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Old 12-12-2004, 10:01 PM   #1
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Almost dead frogspawn

I stopped by the LFS here in Dalton today...with no intention of buying anything of course...and, as I always do, checked out the WAY overpriced corals they have for sale. I noticed, written on the front of the tank, "Frogspawn $15.99". OK, so I couldn't pass this up. After searching the whole tank, I saw a large chunk of dead LPS skeleton with 2 small heads still hanging on. When I asked the owner about it, he said "Yeah, that one's about dead". He offered it to me for $5.00. "BAG IT!" Anyway, got it home, set up a drip acclimation, and let that run for about 3 hours. After that, I mixed up some Kent Tech D and gave it a 6 minute dip. I also cut off most of the dead skeleton. It's in the 20g right now with poylps extended and looking much happier than it did at the LFS. If anyone has any suggestions for improving its chances, I'd like to hear them. This one, if it lives, will find a permanent home in the 180g at the eyecare center. The two surviving heads are about 3/4" across.
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Old 12-12-2004, 10:33 PM   #2
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Other than checking for brown jelly and giving it good overall flow and maybe target feeding some phyto.
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Old 12-13-2004, 07:39 PM   #3
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Came home from work to find the frogspawn with poylps fully extended and waving around. Looks 100% better than 24 hours ago. Guess I'll try to feed it something and see how it goes.
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Old 01-02-2005, 12:43 PM   #4
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FWIW, the frogspawn is healthy and appears to be showing some signs of growth although that may just be wishful thinking on my part. It has a buddy now as well. Same LFS...same tank even. Picked up another one yesterday with one live head left on it for $8.00. It's looking 100% better this morning. These corals were both languishing in the bottom of a 180g (guess) tank that was lit by 4x65w PC. It's running a Tidepool sump with a Mag 9.5 for a return pump. There are no powerheads or other pumps on the tank. There was a Seaclone 100 strapped to the side of the sump with a wire tie. I have a feeling I'll be buying lots of bargains from this tank in the future. I attempted to offer some suggestions about improving the conditions in the tank and was told that they were in this business and knew perfectly well what they were doing . There is a bubble coral in there that I'm guessing will be mine in a couple of weeks for less than $10.
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Old 01-02-2005, 01:08 PM   #5
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Some LFS have no business being in business!
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I agree although I have to say these folks are pretty good with most things. Their small animal cages are always clean and their birds (they breed them) are very healthy and well cared for. The FW side looks great and I noticed they had replaced all the filters with new ones. Their coral tank is the only thing I can really hold against them. I guess it's easy to get the attitude, when you own that type business, that you always know more than your customers. I'll be watching that tank though and providing a home for all the sick ones. Maybe, after they lose enough money on them, they'll either quit keeping them or let me help them set up a system they can actually keep them in.
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the way I see it, you have offered your help....they refused it. Now you can just take advantage of their ignorance

In six months, invite the owner over to see your nice, inexpensively stocked tank.
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Is the frogspawn a branching coral? Ive never seen a frogspawns skeleton, is it the branches that are the skeleton, right?
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I meant is your frogspawn a branching one
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Yes, the skeleton looks like a branch with "heads" of coral on the ends.
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