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About Aurortpa

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  • Birthday 06/17/1981

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  1. Looks like possible burn, what is your dkh, nitrates, feeding schedule?
  2. This hitchhiked on a frag months ago and just started taking off in growth—I liked it so moved it to the side. Anybody know what it is? Growing very fast, been pruning it back. Green small circular growths, kind of looks like common dollar weeds to me.
  3. Awesome! So well deserved, tank reflects your character for sure, beautiful effort and gracefully done!!!
  4. Got a new lid from Fabio and Jared at Top Lids! Just wow! Took some patience but as a small business they certainly put love into it—absolutely perfect, has weight, and beautiful! Also sorry to those that were inquiring about stuff in the tank, been very busy at work lately! Sent everyone who inquired a follow up email. And yes the blue octhodes is a beast, ready for trimming!
  5. Every tank is different but in my 28—a gramma, goby, and blenny all get along—they usually occupy different areas tho and note that I have lots of caves, crevices and fauna for them to hide around in.
  6. Actually I added my gramma second to last. Shy at first perhaps but once he got settled in he holds his own. They are experts at retreating into any crack, hole, or cave so nobody bothered him while he was acclimating except the yellow watchman when he accidentally went into his cave. The YWG quickly taught him that his cave is off limits but besides that one incident, he was out and about a week or so.
  7. I like plan 5, my gramma adds lots of color and movement to my tank. He lives peacefully with 2 clowns, a PJ cardinalfish, a springerii damsel, a fang blenny, and a yellow watchman.
  8. Doesn’t appear to be aiptasia. Looks like they have feathery tentacles—do they have 8 tentacles?—that can usually indicate it’s some kind of octo. When touched: -Xenia will just shrink and close up the polyps -Anthelia will contract like xenia -Cloves will retract into an actual stalk
  9. My hammer likes medium light and random gentle flow. For whatever reason, IME and reading thru forums long ago, they grow faster mounted at a 45 degree angle—idk exactly why—maybe because they put energy to regrowing upwards perhaps—but that’s how I mount most my coral now anyway. As long as your params are stable, they seem to be quite hardy. Mine was next to a frogspawn, touching even, but I moved him a little up. I don’t direct feed it, but I do broadcast zooplankton & oyster feast everyday. Pretty coral, look like large single headed flowers to me.
  10. If you have other LPS, or corals for that matter, I would get it out of there immediately if you suspect brown jelly. It is potentially very contagious.
  11. Blue Octhodes is making a comeback—definitely a brigher blue, almost purple now with the new lighting!
  12. Welcome! Mmm, do note the first months if not even longer usually can be potentially quite tedious when considering maintenance so make sure your brother is comitted IMO! If you want a HOB go for bigger IME, you’ll add water volume and AC’s have adjustable flow rates anyway. I like my new Ai prime hd, a bit over your budget but worth it. Sorry not familiar with orbit. I have heard API don’t have the best tests, but they can be adaquate in the beginning. Look forward to your build! 🙂
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