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3 hours ago, Amphrites said:

I have a bunch of seeds, if you want a pack just throw post and a few quarters at me and you can have a bundle.
I keep peppers as bushes, not annuals, so I have one big tree I overwinter pretending to be a christmas ornament.
Hot peppers are insane producers, I had a cayenne which produced so many fruit we had to hang them from every window on fishing line to dry, no clue why we bothered as it was impossible to even give away all the darn things lol... Delicious though, I went with a specific variety of cap chinese for its' resemblance to the flavor of a habenero actually, this particular shrub has a remarkably smokey-sweet flavor without ANY of the heat haha, an odd tomato taste is really the only thing which otherwise sets it apart from the smokey, off-fruity cherry-taste of a proper habenero.

Two-year old parent bush. I sold the excess seeds from fruit I couldn't get around to eating on ebay last year, not a huge fan as I've no way to follow-up and ensure they sprouted and did well... Think I might sprout a few dozen and sell those this year if I get lucky enough.

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I would love to try and out some of those seeds! I'm very intrigued by the flavor; it sounds very different and useful. Thank you! It would be so nice to be able to "overwinter" things outside - it gets quite crowded in the arizona room come first frost over here lol    :]

 

49 minutes ago, Wingy said:

You could add a cool mist humidifier.  I have to run one most of the winter 

I was running a large one when I first moved into the place I'm at now - it worked great   :] 

I had intentions to put a float for RODI into it, but never got around to it. I stopped running it eventually because I didn't get the house's RODI lines installed by the time that I got tired of manually filling it lol, oh and I guess I convinced myself that I had set up enough aquariums instead hahaha (averaging about 2 per room over here...) The oncidiums bloom so I know that the house is holding on to some moisture; this house is cooled by EVAP coolers during the warm months, too, so that helps out a lot. I may get the humidifier plumbed up finally though, just for the extra umph.

 

 

I finally got that video onto the internet - just a momment........

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I don't even remember when I took this, but it feels like a long long time ago. So, I feel like I need to make a new one - not to mention I have changed the feeding routine slightly since. A lot of it is just the damsel picking at reef roids from the column, so I added music to keep it exciting =D  lol  ...watch out for the volume:

 

 

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There's that video! Your brittle star never fails to impress me. What's the deal with those weird nodules on its arms? What a bizarre creature.

 

Super cool orchids too! They are very beautiful.

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Oh man that's a ton of food lol, must be one fat and happy brittle, the damsel will probably be a balloon in no time too XD

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On 7/16/2019 at 7:10 AM, billygoat said:

There's that video! Your brittle star never fails to impress me. What's the deal with those weird nodules on its arms? What a bizarre creature.

 

Super cool orchids too! They are very beautiful.

Thank you! Seriously, brittle stars remind me of those crazy human-collecting machines in War of the World lol. I have no idea what those nodules are for - they are semi-transparent, flexible-ish - If I had to guess, I would go with maybe an organ for breathing, like a "gill".

 

 

On 7/16/2019 at 7:15 AM, Amphrites said:

Oh man that's a ton of food lol, must be one fat and happy brittle, the damsel will probably be a balloon in no time too XD

Yeah, we'll see how long he still can fit in here   :]   Probably not much more than a handful of months... I have been thinking about what to do at that point; maybe trade for another damsel? I like watching the interaction between Jaws Jr and Twitch when they're not food-oriented. That damsel-bat-its-tail-in-the-goby's-face-and-then-get-chased-by-the-goby routine is really amusing haha     -I will try to film-

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Would definitely like to see it, and the springers really don't get very big (or much more territorial) at all, hopefully you don't have to worry about it.

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On 7/17/2019 at 1:12 PM, Amphrites said:

Would definitely like to see it, and the springers really don't get very big (or much more territorial) at all, hopefully you don't have to worry about it.

Yeah, I have always wanted one of those, too, I think the markings are great - I will be keeping an eye out for a tiny one or a few (for another tank).

 

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Update today:

 

This morning, I noticed the anemone had decided to go on a stroll - it pissed off a bunch of zoas and had a battle with the duncan; now, they both seem pretty pissed. The anemone moved into a dark corner of the tank and just shrunk there. The duncan's top side got cooked, but looks recoverable. I decided that, until I get a light that can better convince anemones to stay put, I would take the time to remove the little PITA, I mean BTA. Since I was going to have to remove the rock to do this, I figured I would "dip" the duncan.

 

This is when things became less simple; in a crazy nutshell: removed the light and top, propped the RODI float, drained 1G of system water into the large holding bowl, added 1G fresh mixed SW to holding bowl, removed DT rock, accidentally knocked off a hollywood stunner frag -the one that hadn't gotten lost in the calcite previously-, placed the rock and loose frag into holding bowl, added 1G fresh mixed SW to pico, carefully peeled anemone off of glass into measuring jar -set aside-, grabbed super glue, grabbed the rock, knocked off another frag that you guys didn't hear about yet (birdsnest), glued hollywood stunner and birdsnest back on, scooped and poured some holding water over the entire rock directing run-off into waste bin, placed the rock back in holding, prepared CoralRx "dip" solution with more holding water, grabbed the rock, knocked off a 3rd frag - montipora (did't get to share that yet either...), grabbed the glue, glued the montipora, scooped and poured holding water over all corals into waste bin, poured CoralRx solution over duncan birdsnest hollywood stunner and montipora directing run-off away from the bulk of the rock into waste bin, waited 30 seconds, rinsed the entire rock with holding water over the waste bin, repeat "dip"-wait-rinse 3 more times, put the rock back into holding, drain the pico 1/2 G, ushered the brittle and CUC to the right side of the pico, put the rock back in, topped-off the pico w/SW from 10G system, unpropped the RODI float, put the top and light back into place.

 

I moved the BTA to the 10G afterwards; it's looking much better already. It ate some mysis. The other guy though:

 

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Here's the birdsnest before something else happens:

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And another one, testing if it can reach out from here:

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Here's a montipora flake, the one I knocked off is bigger and not open anymore:

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I have some photos of things going on in the rearfuge, too - looks like there's some bryopsis in the rubble - planning to upload those shots and an FTS tomorrow.

 

 

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