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Old 03-13-2005, 08:07 PM   #11
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OOPS. You're right. I forgot. I've never been a big fan of removing ANYTHING from a reef, not even an empty shell. I CAN, however, appreciate the temptation, now that I'm sitting here looking at my tank. (Just being honest, if not PC).

(politically correct,, not "power compact")
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SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 03-13-2005, 08:55 PM   #12
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You ever dive Looe Key? Just a few miles north of Key West. Nice diving and definately many temptations.
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Old 03-13-2005, 09:49 PM   #13
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You ever dive Looe Key? Just a few miles north of Key West. Nice diving and definately many temptations
No. I usually go to KW for the decadence of Duval St and the afternoons spent drinking in the pool. I only dive two days out of the week I usually spend there in the summer, because it's so incredibly hot and because I'm a pretty safe diver and I know the possible dangers in too much partying before and after diving :| .

Most memorable dive in KW was a night dive - phosphorescence like you wouldn't believe in 15 ft of water. Awesome.

Best ever dive trip: Dominica, a volcanic island. Hot bubbles and hot water come up out of the bedrock, and then there are the walls!! Crystal clear wall diving over the abyss. CHILLS!!!!!!

I'll defintiely keep Looe in mind for next trip,though. Thanks!
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30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 03-14-2005, 10:28 AM   #14
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We actually got all our water and sand from the ocean. We also have taken some fish and rock.

If you are going to do this, I strongly recommend a QT tank. We took a big pretty wrasse from the ocean once. It ate all the vegetation in our tank with in 24 hours. All macro algae was gone! If I had QTed him, I would have figured it out a bit sooner...

One of the neat things we ended up getting from our water was the egg of a Sheeps Head. He ended up dying from chemical contamination to the tank about 8 months after he hatched.

We only live seven blocks from the beach though, so we can dive any time we want. I have never brought anything back from a vacation dive or snorkle. My husband is a Navy Deep Sea Diver. When he is out on a dive, he will bring home some cool stuff, sand dollars and such, but I am not sure how he transports them.
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Old 03-14-2005, 02:06 PM   #15
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Hey midiman, if you want a real diving treat, go to Cozumel some time. Have been there 3 times in the last 2 years. INCREDIBLE diving. Here is a link to my solo trip there 2 summers ago.
Part1
http://dive.scubadiving.com/members/...rts.php?s=2167
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http://dive.scubadiving.com/members/...rts.php?s=2170
Going to Turks and Caicos this July for 2 weeks of diving bliss...can't wait.
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I'd like to request that this thread be deleted! Preferably before my other half has a chance to check it out! I just know he'll have us booked on the first flight to Cozumel (we both dive but I haven't been since we had our first bambino 5yrs ago)! Those pictures are great. Oh to dive in warm waters. The only diving around here is usually preceeded by either a LONG swim out to a shore wreck or a typically bumpy ride out on a boat that brings me to the verge of bringing up my guts. Cozumel is right up my alley!
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The only diving around here is usually preceeded by either a LONG swim out to a shore wreck or a typically bumpy ride out on a boat that brings me to the verge of bringing up my guts.
I know the feeling, got tired of diving cold quarries and yucky Lake Erie. If fact, I don't even bother anymore .
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I know the feeling, got tired of diving cold quarries
Yeah well a 6mil wetsuit is standard issue around here too, no matter how warm the summer gets. Bleh! Putting one of those on when you're already feeling a bit ... um... GREEN is extremely difficult.
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Yikes, 6 mil!! Mine is hanging in the closet collecting dust. Once you dive the warm water, its tough to go back. :P
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Old 03-14-2005, 03:42 PM   #20
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Hey midiman, if you want a real diving treat, go to Cozumel some time. Have been there 3 times in the last 2 years. INCREDIBLE diving. Here is a link to my solo trip there 2 summers ago.
NICE!!!!!!!!!!! Pics are great. It's on my list, believe me!


I really miss the warm water, too. When I got my cert as a divemaster it was deep quarry for the rescue and other check-out dives. 1/4" wet with full hood and gloves. Below a second thermocline at 60ft the water was 48 degrees.

I must have been nuts.


Also on my list: Fiji, Phuket, etc. This summer I'll dive once or twice in Sicily just to check things out over there. The trip there is mostly for the food and to climb Etna, which is erupting again. Have to find a REALLY good tank sitter. Not looking forward to that detail.
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SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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