Embracing a plug and play aquarium for personal coral reefs

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....

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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...

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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 Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on YouTube.  ...

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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 going to and I’ll have to not have any Acros. However, since the reef was being dismantled at this time, it was a great time to correct a few mistakes I had made a long time ago that only experience teaches, if you know what I mean. A few that come to mind are: 1. Glue corals to small pieces...

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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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