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Well Contestants this is the official thread to post your Premium Aquarium Acan Grow Out entries! If you post your entry in another thread it will not count. Contest begins March 20th!You have a week

So with Coral Reef Tankers going from 5 to 10 polyps and Snappy growing 6 from 3 means we have two contestants who made a doubling growth rate for their frag. Basically we have two winners and I canno

So here are my pics of my frag, side and top view. System: Tank: Red Sea Reefer 350,   73g display  18g sump. Lights: Red Sea 90's x2 Blue: 50% 8 hours White: 20% 8 hours

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So it is that time again, you know what I mean, post it up time...


Nothing to see here folks, just a few heads of acans, slow growing LPS. They have definately healed up and increased in size, but not numbers.

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I have 2 new polyps. One of my 3 original polyps is still only a half and has never fully healed. So 2.5 originals, and 2 new polyps. The new polyps are already about 1/4 the size of the big ones and coloring up too. 



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Well here is my photo for May, but I am out of the competition. After last months face dive mine took, it started to go down hill. It receded so much the skeleton started to poke out so I made the decision to move it to my main tank. It is recovered and I think I see a couple new heads. Good luck to everyone still in it!


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I apologize about the late reminder but life has been a bit "off" for me lately... That being said, we need to see some continuing contestants if possible. I am about up to 5 polyps as of now. AAAWWWwww Yeah!





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So here is my update on my acans.

My previous 2 heads have filled out nicely and I now have 2 more growing! 9 total heads!

Love the colors on this guy!!!

I have 1 polyp which has been a little pissed this week....... not sure why especially since the other acans on the frag rack look great, but seems to be getting better. 




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OBrien Acan-A, Check-in: June 25:

I took a step back this month.  My previous mini-frag tank had Aptasia.  And they weren't coming with the corals into the new frag tanks.  So on June 12th, i snapped my frag off it's plug and transplanted it.   In the process, I cracked the skeleton.   So, attached is the June 12th picture (bright white plug) and today's photo.  No need to get too close, nor fancy.  

At the same time, I've determined my system is low on NO3.  So starting yesterday I'm on a an campaign to increase it.  Maybe next month my acan frag will show some grown... 

June 12th New Frag Plug


June 25th photos 





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I hate to say it folks, but this is the last month of the grow out...

I also regret to inform my Acan looks like poo. I will send some terrible cell phone shots but ultimately I went from 2.5 polyps to 5 sickly looking heads.

Needles to say that after the competition I will be moving these corals out and into a different system... That is unless Coral reefTankers and Snappy will divulge his secrets to success.




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OBrien Acan-A, Check-in: July 28:

Well, I've got the algae uglies going.  You'll never guess what started them... 

(The last paragraph of my June update:  At the same time, I've determined my system is low on NO3.  So starting yesterday I'm on a an campaign to increase it.  Maybe next month my acan frag will show some grown... )  --> I've been slightly raising NO3 and PO4.  I thought I was going slow enough...



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