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Paratore

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    Belize 2018!

    In the last photo we are actually feeding the fish! It’s a place where locals dump their conch and lobster catch from the day. As you can kinda tell the “sea floor” is actually made entirely of conch shells. And the girl swimming is holding a freshly cleaned lobster while the fish pick out the little bit of remaining meat Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....
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    My first anemone

    Looks good so far! I love anemones, just added two more to my 75 last night This one is my “show piece”, it’s about 8” across. Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....
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    Belize 2018!

    Alright, time for a little more info [emoji4] I went to Belize with my Parents, sister, Brother, his girlfriend and my beautiful fiancé for a total of two weeks. This was the fourth and final trip for my family. We stayed on the island of San Pedro which is about 30 miles from Belize City, Belize. We stayed about 7 miles north of San Pedro in a house called Playa Blanca Villas. The Island of San Pedro is a fairly safe place. I wouldn't wonder around by yourself but my family and I never felt threatened while exploring town. Belize is not as developed as the states so we definitely did not show our phones, wallets or anything else that would make us a target for theft. We had zero problems and found the people of Belize to be very kind. They also see a ton of tourist on the island so its just everyday stuff to them. They island is absolutely beautiful. The water is a turquoise blue and the edge of the reef is about a quarter mile from the island. It was pretty crazy never seeing waves crash on the shore. They all break at the edge of the barrier reef. The water is between 5-12 feet deep between the edge of the reef and the mainland. While we were there, we snorkeled every single day. The reef is amazing. The size of the coral was breathtaking and made my little tank feel like a little puddle. It was incredible to see an acropora with branches a foot in diameter. The water was a steady 78-80 degrees every day, much better than the Oregon Coast lol. The water visibility was also about 60 feet although the underwater pictures make it look murky. I would say that sea fans were the most common coral we came across. We also did lots of spearfishing, fishing and lobster hunting. Lobster season opened the day before we got there and boy are they yummy [emoji4] One shoots a lobster with the spear gun to catch them. They poke their heads out of holes in rocks and if they are not shot correctly then they can get away into the rocks. The most we killed in one day was 18!!! We also shot many fish and had some of the best fish tacos I've ever had. My sister and I are both certified scuba divers and we did a two tank local dive through Amigos Del Mar. We dove to a max of about 80 feet and oh my gosh was the reef spectacular. The pictures all turned out horrible because of the blue. My cheap knock off camera couldn't process that amount of blue light because it was so deep. But you can see the growth structure and abundance of corals/fish. We were actually circled by five reef sharks which was pretty creepy. Overall the dives were amazing and I wish my camera could have captured some better photos. I know there is more I am forgetting but its late and I'm tired [emoji4] So if you have any questions about anything regarding my trip just ask! Now for some pictures!!!!
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    Nice looking Nem..

    Couple questions, but I’m definitely interested and sent you a text....hopefully its still your number lol Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....
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    Belize 2018!

    Once we got to our house, yes we are very safe. We stay on the island of San Pedro which is a huge tourist area and is safe. I can’t speak to the safety of the mainland. And I’ll hopefully have time to do a write up tomorrow Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....
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    Belize 2018!

    I should enter the lobsters [emoji23] It was amazing, this was actually my family’s fourth and last trip there. Although it is my favorite place, it’s Time to go somewhere new Yes I did see damaged reef. They have what they call elk horn acropora and it was hard to find because most of the colonies were dead. Granted that was in the shallow section of the barrier reef. Once you cross over to the deep side(open ocean) they reef was thriving Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....
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    Belize 2018!

    Don’t worry Sean the snorkeling was amazing also Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....
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    Want to buy zoas

    Takes so much time for single shots [emoji23] Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....
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    Want to buy zoas

    Quick shot if you wanted to see some of what I’ve got. Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....
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    Want to buy zoas

    Thank you Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....
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    Want to buy zoas

    I have some in Independence. Looking for any particular ones? Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....
  12. I’ve decided to take my tank in a Anemone dominated direction. So I’m looking for long tentacle, bubble tip, carpet, seabae, Ritteri, maximinis, everything! I’ll be home in a few days and I’m hoping to line up some trades or buys in the next couple weeks. I’ve got tons of zoas, and some lps for trade. Mix of high to low end. Or I’ve got cash Also, here are some picture because who doesn’t like coral pictures and my post would be boring without them lol Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....
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    Looking for anemones! What you got??

    Bumping this up. As of now I’ve got a rainbow Nem lined up. Really want to find a nice carpet nem Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....
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    Looking for anemones! What you got??

    Super nice nems guys [emoji7] Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....
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    Welcome your 2018/2019 Board Members!

    Yayayayayyayay!!! Thank you everyone for this wonderful opportunity!! Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....
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    Flatworms on my torch...

    I have also used flatworm exit before. Works great but takes two or three treatments only days apart. And those definitely look like the kind that only eat euphyllia. Bad news is they lay eggs so it’s gonna take a little work to get rid of them. But it can be done! Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....
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    Flatworms on my torch...

    Those are euphyllia eating flat worms. That can get really big. Good news is they only eat euphyllia..... bad news, I’ve never had them so I don’t have any advice [emoji51] Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....
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    Paratore's 75 Gallon Display

    The swallow tail is awesome! Right now she is about a half dollar size, still needs to grow into her coloring a little Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....
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    Paratore's 75 Gallon Display

    Finally tried to take some pictures of my fish. Mad respect to those of you who can take killer fish pictures cuz its HARD!!! A few of the fish have names while others are still developing their names Yellow Tang--Timmy Blue Tang--Dory (Classic) Japanese Swallow Tail-- No name yet Blue/Green Chromis---Virgil Flame Angle--Grace(Because she doesn't eat coral) Green Chromis--No name yet Black/White Clowns--Spot and Candy Pintail Wrasse--No name yet Royal Gramma----- K-Cash Blue Damsel---No name yet Tilbit Damsel---No name yet
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    Simplicity protein skimmer

    I run the 240 and my water level is right at the Black ring with the pump running full speed and the valve arrow to arrow (open all the way) It runs really dry that way which is what I prefer. Only been running it for a few months but so far it pulls out some nice crap. I’ll try to snap a pic tonight Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....
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    Rasta zoas shrinking???

    I would agree. Lighting, then check your parameters. And sometimes they just melt after being super happy. If they do melt just let me know and I’ll get you another frag man! Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....
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    Paratore's 75 Gallon Display

    Thank you! Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....
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    Paratore's 75 Gallon Display

    Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....
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    Paratore's 75 Gallon Display

    Definitely pushing the stock limit in this tank. Fish count is at 12 I think [emoji51] Super excited though! The pintail is AMAZING! Once they settle in, I’ll break out the DSLR Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....
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    Paratore's 75 Gallon Display

    More fish going in the system. This is my last batch of fish with some aggressive ones so they are all going in at the same time. Bio load will increase pretty significantly but the system should be able to handle it! Really excited to get some serious movement in the tank! Things being added: pintail wrasse, green wrasse, Flame angel, Japanese Yellow swallowtail, royal gramma. Maybe a blue/yellow damsel and a Pink damsel. Yes, some of these will outgrown the tank over time, but that’s ok because I will graduate them to my dads 180 Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....
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