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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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 lens.

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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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Photo shoot of Max’s 110 gallon reef

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 in Photography | 0 comments

This is not about a Red Sea Max, but a guy named Max and his reef tank. Max is in one of the youngest marine aquarists I know. He is insanely knowledgeable, passionate about reefing and a do it yourself adventurer. Max has an impressive array of equipment to automate upkeep of his home reef and does not partake in the ritual weekly water changes, something that makes me nervous. This system is definitely not a plug and play tank like the Red Sea Max aquariums, but take a look and compare this setup to the Red Sea Max 250. It is a 110 gallon tank with attached sump/refugium and coral frag tank. Max really likes to experiment with new equipment prototypes and unconventional but modern methods. Youths! This guy is a scientist in the making, heading off to...

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Coral warfare

Posted on Dec 28, 2011 in Guides, Photography | 0 comments

Corals are beautiful and delicate animals but the coral reef has limited space with the right temperature, flow, sunlight and other characteristics so corals compete for space. To aid in protecting themselves and space, most corals produce neurotoxins to damage or kill neighboring corals. An Acropora coral fell on my Bird’s Nest coral and a chemical war ensued. The Bird’s Nest coral lost as you can see below from the white calcium carbonate skeleton devoid of coral tissue.                         Important Note: In a reef tank, care must be taken to not get these neurotoxins within your blood stream through cuts on your hands. Use gloves, eye protection and a in some cases (if boiling is involved) a respirator as much as possible. Also be especially careful with Zoanthid...

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Deep water green alien Acropora coral

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 in Coral, Photography | 0 comments

                I took this close up macro shot of a ployp of a frag of a green deep water Acropora coral. I don’t know common name  of this coral but I really like it’s smooth texture by eye and the not not so smooth texture by photo. I am really enjoying the power of the Nikon D7000 and Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED...

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Someone bit my Bellina coral

Posted on Dec 10, 2011 in Coral, Education, Photography | 0 comments

                  I took a macro photo with my Nikon D7000 and new Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens and was excited by the outcome since this coral always looked ugly and one step removed from death. Check out those green polyps (~3mm in diameter). I received it from another reefer in even worse condition. Now it has started to grow well and color up. I posted the above picture on Reef Central and a few awesome people on the forums pointed out that there were bite marks on the coral. I looked and yes those did look like bite marks. Who has been biting my coral? I didn’t want to think about it too much because I knew the most probable culprit but couldn’t entertain that thought. Acropora Eating...

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