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  1. 2 points
    Awe screw it. Hold one! I'm a coming!
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    Hey john, Glad your enjoying the club. While I know these forums serve a purpose, my participation with them is few and far between,I really like my privacy and I'm not much of a socialite and being a commercial operation selling at wholesale levels only, I do like to keep most things private. anyways I am glad that its a good place for so many people, yourself included. My concern with letting others "help out" is that its only going to take one idiot to do something stupid and kill everything. What happens when someone stops by for ten minutes and accidentaly leaves the door open when they leave on a night thats 20 degrees. Or someone decides your water parameters are off and doses things in such a way that you have a giant precipitation issue. Or hey what if someone adds a new coral without quarantining it and now you have a 500 gallon tub full of Aptasia/aefw/etc. I can very seriously see that happening if it becomes a group project. If your just doing it for fun and not business then sure let others join in and accept the fact that people very well may screw things up. If it is a business I would steer clear of this route. Thats just my two cents on that topic. I have enough paranoia letting my dad take over when I'm out of town and hes been keeping saltwater aquariums since the 70's...I don't want to scare you off just letting you know some of the serious realities that could present themselves. I'll try to get a few pictures up later
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    Haha I do that every time I walk in there I can't remember the last Time I walk out with less then $200 of stuff. Keep up the great work!!!!
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    By messing with...doing anything out of the ordinary. Fiddling with water parameters, having your hands in the tank excessively, trying a freshwater dip, trying to move the fish from their regular environment, introducing new fish to the tank. Things like that. All of those could potentially induce stress. Basically feed them regularly and let them be. If they are eating, odds are they will be fine. And it's hard to say the cause. Could be plenty of things or nothing in particular. Way too many variables usually to say it was one thing specifically. Aquascaping I'm sure didn't help, as it probably took them out of their 'comfort zone', especially in smaller tanks (where they don't have many other places to hide). But if your rocks were falling all over the place you didn't have much choice there, it had to be done. Anyway, I haven't lost a fish to ich in over 5-6 years. I'm a firm believer that people overreacting to things is usually worse than letting nature take its course. So just feed them regularly. If they are eating, odds are they will be fine.
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    I would recommend you not add any fish till you are sure about the health of the ones you have. Do some trading on the life cycle of ich. They are only visible on fish in one of the four stages.
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    Nice fit! Bye bye weekly skimmer cleanings!
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    At least you're putting in the nice stuff Kim. It wasn't enough for my 60 so I went with the gyre
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    Next time I come by make sure I know there are frags for grabs, I am missing out on some real jewels here. The monti and the seramentosa are on my hit list, but I have patience my friend.
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    Hot Dang, that was speedy. A little flow for alotta flow. Gotta love the Mp echotech line. I presume this is for the new tank?
  10. 1 point
    for sure I have been hesitant because of the price I finally just had to do it haha.
  11. 1 point
    This is 100% correct- FWIW I I treat every frag and fish as it came from an infected tank so it's moot, Im responsible for my own actions or lack of action
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    My tang had ick when I got him, lasted a day or two and went away. None of my other 3 tangs got it. Feeding regularly was the only treatment. I haven't seen a flare up in the 2 years he's been in my tank. I agree that the stress is more than I would put the fish through to remove and QT. I do tell people to dip frags, but that really should be done regardless of where they come from.
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    I know this a kind of a hot topic, but ich is NOT always in the water, NOT in every system, and all fish do NOT have ich. If your fish do indeed have ich, and you choose to do nothing about it, then your system will always have ich and you will be putting all your fish at risk. I have not had a disease outbreak in any of my systems since I started quarantining all new arrivals. They go a minimum of 6 weeks in a bare bottom tank where they have a chance to start eating without competition, get used to the activity around the house, and show any signs of parasites or disease. If symptoms do show up, then they get treated. This comes after a mishap where I didn't follow a quarantine protocol and lost over 75% of the fish in 2 different tanks. You can choose what you want to do, to treat or not to treat. But if you choose to ignore it, and you sell, or trade anything from your system to others, please tell them that you have ich in your system. It can be transferred on anything wet, fish, frags, inverts.
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    I am going to start with a disclaimer: I don't get on here often so don't be offended if I don't answer your questions in a reasonable time frame. Also I am very, very tired so I might just ramble. Also, I don't really enjoy the message boards as there tends to be a lot of negativity on them, That is why I never post. Also I only go to town 1 or 2 days a week, so I get kinda cabin feverish sometimes. Sorry if stuff is out of order or I sound blunt. And yes my greenhouse is in the corvallis area (Kings Valley actually. If you want a history lesson on Kings/Airlie and Tampico Valleys I can give one to you). I own and operate a wholesale Facility growing Coral under natural sunlight. I currently produce 250 or so corals every month, not only tiny frags but colonies as well. The new greenhouse will produce around 800 corals per month,maybe more. I have been doing this for going on 7 years. To answer the question. YES you can grow coral under natural sunlight and much faster than under even the best artificial lights. There is way too much sun in Oregon. From February-October I shade all of my corals in one way or another to keep lighting in the correct range. Right now the greenhouse has 50% shade cloth on it and I am still getting PAR Readings of 200 in my coral tubs (these readings were taken today around 4 pm with a medium cloud cover). in fact, My euphyllia and Leather coral tubs both have an additional 60% shade cloth on them to get the par down to around 80. The idea that natural sunlight grows brown corals is mostly false, with the exception of Acroporiids (acropora, montipora). I am not sure where this idea is coming from as I grow many brains, Leathers, Mushrooms, Hammers, Pocilloporiids, ricordia, etc that look exceptional under natural sunlight, In fact the only real time they start to lose their color is when the days get longer and they get over illuminated (I have measured over 1500 Par in the greenhouse on nice summer days.) as soon as I pop more shade cloth on them and measure with a PAR meter to get correct light intensity, they start to get their color back. Currently the only light I have in the greenhouse is 1 250 watt 20k Halide on a light rail running over about 500 gallons of stony corals to keep the color more consistent. Other than that everything is natural sunlight only. as far as temp control. I am not sure what the issue with that would be. Heat the greenhouse in the winter and vent it/swamp cool/evap cool in the summer. Very simple to heat and cool a greenhouse, just expensive through the cold months. No different than running a retail or wholesale building. climate control the room, not the water. As far as growing corals in a greenhouse, is it better? yes. is it harder YES. is it a good idea to turn into a group project as someone on here mentioned? terrible idea for so many reasons it is making my brain melt just thinking about it. Anyone wanting to make a living at this needs to realize, It will take a HUGE investment with little to no return on that investment for several years and that is only if you don't screw up and kill EVERYTHING. I did that once, it sucked. If you have a family, I wouldn't even think about it unless you have a very sizeable chunk of money stored away as a rainy day fund, you'll need it. I have a very loving and supportive wife, If it wasn't for her I would have to be like all you other chumps and work for the man, and drive into the city every day. I was able to learn the ropes as my family is in the agriculture industry and it was pretty easy for me to play around with some tanks in the back of a greenhouse for a few years before even attempting to do this project. Expect a TON of work to be involved. Litteraly a TON and expect it at the worst time. Like the morning of your wedding when Power goes out to the entire greenhouse and instead of enjoying your family your troubleshooting what went wrong and praying you can fix it in time... In essense if you just want an enjoyable, really good looking, easy to maintain fish tank. buy some LEDS and keep it in the house. If you want a full time job that wont make you money for a loooong time build a greenhouse and put some Extra lighting over any corals that wont color up. I have much, much more to say on this but I am tired and I may not get back on here for quite some time. There is also some info I wont divulge as I have put a huge investment of time, money and energy into this and I'm not too interested in handing it out for free. If you want to learn go get an education in the school of hard nocks, thats how I did it. Robert, I do want you to come out sometime I am just busy 100% of the time. I would love to have you over. I should be filling tubs in the new greenhouse around the middle of July. Hit me up sometime! If someone can teach me how to put pictures on this thread I will do so.
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