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spectra
5 minutes ago, Cannedfish said:

Kapow! Boom! Here comes @spectra who is categorically against posting pics on his thread... then straight out of nowhere drops the people’s elbow on us, showing everybody what growth really means.   Neither he nor y’all know this, but for the next contest I’m going to pull some shenanigans and bankroll his entry only to laugh all the way to the back when he beats everyone including me. That plan is brilliant because it’s half cheating, half arbitrage, 100% fool

proof!! 

 

Well if  I would have posted pics last weekend............:blink: tank has been neglected...........my ALK line popped off and well had a giant chunk of you know what in the sump........still havent checked ALK:lol: hell who checks parameters anyway..................things look good.

 

I love zoas they grow well for me :wink: although I did lose a few due to the ALK issue..........but hey I think there is one polyp left so will see how it goes..........and no not the one pictured above............

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teenyreef

I'm with @spectra, my uttter chaos have grown nicely from the original three polyps:

 

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But I'd up for growing more for the contest :biggrin:

 

One of the things I liked about the selection of upscales microlados is that it was a coral that isn't on most people's short list, so it was a good chance to try a coral that I've not seen too often in other people's tanks. It would be nice to pick a zoa like that too.

 

@Cultivated Reef, any chance you can get some of the old classic vice zoas? They've gotten really hard to find since Aquascapers stopped selling them. I have a few but I've never fragged them.

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Cannedfish
12 hours ago, teenyreef said:

I'm with @spectra, my uttter chaos have grown nicely from the original three polyps:

 

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But I'd up for growing more for the contest :biggrin:

 

One of the things I liked about the selection of upscales microlados is that it was a coral that isn't on most people's short list, so it was a good chance to try a coral that I've not seen too often in other people's tanks. It would be nice to pick a zoa like that too.

 

@Cultivated Reef, any chance you can get some of the old classic vice zoas? They've gotten really hard to find since Aquascapers stopped selling them. I have a few but I've never fragged them.

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I didn’t want to do this since @teenyreef is trying to turn us all into metric using socialists! But golly gee willikers, he made a gosh darn good point. Let’s do some off the beaten path anti-hype classics!! Which is by the way, an amazing title “The Anti-Hypebeast Classic-Style Boom Boom Zoa Party-Time Grow-out Contest!” What are the most forgotten about classic zoas?

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spectra
13 minutes ago, teenyreef said:

I'm with @spectra, my uttter chaos have grown nicely from the original three polyps:

 

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But I'd up for growing more for the contest :biggrin:

 

One of the things I liked about the selection of upscales microlados is that it was a coral that isn't on most people's short list, so it was a good chance to try a coral that I've not seen too often in other people's tanks. It would be nice to pick a zoa like that too.

 

@Cultivated Reef, any chance you can get some of the old classic vice zoas? They've gotten really hard to find since Aquascapers stopped selling them. I have a few but I've never fragged them.

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Oh I see :lol: nice Zoas Teeny............

 

Can you see my Utters................there are a few others mixed in.............and dont look at that monti :smilie: nothing to see there...............microlaudis in there to....................

 

 

 

 

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1 minute ago, Cannedfish said:

I didn’t want to do this since @teenyreef is trying to turn us all into metric using socialist! But golly gee willikers, he made a gosh darn good point. Let’s do some off the beaten path anti-hype classics!! Which is by the way, an amazing title “The Anti-Hypebeast Classic-Style Boom Boom Zoa Party-Time Grow-out Contest!” What are the most forgotten about classic zoas?

 

Hey I am all for that to.........................

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mitten_reef
55 minutes ago, spectra said:

Oh I see :lol: nice Zoas Teeny............

 

Can you see my Utters................there are a few others mixed in.............and dont look at that monti :smilie: nothing to see there...............microlaudis in there to....................

 

 

 

 

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Hey I am all for that to.........................

For 103rd time, @spectra, stop photobombing threads with these ridiculous coral porn!  We know they’re not yours, cuz they’re not on your tank journal. Geez!  🤪

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mitten_reef

Here’s all I have for zoas collection, plus a few more.  Utter Chaos and Blondies are from @Cultivated Reef, also from CR, but missing in this pic, is CR's Midnight Sun.  The SPS are also from @Cultivated Reef, Leng Sy cap and BoP (what's left of my colony crash). 

 

The 2 big Rasta frags are going to a friendly LFS this wknd. 

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Definitely missing scrambled egg

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Tamberav

I would be down for the next contest... Especially the classics.... I already had a frag of this SPS so just been watching this thread. More people might be tempted to try zoas though. 

 

Teeny I been watching out for you to sell more frags so I can get in on that :p

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Cultivated Reef
11 hours ago, teenyreef said:

I'm with @spectra, my uttter chaos have grown nicely from the original three polyps:

 

20181003-untitled-001.jpg

 

But I'd up for growing more for the contest :biggrin:

 

One of the things I liked about the selection of upscales microlados is that it was a coral that isn't on most people's short list, so it was a good chance to try a coral that I've not seen too often in other people's tanks. It would be nice to pick a zoa like that too.

 

@Cultivated Reef, any chance you can get some of the old classic vice zoas? They've gotten really hard to find since Aquascapers stopped selling them. I have a few but I've never fragged them.

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@teenyreef I have some old school Miami Vice and they are listed on my site although I do not have high numbers of them. You have more then I do haha!  They are not as fast growing for me as some of the other zoos.  With that said I do have a source for Miami Vice from a wholesaler that offers aqucultured coral but they are not as nice as your and mine. At least they do not look it in the picture. 

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Polarcollision
On 9/24/2018 at 11:22 AM, Ebn said:

Here's a PC Rainbow grown from a 3/4" frag (eggcrate is 1/2"/square). The PC rainbow will have a greenish base that will transition over to a mustard yellow base as it settles in and if it's getting enough light. Blast it with more light and the body goes full red/purple and you lose the rainbow effect. It also branches out like a stag.

 

The ORA red planet carries the green base unless it gets blasted with light and then it goes full red/pink. Red planet tables out as it gets larger. 

OK, this is good to know! I forgot which was which, but it's clear the other acro by the pink bird is procoral rainbow, the tallest branch is solid red and the base transitions from green to gold toward the tips.

 

On 9/30/2018 at 7:35 PM, teenyreef said:

Oh yeah, and here's the picture. As you can see, there has been a real improvement this month. For the first time ever, my frag has grown! And it's by a full millimeter! Final height is 20mm for a grand total of 2mm from the original 18mm height! Eat that, @Cannedfish! In your face! :owned:

 

In thinking about the differences in conditions between my tank and @Cannedfish, I think the biggest difference may be flow. After upgrading the stock pump in my IM10, my setup is nearly the same as his IM10 including the circulation pump and the wave pump. And I can tell you that I have way way way more flow in my IM40, with two MP-10's running at close to 100% most of the time, than there is in the IM10.

 

Corals that grow in higher flow tend to grow thicker, and will encrust more before going vertical. Corals in lower flow have longer, thinner branches. 

 

While our tanks are different in many ways, I think the amount and quality of light is comparable, as are the overall tank conditions, judging from the overall health of the corals in both tanks. 

 

So next time there's a growout contest, I'll have to remember that less flow == taller corals.

 

Congratulations @Cannedfish you've done an incredible job in this contest. But am I the only one savoring the delicious irony that after you get your free corals, you won't have any room left in your tank for them? :lol:

I finally had a minute to measure my coral; since it was able to encrust down, total height is 2.3 cm from 1.7 cm. It grew very similar to yours - lots of encrusting and almost no vertical. I think you're right about amount of flow being the main influencer here. Mine is getting blasted by the return pump. Even the german blue digitata weed won't grow out into that flow. I think my coral is getting more light than yours or cannedfish's, not sure how much that plays into growth though.

 

 

On 10/3/2018 at 8:10 AM, Cultivated Reef said:

Good morning Ladies and Gentleman,

 

After many long grueling hours of debate and tedious hair pulling comparisons :slap:I believe the panel of judges has come to a unanimous decision.  Before I announce the winner I would like to thank all of you for participating in this first grow out contest here on nano reef.  I was very pleased to be asked to sponsor this event and I do appreciate all the good folks that make up this online community.  Nano Reef was one of my very first online forums that I signed up to sponsor and I have never regretted it.  Thank you @Nola Bear and @Christopher Marks for this experience.   But most importantly thanks be to all of you who participated.  

 

Alright so enough of that, lets get to it!  The winner of Upscales Microclados Acro Grow-Out Contest is :scarry:................................... @Cannedfish!  :bowdown:  

 

@Polarcollision and @teenyreef were also forces to be reckoned with but did fall a bit short.  So I'm going to give both of you a $25 gift card to be used at your leisure while Cannedfish will get the big pot of $150.  If the three of you could email me at sales@cultivatedreef.com I will generate the gift cards and email them out.

 

Holly

 

Congrats @Cannedfish!! It's pretty clear no one else even came close to your results - well deserved! And since I got you all to use mm, I hope you enjoy your 971 Krones. See how they both appear larger?? 😉

 

A big thank you to @Cultivated Reef, @Nola Bear, and @Christopher Marks for hosting the contest! And thank you for the gift card! That is a nice surprise, and I'm sure it will be waaaaayyyy to easy to find a beautiful coral at your site to spend it on.

 

On 10/3/2018 at 12:32 PM, Christopher Marks said:

Congratulations @Cannedfish! Quite an impressive run, with impressive growth, branching, scary bleaching, and an amazing recovery, all in 6 months time! 👏👏👏

 

As I consider some possibilities for our next frag grow-out contest, I thought now would be a good time to get some feedback from participants in this one. I'd love your feedback and ideas for what to do next. I was thinking it might be fun to choose zoanthids for the next run, where everyone starts with similar 1 or 2 polyp frags, and we count new polyp growth for a winner. Let me know what you think! Suggest particular coral morphs too, if you have any in mind, just be sure they're not too rare 🤑

ZOAs!! Super tempting to join in for another contest. I already have a thriving utter chaos colony and would pass if that were chosen (limited real estate), but if there's another classic option that would be amazing. Rastas/fruitloops, blue agave/seduction, electric oompa loompa, miami vice, red hornet, or your god of war paly would entice me to play again.

 

 

 

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Ebn

Slowing down on its encrustation at the four month mark. The lower nubs on the right has fused together as it grows into the water column where the flow is stronger. It's also offshooting from the sides of the main branches. It definitely needs to grow outwards before the RR pink cadillac shades it. 

 

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Tamberav
18 minutes ago, Ebn said:

Slowing down on its encrustation at the four month mark. The lower nubs on the right has fused together as it grows into the water column where the flow is stronger. It's also offshooting from the sides of the main branches. It definitely needs to grow outwards before the RR pink cadillac shades it. 

 

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Nice recovery! 

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Lula_Mae
On 10/3/2018 at 11:24 PM, teenyreef said:

I'm with @spectra, my uttter chaos have grown nicely from the original three polyps:

 

20181003-untitled-001.jpg

 

But I'd up for growing more for the contest :biggrin:

 

One of the things I liked about the selection of upscales microlados is that it was a coral that isn't on most people's short list, so it was a good chance to try a coral that I've not seen too often in other people's tanks. It would be nice to pick a zoa like that too.

 

@Cultivated Reef, any chance you can get some of the old classic vice zoas? They've gotten really hard to find since Aquascapers stopped selling them. I have a few but I've never fragged them.

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I would definitely be down to try a Vice zoa growout contest.  Long ago, my very first coral order included some pink and blue zoas from the then-called Coral Morphologic, I don't think they were even called Vice zoas back then but  I loved them and lost them.  Nowadays I wonder if rogue hermits ate them or something lol.  I do remember the peppermint shrimp I got for aiptasia ripping their skirts off...

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HarryPotter

On Saturday I will be joining y'all, I got in on the doorbuster at cultivated reef which happened to be the microlades! 

 

Time to show the amataurs how to grow coral 😎
 

 

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HookedOnAquariums
2 minutes ago, HarryPotter said:

On Saturday I will be joining y'all, I got in on the doorbuster at cultivated reef which happened to be the microlades! 

 

Time to show the amataurs how to grow coral 😎
 

 

Thank you harry potter for preforming CPR on this almost dead thread. Now WERE'S OUR ZOA GROW OUT CONTEST 

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mitten_reef
45 minutes ago, HarryPotter said:

On Saturday I will be joining y'all, I got in on the doorbuster at cultivated reef which happened to be the microlades! 

 

Time to show the amataurs how to grow coral 😎
 

 

Hmm, I’m thinking of placing another order with @Cultivated Reef before the month ends to get the shipping deal. Wonder if I can get another frag of microlados to “compete” with ya. It’d be interesting, mine is still in the bulking up mode. Ha. 

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HarryPotter
59 minutes ago, micoastreefing said:

Hmm, I’m thinking of placing another order with @Cultivated Reef before the month ends to get the shipping deal. Wonder if I can get another frag of microlados to “compete” with ya. It’d be interesting, mine is still in the bulking up mode. Ha. 

 

Im so excited for Saturday, a HUUUUUUGE bta for the 300. Gotta love a stupidly-mixed reef 🙂

 

Everything but leathers is the goal 

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mitten_reef
16 hours ago, HarryPotter said:

On Saturday I will be joining y'all, I got in on the doorbuster at cultivated reef which happened to be the microlades! 

 

Time to show the amataurs how to grow coral 😎
 

 

I just missed the doorbuster.  😞  oh well, I don't really need a second frag.  we'll just pretend that we ALL, (@Cannedfish, @teenyreef, among others here), have a 6-month encrusting headstart to your late-to-the-party grow-out contest.   

 

 

Oh yeah, just place an order for 5 more corals from @Cultivated Reef:happydance:

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Cannedfish

Weekend update!!

 

 

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I'm happy to report mine didn't die after I relocated it to a new spot. No other changes, though :rolleyes:

2 hours ago, Cannedfish said:

Weekend update!!

 

 

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Interesting that the polyps don't seem as blue in the latest picture, is that just a difference in lighting?

 

And...wow!

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HarryPotter

10/27/2018: 

 

Added my microlados frag from @Cultivated Reef

(The speck on the side of the pug is a chip of coral, not a pest. This is my own plug) 

 

 

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1 hour ago, HarryPotter said:

10/27/2018: 

 

Added my microlados frag from @Cultivated Reef

(The speck on the side of the pug is a chip of coral, not a pest. This is my own plug) 

 

 

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shiiiiit, your frag is already bigger than my 7-month old one 😞 , so much for that head start 😂

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6 minutes ago, micoastreefing said:

shiiiiit, your frag is already bigger than my 7-month old one 😞 , so much for that head start 😂

 

I sprinkled on some growth juice, gotta compensate for your head start! 

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Ebn

A few days shy of the 5 month mark. Finally moving along now. Side shoots are now growing at the same pace as the primary branch as it grows into the water column.

 

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Polarcollision

Just came by to say that my frag started growing again—14 months too late!

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