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Coralman 06-11-2007 02:56 PM

Keeping Live Coral in your home
 
Keeping a coral garden is a year around hobby. You can "frag" corals which is to say fragment corals and grow them out to full size or buy them full size and just place them in your coral reef Aquarium. There are many different light combinations and other advanced equipment that can be added such as a calcium reactor or protein skimmer. If you have photos or info you would like to post please do. I have started a group here on SBLive and would invite anyone to join that might enjoy this hobby.
Coralman

rhertz 06-11-2007 03:03 PM

Welcome aboard matey!! ;) Glad to see a seafarer on board. I don't guess there is any such thing as a Bering Sea crab aquarium is there? :D

Seriously, I really like aquariums. There are a few awesome tanks around town, usually in doctor's offices.

Coralman 06-11-2007 03:38 PM

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I just shot these photos of one of my coral tanks. There is a large clam and many other corals in this tank. I will add more to the collection on the group I have started so check back in the near future.

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rhertz 06-11-2007 04:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Coralman
I just shot these photos of one of my coral tanks. There is a large clam and many other corals in this tank. I will add more to the collection on the group I have started so check back in the near future.

Wow, those are some awesome looking pictures you posted. I bet those tanks look really nice in person. That clam is really a show off!

Isaac-Saxxon 06-11-2007 05:39 PM

Those are some great pictures for sure :clap: I have done 214 Caribbean dives in the Caymans, St. Thomas and the FL Keys but you do not see the corals in the Atlantic that you could see in the Pacific. I hope to dive the Pacific one day but lots of big ass sharks and the water is much cooler. Nice thread and I may have some dive photos to add :clap:

BrainSmashR 06-11-2007 07:14 PM

Very beautiful pics.....

I used to know a guy with a salt water tank, but for one reason or another something was always "wrong" and, as you know, these fish are insanely more expensive than your average guppy or goldfish.

Are the coral easier to grow/care for (not sure of the proper terminology) than a handful of fish? Like, are they hardier than fish and more able to withstand less than ideal conditions or would the opposite be true?

Texasbelle 06-11-2007 07:17 PM

I thought a clam was something you ate. When did it become coral?:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

rhertz 06-11-2007 08:45 PM

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I thought a clam was something you ate. When did it become coral?:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

I bet it would make nice looking sushi! (ducking) :D

Really, I had no idea clams could be so colorful and pretty. (I know they are tasty) ;)

Pocahontas 06-12-2007 07:00 AM

Stunning photos! I enjoy watching the fish swim in my dentist's aquarium before appointments. There's something very soothing about them! One of my favorites around town would have to be at the Horseshoe! It is huge and gorgeous but I don't believe it is saltwater. What do you think have you seen it?:)

Coralman 06-12-2007 08:09 AM

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I thought a clam was something you ate. When did it become coral?:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Tridacna clams have become very popular reef aquarium inhabitants lately. They are very beautiful and if given the right conditions will thrive. There are about five species that are commonly offered for sale.
1. Tridacna Derasa
2. Tridacna Crocea
3. Tridacna Maxima
4. Tridacna Hippopus
5. Tridacna Gigas
6. Tridacna Squamosa

Aquarium Care:
The mantle of tridacnid clams contain zooxanthellae so they require strong light sources. The clams with blue mantles (crocea, gigas) require more light than those with brown mantles. This is because they occur in shallower water and the blue color of the mantle acts as a light filter. Those with brown mantles are also generally easier to keep. It has also been found that smaller clams require less light than larger ones.

Tridacna Crocea
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These are first grade Crocea Clams. Clams are in the bivalve family.

Tridacna Squamosa
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Tridacna Derasa
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Tridacna Maxima
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Bivalve Clams use nitrate from the water and good lighting to grow. They also need calcium and other trace elements added to the water. Most of the clams that are on the market are cultured and this helps because about half of them that are grown are returned to the ocean. When you buy one it is helping to restock the ocean :clap:

Coralman 06-12-2007 08:27 AM

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Tridacna Crocea
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I call these blue lip mules ! :laugh: :laugh:

Coralman 06-12-2007 08:42 AM

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Originally Posted by Pocahontas
Stunning photos! I enjoy watching the fish swim in my dentist's aquarium before appointments. There's something very soothing about them! One of my favorites around town would have to be at the Horseshoe! It is huge and gorgeous but I don't believe it is saltwater. What do you think have you seen it?:)

The Horseshoe Aquarium is a 3000 gallon African Cichlid tank and guess what ? I am the one that built that tank and I have maintained it for the last ten years. The cost of that tank was over 300000.00 and the acrylic is 2.5" thick. You can find photos of that tank here www.aquariumconcepts.net and other good info.

Pocahontas 06-12-2007 03:53 PM

Awesome pictures and website...thanks! I'll have to come in and pay you a visit!!:)

SDBK 07-09-2007 10:43 AM

In our home..
 
This is a snapshot of our Salt Water Aquarium in our home. I believe it is a 105 gallon tank. We've had it over 4 years and really enjoy it. It is kept up by Aquarium Concepts!
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g2...elin/tank3.jpg

Isaac-Saxxon 07-09-2007 10:50 AM

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Originally Posted by SDBK
This is a snapshot of our Salt Water Aquarium in our home. I believe it is a 105 gallon tank. We've had it over 4 years and really enjoy it. It is kept up by Aquarium Concepts!
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g2...elin/tank3.jpg

You have a very nice Aquarium there SDBK :clap: I like your avatar too ;) I think the bar just got raised a bit on this board :rolleyes:


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