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In the ongoing investigation into what the heck is the Green Lump, I shot this horrible top-down pic to show the changes to the color at the tips.  Still looking sort of like the Paletta Tricolor, still totally the wrong shape.

 

I will likely need to update this later as when looking at the photo on the monitor the shot is shameful... I really need one of those spyglass things.

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Well, it has been three weeks since the last update.  I have finally gotten pretty close to figuring out my alk dosage, running at around .7dkh per day of usage.  I am seeing some happy corals starting to extend polyps more and more in the day hours.  A few of these shots are horrible, I still can't get the phone to shoot blue corals quite right, and some of the pieces are just too well lit, I can't turn down the brightness enough to get any detail... they will work for growth tracking shots though.

Confusa (I think) from @Gil&Fin

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Forest Fire Digi From @Optimusprime3605 (blown out photo)

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Wild Australian piece from Cuttlefish interwebs think granulosa, starting to throw some radial corallites

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Microladas from Cuttlefish (another blown out photo)

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Rouge Milli from Cuttlefish can't really focus on it yet, oriented the wrong way

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Wild Australian probably a spathulata from Cuttlefish, it can't tell if it wants to be yellow or pink

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The Green Blob - still thinking this is a Paletta Tricolor

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Red Gecko getting settled in, recent Cuttlefish pick up.  Aussie Purple Monst-ish in the background.

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Another wild Aussie acro from cuttlefish, no clue what it is but the colony was a table.  tips are going a nice rose color, they look more purple in photo

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Red Dragon continues to be a purple dragon

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Blue Tort from Cuttlefish, this one needs some TLC but I swear it looks better after two days in the tank.  Maybe @CuttleFishandCoral can back me up on this.  Does not photograph well at 550 par

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Some old school Purple People Eaters that I scored from @goldenbasketreef

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Red cyphastrea also from @goldenbasketreef

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Wild Aussie from Cuttlefish, this is looking to be a "shortcake" and is turning blue on the growth edges

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What I thought was a SunsentMonti from @Gil&Fin but it is turning purple on the edges, why must everything turn purple?

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Tubbs Stellata from Cuttlefish is finding its groove.

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Wild Aussie from Cuttlefish, looking to be a neon green Highlighter tenuis

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White Lightning horrida from Cuttlefish

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Rainbow Monti from @Optimusprime3605

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Still on the hunt for a 20k Lokani, RR Maleficent, Pinky the Bear, Purple Monster with lineage, Bahama Mamma, and Icefire Echinata if you have a line on those. 

That's all for now.  If you are in SW Portland, have a DSLR, and want to come for a photo shoot so I can get some good pictures I will trade pizza and beer for your time, hit me up.

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3 hours ago, Krux said:

That's all for now.  If you are in SW Portland, have a DSLR, and want to come for a photo shoot so I can get some good pictures I will trade pizza and beer for your time, hit me up.

Once my wife comes back from her trip to Africa with my camera on Friday, I'd be happy to arrange a photo shoot.  My tank only has so many corals, so I'm getting tired of taking the same photos over and over!  I have a Nikon D610 with a 200mm macro capable of very detailed photos.  Here's an example:

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I am one of those idiots that buys a Spath thinking he will be the one to keep it looking pretty... posting a photo so I can prove myself wrong in a month... at least for now it is so colorful it looks fake!

Also included a group photo for scale, which really means nothing to anyone but me, but I guess it will help me count branches to see if it grew any...

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Photo for attention, spath is at 6 weeks and still hasn’t gone brown!

 

Added an MP40 tonight to get some flow going in preparation for some new additions this weekend.  

 

Had an an all spike (low) and lost the highlighter tenuis, rommel, mini purple plasma, and a nubbin of a cool table Jeff got in a few weeks ago.  Everything else is doing well now though.

 

Fingers crossed for another Rommel, a Pinky the Bear, 20k lokani, legit Purple Monster, icefire, and maybe a RR Maleficent to appear at Fragfest!

 

TTFN

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Green Blob is going white/purple at the growth edges and is plating out a little bit... weird.

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Update but no photos!

My lovely wife and I struck a deal, she gets to go to St. Kitt's and I get to upgrade tanks.  Took the opportunity to pick one up at @CuttleFishandCoral anniversary sale last week.  Just when I recovered from the great alk spike of 2018 and things are looking great again it will be time to throw another wrench at the tank.  On the plus side, I will finally be able to start buying carpet nems now that there will be real estate.  This also happily coincides with 10 days off from work.

 

So, um, who wants to help move this thing down the stairs into the basement when it arrives?  :) 

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She went for the 350, I was going to go back in and change the order to the xl 425 once she walked out but figured that would only get me in trouble!  Gotta take what you can get.

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Tank is up and running, temp correct, salinity correct, just waiting for the fog to clear over the next couple of hours.

 

Should be able to start moving livestock this week.  My PPEs will need to serve as the canary for water quality tonight... they are the only thing I have that doesn't need light for a day or two.

 

Picked up another xr30.  I had debated getting two xr15s to flank my current xr30 in the middle to spread out the light, but got a great deal on a lightly used unit so the trigger was pulled.  The middle foot of the tank is going to be well illuminated.  Spath should be happy.

 

Special thanks to Jeff and crew for letting me haul off all of their water and a couple of loaner items to get this ready for the transition.

 

Ready for you to start searching for a small blue carpet for this bad boy @CuttleFishandCoral!

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My mother in law was kind enough to get me a magnetic frag rack for Christmas.  I took advantage of today's coral road trip to throw it in the tank and snap a few quick photos.

 

Don't know what this is, but for some reason it was calling to me.  Weird purple brown color... let's see what it does.  Impossible to photograph.

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Got to meet J-Dog today, thanks for having the wife and I over to pick this up

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I think I need to make a cyphastrea tank some day... I love these and always forget about them.  Any way, nice pink branching model here.

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Here we go on shortcake attempt #3

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echinata of some sort... will have to tide me over until i find the ice fire and the hawkins.  Mother colony was very pretty, sort of a cross of the two.

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Also got a frag of Pinky the Bear, can cross that off my list finally.  Thanks Fernando.

 

Added a blue star wrasse the other day, i have seen it twice but as expected our mystery wrasse isn't very welcoming.  Felt it was important to get it in the tank as soon as possible after the upgrade before territory was reestablished.  Hopefully it eats?

 

No wide angle shots for a while, the tank needs to go through a little cycle and I am still waiting on some equipment to finish out the build.  A tank twice as large makes what was a comical collection of frags stuck to rocks look even less impressive. 

 

With some free time maybe will have an update next weekend.  Thanks for following along.

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Water change Saturday!

 

Took the opportunity of having the water level down a few extra inches to take some updated shots after hitting everything with coral frenzy. 

Added a few new frags today as well.

A few pieces have lost a bit of vibrance through the tank transition, but everything was looking pretty happy today.  New rock is still stark white making it difficult to photograph things on that end of the tank, but i have some health algae growth on the back glass so it should only be a matter of time until a major bloom happens and then things can settle in.

 

Waiting for a few power brick 1' cords to arrive tomorrow so I can complete the installation of the hardware on the controller board.  Hoping that stays a one day project, was hoping to tackle it today but the wiring didn't arrive.   Also waiting on my PMK to arrive.

 

 

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