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Don't Break the Chain Introduction

Discussion in 'Instructions for DBTC' started by kwws, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. kwws

    kwws Amphipod

    Welcome to the Marine Aquarium Society of Colorado "Don't Break the Chain" (DBTC) Forum--- home for all activities related to our exciting new program for advancing and "Paying Forward " the hobby. (Introduction partially copied from the Manhattan Reefs club website)

    The DBTC program was conceived by the Bay Area Reefers (BAR) club and has since been implemented by several other clubs in New York and California. The concept is a rather simple system for giving or "paying forward" coral frags with no immediate returns. The program is designed with few rules other than no sales or trades are allowed. The participants make up the terms of their "giving" and it is up to the good conscience of the recipient to carry out those wishes. Unfortunately, it's not possible to "keep people honest". The hope is that by the time a reefer has become a club member and been introduced to the spirit of community and sharing that a hobbyist club offers, they'll see the benefit of behaving in a community oriented way. The DBTC program simply assumes that the vast majority of participants will behave correctly and proceeds from there. It's a true "Pay it Forward" program both in terms of the actual coral being exchanged and the spirit of generosity and goodwill that goes with it. To this end we envision very little direct moderation from MASC Board Members other than removing inappropriately placed posts and perhaps some tidying up of threads for record keeping purposes. If members are abusing the system, they will be quickly found out by the participants and simply shut out of future transactions. All we ask at this time is that all DBTC transactions (offerings, completions and future paying forward) are posted in this forum so we can use the information to keep track of the program and make decisions about future modifications or additional programs.

    What is DBTC?
    DBTC, stands for Don't Break The Chain--the idea is that it works like a Pay It Forward (PIF) type program where someone donates a particular coral fragment with the idea that the person(s) who get said fragment will grow it out giving to others, who will in turn make free fragments for others, etc.

    I still don't get it. Why do we have this?
    The idea behind it is to help spread coral species throughout the region. This will hopefully lessen the impact of taking corals from the oceans, as well as help spread diversity throughout the area. The idea was a way to push a non-greedy method of helping get corals out there to people. If you can get a coral fragment from a local farmer, that means less of an impact on the oceans. A great many of the "abundant" corals are not in any way marine/aqua cultured since it's still profitable to hack them out of the seas.

    Ok fine, so how do I get some free corals?
    While you will get "free corals" eventually, this is not what this program is about-- this is about sharing and being willing to share with others. While inevitably there will be a bit of a "greed" factor that seeps in-- especially with more desirable corals-- you have to understand the idea is that more will be offered in the future. The way it works is that each coral grows exponentially (ideally), so while it may take some time the coral will be offered again. This program is NOT about stocking your empty tank with new corals for free, what it is about is helping grow a renewable resource and making it available to others for free.

    Time? How much time do I need to wait?
    It depends entirely on the amount of corals that are initially offered, and the type of corals. Some corals, specifically soft ones, grow quite readily so can be fragmented and dispersed quite rapidly. Others, like the small polyped stony corals grow relatively slowly, some grow a few inches a year! So it might take longer. Patience is the key, again this isn't to stock your tank full of corals so there should be no rush on getting one.

    I don't have any Limited Edition or otherwise rare corals, can I still participate?
    It doesn't matter, this program is not about distributing rare corals--if that happens all the better --however what is needed is a sharing of all corals not just rare ones. You have those brown mushrooms, offer them up-- just don't be sad if no one wants any.

    Ok, I have corals I'd like to donate, who do I give them too? What do I do?
    Alright, now we're talking! If you’ve got an animal that has grown enough to be shared with others you are ready to launch your DBTC experience! Also, this program isn’t just for coral. Snails, macro algae, fish, live sand etc… basically anything you can captive propagate is fair game!
    All right, now we're talking! First you give them to whomever you wish. They are your corals after all. Go start a new topic in the DBTC forum and type in all the gory details! You might want to list some guidelines, or follow some standard guidelines to help you determine the next, best, home for your captive raised baby.

    How to Post:
    1) Give a brief description of the coral in the thread topic, "Blue Acropora" for example.
    2) Give a bit more detailed description of the coral in the body of the message. If you don't know the exact species, don’t worry. It's hard, it's a stick, call it an Acropora! Mention what lighting you have it under, how high in the tank it is, the flow conditions, water test results, or anything else that you think is relevant.
    3) A picture is worth a thousand words! Get a camera, take a picture, and don’t worry if it's not the best. Post to any one the many online photo hosting sites (photobucket.com, imageshack.us) and then post via image tags in the body of the message
    4) Clearly state your terms for this DBTC transaction, and what you would like to see happen with the coral.

    Threads will be arranged in a similar way to this

    Beginner – This category contains fairly common corals (non rare zoas, xenia, Kenya trees, etc.) These corals are ideal for members new to the hobby, as they grow well in newer systems or low light systems.

    Standard - This category contains the majority of corals in the program, including SPS, LPS, etc. Members propagating this category of coral have a system capable of handling the coral they are asking for (i.e. established system of 4 months +, and satisfying lighting/water requirements for these corals).

    Extreme – This category contains rare or normally very expensive corals (for example, bubblegum watermelon chalice). Members propagating this level of DBTC coral have a system capable of handling any coral they are asking for (i.e. established aquarium with lighting/water parameters suitable for these challenging specimens).

    Non corals- Any other captive-propagated marine life goes here! Algae, snails, crabs, shrimp, fish, anemones, etc...


    The suggested guidelines are only suggestions, all final decisions can be made by each donor. This is a voluntary program and part of the fun is giving with as little or as many conditions as you see fit.

    1.Recipient must be a www.marinecolorado.org member, with priority given to MASC members and those with active DBTC corals.
    2. Must have a tank that can support the coral, as shown in a "build thread" or other post on www.marinecolorado.org to illustrate the potential new home
    3.You agree to give 2 frags of this coral to 2 more people through DBTC before selling/trading any of it. (This is to keep the exponential growth thing going)
    4.You agree to pick up at my home in (city), a MASC event, or a mutually agreed upon location
    5. If I lose this species and want it back, I get the next available frag in this chain.

    Ideally, we will have be an ever increasing number of chains(coral species) and each chain should be producing new coral fragments at an exponential rate. If 1 coral fragment recipient grew the coral out and passed on 2 fragments, the chain would experience exponential growth.

    That’s really it. We’ll see how this evolves and make some adjustments if need be. For now, let’s all begin to "Pay it Forward" MASC DBTC style……

    Again if you have any questions or comment as to how to make this a better program or how something works let us know
  2. Mckibbonator

    Mckibbonator Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    We should have a DBTC meeting once a year! Have every one brings frags, then for every frag they bring, they are allowed to pick one new frag.
  3. chrislorentz

    chrislorentz Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    We did that back in June I think
  4. chrislorentz

    chrislorentz Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Just a refresher mike?
  5. dv3

    dv3 Orca M.A.S.C Club Member

    wow this program is almost a year old already
  6. Mckibbonator

    Mckibbonator Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    I didn't know about that since I've been a member for 1 month.
  7. kwws

    kwws Amphipod

    We held a DBTC meeting in July and had over 150 corals that were given away. We are planning a second DBTC meeting soon so stay tuned
  8. dv3

    dv3 Orca M.A.S.C Club Member

    in denver i hope ...lol
  9. chrislorentz

    chrislorentz Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    LOL yea since you gave me the whisker coral this is what I will be doing with it.
  10. hurrafreak

    hurrafreak Orca M.A.S.C Club Member

    We will be updating this "introduction thread" as well with a couple of things that we have seen throughout the year, so also keep your eyes open for that as well as it will effect the DBTC program.
  11. dv3

    dv3 Orca M.A.S.C Club Member

    here we go again with the wait and see ...thanks juan ...lol
    TELL US ALREADY ....jeez
  12. hurrafreak

    hurrafreak Orca M.A.S.C Club Member

    Man, now that you've got that badge you're kinda pushy LOL JK!! You will see once we update the main post! It won't be anything that will change the DBTC drastically, just a few things here and there to make sure that the program isn't getting taken advantage of.
  13. dv3

    dv3 Orca M.A.S.C Club Member

    really ..lol ...atleast you didn't notice it before i had the badge ...lol

    i'm glad everyone will get the chance to meet me at the meeting then they'll know i'm not a jerk (or not) ....lol
  14. Mckibbonator

    Mckibbonator Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Don't say that, we support all at MSAC.
  15. Cake_Boss

    Cake_Boss Orca M.A.S.C Club Member

    can we do it in december?
  16. hurrafreak

    hurrafreak Orca M.A.S.C Club Member

    It won't be done again this year. We've got things planned out(loosely) until early next year. I say loosely because we don't have every meeting locked up yet that's why nothing has been announced.
  17. Cake_Boss

    Cake_Boss Orca M.A.S.C Club Member

    how about not jun 3-july 7 of next year
  18. hurrafreak

    hurrafreak Orca M.A.S.C Club Member

    We will let you know sir!!
  19. miwoodar

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

    Brilliant. What an idea.
  20. Wicked Color

    Wicked Color Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    This program is thriving at this point.

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