Embracing a plug and play aquarium for personal coral reefs

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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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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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 see bite marks on almost all of my Acropora corals, similar to the bite marks pointed out earlier on the Bellina coral in this post. The Acroporas are dying. It’s so painful to watch. I have read the horror stories, seen the disasters and home reef death with only a few successes in handling AEFW. Corals are so sensitive. There...

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Red Bugs can cost you thousands of dollars

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 in Featured, Guides | 1 comment

                Have you looked closely at your corals recently? Does your tank have Red Bugs or as the scientists call them Tegastes acroporanus? Reach back to your general biology knowledge from high school or college: it is an arthropod – an invertebrate (no bones) with an external skeleton and related to other arthropods like the scorpion, spider, shrimp, crabs, lobsters and over one million other species of arthropods. How do you identify Red Bugs? Are your corals losing color,  have stopped growing, receding and refuse to extend their polyps, then look closely at your corals, and if you see tiny, almost microscopic yellow dots with a smaller red dot, then you have Red Bugs. However, they are only found on smooth-skinned acropora corals in the aquarium and can be seen moving around....

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Harlequin Tuskfish ain’t so tough

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 in Featured, Photography | 0 comments

The Harlequin Tuskfish is not very aggressive, so don’t let those teeth fool you. 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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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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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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