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TSTB's 8G NPS Reef "Dendrophyllia Paradise" *Small Update*


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Do you have any pics of the cuda? I really want to see it! :)

 

sorry dude, see my earlier post:

the barracuda was a casualty of the earlier crash in the original tank. :(

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Small update:

Did some rearranging of the corals in anticipation of new additions in the coming weeks.

 

Also added a new rock formation that is mounted through the back wall with epoxy coated magnets. should allow for a couple extra spaces for the growing dendrophyllid collection.

 

FTS:

http://s635.photobucket.com/user/thesmallerthebetter/media/NPS%20Nano%20Cube/photo-3.jpg.html'>photo-3.jpg

Frags of D. coccinea:

http://s635.photobucket.com/user/thesmallerthebetter/media/NPS%20Nano%20Cube/photo-5-1.jpg.html'>photo-5-1.jpg

Green Turbinaria and T. micranthus:

http://s635.photobucket.com/user/thesmallerthebetter/media/NPS%20Nano%20Cube/photo-3-1.jpg.html'>photo-3-1.jpg

Left side of the tank getting a little crowded:

http://s635.photobucket.com/user/thesmallerthebetter/media/NPS%20Nano%20Cube/photo-4-1.jpg.html'>photo-4-1.jpg

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Got a new Tubastrea this week, a bright pink colored one with yellow polyps, it looks alot like the tiny-polyped Cladopsammia gracilis colony i have but the polyps are even bigger than my Dendrophyllia fistula and the growth form is more like the branching yellow Tubastrea ive had for so many years.....

 

Pink/Yellow Tubastrea sp "Branching":

http://s635.photobucket.com/user/thesmallerthebetter/media/NPS%20Nano%20Cube/photo-2-1.jpg.html'>photo-2-1.jpg

 

bonus shot of D. fistula and baby being piglets....

http://s635.photobucket.com/user/thesmallerthebetter/media/NPS%20Nano%20Cube/photo-1-1.jpg.html'>photo-1-1.jpg

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Such a unique tank with its coral selection. I'm loving this tank, keep the pictures and updates rolling.

 

I've since gotten my own little drendro since looking at this!

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how do you feed you tubastreas, and how do you keep your water parameters ok?

 

you have the half of my drem tank, very cool (tubastrea+algae is my dream ;) )

As far as feeding goes i feed very heavily three days a week, mostly mysis or shredded fish meat target fed with the pumps off and and then i siphon any leftover food out with 1/8" airline. Afterwards i do a 50 percent water change.

 

 

Sick.

thank you kindly

 

Such a unique tank with its coral selection. I'm loving this tank, keep the pictures and updates rolling.

 

I've since gotten my own little drendro since looking at this!

 

thank you, i have since added two more varieties of Turbinaria as well as a white gorgonian and blue sponge frag. i will try and post photos this week, weve been very busy at work with trade shows and open houses that ive had little time to take pics.

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very cool…. so your tank keeps almost ''only'' with waterchanges?

 

have your sun corals and other nps started to show any signs of growth yet, or are they even multiplying?

 

I'll try to rescue a littl suncoral if I see one at my lfs….hope, It'll grow^^

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Nice tank!

 

So I've read that the green T. micranthus is supposedly impossible to keep (which I doubt). How is it doing for you; any growth? Any idea why people would have a tougher time with it than the yellow tubastrea?

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Nice tank!

 

So I've read that the green T. micranthus is supposedly impossible to keep (which I doubt). How is it doing for you; any growth? Any idea why people would have a tougher time with it than the yellow tubastrea?

 

T. micranthus has been no more difficult for than any other tubastrea aside from being more sensitive to water quality and algae. I have fragged my colony multiple times and had great success. it is one of my favorite dendrophyllids and it has been a joy to keep this colony with its tabling growth.

 

T. Diaphana however (the other black tubastrea) can be even more finicky. i usually lose most of the coenosarc on newly acquired specimens but eventually it regrows with time and heavy feeding. T. diaphana also seems to be much more varied color wise and even seems to change colors over time....perhaps due to diet? idk exactly. my olive green and grey specimen is now entirely black while an all black colony i fragged to save from algea early on in its time with me is now largely black with green ish tentacles and grey mouths....

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Small photo update, just Full tank shots....will update with close ups soon i hope:

 

got some new specimens over the last couple months, very pleased with them. the stocklist in the first post will reflect the changes

 

everything seems to be growing well (with the exception of D. gracilis continuing to give me grief) my D. fistula spawn frags are doing tremendous with new polyps showing up seemingly daily on the old skeleton and the ones i cut growing very quickly.

 

The turbinaria i aquired from a recent tradeshow and turning out to be quite different growth wise and may be different species but idk yet.

 

Also included is a pic of a very rare white tubastrea which i was very lucky to aquire from another collector. only two specimens were brought in and one was very generously sold to me from this system. i will be fragging it shortly to spread the wealth to other collectors so keep your eyes peeled :)

 

Please ignore the lithophyllon in the photos, its being held here temporarily while i determine if it differs at all from my other colonies....

 

http://s635.photobucket.com/user/thesmallerthebetter/media/NPS%20Nano%20Cube/IMG_4998.jpg.html'>IMG_4998.jpg

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Cool! It's nice to finally see the white tubastrea! Do you have any idea what species it is?

 

And sorry, I couldn't resist -- I tried to fix the color in PS, but I don't really know what I'm doing haha. It this more what it looks like to the human eye?

 

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Cool! It's nice to finally see the white tubastrea! Do you have any idea what species it is?

 

And sorry, I couldn't resist -- I tried to fix the color in PS, but I don't really know what I'm doing haha. It this more what it looks like to the human eye?

 

2q9ifrk.jpg

 

yea thats the beast haha. stupid cellphone white balance makes everything soooo blue.

 

no idea at all on species, most tubastrea descriptions dont include color, its very similar to the yellow "long polyped" variations out ther but entirely white with peachy mouths.

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yeah, it's hard even with a regular camera with the blue on lol.

 

So if its an undescribed species would you get to name it?



ALSO

 

how can you tell between tubas/dendro/clado?

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haha, if its undescribed that would be decided by the coral biologist that made the id, and it would take years to go through the works anyway.

 

skeletal differences are the only way to determine between members of dendrophyllia.

 

Cladopsammia have "knuckles" around the mouth of the polyp and the coralites themselves branch, not just the long part of the skeleton.

 

Balanophyllia have elliptical coralites, usually little to no encrusting of the tissues to the mounting site.

 

Dendrophyllia and Tubastrea are more varied, dendros tending to grow closer together, with new polyps forming on top of old ones and tubastreas spreading out more growth wise with skeletal space between the coralites.

 

theres more microscopic differences but thats how i find out where to start looking on an un-ided specimen...not foolproof however as i still cannot identify my "Rainbow" thing....

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Finally cleaned the glass enough to take pics of this tank as a whole haha.

 

Everything is trucking along nicely, some new heads forming on some pieces and encrusting growth on most others...still cant get my pesky dendrophyllia gracilis to do much at all....im convinced its a coldwater coral and just cant handle our warm systems well at all.

 

pics:

 

FTS:

http://s635.photobucket.com/user/thesmallerthebetter/media/NPS%20Nano%20Cube/IMG_5653.jpg.html'>IMG_5653.jpg

 

D. Arbuscula frag finally opening up reguarly for feedings...took a long time to find this to replace my old one that died in the Edge crash!

http://s635.photobucket.com/user/thesmallerthebetter/media/NPS%20Nano%20Cube/IMG_5657.jpg.html'>IMG_5657.jpg

 

D. fistula "Rescue" seen earlier in the thread making a nice sized baby ;)

http://s635.photobucket.com/user/thesmallerthebetter/media/NPS%20Nano%20Cube/IMG_5659.jpg.html'>IMG_5659.jpg

 

Newish "Real" Pink Tubastrea with nickle sized heads and bright yellow tentacles, i think this is a sponge associated species like my cladopsammia as well...

http://s635.photobucket.com/user/thesmallerthebetter/media/NPS%20Nano%20Cube/IMG_5662.jpg.html'>IMG_5662.jpg

 

Colony of my tiny Cladopsammia:

http://s635.photobucket.com/user/thesmallerthebetter/media/NPS%20Nano%20Cube/IMG_5661.jpg.html'>IMG_5661.jpg

 

Branching yellow Tubastrea sp. showing its many babies:

http://s635.photobucket.com/user/thesmallerthebetter/media/NPS%20Nano%20Cube/IMG_5660.jpg.html'>IMG_5660.jpg

 

and a bonus shot of something very special that is just visiting this tank for a little while:

 

http://s635.photobucket.com/user/thesmallerthebetter/media/For%20Sale/IMG_5697.jpg.html'>IMG_5697.jpg

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Newish "Real" Pink Tubastrea with nickle sized heads and bright yellow tentacles, i think this is a sponge associated species like my cladopsammia as well...

 

Very nice.

 

What are you using to take your pictures?

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Very nice.

 

What are you using to take your pictures?

 

just an iphone...makes everything look blue even with the blues dialed way way down....

 

Tank is looking great! Any idea what sort of light shows off NPS colors best?

 

unlike photosynthetic corals the colors of NPS are the same in daylight or reef lighting, in or out of the water.

 

i find that a nice crisp blue looks best to me (no where near as blue as the photos stupid phone pics), dimmed to just enough to be brighter than the room for those pesky ones that hate daytime :P

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