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Old 05/10/2006, 01:41 PM   #1
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Ordering "The Package"

Ever since I set up a new tank earlier this year, I have been following the Our Tbs thread with great interest. I have yet to stock my 58 gallon tank with anything and I finally decided to order "The Package". I was a little hesitant to order because the shipping costs to my local (read small) airport are quite high. But what swayed me to order is what I have read here on RC over and over again. TBS is the best when it comes to live rock, and from looking at other people’s tank photos you can see that this is a great way to quickly establish a beautiful reef tank. I can’t wait to hear from Richard and I will be sure to post a lot of photos when "The Package" arrives.


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Old 05/10/2006, 02:47 PM   #2
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I know you will be happy with this decision and if you lollowed enough you know which are good and bad critters. I was looking at the 58g tank over the weekend and like it a lot but the reg 75g with stand for about the same price as the 58g tank only and I think I'll settle with the 75 and pick it up tomorrow night. Remember to post pictures.


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Old 05/10/2006, 04:00 PM   #3
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This is the tank as is sits now. Not much to look at. I have managed to grow a nice size clump of chato in the sump/fuge.




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Old 05/15/2006, 01:12 PM   #4
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Red_Six, did you get your package yet?


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Old 05/15/2006, 02:52 PM   #5
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Richard contacted me today. I told him that I was not available for pickup this week. I should have some photos by Saturday the 27th.


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Old 05/26/2006, 12:03 PM   #6
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Still no package. Here is hoping for next week.


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Old 05/26/2006, 06:07 PM   #7
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TBS must be very busy filling orders. Which pkg did u ordered? I almost got your setup if it wasn't for the good price on the 75.


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Old 05/31/2006, 08:45 AM   #8
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I ordered a 58 gallon package. I think Richard is making a trip to the Keys for at least a week. I will wait to here from him and then give an update.


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Old 06/02/2006, 01:47 AM   #9
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Good news. Richard called sooner than expected. Got my first part today. I had to drive 4 hours to Spokane International to pick it up. The packages look like they survived the trip very well.

Now it is time for an early Christmas.


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Old 06/02/2006, 09:25 PM   #10
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I love this rock and the crushed shell substrate is beautiful. I have seen lots of snails, a few gorilla crabs, several brittle starfish, baby hermit crabs, one mantis, lancelets, small shrimp, worms of various shapes, barnacles, mollusks, tunicates, feather dusters, sponges, corals, macro algae and more. Here are a few of the photos I have taken thus far.







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Old 06/02/2006, 09:27 PM   #11
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Sponge

Shellfish

Yellow and red Clam


Here is a starfish that caught a lancelet. The lancelet later got free.

This is the only glimps of a mantis I have got. There is plenty of clicking from all the rocks. Hard to see but it is there.



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Old 06/02/2006, 09:29 PM   #12
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Tube Corals

Cup Corals


Another type of coral

Not sure what this red is.



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Old 06/02/2006, 10:14 PM   #13
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The lights are out and all sorts of critters are coming out.

Here is a small shrip. I turned the lights on to take his picture.




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Old 06/02/2006, 10:31 PM   #14
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Very nice. I think they look better than the rocks I got back in Mar & Apr and the ones I've seen here.

I know you must be happy and excited but take the time to get that mantis out. Before I got the last one out I'd to worry every time I stick my hands in there.


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Old 06/02/2006, 10:33 PM   #15
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What can a mantis do to me?


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Old 06/02/2006, 10:34 PM   #16
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btw--very nice pictures. What camera are you using?


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Old 06/02/2006, 10:42 PM   #17
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Olympus Camedia C-3040. I realy do not know what I am doing when it come to takinig pictures but I am trying.


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Old 06/02/2006, 10:53 PM   #18
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Here is a lucky shot taken with the C-3040 of the yellow polyps in my nano.



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Old 06/03/2006, 07:05 AM   #19
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Nice pictures Red_six!

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What can a mantis do to me?
He can smack you in the finger and it will hurt and probably bleed.

http://www.blueboard.com/mantis/pest/catch.htm

There is some information about trapping them. You probably want to get him out before you recieve part two as he will love to eat some of your hermit crabs and snails.


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He can smack you in the finger and it will hurt and probably bleed.

http://www.blueboard.com/mantis/pest/catch.htm

There is some information about trapping them. You probably want to get him out before you recieve part two as he will love to eat some of your hermit crabs and snails.
The local shrimpers here call them "Thumb-splitters" for good reason!
Never handle a mantis without thick gloves!

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Old 06/03/2006, 03:24 PM   #22
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The 2 mantis I had would smash rocks, crack shells from hermit crabs and snails for food. Take the time to get them out.


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Old 06/03/2006, 06:19 PM   #23
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Every square inch of those rocks is just oozing with LIFE!!!




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Old 06/04/2006, 09:58 PM   #24
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Thanks for the information on the mantis. I also read the great information that Richard has at the TBS website (Animals you May Want to Remove ). I have confirmed that I have at least 2 mantis. I will try to trap them. I have known from the beginning where one of the mantis lives. I put the bated trap in the tank and drew out the second more colorful mantis. He ran across the entire length of the tank. Neither has gone near the trap yet.

The tank is really quite beautiful. I am very impressed with the rock. I think I will stick to the Gulf biotype. I just need to figure out what reef safe fish I can get that come from the area. There are no fish in the TBS price list. Are there any fish that you sell Richard?

Still sitting at .2 ammonia

Mantis number one. Notice how photogenic he is.



I believe this is a Porcelain.



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Old 06/04/2006, 10:16 PM   #25
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Amazing pictures red_six, what camera are you using?

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