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Speckled Grouper
09/07/2007, 10:17 PM
Pictures we took last weekend
Neon Green
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Diving%20Keys%209-3-07/IMG_5988.jpg
Blues
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Diving%20Keys%209-3-07/IMG_5982.jpg
Neon Orange
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Diving%20Keys%209-3-07/IMG_5969.jpg
Green turning Orange - or - Orange turning into Green?
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Diving%20Keys%209-3-07/IMG_5970.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Diving%20Keys%209-3-07/IMG_5968.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Diving%20Keys%209-3-07/IMG_5986.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Diving%20Keys%209-3-07/IMG_5978.jpg

Orange
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Diving%20Keys%209-3-07/IMG_5859.jpg

Blue Bubble Mushrooms
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Diving%20Keys%209-3-07/IMG_5851.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Diving%20Keys%209-3-07/IMG_5852.jpg

buttons buster
09/07/2007, 10:55 PM
Those are beautiful.
Was it a collection trip?

Travis L. Stevens
09/08/2007, 12:03 AM
Those are great. I've got R. floridas like the ones in the first and second picture, and I even have a sponge just like the one in the third picture. Not by choice, but as a hitchhiker, and it's taking off like crazy

fishes2889
09/08/2007, 10:27 AM
Freakin awesome

Azurel
09/08/2007, 12:11 PM
Great pics......Make me want to see more....

Speckled Grouper
09/08/2007, 04:24 PM
Here you go
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Diving%20Keys%209-3-07/IMG_5987.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Diving%20Keys%209-3-07/IMG_5985.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Diving%20Keys%209-3-07/IMG_5984.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Diving%20Keys%209-3-07/IMG_5979.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Diving%20Keys%209-3-07/IMG_5973.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Diving%20Keys%209-3-07/IMG_5960.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Diving%20Keys%209-3-07/IMG_5860.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Diving%20Keys%209-3-07/IMG_5859.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Diving%20Keys%209-3-07/IMG_5858.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Diving%20Keys%209-3-07/IMG_5857.jpg

fishes2889
09/08/2007, 04:32 PM
Those green zoa's are awesome.....

Lytehouse
09/08/2007, 06:08 PM
these are awesome, especially for those land locked by several hundred miles. thanks.

Jimbo327
09/09/2007, 11:39 AM
Those sea fans are awesome too. I've always wanted a sea fan dominated tank.

madadi
09/09/2007, 11:37 PM
see thats why i cant be diving because i would end up in jail when they find my pockets full of ricordias!!!

awesome pictures!

kellyjn
09/10/2007, 12:09 AM
Great pics. Thanks for sharing.

Azurel
09/10/2007, 03:39 PM
Keep diving and keep sharing......Great pics again.

seastar12
09/10/2007, 05:51 PM
wow

All Delight
09/10/2007, 06:58 PM
cool pictures.

ReneX
09/10/2007, 08:20 PM
Wow. Thanks for sharing these.

frags on a rock
09/13/2007, 07:56 PM
where were those pics taken? florida? i didnt know the ocean was so beautiful! wink!

beez
09/14/2007, 10:26 AM
I echo everyone else's sentiments....thank you very much for sharing. Man, if my wife would let me I'd set up a new tank based on these pics.

dragonforce
09/19/2007, 08:03 PM
Very nice!

akrimmel
09/21/2007, 09:28 AM
what part of FLORIDA are you diving in?

Speckled Grouper
09/21/2007, 08:06 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10812881#post10812881 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by akrimmel
what part of FLORIDA are you diving in?

Lower Keys.
Right now, I am hoping for good weather for tommorrow....

bower23
09/21/2007, 08:14 PM
that is something I'd like to see more of.... real ocean pics. Thanks.

yellowslayer13
09/22/2007, 09:00 PM
ya thats is why i cant dive i'd go to jail

918ReefCpl
09/22/2007, 09:12 PM
DROOL :)

from the land of lots of SAND and miles of BEACH....but no WATER!

bkmorris
09/23/2007, 12:12 AM
great pics... looks like you had some amazing visibility. how deep was that? i was diving out of ft lauderdale/deerfield beach earlier this month and visibility was pretty poor in anything above 50 ft. but of course, still better than any diving i would get out here in northern california!

drawman
09/23/2007, 12:52 AM
Amazing pics man!

Jay Fortay
09/02/2008, 08:04 PM
sorry to resurect such an old thread but where in big pine do you live?

ducklabdad
09/02/2008, 10:28 PM
I personally thank you for the resurection! I had not seen these before and am blown away with how beautiful. I wish there were more!!

Jay Fortay
09/03/2008, 12:31 PM
Yes, it is an amazing thread :)

fote03
09/03/2008, 12:35 PM
Great pictures keep them coming!!!

happyclam
09/28/2008, 07:55 PM
Sorry to ask a newbie question, but it looks like those rics are growing on sand? Can you grow rics on sand in aquariums? BTW, please post more pics! I would love to create a biotope tank like freshwater tanks, but can never find an resources that go in to big descriptions or pics!

Jay Fortay
09/29/2008, 04:26 PM
oh there are plenty of biotope reefs. just search a certain type you are looking for (i.e. barrier reef, mangrove, shallow reef, etc.).

pledosophy
09/30/2008, 11:21 AM
Such cool pics.

happyclam
10/02/2008, 03:23 PM
If you do post more pics, could you take some farther away to get some landscape shots? I'm settng up my tank as this same habitat (Indo Pacific though) and would like to get some ideas on aquascaping as nature does it.

Speckled Grouper
10/03/2008, 11:08 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=13279233#post13279233 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Jay Fortay
sorry to resurect such an old thread but where in big pine do you live?

Sorry for the late reply, I haven't checked this forum lately, didn't realize my old thread was resurected. We are in Port Pine Heights.

<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=13444827#post13444827 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by happyclam
Sorry to ask a newbie question, but it looks like those rics are growing on sand? Can you grow rics on sand in aquariums? BTW, please post more pics! I would love to create a biotope tank like freshwater tanks, but can never find an resources that go in to big descriptions or pics!

They are not really growing on sand, there is hard substrate right under them, same with the zoas.

<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=13471123#post13471123 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by happyclam
If you do post more pics, could you take some farther away to get some landscape shots? I'm settng up my tank as this same habitat (Indo Pacific though) and would like to get some ideas on aquascaping as nature does it.

How about something like this?
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Diving%20Keys%207-21-07/IMG_5476.jpg

More rics
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Diving%20Keys%207-21-07/IMG_5448.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Diving%20Keys%207-21-07/IMG_5420.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Diving%20Keys%209-3-07/IMG_5980.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Diving%20Keys%209-3-07/IMG_5898.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Diving%20Keys%209-3-07/IMG_5830.jpg

mskurdah
10/03/2008, 11:55 PM
Wow, wow, wow, wow!! You are an excellent photographer. I already loved ricordea, but this really makes me think of them differently.

Thanks!

OARrocks
10/04/2008, 09:10 AM
Nice goin, guess those things really do grow in deep water.

I could probably put mine under a ledge in my mh tanks

happyclam
10/04/2008, 04:43 PM
Thank you very much! That is exactly what I wanted! Wow, your so lucky to able to find such a nice dive site, in Florida ( I hear the reefs are rapidly declining there), right out "your backyard"! Once again, thank you very much! But keep posting pics!
If this isn't already stickied, it should be.

nanO352
10/06/2008, 04:51 PM
Do you find any inshore? Or is it off shore reefs that have more rics?

Speckled Grouper
10/06/2008, 06:30 PM
There are plenty ricordea inshore, but they are the regular green ones only.

ziyaadb
10/10/2008, 11:41 AM
fantastic

DaveBien
10/13/2008, 04:55 PM
I'm visiting my daughter in Boca next week. I need to do some research and scouting regarding zoa and recordia collection. Those are the new tank's focus. I've read about needing a fishing lic and no attached rock etc. I just need to actually talk to someone down there about this for another trip. I was a certified SCUBA diver yrs ago so shallow snorkeling shouldn't be a problem. I just want to do things correctly. Besides jail doesn't suit me... LOL.

Thanks

Zman42
10/14/2008, 09:57 AM
I'm so jealous that you get to see them in the wild, all we see in KY are rabbits and deer...have you tried putting one of those in your tank??????....lol

Dustin1300
10/14/2008, 11:06 PM
I cannot wait to dive again. I got my PADI open water this summer and loved diving. My diving in Jamaica was not the best but an eye opening experience. Made me realize how much taking coral from it's environment can really take away from the beauty. I have now said I will only by frags/aquacultured coral because I don't want to support ones still pulling from the oceans for profit. They should rather figure ways to "farm" the coral and not take away from environment! Anyways, great pics of the rics...I just put some rics in my aquarium about month ago and have gotten both rics to get 2 mouths and 3 mouths. Can't wait for them to split!

Dustin1300
10/14/2008, 11:09 PM
And just to comment on the "great pictures" comments! Once you've dove you realize how different of a world it is down below....Our aquariums will never match the natural beauty! You could take pics with a cheap underwater camera and be satisfied! I'm not saying you did not take GREAT PICS, but I was just commenting on how amazing it is....EVERY ONE GO GET YOUR PADI!

Speckled Grouper
10/14/2008, 11:10 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=13543759#post13543759 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Zman42
I'm so jealous that you get to see them in the wild, all we see in KY are rabbits and deer...have you tried putting one of those in your tank??????....lol

A rabbit and a deer? But of course....

Here's my Rabbit

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/My%20Fish/Rabbit.jpg

And my Deer...

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/My%20Fish/DeerCowrie.jpg

.....Cowrie that is....:D

Speckled Grouper
10/14/2008, 11:15 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=13549019#post13549019 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Dustin1300
And just to comment on the "great pictures" comments! Once you've dove you realize how different of a world it is down below....Our aquariums will never match the natural beauty! You could take pics with a cheap underwater camera and be satisfied! I'm not saying you did not take GREAT PICS, but I was just commenting on how amazing it is....EVERY ONE GO GET YOUR PADI!

And I agree whole heartedly with you...no picture in the world can do justice to the experience and the sights you see while diving.

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Miscellanous/smiley_diver.gif

Zman42
10/15/2008, 08:42 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=13549020#post13549020 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Speckled Grouper
A rabbit and a deer? But of course....

Here's my Rabbit

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/My%20Fish/Rabbit.jpg

And my Deer...

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/My%20Fish/DeerCowrie.jpg

.....Cowrie that is....:D



Man, I set myself up for that one!

captstinky
10/15/2008, 06:30 PM
Very sweet.

Cody Ray
10/16/2008, 03:51 PM
I still haven't gone on an actual diving trip since I became certified... Now I know where I will be going this summer!

Terra Ferma
10/18/2008, 09:38 PM
Your pics are fantastic - I have looked for pics of rics in the wild for years. These are the first I have seen on the internet. Many thanks.

AB-Bug
10/19/2008, 06:11 PM
i need to get back in the water soon

AB-Bug
10/19/2008, 06:11 PM
what depth were those pics taken at

AB-Bug
10/19/2008, 06:16 PM
im so jealous

Speckled Grouper
10/19/2008, 07:56 PM
This is 25 to 30 feet down.

hefeweizan
10/20/2008, 11:03 AM
My friend has a house down in Cudjoe Key, where can i go snorkeling or dinving around there to see reefs like that?

Mike

Speckled Grouper
10/20/2008, 09:04 PM
You won't see this snorkling. Ricordeas can be found around the Coral Heads and Patch Reefs a few miles out.

shadowz40
10/31/2008, 07:21 PM
man that would be awesome to see naturally in the wild!

mrgreenthumb
11/01/2008, 03:50 AM
wow stunning pics thanks for sharing!!

happyclam
01/16/2009, 08:31 AM
Any more pics? So far I've caught that ricordea, zoanthids, and gorgonians (the commonly available Florodian corals) are normally found on the inshore patch reefs and coral heads and at approx. 30' depth. You also said you can only find green rics in the inshore zone? Do you mean that to find the blue and orange rics you have to go the fore reef or something? Sorry, I'm a little confused, still trying to master reef zones. Also, what fish do you normally see around the patch reefs? Have you ever seen a group of Chalk Bass or Blue Reef Chromis? The reason for these questions is that now after seeing how beautiful the Floridian reefs are, I would like to set up a Floridian/Carribbean/Bahamas biotope reef.
Keep the pics rollin'!

philter4
01/16/2009, 12:50 PM
Great photos, it gives you a better view of where these animals come from.

I used to collect for a living, and I still collect all of my own fish and inverts, I've seen rics and zoos in ankle deep water and down to 60 feet depending on the right habitat. Some of the non photo synthetic octocorals (sea fans/gorgonians) are very common in 5 to 10 ft. Mostly depth isn't as important as the substrate, like GrouperHead says, the sand is just silt over the hard bottom so you don't actually see the reef structure under it.

As far as seeing it for yourselves, there is nothing to compare to it, I like diving more then having my tanks, it is just amazing what you see and how different it is then even the most "natural" looking reef in person or photos.

Something to consider when placing these animals in your tanks, there is more light available to these animals at 100 ft deep on a sunny day then at 18 inch under metal halides in your tanks. They can adapt as long as the min. light requirements are met.

Speckled Grouper
01/16/2009, 08:54 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14168804#post14168804 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by happyclam
Any more pics? So far I've caught that ricordea, zoanthids, and gorgonians (the commonly available Florodian corals) are normally found on the inshore patch reefs and coral heads and at approx. 30' depth. You also said you can only find green rics in the inshore zone? Do you mean that to find the blue and orange rics you have to go the fore reef or something? Sorry, I'm a little confused, still trying to master reef zones. Also, what fish do you normally see around the patch reefs? Have you ever seen a group of Chalk Bass or Blue Reef Chromis? The reason for these questions is that now after seeing how beautiful the Floridian reefs are, I would like to set up a Floridian/Carribbean/Bahamas biotope reef.
Keep the pics rollin'!

happyclam, our underwater camera is broken :( right now, I hope to have a better one for this years diving season and take lots more pictures ...The green rics, we call them "inshore rics" are mostly pale green with red mouths and yes they are found much closer to shore than the neon green, forest green, blues and oranges. We do see Blue Chromis at the reef, but no Chalk Bass, they are more common further south, like Haiti etc. but would belong in a Floridian/Carribbean/Bahamas biotope reef. I have two in my tank and I like them a lot. Of course you would also want Pearly Jawfish, Neon Gobies, Royal Gramma, Black Cap Basslet, Swiss Guard, etc....

Here is a picture of my tank, note that the ricordeas are single polyps glued to rock.

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Perfecto%20265g/FTS4.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Perfecto%20265g/RicRock.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Perfecto%20265g/Rics2.jpg

happyclam
01/17/2009, 09:36 AM
Beautiful tank Speckled Grouper!

So you are saying the pale green rics are found really close to shore, versus the more colorful rics that are a couple miles out? But they are all technically in the inshore zone right?

Thank you for your help on these newbie questions, as well as making my biotope tank a real possibility.

Speckled Grouper
01/17/2009, 03:44 PM
The pale green rics are close to shore, yes. The more colorful rics are 5 to 6 miles out.

drawman
01/17/2009, 06:28 PM
Great tank pics! I hope you will keep posting your pics of ricordea, etc. from the ocean. I really enjoyed them!

jaxspsreef
01/17/2009, 09:48 PM
Very nice Pics!!

smurph1415
01/17/2009, 11:37 PM
wow amazing tank and amazing pics. Which tank is that?

miniwhinny
01/20/2009, 05:25 PM
absolutly breathtaking. THANK YOU on behalf us a lot of us who are land locked :)

My favarite mushrooms are the sanctithomae (bubble 'shrooms) and I noticed you have some awesome pics of them. Could you tell me what the flow is like around them? Everything I read about them says they like low flow but I'm wondering how they actually live.
Thanks.

scottallert
01/20/2009, 06:49 PM
any chance you have coordinates of where you took these pics :)
i go diving often and can never fine ricordias or zoas. Ive been to the keys many times but never seen anything like this,
are these rics and zoas common.

Speckled Grouper
01/20/2009, 07:18 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14202498#post14202498 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by scottallert
any chance you have coordinates of where you took these pics :)
i go diving often and can never fine ricordias or zoas. Ive been to the keys many times but never seen anything like this,
are these rics and zoas common.

I could tell ya, but then I would have to kill ya :D :D :D

minniwhinny, I have a few that I keep in medium flow, let me run and take a picture of a VERY special St. Thomas ric and post it for you, it will knock your socks off.......

Speckled Grouper
01/20/2009, 07:45 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14201784#post14201784 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by miniwhinny
absolutly breathtaking. THANK YOU on behalf us a lot of us who are land locked :)

My favarite mushrooms are the sanctithomae (bubble 'shrooms) and I noticed you have some awesome pics of them. Could you tell me what the flow is like around them? Everything I read about them says they like low flow but I'm wondering how they actually live.
Thanks.

Hot off the press, they are feeling gooood tonite :)

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/My%20Corals/RedBubble.jpg

miniwhinny
01/21/2009, 02:05 PM
Oh my goodness !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh that's not fair !!! I WANT THOSE HAHAHAHA.

You are SO lucky, those are just breathtaking. WOW !!!!! Thank you for sharing.

KeysSeaCritters
01/21/2009, 02:23 PM
those red bubbles are pretty rare! nice find!

seems like we dive some of the same area grouper!

here are some of our red bubbles:
http://flickr.com/photos/keysseacritters/3044436457/

that flickr gallery has many other ricordea shots...feel free to browse...

miniwhinny
01/21/2009, 02:34 PM
DROOL...drool, drool, drool :eek:

miniwhinny
01/21/2009, 02:48 PM
Do you guys know if you can put other mushrooms near bubbles of will the bubbles get stung?

KeysSeaCritters
01/21/2009, 03:12 PM
bubbles are very sensitive. they seem to get stung by most other corals. it depends on the mushroom of course. sometimes it could go the other way, the bubble could sting the mushroom.

miniwhinny
01/21/2009, 05:02 PM
Thanks :)

philter4
01/23/2009, 11:31 AM
The bubbles, which we call (common name from our ID books) warty corallamorph is one of my favorite type of mushroom. IME they are much more common up here then in the keys, and deeper. I have actually never seen them in the keys, but I don't dive there that often. I have collected them in West Palm at over 100 ft deep. While more common in 60 to 80 ft the deep red ones or the red and green spotted ones are usually deeper, though the brightest one I ever collected was in about 20 ft.

Speckled Grouper
01/23/2009, 08:13 PM
So Phil, you're back in town? Or still in Cali?

philter4
01/24/2009, 08:20 AM
Right now in CA, soon though, and I can't tell you how stir crazy I feel right now, the last time I saw the ocean was 4 months ago, I went on a collecting trip to HI, but was only in the water 3 days. I figure the spring I'll be back for a short time then we'll see when I'm back full time.

Speckled Grouper
01/24/2009, 03:03 PM
Take your time, the water was 61 degrees today....:eek1: :eek2: :eek1: :eek2:

happyclam
06/08/2009, 08:40 PM
Any new pics? I am setting up a Floribbean biotope tank so any/all pics would appreciated (compiling them into an inspiration database on my computer when comes time to stock/aquascape). Thanks!

joshnola
06/09/2009, 10:45 PM
These pics are awesome!

Speckled Grouper
06/12/2009, 07:44 PM
I don't have any new pictures of ricordea as of yet, but that might change over the next few weeks :) We did dive Looe Key a few weeks ago, got some nice shots there....

only_mnh
06/14/2009, 08:58 PM
I would love to see more shots !!
Rics are one of my favorite type of softie.

Aquagold
06/15/2009, 04:00 AM
I think us all would love to see any :rollface: real reef :rollface: pics:) don't have to be just of Rics:)

:D

Jay Fortay
06/15/2009, 04:29 AM
What other types of coral are out at Looe Key?

Speckled Grouper
06/15/2009, 09:04 PM
Here you go. It's not the Indo-pacific, but still pretty nice. I was especially pleased to see the Hard Corals thriving.....
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Dive%2005-09/WhiteSeamat2.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Dive%2005-09/IMG_7485.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Dive%2005-09/IMG_7372.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Dive%2005-09/IMG_7466.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Dive%2005-09/IMG_7467.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Dive%2005-09/IMG_7468.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Dive%2005-09/IMG_7431.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Dive%2005-09/IMG_7417.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Dive%2005-09/IMG_7239.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n67/SpeckledGrouper/Dive%2005-09/IMG_7269.jpg

Jay Fortay
06/16/2009, 12:09 PM
Thanks for the pics. I'll be down for mini season. I've been meaning to take a trip out there, but my buddies don't like to go "sight-seeing" much. I'll take my wife out there.

reeferoo
06/16/2009, 12:30 PM
Really great thread. Amazing photos and tank. Those bubble shrooms are breathtaking!!

Please keep sharing your work with us!

ReefWreak
06/16/2009, 12:40 PM
I just got an underwater housing and camera from a friend, so now I'll be able to take pics when I go diving in the keys too! I have some pictures from diving in the red sea though, and man, totally different world.

Thanks for sharing your FL diving pics though! I've never seen those reefs diving off of Looe Key though. Dive master must love you and hate me.

happyclam
07/11/2009, 10:54 AM
Thanks for the pics! I now have 194 awesome, inspirational pics of Caribbean/Floridian reefs, more than half of which being your spectacular photos. Armed with all these photos, I can't wait to go about setting up a Caribbean biotope tank. Thank you once again!

Speckled Grouper
04/08/2010, 08:52 PM
Well, I found my old threat.....enjoy!

Speckled Grouper
04/08/2010, 08:55 PM
Oops, was supposed to post them in the Scuba Forum.....

drawman
04/08/2010, 11:06 PM
Very pretty pictures. Haven't checked this in a while but please keep posting if you get the opportunity. I really love to see elkhorn that looks to be thriving like that!

5h3rW1N
04/09/2010, 10:40 AM
awesome pictures keep em coming!!

crooks
04/09/2010, 01:19 PM
Yes please post more.

Kates
04/13/2010, 12:27 AM
Thanks for the pics! I now have 194 awesome, inspirational pics of Caribbean/Floridian reefs, more than half of which being your spectacular photos. Armed with all these photos, I can't wait to go about setting up a Caribbean biotope tank. Thank you once again!

Hey thats what I want to do eventually when I get my 75G going! You should post pics of yours! And these pics are making me drool, OMG! I need to get my SCUBA license, as a snorkeler you just don't have the ability to see stuff like this....

Jdbrine
04/13/2010, 08:14 AM
see thats why i cant be diving because i would end up in jail when they find my pockets full of ricordias!!!

awesome pictures!

+1..... The temptation would just be too much for me to handle!!!!

Jarred1
05/12/2012, 04:33 PM
Do you have anymore pictures? I love how these wild pics look.

el_pinguino
04/02/2013, 02:58 PM
Anyone have pictures of yumas in the wild?

Speckled Grouper
04/02/2013, 11:00 PM
Anyone have pictures of yumas in the wild?

Wow, you must be dedicated to dig up a 6 year old thread, lol......

As a matter of fact, I found some Yumas just a few month ago, in Papua New Guinea....

http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/oo313/exoticsealife/2013%20-%20Diving%20in%20Papua%20New%20Guinea%20Part%208/SO121.jpg

http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/oo313/exoticsealife/2013%20-%20Diving%20in%20Papua%20New%20Guinea%20Part%208/SO122.jpg

el_pinguino
04/04/2013, 03:44 PM
Wow, you must be dedicated to dig up a 6 year old thread, lol......

As a matter of fact, I found some Yumas just a few month ago, in Papua New Guinea....


Nice shots! At approximately what depth was this found?

Speckled Grouper
04/04/2013, 06:21 PM
Nice shots! At approximately what depth was this found?

This was in about 40 feet

Das awesome
04/05/2013, 09:39 AM
That's pretty cool! I've never seen pics of yumas in the wild before.

Speckled Grouper
04/05/2013, 03:51 PM
That's pretty cool! I've never seen pics of yumas in the wild before.

I actually found a few more...

http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/oo313/exoticsealife/2013%20-%20Diving%20in%20Papua%20New%20Guinea%20Part%208/SO112.jpg

spsboy
04/06/2013, 10:26 PM
Great pics and wonderful rics.

tangov5559
04/10/2013, 01:53 PM
Beautiful mushrooms!!!

Tascha
04/13/2013, 07:32 AM
I actually found a few more...

http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/oo313/exoticsealife/2013%20-%20Diving%20in%20Papua%20New%20Guinea%20Part%208/SO112.jpg

I'm in love - gelati colored rics!

SoLiD
04/14/2013, 11:50 AM
You divers are so lucky! Great pictures BTW!

acuario
05/04/2013, 09:47 PM
I'm glad this thread came back, simply amazing and beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing! What beauty there is in the world if you're willing to look!

marinefish4life
05/05/2013, 02:05 AM
Awesome! I cant wait to see more pics :D

Speckled Grouper
05/05/2013, 08:13 PM
I haven't dove the Keys in a long while, so no new Ricordea pictures :(
What else would you like to see?

NiTr0x911
05/11/2013, 10:07 AM
Any pics of a show queen angel? I sure miss diving :-(

SantaMonica
05/11/2013, 03:59 PM
Even the periphyton around the shrooms looks great :)

oceanlife83
05/14/2013, 05:39 PM
great pictures.

Speckled Grouper
05/19/2013, 09:52 AM
Any pics of a show queen angel? I sure miss diving :-(

Here you go, I took these in Belize last year

http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/oo313/exoticsealife/Belize%20Diving/D151.jpg (http://s387.photobucket.com/user/exoticsealife/media/Belize%20Diving/D151.jpg.html)

http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/oo313/exoticsealife/Belize%20Diving/D162.jpg (http://s387.photobucket.com/user/exoticsealife/media/Belize%20Diving/D162.jpg.html)

French Angel

http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/oo313/exoticsealife/Belize%20Diving/D109.jpg (http://s387.photobucket.com/user/exoticsealife/media/Belize%20Diving/D109.jpg.html)

Royal Grammas

http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/oo313/exoticsealife/Belize%20Diving/D146.jpg (http://s387.photobucket.com/user/exoticsealife/media/Belize%20Diving/D146.jpg.html)

Black Cap Basslet

http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/oo313/exoticsealife/Belize%20Diving/D74.jpg (http://s387.photobucket.com/user/exoticsealife/media/Belize%20Diving/D74.jpg.html)

Didn't see many Ricordea, but where there is one, there's gotta be more.....

http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/oo313/exoticsealife/Belize%20Diving/D101.jpg (http://s387.photobucket.com/user/exoticsealife/media/Belize%20Diving/D101.jpg.html)

http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/oo313/exoticsealife/Belize%20Diving/D104.jpg (http://s387.photobucket.com/user/exoticsealife/media/Belize%20Diving/D104.jpg.html)

llandegfedd
05/24/2013, 02:46 PM
Stunning pictures.

Adam13
06/04/2013, 12:24 PM
Great pics, let me know if you ever want to go diving.

That Royal Gramma shot is great. I can lay in the sand and stare at them for a long time. I always found it strange that in the wild Royal Gramma keep their belly to the rock, even if they are sideways or upside down(until they move away from the rock), but in the tank they are always belly down.



Show Queen Angels in The Exumas

http://s4.postimg.org/gvzt1n05p/29186_10100401641998031_3407456_n.jpg

Secret Spot in the Bahamas, Staghorn Garden. Pardon the quality, I took a cellphone pic of the printed photo.

http://s21.postimg.org/iprr7n2lz/66186_10103190783066971_1951712933_n.jpg

Das awesome
06/16/2013, 05:54 PM
I can't wait till I'm able to go out diving to these places

UlyssesG305
06/30/2013, 10:57 PM
I am staying in key west next month. Can anyone recommend someone to set up a dive expedition?

Speckled Grouper
07/01/2013, 09:55 PM
I am staying in key west next month. Can anyone recommend someone to set up a dive expedition?

I haven't been down there in a while, but check Trip Advisor. Lots of good information there on what to do and who to do it with.

If you have the time, take a trip to the Dry Tortugas....

StinkyBunny
07/21/2013, 05:23 PM
I am staying in key west next month. Can anyone recommend someone to set up a dive expedition?

I always dove with Underseas, Inc. while we were in The Keys. They're on Big Pine Key.

neuwave
07/26/2013, 08:38 PM
Wow, you must be dedicated to dig up a 6 year old thread, lol......

As a matter of fact, I found some Yumas just a few month ago, in Papua New Guinea....

http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/oo313/exoticsealife/2013%20-%20Diving%20in%20Papua%20New%20Guinea%20Part%208/SO121.jpg

http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/oo313/exoticsealife/2013%20-%20Diving%20in%20Papua%20New%20Guinea%20Part%208/SO122.jpg


Beautiful photos. But has anyone identified to goby? Sweet little fish.

Speckled Grouper
07/27/2013, 08:04 PM
Beautiful photos. But has anyone identified to goby? Sweet little fish.

I didn't even know the Goby was there...LOL...until I looked at the pictures on the computer......

Msuhendro
07/29/2013, 09:58 PM
that is so nice. Have you seen any candy basslet when you were in belize? I heard they have nice rare fishes there.

dinwiddie90
08/10/2013, 06:49 PM
I never saw any f. Ricordeas when I dove in marathon key. Guess I need to look better next time

jmlyna001
08/13/2013, 01:15 PM
very neat to see them like that