Embracing a plug and play aquarium for personal coral reefs

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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Ricordea florida

Posted on Jun 24, 2011 in Coral, Photography | 0 comments

Ricordea florida mushroom coral. This one is green/blue and doesn’t grow very well in my Red Sea Max 250. This picture is kind of soft but I needed something to post. 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 Slik...

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Frogspawn

Posted on Jun 19, 2011 in Coral, Photography | 0 comments

Euphyllia paradivisa or Frogspawn coral has really great movement underwater if there is a current. However, some people seem to think that it’s phallic. You know who you are perverts. 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 Slik...

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Smiling Polyp

Posted on Jun 18, 2011 in Coral, Photography | 0 comments

I have a colony of light pink Zooanthid corals and one of the polyps has a smiley face or maybe it’s an insane face. It’s freaky to see it behind waving tentacles. I am not happy with the colors and composition, but had to post the face. 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 Slik...

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Meteor Shower Polyp

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 in Coral, Photography | 0 comments

Cyphastrea or the Meteor Shower coral or as I call mine, Pork, is a strange looking coral in my opinion. I have one in my salt water reef tank that grows well. This photo is of one of the polyps of Pork and is only about a few millimeters in diameter, so don’t let the close up macro shot fool you about it’s size. You can’t really appreciate the minute beauty marks until you zoom in with a camera. 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 Slik...

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Sun Coral

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 in Coral, Photography | 1 comment

Dendrophyllidae or sun coral is a beautiful coral and a carnivore. It requires feeding of plankton or meaty foods such as tiny shrimp as it does not photosynthesize like most other corals. Guess why it’s called a sun coral? I stacked 5 images using Photoshop to get this photo. I couldn’t get the mouth in the middle in focus. 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 Slik...

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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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