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Elegance coral. This is my baby. Extremely difficult to keep. Advanced marine keepers only!



This is a good full tank shot. Been dying to get one like this.



This is a macro shot of a yellow millie. Corals turn all sorts of strange colors under my intense light conditions, frequent feedings, and high currents. It is now green, blue, pink with yellow polyps.



And finally for all of you that love watching clowns host to anemones, this one is for you.



Please understand that they are hosting to a Magnificent anemone, or a member of the ritteri family. These are considered extremely fragile and are never recommended for home aquarium, not even public aquariums. Mine was a gift by an uninformed buyer and I am greatly pleased it lives on 2 months later. This specimen is very hardy, getting larger everyday. These 2 maroon clowns will host to any anemone I put in the tank. Previously, and sometimes still, they host to a blue saddle or carpet anemone. Another of the very difficult anemones. I am very pleased that my elegance and anemones do so well.

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Very nice photos CM!
salwater tanks are so interesting!
Very nice! :wink:
 

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Looks sweet Mike. thats elegance is beautiful

You sound like my friend, he has a 3x3x2.5 cube and the fish are a side interest for him, its all about the corals as far as he is concerned.

I will take the plunge into salty one day, once i have got more exp. with fishkeeping in general and understand the science behind it a bit more.

thanks for the pics!
 

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Fish? What fish? I don't want to spoil th ebeauty of my reef with a lot of fish. To many fish contribute to a high nutrient load. Bad for corals and algae problems. Currently housing 1 algae blenny, 1 4' long banded snakeor garden eel, 2 large maroon clowns. That's it for the fish. I moved a few of the others out. I lost my scooter blenny a few nights back. I had had it for a year and a half.
 

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astounding photos mike! your corals are gorgeous! good work!

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lookin pretty good mike Im glad you dident stuff your tank with sps frags cause i hate that look. Are you ever tempted to buy more fish for it? cause every time i go to the fish store i want it all. Your corals are nice but when i start mine im gunna go green! I love brain coral and any other coral that is a bright flourecent green.
 

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lookin pretty good mike Im glad you dident stuff your tank with sps frags cause i hate that look. Are you ever tempted to buy more fish for it? cause every time i go to the fish store i want it all. Your corals are nice but when i start mine im gunna go green! I love brain coral and any other coral that is a bright flourecent green.
I was writing out a huge rant about how my entire tank is dedicated to SPS and that I've said numerous times that I am a dedicated SPS nut. There are literally thousands of dollars worth of SPS corals in the tank. SPS 90% non SPS 10%. I decided not to post what I wrote.

Be careful what you say. That first sentence is very harsh and litteraly attacks my tank. If you are going to make such a bold statement make sure it's correct.
 

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SPS are Small POlyp Stony corals, corals that grow a skeleton and have jillions of tiny mouths. SPS reef keeping is an addiction. Because they are easy to ffrag but take forever to grow, it becomes a game to see how many of the rare pieces you can attain.

LPS are Large polyps stony corals. LPS grow a large exposed skeleton and have one or a few large mouths, very fleshy looking corals. They look great in the shops. My avatar is a great example of a LPS coral, the cynarina. LPS are considered great for begining to advanced reef keepers. They look great. They seem to do more than SPS corals. The brains look great when they are all puffed out.

Softies are non reef building corals like mushrooms, xenia, or star polyps. No skeleton.

The thing with SPS are the colors are amazing. Keeping SPS alive, growing it out, and fragging it for others is a sign of the most dedicated and advanced reefer possible. It is an art form taken very seriously. SPS demand the highest water paramters. Huge amounts of flow. Huge amounts of light. Huge amounts of supplemental dosing. They can be a very expensive and time consuming hobby with little reward other than to be recognized by your peers for the quality of tank you keep. It's like the Japanese Bonsaii. The frags themeselves can be ridiculously expensive. I've paid $200 an inch before. I do not wish to admit how much I paid for that green table efflo in the center that I circled so many times. That piece is my holy grail piece. That one coral allows me access to frag from some of the best reefers in the country. Without it they wouldn't pay me any attention. My single colony efflo is over 8" diameter and has never been fragged. The yellow millie in the top pic was $100 for an inch frag.
 

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wow...thats awesome. way to go with all those hard to grow corals. apparently you know what you're doing, and doing a good job of it. they are beauties.

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Wait before you tell me that 22 gallon tank belongs to your neibor let me say that tank is not that bad One time i saw a sps tank somewere and it was the extreme of a sps tank and it was relly ugly. The reason i am not very fond of that sps look is because with my tank i like to impress the average folk. With a beutiful stunning green display when they walk in. A lot of people can apretiate a good looking fish or even a wonderfluly colored coral maybe even the sick hand plumbed sump tank you have but when a non-aquairum person walks in they dont say wow look at that sps in your tank.(and remember thats just my opinion)
 

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Sean is one of my best friends and a frag trading partner. http://www.maast.org/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&t=22423
You are digging a hole faster than you can imagine.

Everyone has to start somewhere. Sean is taking the ecological approach in that he only buys frags from coral farmers instead of coral harvesters from the reefs. His 2" frags soon become entire colonies, thus reducing his global impact on the trade. And trust you me, people may not know the difference but a tank full of SPS corals is beyond awe inspiring.

The first sentence you made you used the word "hate". It is a very strong word.[/code]
 
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