Thursday, September 29, 2005

Debbie's Montipora capricornis

I added this Sierra Saltwater Systems propagated Montipora capricornis to Debbie's 72G reef tank over a year ago and it has seen tremendous growth under the T5 lighting. The capricornis is one of the more popular SPS (small polyp stony) coral found in reef aquariums. The swirling plates of the coral are unmistakable, a familiar and appealing growth pattern. The Monti cap is easily fragged for propagation, with broken pieces readily encrusting and starting new growth. Proper flow is necessary for the coral to achieve multiple layers characteristic of this morphology. Fast growers, these corals are highly recommended as first corals for new SPS reef tank hobbyists.

This is the same coral at a much younger age. Debbie maintains near natural sea level calcium and alkalinity rates with the use of ESV B-Ionic Calcium/Alkalinity buffer system.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


Heliofungia actiniformis. This striking coral is located in the Design Center's 180 gallon reef tank in Reno. The heliofungia is a realitively easy coral to care for and will swell with water to allow it to "walk" to a desired position in an aquarium. This coral and all the livestock in the Design Center's aquarium is available for sale to my clients. I encourage you to stop by and say hi to Dale Vogelaar, General Manager, at the showroom and see if there is anything in the aquarium that interests you. The Design Center is located at 780 Smithridge Drive, Suite 300 between McCarren and Pecham in the Magnolia Design Center.

Friday, September 02, 2005

New Orleans: Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

With all that is happening in New Orleans, I can't but wonder what the status of the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is. The aquarium is located right on the Mississippi River within walking distance of the French Quarter. I have been there a couple of times and can only hope that the curators and volunteers had some time to relocate the animals before Katrina arrived. If you are looking for a unique way to help out with the situation in NOLA a donation to the aquarium can be made here.