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2 hours ago, This guy is extra salty said:

Now I want a tank in the bathroom 

Now for an auto-WC that drains into the toilet...

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Last competition I did a coral a day to start for over 20 days, this time I am doing all 18 corals within the first 24hours!  Call me crazy and irresponsible, but it’s going to work.  04EAD562-90A6-479D-9CB0-547C4DEC049A.thumb.jpeg.40dfac42edc18c71890c1f04391de33b.jpeg

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Waiting on the frag rack in my reefer

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This is the Jason fox spitfire that I got from legendary corals(epic N-R sponsor).  I chose to put this on the upper deck and on the top of the island.  This looks best under deep blues, yet I centered it under the marine mix haha

I will try updating everyday highlighting a new coral that was added from today.

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Green Banded Goby added as well.A0046E19-9E4F-46B2-8C2A-D8C69EB5E6B5.thumb.jpeg.1a5bbc7ff31483eb4f4981ccd6a00a79.jpeg

So tiny!

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or was that gobies? As in 3:ninja:

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I wasn’t going to add fish but my son loved to feed my pistol shrimp who was in the last poopico while he was brushing his teeth(pistol shrimp is in the Red Sea sump now). So I figured fish could be the new feeding experience for him.

P.S. don’t worry I will be doing a soft cycle like I did last contest.

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Certainty rule breaking. 3 fish in a 2.5.

 

I very much like your style

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6 minutes ago, JBM said:

Certainty rule breaking. 3 fish in a 2.5.

 

I very much like your style

Next in, tang.

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I think they are conspiring against me, it does make me feel good that they all hang out, and I’ve only seen one venture to the upper deck(probably not normal to swim in 3” of water)0DC33F8C-134B-426E-81D7-3C7DAB4143B9.thumb.jpeg.69716e48239289d3518aed8b0a786782.jpeg0F204469-670A-4357-86B3-A83D6BC11447.thumb.jpeg.58010b120c6b7294284f4972af9546c4.jpeg

here is a short video of them eating some flake.

 

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I know I’m doing a species tank, but the OG bounce booger that has slowly been growing in my reefbowl was nearly getting overrun by Zoas.  

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I placed it on the lower level as I think it’s proximity to the AI Prime in the reefbowl may be the reason why it hasn’t significantly grown.D4AD210D-7EAB-463F-85BA-630E08692F53.thumb.jpeg.935cb3d7144920e1a147e2fc919fda8f.jpeg

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love the under gravel filter... totally old school

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Digging that baby bounce!  Coming along nicely.

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Meet the Leptastrea 

Jason Fox Spitfire

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LC Pitviper

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LC Jade

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LC Lemony Lime

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LC Luck of the Irish

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Staub Aqua Farms Orange 

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LC Burning Man

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RR USA Pumpkin Spice

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LFS John Deere

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BSA Rainbow

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LC Emerald Fire

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GB Lemony Twist

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Cornbred Citrus Bomb(1/2)

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Cornbred Citrus Bomb(2/2)

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Big R John Deere

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Cornbred Hell’s Fire

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Liveaquaria Orange

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LFS Purple 

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These pictures were all captured while the frags were on a rack in my reefer waiting for the competition to start

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Holy Cow!!

 

That is a seriously good looking collection you have over there! Can't wait to see them overrun your tank.

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They are beautiful I can't wait to see your success in this project.  Is this the best sized tank to try to reproduce them in?  I don't know anything about this type of process.

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11 hours ago, kimdawg said:

They are beautiful I can't wait to see your success in this project.  Is this the best sized tank to try to reproduce them in?  I don't know anything about this type of process.

If you ever have a minute and are interested in reading about the subject this is my favorite resource and is what the Dropoff will be emulating 

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2018.00466/full

they used air pump driven tanks nightly in the brooding process, and also describe using air pump driven tanks to induce settlement of the planula.  I’m hoping to achieve both of those goals in this one tank.  I do plan to try and find a mesh sieve of sort and strain each WC and try to collect the planula, or maybe just add them weekly to my Mantis tank which is covered in different coralline algae’s which may be viable settlement substrate.  I think it will be awhile until my frags grow big enough to potentially release planula though.

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Beautiful corals!

 

And actually, I've seen tiny Leptastrea frags produce planula, so yours may be close to that size. If you look carefully you can sometimes see the planula under the surface tissue of the coral before it's released. They look like little long bumps

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1 hour ago, GraniteReefer said:

If you ever have a minute and are interested in reading about the subject this is my favorite resource and is what the Dropoff will be emulating 

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2018.00466/full

they used air pump driven tanks nightly in the brooding process, and also describe using air pump driven tanks to induce settlement of the planula.  I’m hoping to achieve both of those goals in this one tank.  I do plan to try and find a mesh sieve of sort and strain each WC and try to collect the planula, or maybe just add them weekly to my Mantis tank which is covered in different coralline algae’s which may be viable settlement substrate.  I think it will be awhile until my frags grow big enough to potentially release planula though.

Very interesting article.  It sounds like a very difficult but rewarding project.  I wish you the best of luck and will be watching your progress.

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Wow the gobies are adorable and that is some serious coral that you will be stocking with.

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51 minutes ago, vlangel said:

Wow the gobies are adorable and that is some serious coral that you will be stocking with.

Thanks and it’s fully stocked! Don’t tell my wife but clearly I can add another specimen or twoFF8C9CAB-C429-4125-800B-5642ACBBD729.thumb.jpeg.04d3b9ee5b62cfe8ce189f8b8e72a420.jpeg7892FAA1-3709-4985-973A-12B3AFE1CCC8.thumb.jpeg.af1efdd731384b86bbe0c1c92ef85ffb.jpegB449966F-D913-48C1-87F1-D1B88B7DB005.thumb.jpeg.021e303b80709320042a8e8582d43981.jpeg

thinking tomorrow I’ll add a few of the smallest snails from a reef cleaners shipment I got earlier this year as the slightest biofilm could be seen on the glass today and the stringy red algae that rode in from my reefer(side effect of fluconazole and vibrant) is showing up on the dry rock(good sign IMO)

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On 4/6/2019 at 2:07 PM, yoshii said:

If you look carefully you can sometimes see the planula under the surface tissue of the coral before it's released. They look like little long bumps

I’ve been noticing the mouths of certain polyps taking on a conical shape, is this similar to what you’ve observed?  The polyps only exhibit this behavior for a day then return to normal A08EB71D-470A-4324-9987-D7FD1B199518.thumb.jpeg.76adcc0f2b1a3432736bd83f95069759.jpeg5B09DA08-085A-463E-87B2-F80DDE5A4F00.thumb.jpeg.96200198340721c1fc972c5e113f199e.jpeg023A1128-5B53-44AE-8514-75D00CED4BAF.thumb.jpeg.87dfe2f17301de4eb4a326bd7dc03ae2.jpeg

on another specimen

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Always hard learning the cues of a new coral.

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Hmm I'm not sure, I haven't looked for that sort of "behavior". Although the visible planula is actually often not see near the mouth area, I've seen them mostly towards the middle/outer edges of the polyp, but before the tentacles

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In order to collect planula I need a 30 micrometer plankton sieve(hard to find any help appreciated).  I also need a blue flashlight and filter to illuminate the planula which contain a green fluorescent protein.  Thinking a aquamaxx coraleye or Orphek azurelite might suffice and be cheaper when coupled with my aquariclip camera filter.  However the scientists did mention the brand they have and it’s made for deep sea diving but I found a version with yellow filter glasses rather than a dive mask filter.  Maybe once more confident on potential success of my goals I will drop the 200$ haha.

NightSea Blue Star Light Plus VG1 Filter Glass https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K33LZJ4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_twYQCbFZ0ZGBM

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7 hours ago, seabass said:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N3JWWI8/ref=twister_B01N01H7EL?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

I ended up getting this one as I think 4” will be sufficient for filtering 1.25 gallons that is one week dirty.  Thanks for the links!

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12 hours ago, GraniteReefer said:

Split an order from reefcleaners with @JP728!  Should be here by the weekend so check out both of our threads for a CUC update.  If you need a pico CUC check out https://www.reefcleaners.org/ John wont disappoint.

 

 

Thats the only place I get snails from. And shhh... they are cheaper then any lfs here

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