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Old 09/29/2007, 02:12 PM   #51
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Re: Re: Coral Maternity in Portugal

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Machado, could you or someone please do me the honor of translating those amounts into gallons please??
Hello Mr James,

Translating to inch/gallons:

TANKS
Maternity: 71” x 35” x 16” = 172 gal
Nursery: 71” x 35” x 10” = 116 gal
Day-care center: 3 tanks with 59“ x 39” x 19” = 3 x 198 gal = 594 gal (Only one tank is functioning. The others are in assembling phase)

Total tanks: ± 880 gal (by now runs ± 486 gal - only 1 Day-care center running)

SUMP (3 compart.)
41” x 27” x 19” (to skimmer+Eco-Cooler) – 98 gal
45” x 57” x 19” (mangue+Live Rock+Skimmer) – 221 gal
30” x 51” x 19” ( DSB/filter with algea+return pumps) – 134 gal

Total sump: 450 gal

Total rude volume (Tanques+sump): 1.330 gal


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In addition, could you please explain the differences between the "Maternity", "Nursery", and "Day Care Center", if you are referring to the tanks??
This names are only to relax...

As you may read in my setup:

Maternity - Tank that lodges the mother colonies donors of polyps, or fragments, destined to the reproduction.

Nursery - Tank destined to the first phase of the reproduction. Here the polyps, or fragments, come from the Maternity to develop themselves, they are fixed in rubber covers of plastic pipes flowers. They will remain in this place the necessary time until they reach a certain state of development.

Day-care center - Tank destined to second phase of reproduction. They are transferred “babies already grown” from the Nursery together with the respective rubber covers.

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Old 09/29/2007, 05:28 PM   #52
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What do you do with the corals that progress well ?

Amazing setup and all with T5's as well. Excellent Machado!


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Old 09/29/2007, 07:27 PM   #53
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Beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us!


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Old 09/29/2007, 08:24 PM   #54
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amazing job. where did you get the original colonies from?
are you afraid if something is brought in that it can wipe it all out being that they are all connected?


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Old 09/29/2007, 08:30 PM   #55
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Absolutely beautiful!!! The colors are magnificent!! Amazing frags using T-5's.

Can you elaborate on what you feed your corals and how often?


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Old 09/30/2007, 05:16 AM   #56
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simply incredible!!!!!!!!! spectacular setup.

what was thew thinking with going with all blue bulbs in the t-5s?


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Old 09/30/2007, 11:52 AM   #57
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So you are using algea turf scrubbing as a filtration system. Can you please elaborate on this and provide additional pictures. Do you do anything to help with the water yellowing associated with algea filtration?


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Old 09/30/2007, 12:10 PM   #58
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Thats amazing =]


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Old 09/30/2007, 01:33 PM   #59
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Incredible system, thank you for sharing we can learn a lot from your experience.


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Old 09/30/2007, 03:29 PM   #60
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Awesome, Congratulations. Thanks for posting.

i would also like to know what are you feeding them also?


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Old 09/30/2007, 03:39 PM   #61
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hands down best frag tank out there, keep up the good work.


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Old 09/30/2007, 07:37 PM   #62
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wow... id like to learn more about how you are doing this....


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Old 09/30/2007, 07:40 PM   #63
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Hell Oh Axe (Machado) de Sousa,

Congratulations for your propagation system, its definitely a blast on this small country (Portugal).

Your post is receiving the proper attention (like Pestana's did - http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh...5&pagenumber=1) - in THIS giant reef community.

Your previous aquarium was already a master piece, but this one is out of this world.
I've seen it live, every time I see it I feel like a fish, surrounded by colorful corals and waving water.

What is the next step ? Can you post more pictures ? Do you use natural water ?

I never asked you this, but, you don't have a DSB (you got algae’s on it, right ?), what are the advantages and disadvantages of it ?

Where did you get those colorful frags ? Do all those frags came from that journey to Germany ?
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Old 10/01/2007, 12:56 PM   #64
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WOW!!!! Very nice setup, looks fantastic! Please post more pictures if you can.
Hi mikekman,
Very soon I will go adding new photos. Be attentive please.

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Old 10/01/2007, 01:58 PM   #65
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this is awsome. How do you keep the eggcrate so clean? and have you figured out coral warfare?
Hi redox!

In the Nursery tank (with plastic pipes) I changed eggcrate and I have this about 1 month ago. The previous one was covered by coralline, biofilms and some algae and I placed a new. In the Day-care tank (with reef plugs) I can't substitute eggcrate and thus I have there some clean up crews like herb*bovos and detrit*voros fishes, stomatellid snails, Turbos, Nerites, Ceriths, diademas, etc.
About chemical warfare, the tanks outlets, before return to sumps, go straight to the skimmers, which are fed by gravity.

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Old 10/01/2007, 06:24 PM   #66
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Make sure to let us know if you decide to get into the business of selling coral fragments.

I am going to be the first one on your list


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Old 10/01/2007, 07:14 PM   #67
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Now that would be a heck of an overnight shipping bill.


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Old 10/02/2007, 01:48 AM   #68
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An excellent example of someone's courage and hard work. Beautiful frags and excellent idea with the nurseries. You inspired me, how to do it in my next setup. I always love to see someone trying to save the reefs by growing them inland


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Old 10/02/2007, 08:17 AM   #69
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Hoowee! That's beautiful! Makes me feel like shopping LOL! Well done!


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Old 10/02/2007, 10:01 AM   #70
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Hi,

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I am going to be the first one on your list
I think it will be a little bit dificult once Machado is in Portugal!

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Old 10/02/2007, 01:04 PM   #71
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what are monthly costs of running a system like that. how long has it been running, what are some problems you encounter?
It does not please me much speech on about costs not discouraging.' let me see... I expense about five hundreds dollars monthly.
First works adapting the space (the prop space was destined for parking automobile) had started have about 1 year ago. The first corals had entered have about 6 months and are the ones that I had in my home aquariums (all moved).
The main problem become related with the difficulty in finding rarer corals in the place where I live in. To acquire rarer colonies I have to go to far to buy some little frags. From Germany I brought about 20. I hope to return there soon but time $$$ is rare too. lol
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Please show pics of your display tank, that thing looks awesome as well.
I'll post more pics. May be tomorrow. Today I'm gonna try to take some. The pics posted up to now in this threod was taken by "the master and magician" my friend João Ribeiro!

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Please show from start to finish how you frag your corals. Are the flower plugs filled w/ cement or any filler?

lots of questions, i think everyone is in awwe right now.
Soon I will show a sequence since the harvest of the polyp, or a little frag, up to setting in the plastic pipes.
The plastic pipes may be filled with reef sand or aragonite. Filling the plastic tubes with cement, as you ask, is such an idea never entered my head. thanks, you just gave me a good and practical idea! to fill with aragocret...

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Old 10/02/2007, 01:57 PM   #72
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Machado - I appreach your time for sharing this awesome adventure with us. I hope all your research pays off. I was wondering if you could also elaborate on some details of the systems. And some of the maintenance you do to the system. Also what ballast are you running your t5s on? are you overdriving them? Which reflectors are you using? I am also interested in the turf scrubbing system.

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Old 10/03/2007, 09:44 PM   #73
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some grown babies:





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Old 10/03/2007, 10:08 PM   #74
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Calcium reactors:




Partial view of the CO2 supply system and mangrove:




View of Top-off water tank and Kalk reactor:



I hope you enjoy it,

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Old 10/04/2007, 06:39 AM   #75
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once the nursery frags encrust the top of the plug you just cut off the top of the plug and glue it to a disc? or do you drill the disc and put the whole plug through?


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