Monday, January 28, 2008

MARS Frag Swap 4.0

Though I didn't get there until 2:30, I would say the swap was a success. Money was raised to support the MARS website's maintenance and hosting costs, and it looks like a lot of the swappers made a lot of sales. All I could think while walking around looking at things was "I wish I had a bigger tank...and a bigger budget."

While I didn't purchase anything, I did snag a few of the freebie frags from Mark's fragging demo. I learned a few things about propagation, got to talk shop, all in all it was a good trip...aside from nearly getting myself run over by a truck...INSIDE the building...

Later last night I stopped by Landon's place to pick up that Blastomussa frag (The guys at ReefCentral ID it as Merletti), and while I was there he threw in a little Pocillipora that had been getting knocked around his tank for a while. You can see that it's a little bleached from being upside down for a while, but it should make a pretty good recovery I think. The blasto was opening up very shortly after being introduce to my tank...I can't wait to see it start growing out!

Anyways, pictured in the post are the Hydno and Porites frag I snagged at the demo, as well as the Blasto and the Pocillipora I got from Landon.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Potential near-future Blasto addition

A local reefer is selling a 3-polyp frag of Blasto, pictured to the right, and I am thinking about purchasing it from him. It looks like a healthy little frag and I've been looking to add some diversity to my tank. I think this would be a cool addition of color/shape. Let me know what you think about this. The mother colony is pictured below.

(pictures posted on the local reef club forum
by the owner of the coral, photo rights belong to "Landon" at

Short un-update.

Hey all, just updating after a while of silence. I've put the AC50 on the tank with the carbon and the foam filter pad, and things seem to have started to clear up a bit. The snails and crab are doing fine, and are really fun to watch bury themselves in the sand and whatnot. The hair algae and cyano continues to be pretty out of control, but once I get the tank moved back here to UWW (when the weather warms up a bit) I'll be hitting the water changes pretty hard to try to get that reigned in. I also plan to pick up a small Emerald crab, and may be getting a small Blasto frag from a local reefer before too long.

Thanks for looking, and stay tuned for a real update with pictures!