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How are you liking your Pajama cardinals? I'm tossing around the idea of adding them to the tank next, and would love some feedback. I read a few pages of this where you were debating adding them ;Bookworm
 

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How are you liking your Pajama cardinals? I'm tossing around the idea of adding them to the tank next, and would love some feedback. I read a few pages of this where you were debating adding them ;Bookworm
I have had PJ cardinals for about 6 years and they just float there. They will swim around and avoid other fish darting at them but usually they just hang out. Not very skittish either.
 
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How are you liking your Pajama cardinals? I'm tossing around the idea of adding them to the tank next, and would love some feedback. I read a few pages of this where you were debating adding them ;Bookworm
I have had PJ cardinals for about 6 years and they just float there. They will swim around and avoid other fish darting at them but usually they just hang out. Not very skittish either.
Thanks Fudsey. Mine were supposed to come tomorrow, but did not ship due to weather.
 
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How many did you order?
A trio. I am getting my Montipora this morning still (I hope). Was hoping to do everything at once, but que sera sera.


 
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I have never been so happy to have Nitrate
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In person I am calling it 3 ppm. Six days with no skimmer cup. I have dosed 2.2 ppm total over three days. I will probably put the skimmer cup back, but keep dosing. That way the organic will be removed, but the inorganic I dose will keep a readable level until it gets used.

 

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I have never been so happy to have Nitrate
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In person I am calling it 3 ppm. Six days with no skimmer cup. I have dosed 2.2 ppm total over three days. I will probably put the skimmer cup back, but keep dosing. That way the organic will be removed, but the inorganic I dose will keep a readable level until it gets used.
Pfft, I think mine are around the right edge, nice work! ;)
 

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I have never been so happy to have Nitrate
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In person I am calling it 3 ppm. Six days with no skimmer cup. I have dosed 2.2 ppm total over three days. I will probably put the skimmer cup back, but keep dosing. That way the organic will be removed, but the inorganic I dose will keep a readable level until it gets used.
This is pretty cool. I can see this is the nitrate test I will be ordering.
 
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This is pretty cool. I can see this is the nitrate test I will be ordering.
It is pretty easy to read for me. If it were high I might dilute it to 10 ml and double the result. It is the Red Sea Kit with pH and Ammonia which I use and Alkalinity and Nitrite which I seldom use. Only use Alkalinity occasionally to double check the Hanna dKH.
 
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My Montipora are delayed, but in my town. It is quite a little past 10:30a, but I know, big snow storm. It is better than them being stuck in Philadelphia. Just so tired now from my overnight shift. I do not want to fall asleep mid dip!

 
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Montipora Added
Just a quick update. My Montipora did come in yesterday at 4:30pm. Special thanks to my wife for waking me as soon as they arrived. LOL. The corals were from a well known user in these parts, @therman . Tim has several nice corals and was very knowledgeable. He helped me select the best options for my needs. The corals were packed perfectly.

I acclimated, dipped and placed. I tend to put corals where I want them and would rather lower my lights for a couple of days as opposed to moving the corals around.

Here they are. Pictures are not great, but I wanted to show them off.

JF Blue Summit
This is a real beauty. It will be the one of the group getting the most light.
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As you see it was the first coral I have owned where I could not remove the frag plug (for obvious reasons). Maybe when it grows out I will cut the plug out and give it away for post #5,000.

Montipora capitata
This is the one I think will have the most interesting growth pattern. The color was the dullest of the group after shipping, but it should come back fine
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Jedi Mind Trick
Okay, this is one I should have left on the plug. It was a beautiful specimen. I broke it, but the pieces retained their great color and hopefully it should recover fine. I think this rock shape I picked will lead the pieces to an interesting shape once they grow out
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JF Outrage
I wanted to splurge a little on one really nice Montipora and this one did not disappoint
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I was given one other piece as a freebie. A nice CC Infection Montipora. I put it in a spot that was difficult to photograph so no picture until it grows out.

Overall I am very happy with these corals. I feel like SPS Island is just about complete.

 
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Beautiful new pieces.
Sorry if this sounds dumb but how do you attach coral to the rock after the plug is removed?
If they get glued what happens if they need to be moved from original spot?
 

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Sorry if this sounds dumb but how do you attach coral to the rock after the plug is removed?
If they get glued what happens if they need to be moved from original spot?
No such thing as a dumb question :)
If you use Gel super glue, it snaps off pretty easily.
 
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Beautiful new pieces.
Sorry if this sounds dumb but how do you attach coral to the rock after the plug is removed?
If they get glued what happens if they need to be moved from original spot?
No such thing as a dumb question :)
If you use Gel super glue, it snaps off pretty easily.
@Fudsey is correct. In fact my snails have dislodged three SPS. Once they encrust though, they will hopefully be more strongly attached. At the rate that is going it will be soon.

All SPS were placed in their permanent positions. The 10 “sticks” and now the five Montipora all had a place before being ordered. With the planning that went into it they should not need to be moved. Acclimation is done with the light, not with changing position over time.

The majority of LPS and the one soft coral were glued permanently to rubble or small shelf rock. They have a sturdy home, but the rubble and shelves themselves can be repositioned as needed.
 

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