as early as 2012 the original Orion briefing outlined this fact that many Stony Corals could only be maintained
with the Berlin Method (sterile tanks) and it is still true !
However the knowledge and experience required to maintain both systems remains considerable and we can all profit from both.
Please do not see any preference on our part
all possess their own field of expertise, knowledge and specialties...
we have to start somewhere... so here we go ;D)
Paguristes cadenati - Unidentified Unique Mushroom - Cespitularia sp. (purple vargas)
provided by Fragbox (09/04/2019)
IMPORTANT NOTE: most FRAGbox specimens originate from Corals & Fishes Farms (more later)
Left circle - on 09/04/2019 Paguristes No2 was placed next to Anthelia frag from NYX tank... It was being chocked by dozens of tiny green bubble algae... No2 immediately cleared them out along with cyanobacteria. Anthelia now has a chance to recover.
Notice the quality of Centre Frag. There are no algae and no parasites on cookie. The unidentified mushroom specimens are attached to rock by a natural method (no adhesives)... the fourth one in red circle is slowly adapting... A marine worm now established in the AEGIS tank emerges to inspect the new arrivals...
Professionalism - Dedication - Knowledge - Expertise - Attention to Minute Details -
those are the distinctive traits that set our partners apart from the crowd.
Meet No2: It stands tall on it's legs snugly fit into it's rather heavy shell. It is capable of climbing with no effort. It is extremely useful as it will forage everywhere in the tank including the coral sand. It went to work immediately.
By comparison a neglected Hermit will pull itself on the gravel bed dragging it's shell behind it unable to stand or climb... they often die on their first molt.
Above all it is one of two USEFUL species of crabs that you can trust with all Corals and Fishes since it is not aggressive. The other being the Electric Blue hermit crab (Calcinus elegans)...
without fear of seeing them crawl out of your tank...
As outlined above... All three species received from FRAGbox were and are in MINT condition. This Cespitularia deployed it's tan colored polyps for a few hours... Yet we can't explain why it has remained in this deflated state for nearly four days now... Temperature is ideal at 25 Celsius. Rhodactis are not aggressive anemones. There are no Killer Discosoma: Striped Discos (watermelon etc) are known to attack and destroy ANY corals and Anemones. Aegis is not to blame and White Pincushion Urchin is not an enemy... The only reason we can figure out are the constant slight nitrite - nitrate - phosphate variations caused by the accelerated stabilization process we used in the AEGIS tank to bring it up to par FAST.
For the past few days AEGIS has been keeping a watchful eye on Cespitularia
Timidly... our crown jewel seems to be preparing to expand itself once again...
When all polyps get to be deployed... the situation will be less stressful...
the most important parameter to maintain & control... 24/7/365
before ANY other
This temperature range is very NARROW and at SBMarine it will be maintained between 24 Celsius & 28 Celsius... at all times. It's very simple to understand since most Corals & Anemones might start bleaching at 28 degrees and even vanish above 30 degrees... Which is the case with Cespitularia & most so-called mushroom anemones such as the ones featured here...
There is a misconception out there that Corals & Anemones only show their coloration under special actinic and whatever type of lighting... Wrong! Healthy Specimens will show their true color under normal lighting even ambient room lighting ! It is best illustrated here with the PURPLES showing. So if a Specimen does not show pigments or color and remains colorless (tan or brown) : it is bleached.. This is what happened to all our anemones in 2017 by the way...
Professionals like the folks at FRAGbox understand this very well
All of these topics will be covered in the ORION briefing IV... still under construction
Do Not Confuse: Luminescence - Phosphorescence - Fluorescence
Natural Full Spectrum Daylight (shallow waters)
The margin between Blue Light and the UV spectrum is very thin. What you see in the AEGIS tank... Is what any Scuba Diver would see in the Ocean in Shallow Waters.... That is the Full Visible Spectrum Daylight. Corals with healthy Zooxanthella colonies will display their True Colors in the wild as in captivity under similar lighting conditions.
Only 13 watt Blue CFL bulbs and 23 watt 5,000 Kelvin CFL bulbs are used