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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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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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 Sea Max 250 Feb 2012

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 in Coral | 0 comments

            This is a full tank shot of the reef in February 2012. The reef is doing well but the sand needs cleaning up. Most of the soft corals have to be given away, sold or traded. The Red Sea Max 250 is filling up quickly but I still want more corals. I have decided against an upgrade to the Red Sea Max 500 or 650 at this...

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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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Rare Hybrid Pocillopora coral formation

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 in Coral, Education | 0 comments

Who says miracles or more accurately, improbably science, can’t happen in a Red Sea Max 250? I have 2 Pocillopora corals that are easy to grow and also fast growers. I really like them. I had previously posted about the green Pocillopora in my Red Sea Max 250 tank.  In addition to the green I have a pink. Here is where the miracle part comes into play. The pigments in corals are due to the symbiotic photosynthetic algae present in the corals. Sometimes in rare instances a coral will accumulate algae of a different color from another coral that is in close proximity. This happens rarely but happened with my pink Pocillopora that was close to the green Pocillopora and now has green on a few of the tips!               Feast your eyes...

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