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Acro grow i

Discussion in 'Member Run Contests' started by sethsolomon, May 13, 2015.

  1. sethsolomon

    sethsolomon Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Official Acropora Growout Contest Thread

    To enter, a contestant must post a picture of their fragment of coral with a piece of paper with MASC, their MASC username, the current date, and a ruler for initial size. The contestant must also in the same post must put their tank size, lighting, and estimate for total growth for a 3 month and 6 month period.
    TLDR Rules:
    • picture with MASC, username, date, and ruler for measurement
    • lighting and tank size in post
    • 3 mo and 6 mo growth estimates

    Price: $15

    Price breakdown per entry (How the money is being distributed):
    • Cost of frag: $6 (Overflow past the cost of the colony will be split evenly between MASC and the pot)
    • Donation to MASC: $2
    • Into the prize pot: $7

    Total Cash Collected: $150 $60 paypal $90 cash
    Donation to MASC: $20 (donation sent to masc paypal
    Prize Pot total: $80

    Contest Paypal:

    Prizes for winning:
    Total Growth: $40
    Best Overall Estimator:$40 (difference in growth estimates added together. )
    Example: 3 mo estimate: 2in actual growth: 2.5in 6 mo estimate: 8 in actual growth 6 in difference would be .5in + 2in for a total of 2.5)
    Best Estimate 3 Mo.: ORA Blue Voodoo, ORA Purple Stylo
    Best Estimate 6 Mo.: ORA Green Planet and ORA Red Planet frags
    Best Color Up: ORA Hawkens
    Club Choice Best in Show: ORA German Blue Digitatta, ORA Tri-Color Valida, ORA Pearlberry

    (These frags will be cut to the same size and racing the grow out coral)

    Coral: A. Solitaryensis This thing has blue polyps which makes me think there is much more to this acro.

    Important Dates:
    Pick up: ReefEd May 16th
    Entry Post: The week of May 16th to May 23rd
    1 Month Post: June 16th-June 23rd
    2 Month Post: July 16th-July 23rd
    3 Month Post: Aug 16th to Aug 23rd
    4 Month Post: Sept 16th to Sept 23rd
    5 Month Post: Oct 16th to Oct 23rd
    6 Month Post: Nov 16th to Nov 23rd
    Judging: Nov 24th to 29th

    Judging categories: Total Growth, Closest to meeting total growth estimate for both timeframes, and best color.

    1: SethSolomon (Paid and entered)
    quillin35 (paid, picked up, and entered)
    Maddog (paid. Picked up, entered)
    4: TheRealChrisBrown (Paid, picked up, entered)
    Oceanbear1 (Not Paid)
    6: BrianH (Paid, picked up, entered)
    7: Dr.Harlemtutu (paid and picked up, entered)
    neil82 (paid,Picked up, entered)
    9: high plains reefer (paid, picked up, entered)
    10: quillins friend 2 (paid and picked up, entered)
    11: Fiji (paid, chad pickup, entered)

    Prize Pictures:


    Back row: ORA Green Planet, ORA Blue Voodoo, ORA Pearlberry
    Second back: ORA Hawkins
    Middle: ORA Red Planet, ORA Purple Style
    Second front: ORA Tri-color Valida
    Front: ORA German Blue Digitata

    Measurement posts:

    You need to post 2 pictures. One of the length and one of the width. These must be taken on top of a piece of paper with your username, MASC, and date.



    Coloration post:

    You need to post a picture of the coral that you think makes it look best. The lighting conditions must be consistent across all coloration pictures IE: first post actinics then all coloration pictures need to be actinic. If the first post is under whites then the rest need to be under whites. No need for logo and username for this picture.

    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 1, 2015
  2. Munch

    Munch Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    I'd suggest monthly photos for contestants...

    Looking forward to the contest :)
  3. sethsolomon

    sethsolomon Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Good call :)
  4. sethsolomon

    sethsolomon Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Alright post here if you want to sign up.
  5. quillin35

    quillin35 Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    I am in for reefed one..
    my buddy is in too he is coming to reefed with me..
    so that's 2
  6. quillin35

    quillin35 Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    we will pay at reefed
  7. sethsolomon

    sethsolomon Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Let me know when he signs up on here so I can update it with his username.
  8. quillin35

    quillin35 Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    will do
  9. ReeferMatt

    ReeferMatt Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    A. Solitaryensis - "Branches grow horizontally and fuse together forming a solid plate in the center of the colony with new growth remaining separated. As the colony ages, it grows into multiple layers of horizontal plates. This Acropora is extremely slow growing." I got this info from a different looking color variation, but this could be a snoozer for a grow out.
  10. sethsolomon

    sethsolomon Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    It might be it might not be. Who knows. Every coral is different and reacts differently under different conditions. But my bet is it will be a fairly fast grower :p

    From BeyondReef: http://www.beyondreef.com/index.php/coral/sps-corals/acropora-solitaryensis.html
    The Acropora solitaryensis does best in good water quality, moderate to strong, intermittent water flow and moderate lighting. For good growth rate and overall health, a high pH, alkalinity, and calcium level must be maintained with little to no phosphates and nitrates. If ideal conditions are provided, the solitaryensis will grow at a moderate rate and can be propagated by cutting fragments.

  11. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    I'll give it a try, but I can't make it to ReefEd for pickup.
  12. sethsolomon

    sethsolomon Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thats fine. Just let me know when you want to pick it up.
  13. Oceanbear1

    Oceanbear1 Copepod

  14. sethsolomon

    sethsolomon Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

  15. BrianH

    BrianH Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member ex-officio

    Im in. Paypal sent.
  16. BrianH

    BrianH Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member ex-officio

    I just ordered a new set of Sylvania long-life 60w incandescent bulbs from Bulk Reef Supply for the contest!! :crazytown: Soft whites in the house!! :lostit:
  17. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thanks Seth, maybe Sunday or Monday? I just sent my Paypal payment.
  18. fiji4118

    fiji4118 Cuttle Fish M.A.S.C Club Member

    I'm in but not going to reefed. Scott or Chad if you are participating can you pick up for me?
  19. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    I'll give it a try. I'll need to pick it up at your place. Not going to reef Ed.
  20. sethsolomon

    sethsolomon Shark M.A.S.C Club Member


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