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« Reply #20 on: January 21, 2014, 10:52:28 AM »

Wow what an amazing journey. Its amazing to see the club at its peak. Hosting great events. Mark you make me feel like a baby. Come on guys you did it before, you guys can do it again.

Get involved and let have some amazing meetings and events.

I think for us to get involved, everyone has to get involved. I still talk with a lot of my old reef friends, we just need some new reef friends to come about.
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« Reply #21 on: January 22, 2014, 06:47:24 PM »






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« Reply #22 on: January 22, 2014, 06:49:31 PM »

Things were going good and I was really getting bit by the SPS bug.
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« Reply #23 on: January 24, 2014, 06:52:03 PM »

Room view of the first 90 gallon build

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« Reply #24 on: January 24, 2014, 06:54:50 PM »

Did I mention SPS BUG?  Yup, found out what red bugs were the hard way.  Treated the tank with interceptor, however a short time later…  da, da, DUM!

Tank crash!



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« Reply #25 on: January 24, 2014, 10:59:48 PM »

Been away awhile but stumbled on this thread and really enjoyed your pix Mark.  Hope all is well with you and the girls bud!
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« Reply #26 on: January 25, 2014, 05:12:55 PM »

Hey Tom.  Whenever you decide to start up again, I have your blasto Merletti.  Your girls can't play baseball all year.  They may appreciate a tank now that they are older.

A tank crash is a tough experience to go through.  You salvage what you can and then decide if you are going to rebuild or quit.  I was bummed to lose specific pieces but partially relieved to start over so I could have more of an organizational strategy this time around.  The thought of quitting never crossed my mind.  This time I was going back in the basement.

We decided to take a trip to Riverhead to see the 20,000 gallon aquarium for inspiration.




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« Reply #27 on: January 25, 2014, 05:25:42 PM »

I still had my 20 gallon nano, but soft corals weren't enough to satisfy me.


I bought a calcium reactor from Jay, and then a month later Eric was getting out of the hobby so I bought his Deltec calcium reactor and skimmer.


I also decided to change out my Hamilton fixture for some Lumen Bright pendants.  It was a good upgrade.

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« Reply #28 on: January 25, 2014, 05:29:51 PM »

A few survivors and some new frags.  Around this time the club had their biggest event, another coral auction.  This time I bought mostly SPS.



Nothing was going in the rebuild without being dipped.


I also cut back on fish.  I had four fish, but some real beauties.
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« Reply #29 on: January 25, 2014, 05:37:37 PM »

Keeping a reef is a huge commitment and balancing this with the rest of your life isn't always easy.  Sometimes life throws you a curve ball.  At this time my youngest ended up in the hospital.  We thought it would be one day but ended up being over a week.  They put her in an oxygen tent.


Thankfully she got better and so did the tank.  My preferred vendor at the time was Saltwaterfish.com.  I also was fortunate enough to acquire some nice pieces by trading.  The pieces I got were small, but grew in nicely.



Constantine sold me his RBTA.  It split within a month and just kept splitting.
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« Reply #30 on: January 25, 2014, 05:42:40 PM »

With the tank moved back downstairs we were able to create a pass through for our kitchen/dining room.  We were trying to sell our townhouse and move into something bigger.  

Red Planet from Saltwaterfish


Jay had moved and went bigger himself.


Pearlberry from Saltwaterfish

ORA tri-color valid picked up at auction from Jay's tank.
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« Reply #31 on: January 25, 2014, 08:17:24 PM »

Jay's 200 was something to see.  Wow.  I remember his spawning pocillopora.
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« Reply #32 on: January 26, 2014, 08:31:30 AM »

Upgrading my lights, skimmer, and adding a calcium reactor was like pouring miracle grow in my tank.  I had never had such rapid growth before.  Taking out the softies probably helped as well.


The RBTA split on a regular basis.



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« Reply #33 on: January 30, 2014, 07:11:31 PM »



Picked up some frags from Reefbum in Ridgefield.  Here's his tank- inspiration.


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« Reply #34 on: January 30, 2014, 07:14:35 PM »

Frag from Pete, always overly generous.

Pearlberry growing in nicely

Red Planet growing quickly

Got some real small frags from Copps, but the color was nice.  My first sunset-
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« Reply #35 on: January 30, 2014, 07:17:50 PM »


A little of this, and a little of that

Bright green elk horn

Kept acquiring new frags at the time
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« Reply #36 on: January 31, 2014, 08:11:56 PM »

Green Slimer from Constantine

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« Reply #37 on: January 31, 2014, 08:14:16 PM »




Red Prostrata

I love shaggy polyps


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« Reply #38 on: January 31, 2014, 08:17:16 PM »

Copps Bonsai




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