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Old 06/04/2006, 11:07 PM   #26
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Olympus Camedia C-3040.

My tank room, and many other members outstanding tanks, made it into this months Reefkeeping Magazine ReefSlides. Too bad mine was void of any life when the picture was taken


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Old 06/05/2006, 06:23 AM   #27
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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?


Wish I could, but it takes all my time to keep yall in live rock/sand/critters.....

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Still sitting at .2 ammonia

Mantis number one. Notice how photogenic he is.



I believe this is a Porcelain.



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Old 06/05/2006, 08:47 AM   #28
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Red_Six,

I don't think most of us had much luck in getting the mantis with traps but we done well using the tool from Sears:

http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...seBVCookie=Yes

In case the link doesn't work this is the part #:
Sears item #00941322000 Mfr. model #41322

Good luck!

btw--those are great pictures and I've to check with my friend to borrow his camera but not sure which he have and if I remember that came out about 3 yrs ago.


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Old 06/05/2006, 09:14 PM   #29
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I have had my camera for about 4 1/2 years.

I may have to get and extractor. I would rather not injure any of the mantis or crabs trying to remove them; although I would not mind if the mantis went around eating all of the crabs I will try the trap for a while.

Here are a few Tunicates. I never heard of them before I got my rock but I have to say I like the way they look a lot. I have seen about 6 different colors but most are small or at odd angles and hard to photograph.






BTW I must have been to the TBS web site 1000 times but I just notice the cool effect of the TBS logo on the main page. Click the logo and drag your mouse around. Nice touch.


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Old 06/11/2006, 02:09 AM   #30
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I found this little guy swimming around the tank quite deftly, and then he landed on the glass so I could take a photo. First time I have seen anything like this one. Perhaps someone can identify it. The white dots at its sides are actually appendages that end in curls.



Here are just a couple of random shots. Notice the brittle star in the first photo.






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Old 06/11/2006, 05:57 PM   #31
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Very nice pictures!! Man, I remember how excited I was when I got part one of my TBS. Part two will look even better!!

I recently got a complate dual 250W metal halide setup for free and I am seriously thinking about going up to a 110 Long for my classroom


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Old 06/18/2006, 01:52 PM   #32
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I decided to take some photos of the macro algae on my TBS rock. The macro seemed to be the most stressed from the shipping but it is coming back fine. I personally really like all the different types of macro you get with the TBS rock. I figure once I get a clean up crew and a few fish, the macro will be naturally pruned.











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Old 06/18/2006, 10:14 PM   #33
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Gorgeous macro algae!!! Also, very nice cup coral shot.

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Old 06/21/2006, 07:34 AM   #34
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where did the rock you are using come from?


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Old 06/21/2006, 08:03 AM   #35
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where did the rock you are using come from?
Straight from the TBS web site, "Tampa Bay Saltwater is home of the largest Live Rock Farm in the world! We have over four million pounds of live rock under production on a five acre lease site in the Gulf of Mexico, and an Aquaculture site located in the Florida Keys." I believe my rock came from the Gulf of Mexico.

For those interested, Part 2 should arrive by weeks end.


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Old 06/21/2006, 09:05 AM   #36
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ok cause i heard that the gulf rock is high in phosphates. how long have you had it now?


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Old 06/21/2006, 09:18 AM   #37
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Correct phosphate information

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ok cause i heard that the gulf rock is high in phosphates. how long have you had it now?
Correct information about phosphates in live rock is here

http://www.reeferrocks.com/liverock/history.htm

Florida cultured live rock has the least amount of phosphates of ANY live rock in the industry!

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Old 06/21/2006, 11:45 AM   #38
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ok sorry i've been corrected. lol. thanks for the info.


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Old 06/21/2006, 11:46 AM   #39
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does your rock come with all those corals on it?


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Old 06/21/2006, 12:47 PM   #40
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Yes. Everything you see in these photos came from TBS with the exception of the 2 photos of the yellow polyps on the first page. Check the "Catalog of Organisms" to see more.


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No problem, Mon!

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ok sorry i've been corrected. lol. thanks for the info.
Hey no problem!!

Is a common misperception of Florida cultured live rock....was a rumor started many years ago when Florida cultured rock first hit the market.......

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Old 06/21/2006, 01:10 PM   #42
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wow thats great. i think i might use them for my next tank. im putting together a 44 hex for my wife. nice pics.


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Old 06/22/2006, 05:01 PM   #43
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Part 2 is on the way. I pick it up tonight! Until then here a some photos of the beautiful tube coral.










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if i have an existing tank up and running with rock fich ect.... been running for years. will my tank still go into the cycle process if i replace my rock with TBS rock?


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Old 06/23/2006, 08:59 AM   #45
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I wouldn't remove ALL your rock and replace it all at once. A better way may be to leave your rock in the tank and add the new rock in stages and then slowly remove your old rock from the tank.


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Old 06/27/2006, 07:37 AM   #46
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hey red_six did you get part 2. post some more pics.


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Old 06/27/2006, 04:39 PM   #47
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that is some amazing looking rock, wow, I want some!!! TBS ever have rock on sale? lol I am to poor to order any haha

what are you going to do with your mantis btw, I would like one if you plan to give them away, setting up a dedicated mantis tank


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Old 06/27/2006, 05:02 PM   #48
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I'm starting a 24G nanocube. I spent a few weeks researching before I put water in it.

I wanted to use rack-sprayed-cured live rock to prevent pests. I would also dunk them in 1.04 SG salty water for 60 seconds to evacuate the pests. I don't want worms!

"The Package" seems like a great deal, though. I like the time they spent on the site explaining how to handle and care for the package. However, I am concerned about getting things I do not want: worms, mantis, etc etc. I'm not experienced so I won't know what to kill (how to kill), or what to keep.

1. Is "the package" good for beginners?
2. Is "the package" good for someone who detests pests?
3. Can/should you put "the package" LR into 1.04 SG water to evacuate pests?

Thanks for your help,

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Old 06/27/2006, 09:49 PM   #49
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As promised here are a few photos of Part 2. As usual Richard did an excellent job of packing everything with care. So far no mortalities. I have even spotted a one inch hitchhiking fish, something I wanted more than anything. I am not sure if that was luck or if Richard had anything to do with that. I have rid myself of 2 mantis from Part 1 (both have new homes), but there are several more in the tank now. I hope this little native fish has the instincts to survive these predators.

One of the really cool extras that Richard threw in was a red walking-stick thing. I have no idea what it is and unfortunately I did not get a photo of it before letting it loose in the tank. It is only about 2 inches long. I should have put it in my 10 gallon tank for observations. I hope it shows up again.

The condy anemone is on the loose, moving from the location I placed him. After hearing of other's anemone tails I was not sure I even wanted anemones in my tank, but now that I see them in person, I am very pleased with them.

To answer your questions, from my point of view chrisstankevitz:

1.)Yes. If you do your homework on how to set up and maintain a SW tank, this package is excellent for a beginner.
2.)You are almost guaranteed pest mantis and crabs.
3.)I will leave that question for someone else. Although I target squirted FW to remove mantis, I am not sure what dipping entire rocks in hypo SW would do to all the life.















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Thanks for the reply. What about worms?


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