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For what it's worth, my halimeda is doing well under my LEDs, which are a mix of royal blue, blue, cool white, neutral white, red orange, cyan, and violet.

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In viewing The Blue Lagoon, I am amazed at the fast growth on blades of Caulerpa Prolifera. Semi-clear color indicates fast new growth. It is apparent under both light sources 120W of LED/ 200W CFL at 6500 kelvin. I just noticed some baby black mollies swimming among macro-algae.

Gracilaria Hayi looks spectacular under reefkeeping lights. There is a blue tint against the dark burgundy of it's flattened leaves.

Patrick

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For what it's worth, my halimeda is doing well under my LEDs, which are a mix of royal blue, blue, cool white, neutral white, red orange, cyan, and violet.

That is an impressive mix of spectrum. Do you have pictures of the Halimeda? The Gracilaria Hayi is slightly calcified and displays well with tangs and drawf angels.

Patrick

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Not at the moment, I'll snap one tomorrow. The gracilaria is going to go in my DT, and a caulerpa in the fuge

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I so enjoy Sea Apples feeding. Ten main stalks ring the mouth at the center of the circle. Each stalk has numerous feathers on branches. Sea Apple first withdraws all feathers as a fist closing, then stalk bends to insert "foot in mouth".

Patrick

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Here you go Patrick...there's a window nearby so it's hard to avoid the reflections

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Incidentally, that halimeda cam in on the rock from Florida and promptly died and stayed dead for 9 months. It eventually started coming back a few months ago

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The Halimeda was the most abundant macro on GOM live rock. However, I have not been successful with it.

As I do more research, I relize the mistake that I have made with Dragons Breath and Red Grapes. They want more subdued light and probably more blue than I realized. Particularly with Dragons Breath.

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On the left side of the Red Planet, a rock wall lays in front of glass with a rising curtain of air bubbles (1/16" diameter drill bit holes). At present a dense growth of Enteromorpha covers much of end glass. After thinning and composting tomatoes, I noticed mollies feeding on torn filaments and realized that I have an in tank turf algae scrubber that doubles as a veggie bar for the herbivores.

Patrick

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The Blue Lagoon is in temporary disarray. As a backup to cultivating Red Ogo, I have put 1/4 lb of this graceful red macro algae in a tank that I can control temperature and light. I received 1lb of Gracilaria Parvispora from IndoPacific SeaFarm, they call it Tang Heaven Red. One third went into greenhouse tumble culture. One third went into 150G Rubbermaid tank buried in ground. This tank receives filtered sunlight thru trees all day and uses passive geothermal and evaporative spray fountains for cooling. It looks like it will grow well in all outside locations and I will transfer out f this tank.

If anyone wants free starts of tang heaven red, just come get it. I enjoy the crisp crunch and texture of this fresh veggie with its briney flavor. Yes, I eat it straight from the tank. I enjoy it in chevichee. It should be kept separate from the citrus acid in the chevichee marinade as the starches break down with a loss of crispness. For a party favorite, I use three mixing bowls with Red Ogo in one bowl with ice salt water. The other two bowls are a vegetarian chevichee and a protein marinade of shrimp or fish.

La bonne temps roulee,

Patrick

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Red Planet gets glitter lines from late morning sun. Some gorgonians were added to remove rock from 135G tank.

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The Cardinals are nestled almong the gorgonians branches. Also in the first picture is Elk Coral. Oddly enough, it is an SPS.

In the third picture is trailing strands of green macro that are attached to back glass. It put me to thinking to make individual rubble with active growths of fast growing macro to feed our fish. Perhaps have several of these rocks, so that some is always in the refugium. Cycle it into a tank with a tang for a fresh veggie snack. I will work on better pictures and start up a specialized accessory rock thread to feed herbivores.

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Why'd it go. We're you not getting good growth or were you just tired of the crazy colors?

With the crazy colors, I could not tell exactly what I was looking at. Patrick

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Replaced 240W greenhouse power compacts with Coralife 260W compact floresant: new lamps installed was super actinic and actinic white. I like it much better.

Patrick

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Update:

1. The blue lagoon has been turned into a tumble culture of red macro.

2. Red Planet: the 90W UFO plant light has been replaced by a 250W MH 14K combined with 120 of

greenhouse power compact fixture at 120W of 6500 kelvin lighting.

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