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  1. Lexinverts

    Upscales Meeting January 2019

    Great work on this @badxgillen! Looking forward to it.
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    Fragging advice

    I would also try to give each colony a quick dip in Melafix—2 to 3 minutes, no more than that. Jeff should have Melafix, otherwise Petco usually has it. Melafix is harsh, but I recommend it because it is the only thing I have heard people have used on brown jelly (usually with lps).
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    Fragging advice

    I would frag off the brown tips with bone cutters, about a quarter inch into the healthy tissue. So, I would frag between your red and yellow lines, closer to the red lines. Good luck!
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    Sudden SPS problems

    Great microscope work, John! There are definitely cilliates there. But those little brown spheres on the slide also look like dinoflagellates to me. It looks like the cilliates are eating at least some of them. Maybe the algae colonize where the cilliates are feeding...? What a mess! What did Jeff suggest that you do? If it were me, I think that I would take everything out that I could and dip it in KCL (food grade, 1 tblspoon per gallon) or Revive or maybe Melafix. If I couldn't take out a piece to dip, I would hit it with a turkey baster and crank up my UV sterilizer. Good luck!
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    Sudden SPS problems

    These pictures actually look like dinoflagellates. Didn’t we see that on a Monti in your tank a while back? Do you see bubbles in the strings of brown? If you do, I bet they are Dinos. If it is Dinos, you might try a UV sterilizer and frequently blowing them off of your corals with a turkey baster. In my experience, if I blew them off all surfaces several times per day and ran a UV sterilizer, they eventually went away.
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    Sudden SPS problems

    I would send in an ICP test ASAP to ATI or Triton. If you are seeing ‘brown jelly’ on your corals I suspect that is a result of some other stress and not the cause itself. @albertareef recently had a similar experience of slow decline and it turned out that he had a piece of metal mixed with his media in his calcium reactor. good luck!
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    Super awesome aussie acropora spathulata

    My frag is doing well too.
  8. ATI is replacing ATI Essentials 3-part with a the 2-part ATI Essentials pro. The new supplements will be available in the USA by January 2019. I like this idea, since it will free up a channel on my doser and will free up space in my cabinet for other stuff.
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    Torch coral spawning?

    Very cool! Looks like spawning. I’ve had bristle stars produce an excretion like that too.
  10. I have tried Triton and I have had good success with it. However, Triton has had some issues keeping their supplements in stock in the USA. I switched to ATI Essentials because it is much cheaper than Triton and it is always in stock in the USA. Since I switched, I have had the same type of good results using ATI as I did using Triton. ATI also offers ICP testing for less than Triton charges and with similar results. I currently recommend ATI over Triton.
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    Some good news for once!

    https://www.afp.com/en/news/15/surviving-bleached-barrier-reef-coral-more-resilient-heat-doc-1bg5aj2 Corals in the Great Barrier Reef are becoming more resistant to bleaching.
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    Nice rare color and pattern Tridacna Clams FS

    Those are awesome, Rudy!
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    Is this cyano?

    That looked like Dinoflagellates, not Cyano. Keep up the higher flow, and clean it with a turkey baster every day. Usually it will go away, unless there are other issues with your tank chemistry.
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    JBJ 1/4 HP chiller DBE-200

    PM sent.
  15. The vendors seemed to think this one had a bigger crowd.
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    $10 Early Bird tickets for Frag Fest!

    This was a great idea @Flashy Fins and @Gumby
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    Fragfest Oct 27th Vendors

    This is great @Gumby!
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    New additions in my Reefer XL 425

    It is nice. I think I have a frag of it. @CuttleFishandCoral didn't you think that it was some kind of efflo?
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    Need advice on adding my first clam

    This first comment is not related to the clam. If you are dosing BRS two-part, you should run your alk no higher than 8. If you run it higher than that you will start to battle with pumps seizing up all of the time. I run my alk 7.7-8. As for the clam, as long as your parameters are stable, it should do fine in a 3 month old system. The one thing I see that you’ll want to correct for the clam is the low nutrients. I think that your nitrate should be a little higher. 2-5 is ideal in my experience. I also like my phosphate to be around .08, but .03 is probably ok.
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    Meeting on August 25th!

    I saw those there. Nice! Sorry I missed you, Daniel.
  21. Hello all: After being gone for two months, I need to clear some of the frags out of my tanks that turned into colonies over the summer. Many thanks to Badxgillen for taking care of everything for me while I was gone! I'll be at the upcoming meeting at All Things Aquarium and can bring frags there. Reef Gen Green Goniopora. You won't find a hardier or greener goniopora. I have to frag my mother colony up about twice per year to prevent them from overgrowing my tank. 25 bucks per mini-colony. One min-colony pending, 4 left. Favia mini colonies. This is one of my favorite favias. It is teal green with orange/pink mouths. This one grows fast for me. 25 bucks per min--colony One mini-colony pending, one left. Citrus Mistress encrusting Montipora. This is my favorite encrusting Monti. This one originally came from Cuttlefish and Corals. It is super bright orange with forest green polyps. It is makes a very nice contrast to sunset Montipora if you have them growing side by side. 15 bucks per chunky frag. 6 frags pending, 4 left Superman encrusting Montipora. This one is sweet. 15 bucks for this fully encrusted frag. Pending Rainbow encrusting Montipora. Another one of my favorites. 15 bucks for this sweet frag. Big frag of Blonde Haired Blue Eyed B&%$%s. 25 bucks. These zoas are really nice! Branching Apple Berry Monti. This one came from Stylaster originally. 15 bucks per frag. All 4 frags Pending. If anyone else would like a frag, I can make more! Duncanopsammia. Big fluffy Duncan frags. These guys are slow growing, but these frags are fully healed and really nice. 20 bucks each. Grubes Gorgonian mini-colony. This is the same strain of gorgonian that they have in the display tank at Upscales. This is a good starter Gorgonian if you haven't tried them before. Very hardy, pretty pink color, and adds lot of movement to the tank! 20 bucks for this huge frag! Pending to Zorroreef
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    Meeting on August 25th!

    See you tomorrow!
  23. I'll see everyone tomorrow! It looks like it will be a nice day for a meeting.