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Old 05-01-2012, 06:57 PM   #441
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I just want to catch the Chromis to transfer into the Biocube - they are both still in the QT tank now - they're both ready to move over.
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:13 PM   #442
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Today is all about the Macro! I recieved my order from GCE today. The packaging was as good as any, shipped priority USPS. Without wasting space uploading pics of packaging, if you can recall the link posted previously of the given review. That's exactly what I got. Three tubes packed full: Calerpa sampler, Red Macro sampler, and chaeto. The chaeto went right into the fuge, but not before I went through it a bit looking for pest hitchhikers, and luckily I found three large pods, and one GORILLA CRAB!!! It was tiny about 2-3mm, but what I relief!.

I started to drip acclimate the red macro as I figured that was the way, but then everyone online seems to think a 15 minute float is a-ok.

While the red is dripping, the green is floating... I can tell you that looking at the red, I must've received (6) different red Macro's and they are all awesome looking!

The green hasn't been opened yet, but its chock full as well and I can see at least (4) types there as well.

One thing to note, was that according to the site, they were out of serveral species, but it appears that in the sampler, those Macros were included as well, so that's awesome. I was trying to figure out what they would send based on what they had in stock, but that wasn't the case at all.

Another tip - All you Biocube owners... I had a feeling it would happen, BUT, I removed the nasty sponge between chambers 2 and 3 and as I figured, when I added the chaeto to the fuge in chamber 2, some little clippings immediately shot into the display. Luckily it wasn't much because the chaeto was packed so tightly, but it still happened.

How does everyone keep this from happening? Do you use the sponge, or maybe put some floss down there?

I'll upload pics once I have them in the tank so that the beauty can be appreciated!
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:24 PM   #443
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Learned something new today... I'm not a big fan of green macro! Lol....

So you can see what happened here:

10 gallon "QT" got all the green macro and some red... BC got the majority of red, and chaeto.
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:33 PM   #444
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Just wanted to post the variety of Macros that I received in the samplers:

Calerpa Sampler:
  • C. Mexicana
  • C. Prolifera
  • C. Ashmeadii
  • C. Sertulariodes
  • C. Paspaloides
  • Acetabularia Sp.
Red Sampler:
  • Gracilaria Sp.
  • Eucheuma Spinosum
  • Halymenia Sp.
  • Ancanthrophora Spicifera
  • Gracilaria Hayi
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:37 PM   #445
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Ha! I think you probably made the right call with the green macro. I think we have a little alarm bell in our brains that goes off whenever we look at our display tanks and see a bunch of green that says "algae alert!" It's like a gut reaction. I've been following your thread for a while and I really enjoy your updates. Can't wait to see the little guy in his newly decorated mansion. I think he'll like the red drapes!
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:48 PM   #446
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Thanks for following. Yeah, its not that I don't like the look of the green, but as soon as I had it all in the tank, all I wanted to do was get it out!

I may change up a few positions, but I really like the red / orange and white look of the tank, maybe because it mimics the anglers colors perfectly.

I kinda figure I'll have enough green with the addition of the corals, so who needs more?

Hopefully, tomorow I'll get the water tested again after 24 hours with Macro, and see where I'm at. If its good to go, I may go ahead and move the angler over, and the chromis as soon as I can catch it!
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I love the macros. I want to do a similar w/ red in my 55 at some point with a blue ham...whatever its called.

Possible issue though. Im not sure what the green macro is thats long and fern like, but that is one my lfs had in a tank. It overtook the tank so badly they had to tear it down and clean it. I went back a week later and the tank was overrun again. So be careful!
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Thanks - I may just donate it to the LFS. Im really not impressed with how it looked in the tank, so off it goes. I could see how a full Macro planted tank would look amazing though... Maybe in my future

The whole order of all the Macros I got was only $30.
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Now that I'm thinking about it, maybe when I move the fish over, I'll add the extra sand I have some more rock, or not, and actually turn the 10 gallon into a marine planted tank!
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Well went to the LFS today and got more brine - Tom, the owner was there and we talked about things, and long story short, I got (5) more gut-loaded ghost shrimp. So, since the angler now eats from my hand with brine, I got him to come into a small food container. I got him out and added one of the ghosts - within 3 seconds - gone!

I have since acclimated him - since the salinities were so similar I didn't drip just did the add a little method. Once he started getting antsy, I dipped the container into the BC so that he wouldn't have to be out of water.

He swam down on the rocks and grabbed on tight. Hope he likes it!

I went to move the trumpet coral over, but found a tiny aiptasia on the bottom, so I'll have to take care of that 1st.

Tomorrow, if I have time, ill kill the aiptasia, and move that coral over. Then I'll move the rocks out temporarily and catch that darn Chromis!

Finally, I'm seriously considering adding a sandbed to the 10 gallon and making it a marine planted tank / mini-frag tank till I sell my frags.
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