Well first let me say:
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Second, you chose a great name
Third, as for your tank...... I'm completely speechless! No words would properly express my feelings except that I just turned totally green! :lol: I'm totally drooling right now!
OK, now how about a "complete" rundown on your tank? you know how long's it been setup, parameters, flow, lighting, feeding, dosing, water changes, etc. etc. etc.
The reason I ask for a rundown is this: The second pic, bottom left colony, I have some exactly like that, have had them for a good 8 months now. I have only seen 2 new polyps. Yours look way better than mine, and I'm wondering what your doing different than me that is obviously working better or if it is just this morph.
First pic at the very top. Looks like you cut off some really huge paly's? Do you have a full shot of those, I think they are awesome looking!
When I first looked at your tank I thought about how fun it would be to put some cyclopeeze in there to watch everything go crazy. I'm sure when you feed your tank it looks like a stadium crowd going crazy.
Cmon, give us a picture from above, let me know what a new fish would feel like while it was acclimating in the bag.
Here are my tank parameters: Ph ~8.1, Ca ~400, Dkh ~9, NO2 ~0, NO3 ~0, Mg ~1250
For filtration I keep it pretty simple a CPR HOB fuge & an Aqua C Remora Skimmer.
The fuge is packed with chaeto and it has an 18w pc over it, this keeps the nitrates right where I like them. I run the fuge lights the same time as my regular lights because it is a HOB.
Lighting consists of Four 75 watt VHO bulbs, 1 Aquasun, 1 50/50 and 2 actinics.
Water Changes: 3 gallons every other Sunday and every 3 months I do a 6 gallon change.
Additives: 2 drops of lugols every week. 1 tsp of Tech CB 3X a week. 1 tsp of Tech M every week.
Here is a pic of those palyps that you were asking about, and the little guys, clowns. I can't stand the look of powerheads in my tank so that is why I didn't show a shot of the whole thing. I wish I had a sump and a small closed loop for better flow. Maybe on the next tank.
ficklefins - As you can see my photography skills are definitely lacking. I can't seem to get a good shot of the tank from the top.
I used to use cyclop-eeze religiously, until I went to the Coral Farmers Market in L.A. a few weeks ago.(It was the first time a business trip worked out in my favor.) I bought some stuff called Coral Frenzy from a vendor there and my corals have never responded better. I still add a little bit of cyclop-eeze because I think it is great for the fish, but I think my corals respond better to this other stuff.
Thanks Jovreefer, Is the pic above what you are talking about? That was my first coral I bought for my tank.
I would really like to hear what everybody else is using for flow, lighting, water changes, additives, etc.
Those Paly's are just gorgeous, I would love to find some just like that. They are sooooo big, and colorful... never seen anything like it, great find!!
Thanks for your rundown. Looks like I might wanna try some loguls, and look into some of this coral frenzy. You do more water changes than me and my husband too Guess maybe I should just start doing it myself :lol:
Anyway, Conradulations on an AWESOME looking tank, keep up the great work.