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  1. These few algae species, if done right grow beautifully between your corals and these are just a couple of many variations, the possibilities are endless for your reef tank not ot just look great with corals, but would make the best of award winning flower gardens look pathetic. These are a couple growing in my tubs, I just got rid of my harls, their food "sea stars were eating my prized algae species. My tubs parameter's with phos would horrify you, along with painfully weak lighting yet these algae thrive while waiting for me to get rid of their predators in my tanks. These algae love stacks of phos or near no phos, it doesn't mater, but they can not exist well with any nitrate levels at all! They do really well next to corals, the corals do not affect them and they have no affect on corals, the corals drag in light to lessen the impact of harsh lighting due to these algae species liking weak lighting and the hard one to adhere to with what you are told about reef tanks is they can not live in temps above 24c for any length of time. The angle fish nibble at them, but the sea stars consume them. These variations of lobophora are quite rare in that they exist in areas that you would think something so pretty would be in, they are a brown algae species and in the wrong conditions that's exactly what they revert back to, brown leathery algae.
  2. Do soft corals sulk after being moved? Are they like Oscars. Some of my softs do not seem fully opened - but has been only 2 days? I know my water is not perfect, but is as was when moved. My new Bestie (Chris at Pet City) has given me some tips, but trying not too change things quickly. p.s. Chris, I still love that dwarf hawkfish........ and the cleaner blue thing........ Had a snail on its back today. Turned it over and it crept away..... Thanks, Steve - the Marine NOOB
  3. Hello QLDAF! Here at Pet City Mt Gravatt we are running a promotion for a week as part of our Marine Madness May. Buy 2 Corals and get 1 for free* *cheapest Check out the poster below for any T&Cs. So come visit us at Pet City Mt Gravatt - 224 Wishart Rd.
  4. Hello QLDAF, 30% off Acro and Fungia Corals at Pet City Mt Gravatt 224 Wishart Rd. Please note that the Club or QLDAF Discount will NOT apply. Have a great weekend! Some photos taken earlier today by Chris: More photos are available at our Facebook page here
  5. We have a variety of live corals and they start from just $15 - available in store only. They just came in yesterday afternoon and have not had time to open up when I took the pick but they are coming out now and looking even better.
  6. These are what I would call ugly corals and sort of fuzzy looking when I put food in the tank! They haven’t grown much over the years with suffering all kinds of space fights where I put them, but double in that time is okay I suppose.
  7. The real achievement for reefers is supposedly sps varieties of corals, yeh right??!! The real achievement I think is doing a saltwater tank with what you like, not what you want as an achievement or to compete with others, I mean you have to look at it and look after it, right? With enough money sps are very easy so why bother, after looking at enough tanks, the right decision is easily made and a google search or two shows plenty of options. Personally I would never go with just a fish only aquarium, which was the first aquarium I had, you see it gets old real fast with out some mobile and none mobile inverts and by none mobile I do not mean hard corals. For low light or semi high nutrient tanks, there are morphs of all types and lps if you want a couple of hard corals, heaps of low calcium based algae life like corallines sold and flexible, the choices are almost endless! I do have many hard corals and two large ones that have been around for a few years, but to me they are just left overs from when I found far more simpler and beautiful tank life to appreciate. The old hard corals in the last pics, though quite pretty, to me are very ordinary compared to the morphs and simple high and low calcium content algae. If I was to do it all again, to start a tank from scratch, I would have ulva due to it being a form protist community and very tough and great food for many, I mean there are the two best at a low tide at many common sites around bris, then capensis, its at any shallow sites where there are high nutrients and low light and hypnea and more. All these import nutrients and provide homes for many small invertebrates that lots of fish enjoy hunting for and combined, provide far better colour than hard corals with near no work for the hobbyist. With a good external bio filter, they allow you to have your tank jammed with fish with rarely a parasite showing up and do away with the need for skimmer and the worries that go with the hobby at times. You feed your fish and watch them grow as their waste makes al the tanks colour grow and flourish, oh and you have to dose what corals need with these types of algae. Simple inverts, these are so much cheaper and simpler to enjoy. Hard corals, big deal!!
  8. It has been since just before Oswald near on wiped out my tanks, since I was able to use algae, cyano, and what ever lives in with the algae’s content to dose everything with. Its certainly paying off!
  9. My other australomussa are taking on the soft red and white colouration, they were both one colour all over. What the others seem to be doing is taking on pink then some of the pink goes white then the rest goes back to the sort of weak red! During its pink stage it starts to encrust/spreading out quickly as if that's a sign that it has settled in and colours are ready to change? I am assuming that this coral drops its red where the lighting is to strong for it and takes a more reflective pink/white! This one has completed its start at colouration changes and is full bodied from a small frag spreading out into the low lighting behind it. This one is expanding/encrusting out wards very quickly and has now begun its colour change in the stronger lighting areas. This one came in those colours, as it was when I collected it.
  10. . I had to get an ID from reef central on this species that has sprung up in at least 5 spots now, that was embarrassing as I have that species in much larger sizes. I had one in the top tank in late may and then put it in the bottom tank and I do not use live rock, so that’s a first for sexual breeding this time around in that tank.
  11. This is just one example of what our numbers related global warming is doing to our corals. We lost approximately half of the close in reefs sps corals this year and roughly ninety eight percent of all shoreline sps corals were wiped out in 2011. This was alive just a few months back and this is what we see in many areas these days.
  12. These little extensions are what corals don’t just use to feed with, these can sting the hell out of the poor coral next door. I tried to get a pic when they were over 5 inches in length but as the camera got closer it pulled them back in.
  13. Hi everyone, I read a little while back some posts relating to an off the shelf, cost effective putty, for attaching corals to base rock or attaching rocks together. Can anyone tell me the name of it, as I don't seem to be able to find the thread. Pretty sure I had bookmarked it but its gone. I believe it may have been a selleys product. Cheers Gary
  14. Out of many variations of corals I have fragged, this was the first time I have bothered with tubastraea due to previously not bothering to carry out trials to find what they need to do very well.So in the past, they did not do well for me! Any one that has any particular way they frag this form of coral or condition it to grow in the basic or any unusual ways. It would be interesting to read how you have done it. The piece I collected nearly two years ago was doing great, till we had no power for a few days. What i am using, is just two sections taken off one piece that was seriously damaged when we lost power earlier on this year. A cheap $399 2.7 generator from aldi has fixed that! Oh and the tuckerbox and fridge will be safe now as well. This is the smallest of the two sections I cut off the whole thing. There were only 6 polyps that survived of the 14 or so that were doing well on the original, until we lost power and they were bleached badly as well. This one had just two polyps to work with. It makes approximately one new polyp each week and has made up to 9 full sized polyps and 8 new small ones along the edge maybe.
  15. Ok thought id start a thread to help choose some of the more hardier corals out there to help out the begginer marine aquarists out like myself. I no that LPS and soft corals are the pick rather than getting straight into the SPS corals but what types of soft and LPS corals make a good begginer starting point. Cheers any help would be great thanks Maybe some pics of the corals of choice aswell would be good
  16. Absolutely every problem begins and ends with our immense numbers and pushing everything else out of existence! We don’t have to take it, we make it to hard for life to exist with us! Before I rave on to much with this, I don’t understand how it is all done and would never profess such a thing. Now, to understand some of the incredible conversion processes in the sea, which is eventually what this is all about, we should look at how things happen out side of the worlds oceans, the removal of some of our toxins-waste from the land and air before it gets to the sea and how they are made. With society we add so much in relation to toxins to our world its scary and most have no real idea of how much, myself included, I try though! There will be a reprieve from all our toxins one day that we add to nature and we will never see and that is, they are all derived from nature and near none can not be pulled back into nature by natural means and rendered harmless, that means that once we are gone, nature will regroup and defuse what we have done, there will be very few of the species that are here now, but that has been going on since this world was first formed, from mutations out of necessity or accidental- evolution! Lets face it, if all this life can come from something like bacteria, everything has a similar basic genetic code and then the variations along it, decides if it is a tree or fish, the next round may have some wild looking life forms in it,lol. While the earth remains in this type of rotation around the sun and spins as it does, it will begin again once our time is done! But wouldn’t it be great to always have it this way, for the next thousand or so generations, those being umbers limited generations that is! There has never been a dominant species that has sat back and said (on our world and there have been many different types) how can we exist and keep this world as it is and act on the whole worlds best interests, not this animal, we are far to busy trying to use so many varied brain functions combined with animal instincts that it is impossible!! When you look at the obvious negative additions to nature from us like vehicles- Exhaust emissions in the tons per week, the paint on the cars as it breaks down from the weather, what we washed the car with last time, the tyres as they break down, the metals as they break down, the brake pads as they break down, the lubrications as they leach out, the over all vehicles as trucks, busses, cars and motorbikes as they break down and the vehicle factories emissions where they were made, the spare and after market parts factories, the workers emissions as they built them and drove or commuted to and from that work, the oil refinery as it is extracted it from the ground to be refined, the gases as this is refined, the metal and other materials as they are refined and manufactured for vehicles, the delivery by ships and tankers to their countries and this is just vehicles. Clothing manufacturing- Food container manufacturing, like bottles,drums,coolite- Road building substances like tar and concrete and the workers and machinery to carry out this- The lights all around us that need to be manufactured and then fail and are discarded as everything is- Food manufacturing- Equipment for food growing and harvesting, all have to be manufactured and maintained- Substances emitted by plastics, polymers, insecticides- Washing of cloths, eating utensles, everything more or less gets washed or cleaned in something that ends up else where- The list is unlimited as to the amount of anything that heads into nature from what we have developed. Okay where does it all go???? Not the visual parts of our industrial age that we make, the ones we can’t easily see! Well nature consumes and converts most of it, whether it is accomplished in the soil or by plant life, nature handles most of what we throw at it, that’s most of it,not all of it, we do it all to quickly!!! From us as hobbyists we are not innocent of this, just the simple protein skimmers cup emptied, puts the toxins from our tanks back into nature, and the drains go to nature not into space! If we look at how nature can handle all this to a great degree, we can use some of how it does it in reef aquarium keeping, the ways in which nature imports and converts most of this rubbish we emit-produce, fish and inverts are not that much different to what we personally excrete, more or less, more on that later. Until our numbers really began to get out of hand with the introduction of things like penicillin to name one thing, staying alive beyond the average of 35years of age not that long ago was not easy as it was our life expectancy and not that many made it either. Natural attrition kept us a little in check, meaning that along with many factors, lots mutations with in our society, didn’t work. Not that long ago there was on going culling of us with over 14 million people dieing from mosquitoes in sometimes just one year, now the mozzies account for around 1 million per year. Now lets look at the ocean and how it works with toxin conversion and the most valuable of what it does to look after us and the first forms of cyano as they began to achieve this, they gave the earth its first oxygen, photosynthesis!! As time went on relatives of this cyano branched off to become the oceans phytoplankton, so along with cyano and similar, these little workers accounted for close to 60 percent conversion of everything’s CO2 and most other gas emissions, not that long ago either. The ocean has always made more oxygen and accounted for air impurities then land plants have! When the ocean is not overly polluted, it absorbs air and most of its make up to 5 mill deep even if it just sits there, so with the oceans movements all of what’s in our air gets in let alone our run off and is converted and the end result is we may have to change to exist in time or evolution will get us in this form for sure. Over the last hundred years the earths oxygen that allowed us this size has dropped considerably and the amount of CO 2 we are emitting began a while ago surpassing what the land plants that are left and oceans could import and convert! The access CO2 is raising over all ocean temps, more so noticeable near the equator, (though just in south east Queensland the ocean temps are 3 degrees higher these days) and this has brought about the demise of one third of the oceans phytoplankton, which is quite bad really, as these critters were absorbing and converting the CO2 and doing more with it then cyano can achieve. Now this CO2 as usual enters the waters and nothing of any quantity is there to absorb and convert it, so now we have acidic oceans developing more so nearer the equator, the rest of the world except for weather events and their affects, will be sought of better off, for now. What do we get when you combine higher acidity and warmer ocean temps,there are so many biological functions in marine life that depend on the temps and acidity remaining as it was, that this is very serious!! The corals that actualy look good and provide excellent habitats, will go down, clown fish search functions for the host anemone will go down, cyano as it was in the beginning will become the dominant ocean life form again and its spores are not conducive to many life forms at all. The way in which the oceans achieves life to reefs is via planktonic dispersal and this happens close to the surface of the ocean where the acidic affects are strongest and the life that begins food sources are phytoplankton as the main food source as well as the zooplankton which feeds on the phyto, this is where it all begins. Most people went along with ravings of the idiots in society that are money driven or need followers and their were shown ways to not do anything about this so they can sit on their hands and those ways were to blame fisherman, aquarium life collectors, any one that takes something from the ocean. What is showing now was known by us and many others and spoken about to be coming in the eighties, yet some internet sites and know nothings still rave on about my passion in particular that they really have no idea about, the ocean! Of late the oceans algae functions have fascinated me as to their diversity and value to us all.espceialy how these life forms can run a complete home marine eco system, copying more or less how the ocean does it, when it was able to that is. I sough of get a kick out of how the way I use to acheive the 99 percent of freeing the waters of its impurities is denounced, yet it happens around us every moment of daylight, on the land and in the sea, everything we throw at them, the masses of microbes and photosynthetic life forms go into bat for us and most people still have no idea how hard they work to keep us alive and everything else that lives with us. We as hobbyists need to remember that all mechanical and chem filtration had to be manufactured and manufacturing is part of what caused something many have just noticed, in the last 30 years around 50 percent of the barrier reef is dead, not collected, it died!!!! I suppose it’s not all doom and gloom, at least we now have more live rock,geez what the hell have we done!!!!
  17. Hi people currently live in Brisbane and do a fair bit of snorkelling and scuba between gold and sunshine coast,What i would like to know is are you allowed to collect live rock and some small corals in these areas or do you require a permit? Thanks
  18. was wanting some advice on some corals, where to buy from and what sort. I want to try an something that is going to be hardy as won't have chiller until possibly summer this year but was going to get something now that temp is staying down and winter is coming. did want an anemone for my clowns but understand they can be a little territorial and i have a small tank. Also the tank has the built in lights, 4 tubes 2 normal and 2 blue lights. So is this going to be enough light. The only place that i've been looking at is pet city and prices generally started at $30. is this good, is there another LFS you would reccomend. Was hoping to pick up some freebies on live rock but everything looked pretty clean. Thanks Scuba
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