Embracing a plug and play aquarium for personal coral reefs

Eradicating AEFW in the Red Sea Max 250 reef

Posted on Mar 18, 2012 in Guides | 0 comments

In dealing with Aceopora Eating Flatworms (AEFW) in my Red Sea Max 250 reef, I took all of my Acropora corals off of rocks, dipped for weeks, added wrasses for patrolling, and all the other suggestions out there. I did lose a few corals, especially deep water ones due to the stress of the dips and sensitivity to Revive. I am out of patience and whatever happens now happens. If AEFW want to eat my Acroporas, then they are going to and I’ll have to not have any Acros. However, since the reef was being dismantled at this time, it was a great time to correct a few mistakes I had made a long time ago that only experience teaches, if you know what I mean. A few that come to mind are: 1. Glue corals to small pieces...

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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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Evil Chalice from the deep dark

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 in Photography | 0 comments

My red chalice has really nice polyp extensions an has developed a blue streak. But why the smiley face? 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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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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