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Video update of Red Sea Max Reef after 17 months

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 in Equipment, Fish, Reef Critters, 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 17 months. I am disappointed in the quality of this quick video. This was filmed with the iPhone 4S but I need to get a better video camera. Any suggestion? My last video update of the tank was 8 months ago and posted again below for comparison. The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on YouTube.  ...

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Close up of a Goby’s freckled face

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 in Fish, Photography | 2 comments

Goby fish. Look at those black freckles! Where: 65 gallon Red Sea Max 250 tank. Camera: Nikon D7000 Lens: Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED No...

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First ever documentary of the bonding of a Clownfish and Anemone

Posted on Oct 18, 2011 in Featured, Fish, Video | 0 comments

I have had a Maroon Clownfish for some time now in my Red Sea Max 250 tank, from the time it was very small. The Clownfish was tank raised and I am not sure if it was ever exposed to an Anemone before coming to my tank. I, like most people, enjoy watching Clownfish in Anemones but didn’t want to have one in my tank since Anemones’ tentacles sting and I didn’t want it killing my corals. The Anemone is an animal and will move around on it’s own to find optimal light and water flow in the aquarium, so even if I place it in a safe place, it may “walk” to another spot that can cause harm. They also “split” to form other Anemones and that could be trouble since detaching them from live rock can kill...

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Leopard Wrasse

Posted on Jun 28, 2011 in Featured, Fish, Photography | 0 comments

The Leopard Wrasse is one of the newer fish in my Red Sea Max 250 tank and is mesmerizing to observe. This is a female but it can change it’s sex to male and may do so in a few months. If there are two of them, the dominant Leopard Wrasse becomes the male and the less dominant, the female. Sometimes it is buried in the sand for a few days at a time. 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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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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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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Copperband Butterflyfish

Posted on Dec 20, 2010 in Featured, Fish | 0 comments

Got another fish today, making it a record setting three new fishes for the weekend! The Copperband Butterflyfish has always been one of the most beautiful reef aquarium fish in my head, but apparently it’s a notoriously picky eater and some have been known to eat polyps. I wanted one but never thought I would get one. Today, I said screw it! Bought one at a great price. After yesterday’s realization that I should have put the new fishes in a separate containment tank for two weeks to prevent the spread of possible diseases from the fish store to my Red Sea Max 250. Filled up my 14 gallon BioCube, added a piece of live rock, drip acclimatized the Copperband Butterflyfish and added. Copperband Butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus) Man, this fish is beautiful. It also seems smart. It will come...

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