Embracing a plug and play aquarium for personal coral reefs

Chalice Polyps

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 in Coral, Featured, Photography | 0 comments

Macro shot of a Chalice coral in my salt water aquarium using the Nikon D7000 and Nikon 105mm lens. The photographed part of the coral is approximately a quarter of an inch across. Each little green unit surrounded by blue units represent a polyp and mouth of the coral. 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 No...

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Chalice Coral

Posted on Jun 12, 2011 in Coral, Photography | 0 comments

This is a macro shot of a chalice coral, It grows really well in the Red Sea Max 250 high or low in the tank but in a high flow area. I am not using a macro lens here or the Nikon D7000, but the Nikon D40. Where: My 65 gallon salt water mixed reef tank Camera: Nikon D40 Lens: Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED No...

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Sailfin Tang

Posted on Jun 10, 2011 in Fish, Photography | 0 comments

The Sailfin Tang is a beautiful fish with unique striping distinguishing it from other Tangs. I really liked this fish but it died one day with no indication that it was ill or diseased. Where: My 65 gallon salt water mixed reef tank Camera: Nikon D40 Lens: Nkion AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED No...

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Video update of Red Sea Max Reef after 9 months

Posted on May 6, 2011 in Equipment, Fish, 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 9 months. This was filmed with the iPhone...

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Red Sea Max 250 Reef Photo Update, May 2011

Posted on May 2, 2011 in Equipment | 2 comments

Wow, it’s been a while. [As I type this President Obama is going to announce that Osama Bin Laden has been killed.] Anyway, I am back from a serious overdose of life but not necessarily living. I plan on blogging about all of the equipment I have added and also profile the corals, fishes and other captive, but happy living things. In the meantime, below is the tank today. Not too shabby, except for some hair algae which is hopefully now under...

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Join a local Aquarist Society or regret it

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 in Guides | 0 comments

If saltwater aquariums are your hobby, I’m preaching to the cult. If you are reading this and you do not own a salt water aquarium with fish or fish and corals, then know that this is a great and addictive hobby for those with active minds and especially those that are scientifically minded. When a tank is maturing well, the aquarist adds more inhabitants, thinks and reads everything about the marine aquarist hobby. When there are problems with a tank, it’s stressful to decipher what’s wrong and a fix, but the aquarist still thinks and read a lot (maybe even faster). The Read Sea Max 250 reef tank has really shown me this and overshadowed all other hobbies. There have got to be others like me, right? With such dedication there are definitely dedicated online watering holes online where...

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Recap of 2010 of Red Sea Max 250 reef

Posted on Jan 1, 2011 in Equipment, Featured | 2 comments

2011 is here, happy new year! Time for a recap of 2010 in photos. 2011 will be an exciting year for my Red Sea Max 250 reef tank as I’ll be able to watch it mature. These things really take time. The tank has been running and evolving for four months now and already much has happened. It even won photo of the month! What’s next, tank of the month? I can only hope. There is much to do, learn and observe, so to begin 2011, I wanted to put together a summary in photos of the evolution of the Red Sea Max 250 reef tank since I started it approximately four months ago. I have learnt so much and spent so much. There were highs and lows, but overall it was all beautiful. Let the slideshow begin! Evolution...

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Shrimp Riding Fish Video

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 in Featured, Fish, Video | 0 comments

The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on YouTube. I was lucky to get a video of my Blue Tang getting cleaned by my ubiquitous Skunk Cleaner Shrimp in my Red Sea Max 250 reef tank. The Shrimp usually sets up shop on a rock outcropping and removes parasites and dead skin from any fish willing to be cleaned. Most of my fishes seem to know about this symbiotic relationship and readily allow it. The Blue Tang loves this lovin’. Check out the video below complete with 80’s tunes. Top Gun anyone? Yeah, you know you like it. It’s also the first time after a long time I have used a more than basic video editor. This was a lot of fun, I like. janjua jee karda cabergoline interactions...

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