of mixing genus of LPS in very close contact.

 

I guess it's time to start experimenting and moving the bowerbanki close to some lords. My biggest worry is that it dwarfs all of my lords put together, so it has the potential to get really expensive if it lashes out.

 

The Aussie Acan and the Banki have been touching for ~3 months.  Definitely a bit of crap-shoot when mixing LPS species. 

 

I once bought a 'Lobo' (that might have been a Scoly) and one day out of the blue it went bonzai on Rics 4" away 🤥

 

Maybe position a single Lord polyp or small colony next to the large Banki to see the reaction (better than having the large Banki take out multiple colonies of Lords all at once).

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 It's game on with the last two remaining Digitate Hydroids (I sure hope that they are the last!)

 

I've been decapitating these two for 2-3 weeks now, but they always come back within a few short days.  Let's see how they do being imprisoned by epoxy 😆

 

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The empty corallite in the second photo is the Hydroids doing...

 

 

Quick pics in White and Blue lighting of my Acro (echinata or turkani?) to compare color and growth in a few months time:

 

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That's a pretty good example of how different a coral can look under different lighting, so when purchasing online, 'Buyer Beware!'

 

 

And I might as well add this little 1" diameter 'Lord on a stem' (M. lords don't come on branches, so this one either an oddball, or it was perfectly cut out to resemble a stem from a 1" thick skeleton...which is perhaps more likely):

 

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Amazingly, it's dominant over the larger bright orange Bowerbanki in the background...

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Christopher Marks
On 7/18/2021 at 10:18 PM, Nano sapiens said:

So, here we go with year 13!

 

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Congratulations on 13 years @Nano sapiens, what an amazing milestone! You are an incredible steward to this little reef tank. This year had a few more bumps in the road and changes made, but you've met the challenges with grace, and it's really paying off beautifully. Thank you for continuing to share your journey here with us, it's a real joy to see.

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3 hours ago, Christopher Marks said:

Congratulations on 13 years @Nano sapiens, what an amazing milestone! You are an incredible steward to this little reef tank. This year had a few more bumps in the road and changes made, but you've met the challenges with grace, and it's really paying off beautifully. Thank you for continuing to share your journey here with us, it's a real joy to see.

Thanks for the uplifting reply, Chris!

 

Even after all this time with this reef aquarium, there are still things that come up that provide a challenge to decipher and resolve.  Part of the joy of reef keeping 😊

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natalia_la_loca

Wow, congratulations on 13 years 😁 also, azure damsels are great! I absolutely love mine.

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Nano sapiens

Thanks!  So far, the Azure has been a good citizen and is fulfilling it's main role as 'nutrient provider' :smilie:

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Was cleaning the gravel today and just by chance my spaghetti worm ended up against the glass:

 

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I usually only see little bits sticking up out of the substrate, but now I can see it in all its writhing orange-tentacled glory 🙂

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pmemmer

So exciting to come back after a 4-ish year break to see this tank still going strong. Amazing work!

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1 hour ago, pmemmer said:

So exciting to come back after a 4-ish year break to see this tank still going strong. Amazing work!

 

Well, talk about a 12g Cadlights blast from the past!!! 🙂

 

12G

Nano sapiens - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/172031-nano-sapiens-12g-au-natural-hummin-along/

mx5apex - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/255788-mx5apex-12g-cadlight-tank/?hl=cadlights

Cullent17 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/319066-cullens-12-gallon-beginner-led-cadlights/?hl=cadlights

stuie25 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/277844-12g-cad-lites-newbie-tank/?gopid=3480507

spencers - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/215934-spencers-12g-cadlights/?hl=cadlights

Smee! - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/195602-smees-12g-cadlights/?hl=cadlights

pmemmer - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/206121-phils-cadlights-12g/?hl=cadlights

 

Just a few of us reef'in with the little 12g back then...

 

Good to see you back.  Plan to start a new build, I presume?

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pmemmer

Watch for a new tank thread tomorrow or the next day :scarry:

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Just now, pmemmer said:

Watch for a new tank thread tomorrow or the next day :scarry:

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On 7/24/2021 at 9:16 PM, Nano sapiens said:

And I might as well add this little 1" diameter 'Lord on a stem' (M. lords don't come on branches, so this one either an oddball, or it was perfectly cut out to resemble a stem from a 1" thick skeleton...which is perhaps more likely):

 

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Amazingly, it's dominant over the larger bright orange Bowerbanki in the background...

 

This little Lord did pretty well against the Big Bad Bowerbanki, but finally it had to concede defeat.  Before it became too damaged, I moved it with my other right side Lords:

 

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Damage is relatively minor and confined to the lower oral disk, so no worries...

 

 

Halloween Hermit found a convenient place to rest it's heavy shell 🙃

 

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ramona

That Halloween crab - great picture - does he change the shell and where do you get them? (the shells)

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mipster

wow, 13 years. That is incredible and it's been a pleasure to read through the who thread, super interesting! 

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gena
14 hours ago, Nano sapiens said:

Halloween Hermit found a convenient place to rest it's heavy shell 🙃

 

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I hope foxy didn't try to take a bite.  Might cause a little indigestion  LOL.  That's a great pic!!!!  Have you noticed any growth on the fox coral yet?  

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4 hours ago, ramona said:

That Halloween crab - great picture - does he change the shell and where do you get them? (the shells)

I have two cone shells of similar size.  The hermit does change occasionally, but he always ends up with the same one carrying the limpet hitchhiker.  Halloween hermits are really long lived (10+ years), but they grow rather slowly IME.

 

Cone shells:

 

https://www.reefcleaners.org/aquarium-store/tank-cleaners/6-empty-cone-shells-detail

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42 minutes ago, mipster said:

wow, 13 years. That is incredible and it's been a pleasure to read through the who thread, super interesting! 

 

Congrats, that's a long read!  Glad you found it of interest 👍

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39 minutes ago, gena said:

I hope foxy didn't try to take a bite.  Might cause a little indigestion  LOL.  That's a great pic!!!!  Have you noticed any growth on the fox coral yet?  

 

Now that would have made front page news!  The image actually reminded me of something out of Alice in Wonderland (or is that 'Alice in Reefland'?) 😉

 

The Fox coral has gained in expanded size about 30%, but I don't see much in the way of skeletal growth (the literature does mention that they are not fast growers, though).

 

As long as it looks healthy, expands nicely and eats heartily it's all good 🙂

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