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    Posted: October 18 2016 at 5:22pm
Introducing
The Wasatch Marine Aquarium Society
Frag Grow Out Contest
Sponsored by Aquatic Dreams


 
 
Introduction: The concept is pretty much straight forward, a challenge to see who can grow out a  coral faster than anybody else.
 
How to Play: The frags will be available on a first come first serve basis starting at the WMAS November meeting on November 3rd at the Rose Garden Building Sugar House Park (1601 East 2100 South Salt Lake City, UT). Each participant will be required to fill out a short application form giving information about the system where the frag will be placed. If you cannot make it to the November meeting to pick up a frag we can still put you on the wait list to pick up any remaining frags not claimed at the meeting.

Price:   $10 for WMAS Members
            $15 for Non-Members
 
The Coral: Special thanks to Aquatic Dreams for donating this awesome colony of favities. This colony has a lot of potential and we want to see who can give crazy color and grow the fastest.
 

 
The contest will end in February and prizes will be given to the winner at the March meeting.

Feel free to ask questions and stay tuned for further details and rules.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 18 2016 at 9:38pm
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 19 2016 at 1:06am
I'll gladly do it but I will probably have to miss the meeting due to work.
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Phys, we'll put you at the top of the waiting list for any frags not picked up at the meeting.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 19 2016 at 10:48am
i cant grow favia to save my life... 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 19 2016 at 11:30am
Sleepingdeep, you never know what magic Landon and Hogie did on this one. Try it you just may surprise yourself.

I'm in on this. I also think the frags should be passed out randomly with no cherry picking.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2016 at 10:42am
Landon did a great job cutting. All the frags are pretty chunky at 3/4" to 1" and are pretty uniform. Of course there are a couple that are a little bigger, but all of them look pretty darn good! And again, Aquatic Dreams was extremely generous in helping support the club. If you haven't been there, it's worth checking out!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2016 at 11:17am
I am very excited about this! I've never tried my hand at that type of coral before. Looks pretty.

Will there be an update soon on rules and criteria for judging?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2016 at 8:00pm
I'm working on official rules and judging criteria for the contest. The problem is I'm out of town until the next Sunday. If you have questions about something specific I can let you know what i have. I can tell you there are a few posibilities for judging criteria but it's not set yet.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 26 2016 at 5:39pm
Are there any updates here? I'm very much looking forward to participating in this contest.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 27 2016 at 10:32am
The frags are healing in Landon's tank. He's planning on bringing and handing them out at the Nov. meeting!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 27 2016 at 10:59am
I was wondering more about the rules, criteria for judging, etc.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 28 2016 at 10:44am
Are these frags loose or attached to plugs?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 28 2016 at 10:57am
They are attached to plugs.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 28 2016 at 11:19am
Half plugs, half disks.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 28 2016 at 4:20pm
Okay, so I have a request. May we be allowed to do whatever we want with the coral frag to help it grow fast as possible. Would that be okay? 
Also, I have two separate systems and would like to grow two separate frags if that's okay. If there are enough frags, of course.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 28 2016 at 7:38pm
A detailed list of rules and regulations before the meeting would be gladly welcomed ;)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 28 2016 at 7:52pm
I personally think it would need to be unaltered. If available at the end I say buy 2 if you want and are available in also think we should blind pick them by being numbered and the person draws a number from a box/bag and that's the piece they get period
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 28 2016 at 10:42pm
Unaltered? Shocked 
Isn't the purpose of this exercise to in fact alter the coral frag? Isn't the purpose of this exercise for considering different techniques and finding the best/fastest ways to grow this specific coral? 
If so, we should consider that a coral may do best and may grow faster when it is moved off the ceramic plug/disk and attached directly to a natural substrate, i.e., glued directly to LR. 
Most people I hang out with agree that gluing plugs to the aquascape makes for an unattractive reef aquarium. Waiting for the stony coral frag to overgrow a plug can be a long wait and oftentimes the unnatural plug shape can be seen, albeit disguised, under the growth.

Thank you for your consideration of allowing us participants to do whatever works best.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 29 2016 at 12:08am
I'm not making the rules, just stating my opinions. With your 25+ years and all your know how you should have this in the bag Mark   
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