Electrokate Posted January 29, 2009 Share Posted January 29, 2009 Hi, I am new to this club, and have not yet gone to a meeting. I hope to start going soon, maybe this will motivate me. I have met a few members, I used to work at World of Wet Pets and also sold some coral on Craigslist, everyone from the club I have met so far has been great. My current tank is a 55 and some of these pictures are old, it's a little tight due to the growth of the coral so I keep having to rearrange and frag or outright remove things. I have been holding out on that as much as possible as a 90 is on the way, if I can get it here. It's in Puyallup and I don't have a truck... So this is the tank as it was in December 08: http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n72/electrokate/My%20aquariums/PICT0171.jpg[/img]"] and one year prior-January 07. Most corals have at least doubled in size, most showing fast exponential growth: http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n72/electrokate/My%20aquariums/PICT0143.jpg[/img]"] That gorgonian grows like mad, I have to frag or it will grow into the overflow and right up to the surface. I have a blueberry gorgonian which is a bit more of a nightmare. They are considered not appropriate for aquariums for a good reason, hermit crabs eat them and most of us keep hermits. To make it especially fun they do it at night so you won't notice. I picked out all the hermits, put them in the sump and then they crawled into the return pump and stopped up the scwd, making a horrid noise and breaking it. Why do I need hermits anyway? The fish do their work better. My tang farms the tank, that is why the caulerpa is there. He keeps it short and stout by trimming the tips so that it is more difficult to remove. But it looks good and he is happy so I don't care too much, long as it stays off the coral. He also farms a red hairy algae, looks like gracillaria, and eats all the bryopsis he can find. My friend Josh put him in the tank for bryopsis control after an outbreak. The overflow got coated with that too so I put the rock boring urchin I found in there and he cleaned it. The urchin was dime size when I found him in my sump, I don't know where he came from. Pretty cool. I love Pocilloporas, used to have them in tricolor, purple, green and pink. All but pink were lost in moves, the pink showed up as a tiny volunteer, probably from this colony.: http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n72/electrokate/My%20aquariums/DSCF5154.jpg[/img]"] Volunteer pocillopora at base of softie: http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n72/electrokate/My%20aquariums/PICT0169.jpg[/img]"] Here is the softie over the pocillopora. It is much bigger now, I started snipping to keep it from growing to the surface. Very easy coral. It leans over to sting the neighbors but usually nothing happens. I think it's a wimp. Could have a more subtle slow toxic action though. http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n72/electrokate/My%20aquariums/PICT0276.jpg[/img]"] This plate coral started the same way-5 or 6 polyps on a pea size spot on a rock. In a year it has grown to about 5" across and is developing whorls, despite me bumping and breaking pieces every time I clean the glass. http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n72/electrokate/My%20aquariums/purplerimmontioneyeargrowth07.jpg[/img]"] This was dropped at World of Wet Pets by a local guy who had too much of it, I can see why. Fastest grower I have ever seen. It's a good picture, you can see the part lit mainly by 6700K vs the part by actinics. With well mixed light it is neon, as in blacklight in your face wildly bright green. I don't believe in upping the saturation of my photos unnaturally, so maybe it doesn't show, I don't know what it looks like on other peoples' computers either. But it is great looking and fast growing, two of my favorite qualities in a coral. http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n72/electrokate/My%20aquariums/neongreen.jpg[/img]"] Here is one I should not promote... yes I have a dendronephthya-like cauliflower. I have had it since last fall, and it has grown in girth at the base and doubled in length with new growth developing spicules. I do feed SF bay brine shrimp nauplii, they are smaller and higher in HUFA's than Utah brine, and I also have a thriving fuge, sand stirring fish, and this coral was picked because it had tan polyps suggesting it was hosting photosynthetic zooxanthellae. http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n72/electrokate/My%20aquariums/PICT0031.jpg[/img]"] I am writing too much. Here are pictures without all the jabbering on: http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n72/electrokate/My%20aquariums/purplefirefish.jpg[/img]"] http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n72/electrokate/My%20aquariums/applegreenzoas.jpg[/img]"] http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n72/electrokate/My%20aquariums/DSCF0002.jpg[/img]"] Self fragging yellow fiji toadstool (polyps glow slightly green under moonlights so was sold as green toadstool by wholesaler). This specimen will break at the base and dump frags randomly, and most do not get bigger than a few inches. Perfect for me! Eats brine shrimp too. http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n72/electrokate/My%20aquariums/PICT0270sm.jpg[/img]"] I love sponges, I try and get them from friends whenever possible and share them if others are interested. This one is photosynthetic so tries to spread horizontally. http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n72/electrokate/My%20aquariums/PICT0168.jpg[/img]"] This grew from 2 polyps my boss in Oly gave me to save. The tissue was a tiny shred in the center of the exposed skeleton, so I hand fed it til it grew back, and now it's the size of a softball. Yesterday I saw it dripping tissue, don't know if it was damaged or if it is trying to reproduce. Some LPS do that, and I find little LPS growing under rocks and in the sand sometimes. But something in my tanks attacks the coral at night. Bristleworms? Peppermint shrimp? Blood shrimp? Whatever it is if I remember to drop some pellets in after the lights are out I don't get damage that night. Need to set up a timed feeder to do that. Anyways, yeah this coral... it's HUGE now. I have even sold frags. http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n72/electrokate/My%20aquariums/DSCF0034.jpg[/img]"] I am getting into the year old photos, these are larger now in number and in size. My favorite zoanthid, they glow. There are blue spot purple mushrooms dispersed among its polyps which really look great together in contrast. http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n72/electrokate/My%20aquariums/acidzoas011408.jpg[/img]"] These look good but are a pain. They are everywhere. I am going to have to start hitting them with aiptasia control where they are encroaching on the corals, I don't mind them filling in open spaces but don't touch my sps! Major bad decision to put these in the tank. They are only good for FOWLR tanks and feeding butterflies in distress. I can't believe this hobby has gone from unable to keep coral at all to having some corals become a pestilence. http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n72/electrokate/My%20aquariums/DSCF4856.jpg[/img]"] Here is the hydnaphora, with the wrasse I don't have anymore. He jumped a few days after I took this picture. I miss him, he kept the fish moving. The Hydnaphora has to be fragged all the time, it's gotten huge. Funny thing about them, they are only neon green when distressed. Or so it looks to me. http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n72/electrokate/My%20aquariums/whipfinunderhydnaphora.jpg[/img]"] If you don't want to read all this or want to see my photos of orchids, norkeling and Hawaiian plants my photobucket account is here: http://s109.photobucket.com/albums/n72/electrokate/My%20aquariums/ http://s109.photobucket.com/albums/n72/electrokate/orchids/ http://s109.photobucket.com/albums/n72/electrokate/plants%20of%20hawaii/ http://s109.photobucket.com/albums/n72/electrokate/Snorkeling%20pictures/ 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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