Marty's Reef Tank

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Mike. Definitely not stylophora the skeleton is too thin. I think you do mean seriatapora caliendrum though :). The colours are throwing me but looking at the polyps and growth tips I would say that is a montipora digitata. The growth doesn't look pointy enough for seriatapora although it definitely could be. Any more pics ?? :) looks nice mate.

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I don't have a TDS reader, but the water is from maidenhead aquatics, their tanks look amazing.  I pay £3.50 per 25L of plain RO.

Maidenhead in St Albans?  We used to get our water from there and was pretty good..but not perfect readings.  There was another place that was cheaper that we got from a few times, then started getting bad tank readings..turned out the water we were putting in was full of crap!   
We've only just got into making our own, little RO unit plumbed in under the kitchen sink :)  It's a bit daunting at first but so worth it to make your own..you know you've changed your filters, know you've mixed it exactly and it's so much cheaper (after the initial spend on equipment).

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seriatopora caliendrum, that's the one. Wondered why I wasn't getting too many results for stylophora caliendrum!
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Mike. Definitely not stylophora the skeleton is too thin. I think you do mean seriatapora caliendrum though :). The colours are throwing me but looking at the polyps and growth tips I would say that is a montipora digitata. The growth doesn't look pointy enough for seriatapora although it definitely could be. Any more pics ?? :) looks nice mate.

I'll have to get some pictures tomorrow the lights are off now and I just placed it at bottom of tank for tonight ill place it properly after work tomorrow and get some better pictures the lights will be up then.

That's what he said it was montipora digita. It's also quite fragile he said.

What's the best placement for that type I do have a nice spot hight up if need be.

I also picked up a 8 head duncan ill get pictures of that tomorrow as well :)

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Maidenhead in St Albans?  We used to get our water from there and was pretty good..but not perfect readings.  There was another place that was cheaper that we got from a few times, then started getting bad tank readings..turned out the water we were putting in was full of crap!   
We've only just got into making our own, little RO unit plumbed in under the kitchen sink :)  It's a bit daunting at first but so worth it to make your own..you know you've changed your filters, know you've mixed it exactly and it's so much cheaper (after the initial spend on equipment).
Hi no not St Albans, Maidenhead Aquatics at either scotsdale in Cambridge or at Huntingdon, I asked them again today as I needed water what the TDS was, they said it was 0.04,  not sure how much of difference that would really make? As for having my own RO unit I'm a bit dubious as we are on a meter here and I've seen how much waste water there is to get little drops of pure 0 TDS water back. Then there's the water changes every week 57L I just think Anglia water will be rubbing their hands with glee.
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Best thing to do is buy a TDS pen of eBay and test there water ;)

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happy days, I'm glad my eyes didn't deceive me, you got a fresh picture ?

digitata is pretty hard going mate. i have red, green, a purple / grey one and some forest fire (my favourite) i have had a frag at the bottom of the tank and also had some at the top. how much were the duncans if you don't mind me asking. i remember a time they were selling for £10 a head. i have a massive colony which i need to frag at some point, theres probably over 50 heads on it (i'll count tonight as i may be lying hard to tell). i have fags of red and green digitata, not sure what colour yours is. lovely coral grows quick in the right conditions.

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I paid £25 for the duncans so not out the way.

I had a bit of an accident tonight I went to move my acro because the anenomie was getting a bit close and as it released my rock work came loose and a rock slipped and one stag got snapped :(

I also managed to break the new digita of its frag plug attaching it to the rock but I've just puttied it strait to the rock hopefully it will be ok not been a good night :(

Here is a picture they all moody as been pulled about.

That side now looks a bit bare so sooner I can come grab a load of frags the better.

What a night these things are sent to try us so hope they all ok.

Another thing one the stags slipped out of my hand and landed strait into the anenomie :( you think the coral will be ok ?


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Best thing to do is buy a TDS pen of eBay and test there water ;)
Nice one, just bought one off ebay, at least I will know for sure now, also Amwell aquatics in Soham have good water, I will just shop about until I find the best available.
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Here is my blue planet acro to the right

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hi mate,

yea the coral will be fine. A quick sting shouldn't hurt it too much. green digi is nice. i have 2 types, that looks like the one i prefer in my tank. We all have bad nights mate. I'm forever dropping bits and pieces and messing things up. I always try and get it all too perfect. Ends up going worse.

I have a load of frags, how annoying. i'll clean them all down tonight. What i  will do is put some very shallow water in a pot and leave them out for 15 mins. This will cause them to slime up and the flatworms (if any left) will crawl down into the water. IM then gonna give them a 15 min dip in a slightly strong dip solution. I will put them in my frag tank. If in a week i still see no flatworms i will happily sell them to you. Down side is the lighting on my frag tank isn't ace so they will likely lose a bit of colour. :(

if your going to be over this way at all your welcome to come take a look at what i have and i can keep it too one side for you.


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£25 for the duncans is a very fair price. probably what i would want for 6 heads to be honest !!. that digi frag i would say is worth £15-£20.

one thing i will say if your anything like me them zoas you have are gonna do your head in and your gonna wish you never put them in. I hate my zoo section now and i have some rare stuff. (my miami vice i paid £30 for 5 heads which was cheap)

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I can pop over Saturday if you want and see what you have there and sort out a deal I need quite a bit to fill the tank I'm hoping most SPS will happily live side by side so to speak as I'm new to SPS so learning.

Something must be growing as I'm currently using 0.3 of ALK a day

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£25 for the duncans is a very fair price. probably what i would want for 6 heads to be honest !!. that digi frag i would say is worth £15-£20.

one thing i will say if your anything like me them zoas you have are gonna do your head in and your gonna wish you never put them in. I hate my zoo section now and i have some rare stuff. (my miami vice i paid £30 for 5 heads which was cheap)
I like the Zoa's but I'm just hoping they won't spread to far across will they annoy SPS or will they happily live side by side if not I will have to pull some off when they get to close and put them on frag plugs

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Cool,

Saturday is a bad day for me, my mate is moving house and I'm roped into helping. The current plan is watching inside out at odeon norwich at 11:00 and then go to his to help him move. i will probably be free Sunday ? i will be a bit embarrassed but the state of my tank at the minute but you would be welcome to come take a look :)

Pulling them off is a PITA. does my head in. even worse when they release a head and the head attaches somewhere else (you don't see) and starts growing another colony.

Mike look at the third picture up. That looks like a stylophora :) a stylo Milka i believe :)

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