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Esta's Grow Out


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    estanoche - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Got my frags in the mail yesterday!!

    IMG 3571 - Esta's Grow Out

    IMG 3570 - Esta's Grow Out

    To start out, these must go through my mandatory QT & dipping process - so, after acclimation, they got their quick 10 minute dip in CoralRX

    IMG 3577 - Esta's Grow Out

    One popped off the frag plug, so I decided while I was moving them, to reduce the # of transfers, I'd go ahead and glue each one to some rubble rock now to give them more room to grow out!! Plus, once they graduate to my main tank, my jawfish LOVES to use frag plugs to shore up his hidey hole, he has a little more difficulty with large pieces of rubble rock.

    Here's the plugs
    IMG 3578 - Esta's Grow Out

    And the frags all mounted and hanging out on my frag rack.
    IMG 3579 - Esta's Grow Out


    They will hang out in my quarantine tank for 30-45 days, unless I buy more corals, then the 30-45 day timer resets.

    My tank specification -
    Quarantine - 25 gallon cube with 2 Par38 LEDs, Tunze 9010 skimmer, HOB fuge, SEIO 1500 for flow
    IMG 3400 - Esta's Grow Out

    Main Display - 80 gallon, 6 bulb T5 in the zoa sector of the tank, 2 MP40s, sump, fuge, lifereef skimmer, calcium reactor (tank thread here: Esta's not so mini reef ;))

    They were still opening up last night, so the official polyp count is TBD!! :D
    SAY NO TO FISH STICKS - Put screened and vented lids on your tanks, and save your wrasse

    Current tank: 80 Gal XXL Reef & 25 Gal Cube QT

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    estanoche - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    OK - official counts - and since I am horrible and ID-ing and remembering the IDs of my zoas, I'm numbering mine as follows:

    2011 growout contestcopy - Esta's Grow Out

    So, frag # 1 = 4 polyps
    IMG 3603 - Esta's Grow Out

    Frag # 2 = 4 polyps
    IMG 3594 - Esta's Grow Out

    Frag # 3 = 4 polyps (got 1 polyp open, i think the others will come around... if not its a HO2 dip for em!)
    IMG 3612 - Esta's Grow Out

    Frag # 4 = 4 polyps
    IMG 3595 - Esta's Grow Out

    Frag # 5 = 4 polyps (glued these guys down kinda sideways)
    IMG 3604 - Esta's Grow Out

    Frag # 6 = 5 polyps
    IMG 3589 - Esta's Grow Out

    Frag # 7 = 4 polyps
    IMG 3598 - Esta's Grow Out

    Frag # 8 = 6 polyps
    IMG 3591 - Esta's Grow Out

    I could be wrong about 7 & 2 - but we will see!! :D haha
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    estanoche - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Time for an update Now that these have all passed QT I will be transferring them over to my main tank tonight, here's some shots of them before the transfer.

    So, frag #1 and # 2 decided to melt away and die on me..... although I doubt my urchin helped any! Maybe I will find them in my frag tank sometime down the road :D

    RIP Frag #1 & #2

    Frag # 3 - 2 polyps made it through
    IMG 3878 - Esta's Grow Out

    Frag # 4 - 4ish polyps
    IMG 3870 - Esta's Grow Out

    Frag # 5 - 4ish polyps
    IMG 3866 - Esta's Grow Out

    Frag # 6 - 6ish polyps
    IMG 3874 - Esta's Grow Out

    Frag # 7 - 4ish polyps
    IMG 3867 - Esta's Grow Out

    Frag # 8 - 4ish polups
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    aren't ya all glad I'm in this competition - already down 2!! hahaha :D
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    estanoche - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Jim was nice enough to remind me I needed to update hahaha

    Well - so, things were moving as planned - I decided to put the frags in my main tank to complete the growout - not more than 24 hours later, every one was closed up - some had even disappeared overnight!!!

    Gah!!! These, and a couple of my other colonies of zoas in the tank did the same thing....

    So, after a month of dipping, cleaning, dipping, cleaning...

    Frags #6 and #7 still remain (egg drops and mean greens)

    Here they are -
    Heres # 6 - 1 polyp
    IMG 01081 - Esta's Grow Out

    and #7 - 2 polyps
    IMG 01071 - Esta's Grow Out

    I think I may be setting a new standard here!! hahaha
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    You still have a chance.

    Plus you take way better pics than i do!

    You have more mean greens than me!

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    You never know how the contest will turn out...still a lot of time between now and the end. Regardless, I think it is good to hear the successes and failures ...never know with enough data maybe we can figure out something that helps us all grow Z&P's better. What not to do is just as important as what to do....

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    Hang in there! I started about a month later than everyone else did. I've had a set back here and there...but I'm still moving forward. You just never know... they could just love their new environment so much that they just take off after an acclimation period! GOOD LUCK!!!
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    estanoche - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    haha - thanks for all the encouragement guys

    They must have heard you - looks like the blue ones (i dunno, I call them #5) have come back from the dead, found 1 polyp of them, and I reused one of the pieces of rubble I had one of the red ones on for a new SPS frag I got, and now I'm finding them growing on the "rubble plug" (i'm thinking its #8 in comparing the plugs I had them on)

    lol - doh.... Will work on more pics soon - no new polyps that I can see (other than the new +1s lol).. but it looks like ive got 4 colonies!! We're back in the game now!! hahaha

    All I've gotta say is zoas must like dwarf angler poop (cuz that is all I have in the QT system they are living in now)
    SAY NO TO FISH STICKS - Put screened and vented lids on your tanks, and save your wrasse

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    estanoche - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    More horrible photo updates I suppose if I was more proud of my growth I'd stop using my iPhone to take all these pics (the iPhone does not like the LEDs on this tank, all it pics up is blue!)

    So, #6, still 1 polyp (and I little small today, the lights just came on....)
    IMG 02021 - Esta's Grow Out

    #7 - 2 polyps, #5 - 2 polyps (geez this pic is horrible, but I swear they are there under the algae!)
    IMG 02011 - Esta's Grow Out

    And my newly re-discovered #8
    IMG 02001 - Esta's Grow Out

    I moved all the rest of my zoa collection to this tank, and they are doing well as well... so I think they will come around and grow great once they get rolling again
    SAY NO TO FISH STICKS - Put screened and vented lids on your tanks, and save your wrasse

    Current tank: 80 Gal XXL Reef & 25 Gal Cube QT

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