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About ejls2

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    Rotating-Pico-Cylinder loonie :)
  • Birthday 04/08/1983

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  1. If you could have any

    I think it has to be the rotating cylinder. Every day my tank looks different and you can see a different selection of rock and corals. I will say thought that the advantage of being able to stand in one place with a cleaning magnet and turn the tank was more than offset by the faff of making my own ghetto cleaning magnet for the curved sides (which I've now lost!)
  2. 10 AGA on a college kid's budget

    Yeah, now in that one the polyps look more like Clavularia. Weird! Whatever it is, it looks very nice! My Euphyllia sometimes does that with it's mouth. Not all the time but sometimes. I can't think of a factor that links when it does it though. Some corals do that when they're in sub-optimal conditions but I don't know about the euphyllia. I think the yellow ones are a kind of Parazoanthus or yellow polyps to you and me They're similar to the daisy polyps in terms of care. They shouldn't need much light or flow or any special feeding. I think there's an article on them on wetwebmedia. HTH, Ed
  3. 10 AGA on a college kid's budget

    It could indeed be Clavularia (star polyps). Some species have the broader polyps that look like tubipora and some species have the slight degree of colour contrast between the centre of the polyp and the fronds which Tubipora tends to exhibit also. However, Clavularia is part of the order Alcyonacea. These lack a calcium carbonate skeleton. Tubipora is part of the same sub-class as Clavularia and so, very annoyingly, shares many characteristics with it. The big give-away is that it does have a hard skeleton. This is what I think is visible in your first photo. Do the light coloured polyps extend from a hard base made up of lots of joined up columns? Is the base red coloured? It's hard to tell from your photo especially under the actinic lighting but it looks like it might be.
  4. 10 AGA on a college kid's budget

    Jake, star polyps should grow even more like a weed so I wouldn't use that method alone to identify it;) The skeleton should be the give away. In my Tubipora it is a bright red with a hint of purple. I can't see very clearly from the pictures but I'm fairly sure cyenna's a Tubipora or something similar.
  5. 10 AGA on a college kid's budget

    Hi, I'm not sure if I'm right about this but your star polyp looks a lot like a type of Organ Pipe coral (Tubipora Musica?) I don't know if you're just calling it by another common name but it might be worth considering as they can be a bit picky. Although they're sold as "soft" corals they have quite a developed skeleton and used to be considered (over here in the UK at least) as harder to keep than most LPS/SPS. I don't think they are all that difficult but I may just have been lucky. I have quite a large specimen in my pico which I grew up from a very small frag. It used to retract it's polyps into the skeleton quite a lot when I first got it but once it got used to the tank it has grown like a weed. Like I said, I may be wrong but if not then I hope yours is just taking time to settle in. HTH Ed Incidentally for comparison I'm running 72W PC (same mix as you), 1.026sg, Temp 80F
  6. [CUSTOM] ejls2

    Hi all, Distinct lack of funds syndrome is hampering the project but we're still battling on. The mantis has a few more housemates and has continued to grow. Pics as required by Gil will be forthcoming as soon as I get my camera back. Ed
  7. [CUSTOM] Tigahboy

    I must have missed a couple of links in the chain while I was away. What exactly is the link between Mognoid's Tang and Tigah's mantis? Sorry for asking, I got lost in the whole "put your fingers in the tank" thing! Tigah, if your Peacock strikes half as hard as my G.Viridis (which I'm guessing he will) then PLEASE don't do it! Or at least test it on an accountant first Ed EDIT for spelling - doubtless more mistakes are present, but I've had rather too much port to notice
  8. 15" mantis

    Makes my 1.5" G. Viridis look a bit feeble! I believe they're spearers so tank thinkness shouldn't be a problem. Though that species appraently only are really happy when given a large, deep sandbed in which to construct a burrow... I still want one though
  9. Wow! That is good luck!!! Thanks for all the info. He's only going to be there for 48 hours I think so as long as he grabs them on Sunday afternoon that sould be ideal! I'm hoping he's checked with the airline... otherwise he may have some problems!
  10. new pico plans...inspired by Fish

    No probs Everything on mine is under a stand too, it's just not on in that photo (I got the size wrong so I'm having to have it re-cut). The stand'd only about 3.5" tall and the tubing goes underneath the table the stand sits on to a modified canister filter. HTH Ed
  11. [CUSTOM] ejls2

    I keep changing my mind! I'm pretty sure that 9 days out of ten the mantis would be terrified of the goby. He's not a big scary mantis like Tigah's, he's a little wussy mantis who beats on snails becuase they don't have claws! But that other day, when he's trying to show off, you just know he'll kill anything that comes near his burrow! It's a shame becuase i'd quite like a goby or something like that but I think I'd feel pretty bad if he killed it! On another note, have you had any luck getting on nr.co.uk today? Pete says it's been taken down by hackers
  12. I'm not doing it myself so I'm not entirely sure! But given that it'll be about 18 hours tank to tank I'd have thought that small sampling containers insulated with heatpacks and no air would be the way forward. There's also a very interesting reef-keeping magazine article on shipping things "damp" rather than submerged. It seems mainly to apply to stony corals but it might be worth an little experiment! Does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks Ed
  13. Hi all, A friend of mine is lucky enough to be going to Boston this weekend (from the UK) and is hoping to have a good look round some decent LFS. The trip is rather short notice so we haven't had time to sort out CITES import/export documents but we think (still checking the legality) we should be able to bring back softies and other corals that aren't in the CITES appendices. Could anyone recommend a few decent places to visit in Boston? I think in particular he'll be near Harvard/MIT so anywhere that can be reached easily from there would be cool Thanks in advance for the help, if any of you are ever visiting the UK and want to know where's good you know who to PM Cheers, Ed
  14. [CUSTOM] ejls2

    Nothing special really. I was going to try to get few sexy shrimp and pom-pom crabs but ever since Stig my mantis made a daring escape from his plastic container my plans for invertebrates have had to change somewhat. Up until today he seemed to be much happier with snails and the like rather than crabs but he changed his mind and appears to have horribly butchered "Crash-Test-Dummy No1." I'm not sure I can be bothered to take him out at the mo so he'll stay in for now Other than him I'm hoping to have a small Crocea or Maxima clam, as much pretty LPS as I can lay my hands on and a few SPS. I may throw in some zoos and rics if I can find some nice ones. Of course my blastos will be taking pride of place! Any ideas for an interesting fish? My mantis' species aern't reknowned as fish hunters!
  15. [CUSTOM] Icenine

    That's beautiful! I didn't even know that things like those anemonies existed! Utterly, jaw-droppingly stunning! Now I've got to go about tracking one of those rock anemonies down for my main tank! Do you know of any good articles or books on them? I'd love to learn more! Good luck on keeping them all happy! You're a braver man than I. Ed