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How to control Acropora Eating Flatworms (AEFW)

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 in Education, Equipment | 0 comments

Acropora Eating Flatworms (AEFW) almost destroyed my tank. My fight against those sly AEFW’s began about a month ago in this post. Since then I have been periodically blasting my corals in the tank with a pipette/turkey baster as a test and haven’t seen any AEFW come off of the corals. If there are any AEFW’s they usually come off of the coral because of the pressure from the turkey baster. Also all coral polyps are out, corals are growing and coloring up again and I can’t see any AEFW eggs. I don’t see any bite marks either! Once you see these things in your tank they are so easy to recognize again. It seems like I am winning the battle against AEFW’s. Below I have outlined my procedure to help you in case AEFW’s are affecting your tank. If I can do it, anyone can. Don’t give up. I’ll update if I see changes. Procedure: 1. Removed all Acropora corals from rocks including encrusted ones and scraped off encrusted left over coral parts on the rocks. Inspected each coral with a flashlight for 2 minutes outside of tank and water (a bit of air drying allows eggs to be  easier to identify) and scraped any off eggs. I even cut the base off...

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Best coral polyp photo ever

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 in Coral, Featured, Photography | 2 comments

              Look at the delicate and beautifully geometric shape of that coral polyp grown in an aquarium, the Red Sea Max 250! Nature is amazing and as some have said already, built to mathematical standards. Imagine how easy it would be to hurt this polyp and coral. Now think of global warming, people who walk on reefs and anything else related to the ocean that is bad. These guys don’t have a chance if we don’t protect and respect them. Also, if corals die, fish disappear. This polyp is only about 2-3 millimeters in diameter. I took this photo of an Acropora coral polyp using the Nikon D7000 and Nikon 105mm macro lens. I also posted this photo on a marine aquarist forum and one aquarist said this was the best coral photo he has ever seen! Thank you...

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Video update of Red Sea Max Reef after 17 months

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 in Equipment, Fish, Reef Critters, Video | 0 comments

The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on YouTube. Video update of the Red Sea Max Reef and it’s growth after 17 months. I am disappointed in the quality of this quick video. This was filmed with the iPhone 4S but I need to get a better video camera. Any suggestion? My last video update of the tank was 8 months ago and posted again below for comparison. The...

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Bellina in Red Sea Max 250 reef

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 in Coral, Featured, Photography | 0 comments

Photo of the relatively rare recovering Bellina coral using the Nikon D7000 and Nikon 105mm macro lens. I had previously posted this photo of this same Bellina when it was riddled with Acropora Eating Flatworms bite marks. It is now recovering well in the Red Sea Max 250 reef. Those green polyps are about 3 mm in diameter.              ...

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Blue Hornet Zoanthid coral

Posted on Mar 24, 2012 in Photography | 0 comments

Photo of the relatively rare Blue Hornet Zoanthid coral using the Nikon D7000 and Nikon 105mm macro...

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Centerfold shots of Red Sea Max Reef

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 in Photography | 2 comments

I took a few photos using the Nikon D7000 of my new minimalist Red Sea Max 250 reef. What do you think of this look? I have never seen a minimalist Red Sea Max 250 reef tank on the web. A front view can be seen here.                                                                ...

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Eradicating AEFW in the Red Sea Max 250 reef

Posted on Mar 18, 2012 in Guides | 0 comments

In dealing with Aceopora Eating Flatworms (AEFW) in my Red Sea Max 250 reef, I took all of my Acropora corals off of rocks, dipped for weeks, added wrasses for patrolling, and all the other suggestions out there. I did lose a few corals, especially deep water ones due to the stress of the dips and sensitivity to Revive. I am out of patience and whatever happens now happens. If AEFW want to eat my Acroporas, then they are...

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Deep Water Acropora photo

Posted on Mar 10, 2012 in Coral | 0 comments

                Check out this macro photo I took of a deep water Acropora coral in my Red Sea Max reef tank. The textures and colors are so smooth. Nikon D7000 and Nikon 105mm macro lens were used. Can you tell that this is a photo of a...

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Red Sea Max 250 reef destroyed!

Posted on Mar 4, 2012 in Coral, Featured | 0 comments

Before the destruction of the Red Sea Max 250 reef                 After the destruction of the Red Sea Max 250 reef               A terrible thing has happened: Acropora Eating Flatworm (AEFW) invasion. After the Interceptor treatment for the Red Bugs pests, these AEFW have increased in numbers to the point that my Six Line Wrasse (normally a great biological control for pests) can’t help much. I...

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Red Sea Max 250 Feb 2012

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 in Coral | 0 comments

            This is a full tank shot of the reef in February 2012. The reef is doing well but the sand needs cleaning up. Most of the soft corals have to be given away, sold or traded. The Red Sea Max 250 is filling up quickly but I still want more corals. I have decided against an upgrade to the Red Sea Max 500 or 650 at this...

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