Embracing a plug and play aquarium for personal coral reefs

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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Harlequin Tuskfish ain’t so tough

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 in Featured, Photography | 0 comments

The Harlequin Tuskfish is not very aggressive, so don’t let those teeth fool you. Where: Aquarium One fish store in Rockville, MD Camera: Nikon D7000 Lens: Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED No...

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Naso Tang wears too much makeup

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 in Photography | 0 comments

Where: Aquarium One fish store in Rockville, MD 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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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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Blue Tang and Hector’s Goby

Posted on Dec 19, 2010 in Fish | 0 comments

I went fish crazy this weekend and got new fishes for the Red Sea Max 250. With the holidays coming up and lots of people coming over (yeah I admit it) this is a not to miss dualuseful opportunity to drop some cash.  Saturday, I got a Blue Tang and a Hector’s Goby. I guess Hector discovered or propagated a goby?! I drip acclimatized these fishes and added them to my tank. Oh shit! Just realized that my tank is to the point where introducing new fish possibly with diseases like ick could result in a loss of a lot of livestock. Oh well. I’ll monitor closely but check out the photos of them in the Red Sea Max 250 below. Blue Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus) I thought the Blue Tang would be shy but it isn’t at all. It...

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Photo entry to The Reef Tank

Posted on Dec 4, 2010 in Featured, Fish, Photography | 0 comments

A coworker and fellow reef tank addict saw this photo that I took a few weeks ago with my old Nikon D40 (non-macro 10-200mm Nikon VR lens) and suggested I submit it to a magazine. I’m too insecure to think it’s good enough but submitted to a photo of the month competition over at “The Reef Tank” forums. I’m not going to link the competition thread so as not to influence the results. However, people seem to love this photo on the forum. It would be nice to win even though I don’t think there is a prize for winning. My prize will be to talk smack…in my head. Story of the photo: I saw the Blue Spotted Jaw fish trying to intimidate the Neon Dottyback who didn’t seem very intimidated. I didn’t have a camera with me at...

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