Embracing a plug and play aquarium for personal coral reefs

Naso Tang wears too much makeup

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 in Photography | 0 comments

Where: Aquarium One fish store in Rockville, MD Camera: Nikon D7000 Lens: Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED No...

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Astronomical Blenny

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 in Photography | 2 comments

Is that rock overexposed? I can’t remember what kind of Blenny this is, but it looks like it’s carrying a galaxy on it’s body. Where: Aquarium One fish store in Rockville, MD Camera: Nikon D7000 Lens: Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED No...

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2 Videos of the Red Sea Max S-500 from Australia

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 in Equipment, RSM S-Series, Video | 0 comments

Have you heard of the all new Red Sea Max S-Series all-in-one plug and play aquarium? No, then you can read about it here and watch an underground video. If you have, then there is no doubt you want more because you can’t get your hands on a tank until November (UK) or December (US). However, Majestic Aquariums has it in Australia and the videos are linked below for you. I guess you can get your hands on it by visiting Australia. Australia’s first Red Sea Max S-500 Part 1 The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on YouTube.   Australia’s second Red Sea Max S-500 Part 2 The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on YouTube. And of...

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Top 10 things you can do this weekend for a healthier Red Sea Max 250 tank

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 in Featured, Guides | 0 comments

Do these ten easy things this weekend to make sure that your Red Sea MAX 250 (or any saltwater tank) is in top shape. You know you need to do tank maintenance and you know you like it, so get to it. 1. Change 10% of your tank water. When was the last time you changed the water in your tank? If you are like most marine aquarists, you depend on your salt mix and water changes to keep you thank healthy. Keep this up and you are on your way to having an amazing tank. 2. Test your nitrates to make sure they are low. 3. Fill up your auto top off system reservoir with RODI water. 4. Scrape your tank glass or acrylic to remove algae. 5. Clean the sludge (denatured proteins) from your protein skimmer cup....

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What comes after the Red Sea Max 250?

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 in Equipment, Featured, RSM S-Series, Video | 1 comment

And the answers are, Max-S 400, Max S-500 and Max S-650 summed up as the Max S-Series! The numbers refer to the total tank volumes in liters. Red Sea Max S-400 – 400 Liters or 110 Gallons Red Sea Max S-500 – 500 Liters or 135 Gallons Red Sea Max S-650 – 650 Liters or 175 Gallons Now, slowly close you dropped jaw and read on for the details about these 3 new tanks from Red Sea. These are apparently already available in the UK and in the USA can be pre-ordered from your local fish store for delivery in November 2011, according to a Red Sea representative. Say hello to sumps. The specifications of each tank can be found in the table below. You can also find more information  and glamor shots in Red Sea’s Red Sea Max...

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Green Pocillopora Coral tips will blow your mind

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 in Coral, Photography | 0 comments

The Green Pocillopora coral grows quickly and is relatively easy to grow in my Red Sea Max 250 (without supplements at this time). It is currently located towards the front, bottom third of the Red Sea Max 250 and I also have a Pink Pocillopora higher in the tank, not because of light requirements, but for a balanced looking tank since Pocillopora grow so quickly. This is a small polyp stony (SPS) coral with large polyps that give it a fluffy look, and if you look closer, like in the photo above, you can see the large, fragile and beautifully detailed polyps with glowing green tips. Where: My 65 gallon salt water mixed reef tank Camera: Nikon D7000 Lens: Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED...

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Top 10 Gifts for the Marine Aquarist

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 in Guides | 0 comments

The holidays are here and you need to buy gifts for the marine aquarists in your life. Where do you start? The research and testing were done for you and The top 10 Gifts for Marine Aquarists list gives you the best gifts for an aquarist at any level. 1. Aqua Gloves Gloves that cover your arms up to your shoulders should be number one and Aqua Gloves have you covered. When working in your aquarium, your arms are exposed to neurotoxins from corals, other stinging and biting life forms, marine viruses and thousands of marine bacteria that through a cut or bruise and send you to the hospital. These gloves are great for non-detailed work like moving rocks, cleaning, placing corals and more. Regardless, but there aren’t any other choices out there. 2. Marine Depot Aquarium Refractometer This...

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Mushroom coral eats Pipefish like spaghetti

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 in Featured, Photography | 0 comments

Mushroom Coral eating Dragonface Pipefish in Red Sea Max 250 This mushroom coral is in my Red Sea Max 250 tank and grows really well. It spreads out and stings smiley polyp’s Zooanthid buddies. Today, I found this bully consuming my Dragonface Pipefish, one of my favorite fish in the tank. I didn’t know such a small mushroom could try and succeed at consuming something so big and long. Damn you mushroom coral, damn you! I feel guilty for taking a photo of this gruesome spectacle, but am I a bad person for really liking this shot? For reference, the “mouth” of the mushroom coral is less than half a centimeter. Where: My 65 gallon salt water mixed reef tank Camera: Nikon D7000 Lens: Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED...

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