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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:59 am

Farfromfiji wrote:
think
Maybe she will just be his reclusive mistress. Only coming out every once in a while to tantalize him.

Perhaps. I haven't seen her in a week now. That's not a good sign... Sad

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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Sun Apr 22, 2012 9:51 am

So, I realized this morning that it has been FOREVER since I updated this showcase thread. My bad. ashamed I had good intentions of posting pics of the corals that I had acquired a few months ago, but obviously never got to it...

Time to catch up! Here's the corals that I've acquired over the last several months. And, more pics will follow shortly, because I've gotten a few new frags this month that I haven't gotten a chance to take pics of yet, including an Elegance coral that Nicholas picked up for me from Retangs yesterday... Smile

Psammocora:


Green People Eater Palys:


Mushroom:


Will's Fireballs


And, a FTS:


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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Sun Apr 22, 2012 12:06 pm

Looks great Very Happy I can't believe how bright that psammocora is in your tank.

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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:47 pm

Thanks! Very Happy And, thanks for all the new corals! All of these either came from you or mom Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Sun May 20, 2012 12:18 pm

Here are some pics of some more recent coral additions Smile

Elegance Coral from ReTang (picked up for me by Nicholas thanks):


AOG Palys (generous gift from KC thanks):


Daisy Polpys w/ Blue Zoas:


Blue Zoa:


LA Laker:


Tyree (not so) Blue Chalice (picked up from TBRC auction):


007 Golden Eye Chalice [aka Gryffindor Chalice] (picked up from Epic Reef in Sarasota):

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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Sun May 27, 2012 1:27 pm

So, about a month ago, I had an acro-accident. Sad I was trying to frag my formosa staghorn to give Eric a piece, and, when I took the bone cutters to it, the whole colony just crumbled. The colony was about 6" x 6", and it crumbled into about 20 pieces. cry Needless to say, that day kinda sucked and I shed a few tears...

However, I rubberbanded the pieces of the acro together in an approximation to how the colony used to look, and I hoped for the best. I had no idea whether it would die or actually survive the accident...

Now, it's a little over a month later, and I am soooooo happy to report that the acro is doing great! All of the acro pieces actually grew back together! I have now removed the rubberbands and the colony is able to support itself!! I'm so happy!! Check out the pics below...

Before the acro-accident:


After the acro-accident, with the rubberbands holding the acro together:


Today:



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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Sun May 27, 2012 3:21 pm

The reconstructive surgery was a success!

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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Mon May 28, 2012 10:08 am

That is SOOOO cool; perfect example of the self sustaining power of these creatures! It actually looks really good and aside from a few stumps, it isn't obvious it fell apart. In fact, it gives the acro an almost alien look to it with the branches going every-which-way.
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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Tue May 29, 2012 8:43 am

Yeah. Originally, this acro was growing so quickly that I was fragging it so often that I couldn't sell the frags quick enough. I ended up laying the frags that I didn't sell on top of the acro and saw that they reattached in whatever way I laid them (even upside down). I was calling the project my "crazy acro experiment" (http://aquarists-at-usf.forumotion.com/t146-diy-crazy-acro).

However, after shattering the acro and repairing it, that "experiment" takes the cake! And the acro certainly does look "crazy"! lol

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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Tue May 29, 2012 10:16 pm

That's crazy... But awesome! I bet you could do some cool shapes if you really took the time to plan it. Kind of like those people who shape trees to make benches and statues etc.
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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Thu May 31, 2012 12:20 pm

Farfromfiji wrote:
That's crazy... But awesome! I bet you could do some cool shapes if you really took the time to plan it. Kind of like those people who shape trees to make benches and statues etc.

Yeah! Work of art in the making! lol

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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Thu May 31, 2012 1:30 pm

Teaser pic!



I've done some CRAZY coral shopping the past week or so!! Close-up pics with names coming soon!! mr. green

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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Thu May 31, 2012 2:25 pm

Pics of new corals from aznsnakeboy89...

Setosa


AOG Palys


ORA Purple Nana


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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Thu May 31, 2012 2:28 pm

Pics of corals from Nicholas41 Wink

Alpha and Omega Zoas


Tyree Keylime Mango Sherbert Chalice


Fluffy's Chalice


Striped Green Palys


Purple Palys


Green Slimer (not doing so hot...)


Laser Beam Chalice:

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~Samantha snorkel

Founder and Former President of the Aquarist Club at USF

100 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium

47 Gallon Macroalgae DT


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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Thu May 31, 2012 2:30 pm

Corals from Creative Aquariums!!

Hydnophora


Mystic Sunset Monti


Turbinaria


Branching Chalice

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~Samantha snorkel

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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Thu May 31, 2012 2:48 pm

Great picture of the hydnophora! Your branching chalice is looking better than mine grumble lol

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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Thu May 31, 2012 2:50 pm

Nicholas41 wrote:
Great picture of the hydnophora! Your branching chalice is looking better than mine grumble lol

Thanks! Very Happy And, sorry...maybe yours will cheer up soon?

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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Thu May 31, 2012 3:04 pm

And...finally...drumroll drums

...My most recent coral purchase...Metallic Bi-Color Frogspawn from Doug Drysdale!! dance




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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Thu May 31, 2012 3:07 pm

Frogspawn has never done well for me. One of the last pieces that I bought had it's head blown off the first night in my aquarium. HOWEVER, this new frogspawn is doing really well! I've never seen frogspawn so happy in my aquarium before!!! fingers-crossed

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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Thu May 31, 2012 6:05 pm

It looks great! I've noticed that a lot of people who don't have reef tanks seem to be drawn to items like frogspwan and xenia ect. This will definitely catch anyone's eyes! It looks beautiful!

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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Thu May 31, 2012 8:10 pm

Thank you! mr. green

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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Thu May 31, 2012 10:59 pm

frogspawn is stunning! Very Happy

i like the others too. I need to do some coral shopping msyelf..
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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:10 am

Love the hydnophora, and your laser beam chalice pics. And of course that frogspawn is fabulous! Clapping
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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:40 am

Thanks guys!! Very Happy
I've never tried hydnophora before, so I'm pretty excited about that. And, I LOVE the frogspawn!! I seriously thought it was going to scared to death like the ones I bought in the past. I took out a Koralia and really tried to shelter the frogspawn in the cove of the LR, so maybe that did the trick.

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Founder and Former President of the Aquarist Club at USF

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47 Gallon Macroalgae DT
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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:29 am

Well in light of Nicholas' reef tank breakdown, I gained a lot of new corals (I also emptied my wallet... grumble) jk Wink I'm glad to give these guys a good home. Nicholas' reef tank was really gorgeous, and I'm glad that we get to keep a little piece here at home. cheers

From Nicholas...

Starting with all of the chalices...

Mr. Coral Chalice:


Puffy Chalice w/ Crazy Sweeper Tentacles:



Tyree Emerald Mummy Eye:


Tyree Key Lime Mango Sherbet:


Cotton Candy/Raspberry Monster:


WWC Toxic Pie:


Miami Hurricane/Pumpkin Patch:


Doomsday:


Reverse Watermelon:


Watermelon:


TBRC Auction Chalice:


Golden Eye/Gryffindor:

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