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Love all my corals that I have bought from Graham. Very generous with the portions the stuff I get from him all make it too.
 
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So I wanted to give a HUGE shoot out to Graham for an amazing frag pack he sent me. I must say I’ve bought from high end vendors and never received nicer looking pieces like I did from Graham, and not to mention the shipping quality was outstanding. You will be my go to guy when I’m looking to add another piece.

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Another very satisfied customer, here!

I got a small pack from Graham last week... communication was great, packaging was exceptional, and the frags? They were all generously cut & well-healed... one of them was basically a small colony. I couldn’t be happier.

Thanks, Graham- I’ll be back!
 

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Great seller, very fair, good communication, and has the best SPS selection in the DMV. Received nice sized frags and looking forward to buying more in the future. Buy with confidence.
 

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I just wanted to take a moment and let anyone interested know that I would highly recommend Graham for coral. I have placed two orders, the 1st was quite a few frags and all came much larger than expected. The second was only a few pieces, but for me some "centerpiece corals for my tank. They were small colonies and didn't come at a small cost, but they once again exceeded my expectation and look better than the pictures supplied (cold and size)
I told Graham that the on line stores could learn a lot from him in regards to customer service, communication, and packing corals. As mentioned, I had a few larger pieces and they came in with absolutely no break off.
Thanks again for a great experience, unbelievable corals, and the effort you put into protecting corals when shipping.
I don't have a reason to buy corals anywhere else and will keep a close eye on this thread for future purchases.
***** 5 stars from me
 
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WYSIWYG MINI COLONY UPDATE 4/2/21
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TSA Fruity Pebbles 1.25" frag on 1" plug $280
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TSA Fruity Pebbles 1.5" frag on 1" plug $280
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Pink Panther Table 2"+ frag on 1.25" plug $200 PENDING
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TSA Princess Peach 1.5" frag on 1" plug $160 PENDING
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TSA Princess Peach 1.25" frag on 1" plug $100
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RMF Break Out Your Wallet Mille 1.75" frag on 1.25" plug $200 PENDING
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RMF Break Out Your Wallet Mille 1.75" frag on 1.25" plug $200 SOLD
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Farmer Ty Lava Monster 7/8" frag on 3/4" plug $400 SOLD
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TSA Fruity Pebbles 1.25" frag on 1" plug $180 SOLD
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TGC Flaming Avenger 2.5" colony on 1.5" plug $500
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RR Red Bull 1.5" frag on 1" plug $180
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Grafted RR Red Bull 2" frag on 1.5" plug $400
I did not purchase this coral as grafted, one of my colonies became grafted in my tank and the frags have retained the grafting since then.
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RMF Bubbleyum 1" frag on 1" plug $200
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GB Fury 1"+ frag on 1" plug $150
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TSA Bill Murray 1.5" frag on 1.25" plug $200 SOLD
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TSA Bill Murray 1.75" frag on 1.25" plug $260 SOLD
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MCC Prom Queen 3/4" frag on 3/4" plug $360 SOLD
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Pinky the Bear 1.25" frag on 1.5" plug $140 SOLD
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RRC Rainbow Table 2"+ frag on 1" plug $460 SOLD
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JF Serial Killer 1" frag on 3/4" plug $160
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CC Fuzzy Rainbow 1"+ frag on 1" plug $240 SOLD
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RMF Red Halo 1" frag on 3/4" plug $260 SOLD
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RMF Snapdragon 1.5" frag on 1" plug $140 SOLD
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Greg's TNT 1.75" mini colony on 1.25" plug $460 SOLD
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Inland Corals Cyclops 1.75" frag on 1" plug $180
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Yellow Cake 2.25" frag on 1" plug $100 pending
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CRT Vendetta 1.25" frag on 3/4" plug $220 SOLD
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RR Rainbow Loom 1"+ frag on 1" plug $200
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RC Poison Envy 1.25" frag on 1" plug $80
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WWC Budgie Smuggler 5/8" frag on 1" plug $300
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WWC Budgie Smuggler 5/8" frag on 1" plug $300
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WWC Budgie Smuggler 7/8" frag on 1" plug $450 SOLD
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TSA Bill Murray 1.75" frag on 1" plug $140
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Inland Corals PPD 1.5" frag on 1" plug $120
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CRT Big Kahuna 2" frag on 1.25" plug $400 SOLD
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Merlin's Staff 1"+ frag on 3/4" plug $160
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Merlin's Staff 1"+ frag on 3/4" plug $200
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Merlin's Staff 1"+ frag on 3/4" plug $200 SOLD
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CRT Monstro 1.25" frag on 3/4" plug $240 SOLD
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CRT Monstro 7/8" frag on 3/4" plug $160 SOLD
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MattV Mad Hatter 1"+ frag on 1" plug $850 SOLD
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RMF Iceage Granulosa 1.25" frag on 3/4" plug $80
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TSA Spyro the Dragon 1.25" frag on 1.25" plug $260 PENDING
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TCK Code Red 1.5" frag on 1" plug $200
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RRU Bleeding Avengers 1"+ frag on 1" plug $240
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RRU Bleeding Avengers 1.5" frag on 1" plug $280
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RRU Bleeding Avengers 1.5" frag on 1" plug $340
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RRU Bleeding Avengers 2.5" mini colony on 1.25" plug $800
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UC Strawberry Shortcake 1.25" frag on 1" plug $80 SOLD
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WWC Blueberry Fields 1" frag on 1" plug $60
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GWS Arcoiris 1" frag on 1" plug $280
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ARC Fireworks 2"+ frag on 1.5" plug $240
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RMF Psychoberry 2.5" frag on 1.25" plug $320 SOLD
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Blueberry Nasuta 2.5"+ mini colony on 1.5" plug $180 SOLD
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WYSIWYG MINI COLONY UPDATE 4/2/21 CONTINUED
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POTO Flamethrower 1" frag on 1.25" plug $450 SOLD
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POTO Flamethrower 1"+ frag on 1" plug $450 SOLD
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POTO Flamethrower 1.5" frag full encrusted over 1" plug $700 SOLD
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POTO Flamethrower 1.5" frag on 1.25" plug $900 SOLD
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ASD Quantam Theory 1”+ frag on 1” plug $80 PENDING
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Nick’s Crown of Glow 2.25 mini colony 1.5” plug $240 pending
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POTO Optimus Prime 3/4" frag on 1” plug $140 PENDING
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BC Aquaticman Table 2.5” mini colony on 1.25” plug $400
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BC Aquaticman Table 2.5” frag on 2" tile $200
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BC Aquaticman Table 1.75” frag on 1" plug $180
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CRT Big Kahuna 2.5” mini colony on 2” tile $260
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RMF Phoenix 2” chunky frag on 1.25” plug $320 PENDING
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MCC Prom Queen 1.25" frag on 1” plug $800
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Fox Flame 2.5" mini colony on 2" disc $120 SOLD
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Fox Flame 2.25" mini colony on 1.5" plug $140 SOLD
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Wwc Pink Passion 2.75” mini colony on 1.5” plug $280 pending
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In addition to the WYSIWYG update I just posted I went through the list of coral in the first post for the build-your-own-pack section and cut the majority of prices. My systems are doing great and everything is growing well, so time to knock prices down a bit for my customers.
 
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Pic of RMF Jared's Pinky with polyps only semi-retracted since the frag pics above are fully retracted.

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Just wanted to say I’ve bought a lot of corals from Greg, amazing stuff, generous frags, and great packaging. If you’ve got the cash grab a piece of the POTO Flamethrower, nothing like it in my 200gal tank full of high end Acros. Can’t wait to see what a full grown out colony of that stuff looks like!
Greg, my stuff is growing like a weed right now too and my coloration looks exactly how yours does in your pictures... might be a good time to add some more of your stuff to my tank... ;)
 

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Just wanted to say I’ve bought a lot of corals from Greg, amazing stuff, generous frags, and great packaging. If you’ve got the cash grab a piece of the POTO Flamethrower, nothing like it in my 200gal tank full of high end Acros. Can’t wait to see what a full grown out colony of that stuff looks like!
Greg, my stuff is growing like a weed right now too and my coloration looks exactly how yours does in your pictures... might be a good time to add some more of your stuff to my
can we see a picture of your POTO Flamethrower? I need to buy this piece!!
 
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Holy Jesus! Your sticks are insane! Mind sharing your secrets (lighting, flow, params, equipment, ect, ect?) :)

Thanks! I don't think I have any real secrets. Just tried and true husbandry. I keep alk around 8 dkh, I monitor all of my systems with alk monitors that test every hour. My dosing practices are established, so as long as I keep my alk stable everything else will be as well.

For my systems on two part I add things like Sr, K, and I to the CaCl mix to keep them at NSW levels based on ICP-OES testing. I'm not convinced these make a big difference, but I add them anyway since I took the time to figure out consumption rates. On my sytsem with a Ca Rx it is not necessary, the media has enough to keep these at NSW.

I try to keep pH on the higher end with heavy skimming and by bringing in outdoor air. I think this helps with growth and stability. I monitor ambient CO2 to know if the air is getting too stagnant. High CO2 will cause pH to drop, which will in turn slow growth, which will then cause alk to start creeping up due to reduced consumption, which then leads to instability. This takes an active effort when temps or humidity are high during certain times of year. It's also my leading theory on why some folks experience seasonal die off.

For nutrients I was letting them get quite high over the years. Something like 0.6-1.0 ppm PO4 and 25 ppm NO3. My worst time in reefing was years ago when GFO and ULNS were heavily marketed, I lost a ton of SPS keeping ULNS. Ever since then I've run higher nutrients with a lot of success. Last year when my one system hit 1.2 ppm PO4 I noticed reduced growth and some browning out. So then I started bringing my PO4 down systematically with LaCl. I've had a lot of bad experiences with GFO, so I avoid it. Bringing down PO4 with LaCl on a doser is very predictable unlike GFO. My PO4 is around 0.10-0.15 ppm now. Growth has improved as a result. I'll maintain it here. Surprisingly NO3 came down on it's own when I brought down PO4. It's around 1.0 ppm now. I'd prefer to keep it higher, and worry that it may hit 0, but no issues yet. Oddly, I have more issues with algae at these lower nutrient levels than I did at my previos higher nutrient levels.

For lighting it varies by tank, but they're all some combo of radion G5 blue, t5s (predominantly t5 blue +) and reefbrite XHO. I'm an old school reefer and was running a lot of radium metal halides until last year. I finally bit the bullet and replaced all my halides with G5 blues. A single XR30 is not sufficient to replace a 250W halide in a large reflector, so each halide got replaced by two XR30s or 4 XR15s. As a result the spread is a lot better, and I am getting a lot better growth and coloration just due to the spread.

I've been keeping SPS for ~15 years, and love the look of halides, so I was a bit slow to move to all blue lighting. All my tanks are now absrudly blue compared to back when I started keeping SPS when radiums 20k and phoenix 14k bulbs were considered blue. But from what I've seen the vast majority of SPS grow faster and color up better under modern lights that are much more blue and have better spread.

This is what a Frag of Bill Murray I bought from Graham has grown into

Looks like they are doing great for you! And thank you for the kind words.

Bill Murray is a fast grower and has that exact same growth pattern for me as well.

Flamethrower loves to encrust. Takes a long time to start throwing branches. Since I sell frags and most people want branches I have a trick I use to make it throw branches sooner. I mount a plug on top of a plug. That way when the encrusted base covers the top and side of the plug the only place it can keep encrusting is on the shaded, bottom side of the plug. If it wants to increase the area exposed to light (which is one of a corals prime objectives, except NPS of course) it has to throw branches. This is not really important though for most folks that just want natural growth, I only do this for propagation to get branches earlier since people want to buy frags with branches not just encrusted chunks.
 

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Man, lots of great info up above.
I’ve come to many of the same conclusions myself especially when it comes to PH. I have a GHL controller on my tank and out of everything I monitor (too many things, it’s overkill), PH is what I look at the most to reference the health of my tank.
Graham, what do you do during the summer or winter when you notice high CO levels in the ambient air? Open doors or windows and pay the bill to re-heat/cool the house?

I’ll definitely try your plug on a plug method. I can see why and how that would achieve its desired result. Also I feel like I should start a backup colony of flamethrower and some of my other pricy pieces.
 
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Man, lots of great info up above.
I’ve come to many of the same conclusions myself especially when it comes to PH. I have a GHL controller on my tank and out of everything I monitor (too many things, it’s overkill), PH is what I look at the most to reference the health of my tank.
Graham, what do you do during the summer or winter when you notice high CO levels in the ambient air? Open doors or windows and pay the bill to re-heat/cool the house?

I’ll definitely try your plug on a plug method. I can see why and how that would achieve its desired result. Also I feel like I should start a backup colony of flamethrower and some of my other pricy pieces.

This is where my method may not work for others as I have a basement full of reef aquariums while most people probably have one or two tanks located in a living area. The first thing to note is I use evaporative cooling and have a few thousand watts of lights. So winter temps are not really a problem for me, when the lights are on I am controlling indoor temperature by intake and exhaust fans coming an automatically.

Also, I run any outdoor air (whether for indoor ambeint air or for skimmer feeds) through large carbon blocks. Fortunately these are readily available and somewhat inexpensive, I think because the pot growing industry has made them mass produced. I live it the country where the air is fresh so this is probably overkill, but do this in case any farmers are spraying pesticides on windy days when they're not supposed to.

The most problematic time of year for me is spring and fall when it rains for a few days in a row and outdoor humidity is very high. I can't bring in as much fresh air because I use evaporative cooling, the basement will get too humid and tanks will get hot when the lights are all on. Now that I am monitoring CO2 I will turn it on manually and selectively during this time if CO2 gets too high. CO2 swings like crazy, just me being in the basement will make it go up noticeably. Outdoor air is basically always 400 ppm from what I understand. Mine swings daily anywhere in the range of 400-1000 ppm typically. It would go well over 1000 ppm if I had a few days without bringing in fresh air, which is what I am trying to avoid.

For summer last year I just turned on my fans from around 2 am to 6 am to keep CO2 levels down. This worked well.

I don't think high or low ph is a huge deal, it's more about keeping it stable. Higher pH helps with growth, but I would favor a consistent lower pH range over a high pH range that you can only achieve on some days or certain times of the year. I think the real culprit of issues from CO2 accumulation is what I mentioned earlier... an increase in CO2 -> lower pH -> less alk demand -> alk swing.
 

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Thanks! I don't think I have any real secrets. Just tried and true husbandry. I keep alk around 8 dkh, I monitor all of my systems with alk monitors that test every hour. My dosing practices are established, so as long as I keep my alk stable everything else will be as well.

For my systems on two part I add things like Sr, K, and I to the CaCl mix to keep them at NSW levels based on ICP-OES testing. I'm not convinced these make a big difference, but I add them anyway since I took the time to figure out consumption rates. On my sytsem with a Ca Rx it is not necessary, the media has enough to keep these at NSW.

I try to keep pH on the higher end with heavy skimming and by bringing in outdoor air. I think this helps with growth and stability. I monitor ambient CO2 to know if the air is getting too stagnant. High CO2 will cause pH to drop, which will in turn slow growth, which will then cause alk to start creeping up due to reduced consumption, which then leads to instability. This takes an active effort when temps or humidity are high during certain times of year. It's also my leading theory on why some folks experience seasonal die off.

For nutrients I was letting them get quite high over the years. Something like 0.6-1.0 ppm PO4 and 25 ppm NO3. My worst time in reefing was years ago when GFO and ULNS were heavily marketed, I lost a ton of SPS keeping ULNS. Ever since then I've run higher nutrients with a lot of success. Last year when my one system hit 1.2 ppm PO4 I noticed reduced growth and some browning out. So then I started bringing my PO4 down systematically with LaCl. I've had a lot of bad experiences with GFO, so I avoid it. Bringing down PO4 with LaCl on a doser is very predictable unlike GFO. My PO4 is around 0.10-0.15 ppm now. Growth has improved as a result. I'll maintain it here. Surprisingly NO3 came down on it's own when I brought down PO4. It's around 1.0 ppm now. I'd prefer to keep it higher, and worry that it may hit 0, but no issues yet. Oddly, I have more issues with algae at these lower nutrient levels than I did at my previos higher nutrient levels.

For lighting it varies by tank, but they're all some combo of radion G5 blue, t5s (predominantly t5 blue +) and reefbrite XHO. I'm an old school reefer and was running a lot of radium metal halides until last year. I finally bit the bullet and replaced all my halides with G5 blues. A single XR30 is not sufficient to replace a 250W halide in a large reflector, so each halide got replaced by two XR30s or 4 XR15s. As a result the spread is a lot better, and I am getting a lot better growth and coloration just due to the spread.

I've been keeping SPS for ~15 years, and love the look of halides, so I was a bit slow to move to all blue lighting. All my tanks are now absrudly blue compared to back when I started keeping SPS when radiums 20k and phoenix 14k bulbs were considered blue. But from what I've seen the vast majority of SPS grow faster and color up better under modern lights that are much more blue and have better spread.



Looks like they are doing great for you! And thank you for the kind words.

Bill Murray is a fast grower and has that exact same growth pattern for me as well.

Flamethrower loves to encrust. Takes a long time to start throwing branches. Since I sell frags and most people want branches I have a trick I use to make it throw branches sooner. I mount a plug on top of a plug. That way when the encrusted base covers the top and side of the plug the only place it can keep encrusting is on the shaded, bottom side of the plug. If it wants to increase the area exposed to light (which is one of a corals prime objectives, except NPS of course) it has to throw branches. This is not really important though for most folks that just want natural growth, I only do this for propagation to get branches earlier since people want to buy frags with branches not just encrusted chunks.
This is awesome information! I love asking the REAL established stick guys how they achieve such great success! I am definitely newer to keeping (alive and THRIVING) SPS so hearing your tactics really help. I live in the desert with my wife, 4 kids, dog and cat. I try to keep the windows open as much as possible but when it isn't possible I notice my pH dropping to as low as 7.6 and doesn't get higher then 7.9. I've noticed turning on the whole house fan helps but doesn't do the trick like fresh air does. I've tried CO2 scrubbers (with so so success), kalk in ATO, I run a refugium with a kessil H380 12 hrs a day opposite of my DT which I like to think helps but who knows. I think the next thing I need to do is run a one inch line up the wall into the attic to draw in fresh air.

It is interesting to me your NO3 is so low. I LOVE fish in my tank so my NO has been floating around 25 ppm for some time now. PO4 I control with LaCl and try to keep under 0.15. If it gets any higher a few of my zoas start to hate life.

What are your Par levels? I run radion xr30 G4 Pros AB+ with blue plus T5 at 100%. I need to check my par levels but all the sticks don't seem to mind.

Do you have a youtube or instagram?
 
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