Submitted by melev on Sun, 03/14/2004 - 06:03
The Bubble Tip Anemone has been in my tank almost 2 years. (22 months currently)
Here are the pictures of the BTA splitting event.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 03/08/2004 - 21:20
Today I got a PM from a club member asking for a few of my Red Ring Zoas. I told her that I didn't have enough to share at this point, as there are maybe 20 polyps total on the rock. Then it hit me:
WHERE THE HECK ARE THEY?!?!?!
Now the reasonable person would say "oh well, my little reef looks good and if they turn up later that would be nice... I am content with what I have." However, not a zoa-addict like myself, no way!
Submitted by melev on Sun, 02/29/2004 - 19:03
The first soft coral I ever bought was a "Colt" coral. It is listed on my 29g's webpage. Mushrooms, Xenia, button polyps, etc are all corals, but I don't look at them like that. The Colt coral was like a cactus, with a thick trunk and many stalks reaching upward, covered with thousands of little polyps for filter feeding.
It grew quite large in my 29g to the point that I thought I'd have to remove it. It spread onto another rock nearby, and I was able to take that piece and put it in to the 55g reef.
Submitted by melev on Sun, 02/22/2004 - 20:50
Yesterday I got a few nice pieces from Dallas Marine, and wanted to post a few pictures.
Here are some beautiful zoanthids that I put in my 29g under PC lighting. They opened right up.
Here is a Distichopora, which is in my 55g under 175w MH and VHO 03's.
A single multicolored frilly mushroom, also in the 55g, put on the substrate.
Submitted by melev on Sat, 02/21/2004 - 02:29
By 9pm Friday night, the bird's nest coral was completely white. Man, was that fast. :(
It looks like something took a big bite out of the Hammer Coral. I wonder if it was the Urchin, as it eats coralline algae - calcium-based algae. Hammer corals have a calcium base that the polyps grow upon. I may have to remove the Urchin, as it does tend to knock over corals I care about.
I haven't seen my large bristleworms in the 29g's refugium in about a week. I wonder if I just am looking at the wrong time, or if the mud crab decided to make a meal of them.
Submitted by melev on Fri, 02/20/2004 - 14:06
When RTN (Rapid Tissue Necrosis) hits a coral, there is little time to act. I've been growing a tiny frag of "bird's nest" for about six months or longer, and as of yesterday it looked like it was really taking off. I have a Frogsspawn coral nearby, and it has brushed against this coral on occasion, but never enough to make me worry.
Submitted by melev on Thu, 02/12/2004 - 18:29
First of all, my Montipora capricornis frag is finally doing something exciting! I got a chip of a frag last year, and it just never did anything. Then I got this nice orange piece last August, but algae grew on it, it fell into my Milleopora several times, each time stinging the crap out of it to where a chunk would bleach and die..... Finally I used a zip-tie strap to hold this piece on a boulder of LR and it has been growing for me.
Submitted by melev on Tue, 01/13/2004 - 01:26
Wow, it's been over a week since I added any news....
The Lobophylia lost one of its two polyps. When you have a coral with only two, and one dies, it is quite a loss. It had been receeding and I was target feeding it to help it heal, but for some reason the fish all decided that it was better as a tasty meal than as a recovering coral. :( I watched the Coral Beauty and the Hippo Tang both pick it clean within a 12 hour period. Thankfully they've not touched the other polyp and it still looks healthy and happy.
Submitted by melev on Tue, 12/30/2003 - 04:50
This is what the Favite and the Fungia look like.
The Favite is difficult to take a picture of currently because of its condition as well as lighting. This shot was taken under actinics. The Fungia is a baby, about the diameter of a penny. They grow to be about 3"- 5" typically.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 12/22/2003 - 23:56
On Saturday, I picked up some Cheatomorpha from a local reefer and added half to each refugium. I may pulled out all the caulerpa in there and let this be my way of removing nutrients instead. Cheatomorpha looks like green thread, and grows in a tangled bunch that reminds me of loosely of steel wool.
The baby blue Zoanthids opened up and I got a nice picture of them today. They are green in the very center, and very tender & small. Each polyp is probably 3/16" wide in diameter.