grassi Posted October 2, 2010 Share Posted October 2, 2010 Got your attention? So I was reading some TOTM on RF Magazine today. For months I was trying to explain myself why italians were able to get show quality mature sps tanks in a short amount of time. My first answer was that pizza eaters have some unknown skills when it comes to reef tanks, as they seems to do when it comes to building race cars or motorbikes. Then I started browsing some italian reef forums while I found one where in the first page there is a giant picture of our friend Anthony Calfo in video conference. I thought that if Calfo was there there must be a reason. I was digging into that forum while I found out about the method they use. It is called Blue Coral and there are some thread on RC about that, but the language problem kept that method far away from the US. The blue coral is technically a very strong berlin method, less or more like most of our tanks: high ca (more than 500), high alinity, high mg, high alk and a really powerful skimmer in order to keep oxidation redox really high. The other elements of the methods are more interesting. The "pappone" (I can't find a way to translate it..) is basically some diy food based on nori, sugar and fish. Nothing new. The secret ingredient is more interesting: somatropin. Somatropin is "a human growth hormone (HGH), is a hormone that is produced in the human body and excreted into the blood by the somatotrope cells of the anterior pituitary gland. It is a single-chain protein that is composed of 191 amino acids with a molecular weight of approximately 22,000 Daltons.". The usage of ammino acids is not new in here, but HGH it is, being not allowed to sell it without a prescription in the US. Somatropin can push sps cral growth up to 80%. That's probably why you can find threads like this http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=971190 I just created an account on that forum and I will read more about the method and I will keep you posted. Somatropin is legally sold in Mexico (scratch) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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