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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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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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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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Red Bugs can cost you thousands of dollars

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 in Featured, Guides | 1 comment

                Have you looked closely at your corals recently? Does your tank have Red Bugs or as the scientists call them Tegastes acroporanus? Reach back to your general biology knowledge from high school or college: it is an arthropod – an invertebrate (no bones) with an external skeleton and related to other arthropods like the scorpion, spider, shrimp, crabs, lobsters and over one million other species of arthropods. How do you identify Red Bugs? Are your corals losing color,  have stopped growing, receding and refuse to extend their polyps, then look closely at your corals, and if you see tiny, almost microscopic yellow dots with a smaller red dot, then you have Red Bugs. However, they are only found on smooth-skinned acropora corals in the aquarium and can be seen moving around....

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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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