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RayWhisperer

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  • Birthday 07/31/1971

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  1. RayWhisperer

    Elegance Coral Troubleshooting?

    Back in the old days, you couldn’t kill elegance with a hammer. Nobody had a lot of light, and nobody had low nutrient systems. And, though I’m not positive, I believe they all came out of indo. I’m not suggesting this is the magic trick, as the elegance “disease” is pretty well documented. I’m just saying if you get a healthy one, it’s something to keep in mind. As an example, my first elegance lived for many years. I honestly don’t remember how long. It lasted as long as the tank did. I had a trickle filter, did a water change about once every six months (when I’d clean the trickle filter, or the sandbed. Well, crushed coral bed.) I used dechlorinated tap for topoff and water change water. The tank had a return pump (prob no more than 500 gph) and one power head (prob no more than 300 gph.) I couldn’t afford nice lights. I had 1 x 36” VHO actinic, 1 x 36” NO actinic and 3 x 24” NO full spectrum daylight bulbs. That was on a 40 breeder. As for the skeleton shape, I seem to remember reading an article about that. IIRC, the cone shaped base were a shallow water coral that grew in sand or mud. The block base were deeper water corals that grew on rock. And color won’t determine anything, as far as collection locale. My first was bright green with really purple tips. Like I said, I’m pretty sure they were all indo collected back then.
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    A sad start to a new tank

    Well that’s stupid. A fox coral looks nothing like a jasmine flower. I’d think daisy polyps, anthelia, pipe organ, encrusting gorgonians, they all look superficially like a jasmine flower. Who names these things?
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    A sad start to a new tank

    Welcome back. Good to hear the cycle is done and everything survived/recovered. Only one question. What’s a jasmine coral? It’s probably something everybody knows. I just don’t know any coral by that common name. Is there another common name it goes by over there? Just thinking of what the actual jasmine flower looks like, I can think of about a dozen corals that could be named jasmine.
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    Newbie live rock has some critters!

    Yup.
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    Does anyone ever find this hobby elitest?

    It’s not fast, but it works..... Barely.
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    Does anyone ever find this hobby elitest?

    Well, stony corals is a bit of a stretch. What were corals back then were shrooms mostly. The first LPS I ever got was an elegance. That was back when they actually lived. I thought that was the coolest coral on earth. Bright green with purple tips. My sister insisted it wasn’t real, the color seemed so vivid. As as far as LA influencing people, I’m not really sure. I don’t mean they didn’t. I just mean I didn’t know about LA until about 2003 or 4. Even then, I only heard of it. The first time I actually saw it, was probably about a month before my join date here. I’m resistant to change. 2005 was my first computer, and I still rock an iPhone 3.
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    Newbie live rock has some critters!

    1&3 bristleworm. Fine. 2 asterina star. Depends on who you talk to. I’ve never had a problem with them.
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    What big things have changed since 2012?

    A. millepora, most likely. I’m sticking with that without a better pic.
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    What big things have changed since 2012?

    Another thought that dawned on me. How were the corral items layed out? Cuz it could also be an A. Humilis, just doesn’t quite look like those types of coralites. A close up would help immensely.
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    What big things have changed since 2012?

    Structure looks especially similar to pocci or stylo, however, I’ve never seen a tabling species of either. Doesn’t mean there isn’t one, of course. We’re the polyps hairy like a millepora?
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    Feeding

    I used to make frozen food for my fish. Once I dropped down to one or two tanks, it became cheaper to buy it, though.
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    Does anyone ever find this hobby elitest?

    You’re not wrong. Back when I set up my first reef, there were 18 stores within a short drive of me. Granted, only 7 of them sold reef anything. However, I think the advent of nanos had as much to do with mainstreaming the reef hobby as much as liveaquaria did. There have been alternatives to the LFS as long as I’ve been keeping fish. Back when I was a kid it was Mail Order Pet Shop. They had everything but livestock, and were far cheaper than every LFS. You just had to be willing to wait a week or two to get anything. Liveaquaria certainly played a large part, though. They made reef animals easy, and affordable to get.
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    What big things have changed since 2012?

    Notice what? Amy? How could you miss her? That whole team Amy thing was StevieT, right here on N-R. I just don’t remember who’s girlfriend Amy was. Was she yours?
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    What big things have changed since 2012?

    Pretty sure that one is a StevieT production. Amy going down is a dead giveaway.
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    What big things have changed since 2012?

    Well, let’s see???? Ummm.... you came back. That’s about it.
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