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post #1 of 4 Old 04-15-2014, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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DBTC Crayola Palythoas

This is a program that has been in effect in many inner hobbyists circles,Forums, and Marine Societies,and I think it would be great to start it here.As the title states the name of this program is called Don't Break The Chain and is quite often just referred to as DBTC.The main purpose of the DBTC is not only to help alleviate some of the stresses that occur from harvesting our wild reefs but to insure the continued availability of these species in our home aquariums for generations to come.

The way this works is that when a person has a coral that has gotten to large and needs trimmed or the coral has replicated itself to the point that the colony needs thinned down they may post the frag\coral they wish to share in a DBTC thread.The coral then is offered up to a fellow reefer BUT the recipient,once the coral has grown to a fraggable size,must offer up the first 2 frags of the coral to fellow hobbyists that in turn must REPEAT the DBTC Process. This method works best in local communities to distribute the coral species but I have seen it work in situations that involve shipping from state to state as well and see no reason it should be discouraged to do the same here.

One of the necessary basic terms are that the person getting the frag will be able to care for the coral and providing a little tank history and parameters readings that can validate such.

I have some really nice palythoas I would love to share with the reefing community here and I do not mind shipping if the person does not mind paying for its transportation. These were originally sold to me as Crayola Color Changer Zoas but they never changed color,thats fine by me as they have a really nice blue purple with some radial spokes coming form the mouths.

I have a couple of frags up for grabs here if you think you can manage keeping them until you can frag em for a friend or fellow forum member then let me know.

Happy Reefing.
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-23-2014, 08:54 AM
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Good way to spread bugs/flatworms and pathogens. One of the biggest problems I had keeping a reeftank. Everyone was swapping so everyone had soft and hard coral eating flatworms and other pests. My tank had to be nuked several times. Back when I started and there was not as much of this... I didn't have these problems. At the very least these corals should be dipped and quarantined IMO.
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post #3 of 4 Old 04-23-2014, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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It should be a common practice to at the very least dip corals introduced into a tank if quarantine is not present.It is part of the hobby to acquire pieces from other tanks That is why they make the dips in the first place,you can get pests from live rock purchased,retailers corals, or even from macro algae. I think that this program is an excellent benefit not a setback!

Sounds like you had some disappointing failures Keepsmilling, if you ever get back into it and you decide you want to get some corals from good people keeping the hobby accessible and affordable let us know as there are many other people who like to give away corals or trade.

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post #4 of 4 Old 05-07-2014, 04:50 AM
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I'll go ahead and take these from you.

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