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tektite
05/23/2013, 08:02 AM
Had some fun with my new macro lens :) Not always the best pics as I was just handholding the camera and playing with settings for the first time, but got a few nice ones.

Encrusting blue iridescent codium
http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv244/stargate985/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/4705.jpg (http://s688.photobucket.com/user/stargate985/media/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/4705.jpg.html)

Red grape macroalgae
http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv244/stargate985/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/4609.jpg (http://s688.photobucket.com/user/stargate985/media/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/4609.jpg.html)

Encrusting blue iridescent codium
http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv244/stargate985/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/4777.jpg (http://s688.photobucket.com/user/stargate985/media/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/4777.jpg.html)

String of Pearls macroalgae
http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv244/stargate985/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/4782.jpg (http://s688.photobucket.com/user/stargate985/media/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/4782.jpg.html)

Branching coraline algae
http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv244/stargate985/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/5328.jpg (http://s688.photobucket.com/user/stargate985/media/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/5328.jpg.html)

Red macroalgae
http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv244/stargate985/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/4785.jpg (http://s688.photobucket.com/user/stargate985/media/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/4785.jpg.html)

Purple branching macroalgae
http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv244/stargate985/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/4794.jpg (http://s688.photobucket.com/user/stargate985/media/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/4794.jpg.html)

Iridescent macroalgae
http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv244/stargate985/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/4829.jpg (http://s688.photobucket.com/user/stargate985/media/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/4829.jpg.html)

Red macroalgae
http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv244/stargate985/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/4866.jpg (http://s688.photobucket.com/user/stargate985/media/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/4866.jpg.html)

tektite
05/23/2013, 08:03 AM
Iridescent macroalgae
http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv244/stargate985/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/4881.jpg (http://s688.photobucket.com/user/stargate985/media/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/4881.jpg.html)

Halimeda / string of pearls macroalgae
http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv244/stargate985/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/4889.jpg (http://s688.photobucket.com/user/stargate985/media/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/4889.jpg.html)


Red grape (botrocladia) macro
http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv244/stargate985/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/5335.jpg (http://s688.photobucket.com/user/stargate985/media/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/5335.jpg.html)

Iridescent macroalgae
http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv244/stargate985/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/5342.jpg (http://s688.photobucket.com/user/stargate985/media/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/5342.jpg.html)

DIBS turbo snail eggs on macroalgae
http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv244/stargate985/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/5353.jpg (http://s688.photobucket.com/user/stargate985/media/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/5353.jpg.html)

Dragon's tongue Halymenia
http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv244/stargate985/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/5360.jpg (http://s688.photobucket.com/user/stargate985/media/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/5360.jpg.html)

gnu
05/23/2013, 02:05 PM
:D beautiful!

Ryphen
05/23/2013, 07:35 PM
Ditto the above! I wish our tank didn't kill macro.

cet98
05/25/2013, 03:41 PM
the loveliest collection of macros I've seen.....how about a FTS pleez ;)

burnah
05/25/2013, 04:49 PM
very nice pictures, these macro^2 shots sure can compete with the sps shots on this forum! i could have never imagined that there are macro algaes with colors and shapes like this... thats what i love about reefing, it lets you discover the greatest things never imagined before!

thanks for this!

Joshporksandwic
05/25/2013, 05:11 PM
Awesome pictures. Where do you have all of those?

tektite
05/25/2013, 05:19 PM
Thanks everyone, I've been fascinated with macroalgae ever since I started my first tank with TBS liverock and got a few cool ones as hitchhikers. I have most of them in my main macroalgae tank, a few others in a small 40 breeder that houses some macros, gorgs, and a pair of onyx clowns.

Monkeyfish
05/29/2013, 09:23 AM
FTS please.

Green_fishy
06/29/2013, 01:40 AM
Nice pics :)

pmcarbrey
06/29/2013, 02:24 AM
Talk about macro! great quality shots of beautiful specimens, keep it up!

Mudbeaver
07/05/2013, 06:21 PM
I'm doing a full starphire tank refugium display with a collection of Macro-Algae. Its going to be a 75 G with mud and two kinds of sand and aragonite ; seahorses on one side and on the other side of the divider; Anglers, scorpion fish and filefish. I just hope i'm as lucky as you with my collection. Great show.:thumbsup:

tektite
07/05/2013, 06:28 PM
Just FYI, something I've found out, a lot of macros prefer medium to high flow. Some need it. Keep that in mind when making your selections with the seahorse side needing low flow.

Mudbeaver
07/05/2013, 06:37 PM
Just FYI, something I've found out, a lot of macros prefer medium to high flow. Some need it. Keep that in mind when making your selections with the seahorse side needing low flow.

Yes good point; i'm planning on having a tunze 6055 with variable flows and at least twice a day a simulation of the tide and strong currents will blow in the tank to stir things up. Saw that in a German vid for heavy planted tanks. Did you have mud in your tank?

algaecrazy
07/05/2013, 07:09 PM
The blue indescent Codium is fantastic! :-)

JLynn
07/06/2013, 05:54 AM
+1 on the codium and an FTS! Codium lucasii is one of my favorite macros. That sparkly blue-green is just addictive.

Gorgeous collection of macros. What are some of your other iridescent species called?

About the seahorses, variable flow will be good. They love a strong current to play in, but need some areas of low flow to rest when play time is over. What species do you intend to get?

Mudbeaver
07/06/2013, 06:09 AM
+1 on the codium and an FTS! Codium lucasii is one of my favorite macros. That sparkly blue-green is just addictive.

Gorgeous collection of macros. What are some of your other iridescent species called?

About the seahorses, variable flow will be good. They love a strong current to play in, but need some areas of low flow to rest when play time is over. What species do you intend to get?


Yes I know I had a tank of them before, they love a bubble stone actually they dance in it holding tails lol. Hippocampus erectus I'm no expert so I keep it simple. I just love their movement and attitude. The flow will be arranged for them, the tank is set up for their needs, with schedule feeding pauses , tide simulation strong and low flow periods 75 % of the time. Feeding several time a day. How many time do , you feed them I did 9 time a day the last time.

nemosworld
07/07/2013, 12:58 PM
Hey cat, when you get a chance, i need some of this
http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv244/stargate985/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/4881.jpg

and this

http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv244/stargate985/Macro%20coral%205-22-13/5360.jpg

tektite
07/07/2013, 01:24 PM
Sure, I'll drop some off at 3CC next time I swing by.

Bratyboy2
07/07/2013, 01:26 PM
Wow I would lobe some starts of these!

small alien
07/07/2013, 01:52 PM
FTS please.

I'm literally on my knees typing this. Begging for a FTS.

Mudbeaver
07/07/2013, 01:59 PM
Hi did you add miracle mud in your macro tank to have such great algae or any additives at all ? Thanks.

tektite
07/08/2013, 02:34 PM
I'm literally on my knees typing this. Begging for a FTS.

Great thing about macro photography is that it focuses on a small area LOL! My FTS looks like [email protected] right now :)

tektite
07/08/2013, 02:45 PM
Hi did you add miracle mud in your macro tank to have such great algae or any additives at all ? Thanks.

Absolutely not, its pointless in a macro tank. I highly doubt I'd even use it if I had something that gets nutrients from their roots.

Only things I dose are nitrate and phosphate.

Subsea
07/08/2013, 03:50 PM
Interesting about dosing with nitrate and phosphate. I dose with ammonia. I think phosphate comes in with the air.

Gorgeous pictures and gorgeous specimens.

Eight months ago, I received 800 lbs of diver collected rock from 30 miles west of Tarpon Springs in 30' of water. I had no idea of the biodiversity of this GOM rock. I do not know what half of this stuff is. If you travel to Austin, come visit my facility in Hays County close to Salt Lick BBQ. I am growing this stuff out under a greenhouse with a 60% shade cloth. I always enjoy visitors.
Regards,
Patrick

tektite
07/08/2013, 03:58 PM
I used to dose with ammonia, have considered going back to that way, but moved to direct nutrient dosing when I got fish for the tank.

I would absolutely love to visit! So few places with macroalgae, even less people who know of more than chaeto and caulerpa lol.

Mudbeaver
07/08/2013, 04:55 PM
Absolutely not, its pointless in a macro tank. I highly doubt I'd even use it if I had something that gets nutrients from their roots.

Only things I dose are nitrate and phosphate.

Ok I'm about to do a macro tank; and before I do I need a bit more info why you think its inappropriate to put mud in it, because you've attained a very good quality macro sample without so I'm very interested in your reasoning.

tektite
07/08/2013, 05:20 PM
Mud helps when having things that need nutrients obtained through their roots. Very few kinds of macroalgae even have roots, non that I know of actually need them to get what they need to grow. If you're wanting something like seagrasses that's another thing entirely as they're not macroalgae but plants.

To keep it in place you would have to cover it with a good layer of sand. Macros LOVE flow, most kinds the more flow the better. Some need high flow to survive, others will live in low flow but never flourish. If macros do have roots (minus the caulerpa species, which with 2 exceptions you want to avoid like the plague in a macro tank) they're usually quite short, wouldn't even get through the sand to the mud.

If you want it because they say it'll release trace elements or whatnot, you can get that through water changes without having to deal with the mess. If you like what they say about it replacing a DSB, the primary purpose of a DSB is to have the anaerobic bacteria that complete, so to speak, the nitrifying cycle - by removing nitrates from the water. Not at all what you want with a macro tank, believe me! If you don't have a lot of fish and feed a lot, you will eventually have to find a way to increase nitrates in the aquarium for the macros as is.

And finally, the makers of it make so many varied, sweeping, and quite frankly incredible claims it makes it hard to consider any of them to actually be true. Reverse HLLE? Really? Add some miracle mud and no worries about the affected fish suffering from poor nutrition or brought on by something like carbon dust...Reminds me of ecoaqualizers...

Mudbeaver
07/08/2013, 06:47 PM
Mud helps when having things that need nutrients obtained through their roots. Very few kinds of macroalgae even have roots, non that I know of actually need them to get what they need to grow. If you're wanting something like seagrasses that's another thing entirely as they're not macroalgae but plants.

To keep it in place you would have to cover it with a good layer of sand. Macros LOVE flow, most kinds the more flow the better. Some need high flow to survive, others will live in low flow but never flourish. If macros do have roots (minus the caulerpa species, which with 2 exceptions you want to avoid like the plague in a macro tank) they're usually quite short, wouldn't even get through the sand to the mud.

If you want it because they say it'll release trace elements or whatnot, you can get that through water changes without having to deal with the mess. If you like what they say about it replacing a DSB, the primary purpose of a DSB is to have the anaerobic bacteria that complete, so to speak, the nitrifying cycle - by removing nitrates from the water. Not at all what you want with a macro tank, believe me! If you don't have a lot of fish and feed a lot, you will eventually have to find a way to increase nitrates in the aquarium for the macros as is.

And finally, the makers of it make so many varied, sweeping, and quite frankly incredible claims it makes it hard to consider any of them to actually be true. Reverse HLLE? Really? Add some miracle mud and no worries about the affected fish suffering from poor nutrition or brought on by something like carbon dust...Reminds me of ecoaqualizers...


You've just convinced me , I'll forget the mud, I was going to have a finer sand in my fuge however to be able to plant or stick some of them more easily in the substrate, what do you think about that, it would of covered the mud, that I'll no longer put in. Or should I use regular coarse aragonite?

tektite
07/08/2013, 07:09 PM
Finer sand is ok if you want to use it, still helps increase some biodiversity without causing any problems. You won't want to plant or stick macros in sand though, they'll just die where covered, disintegrate, and the macro's off on a tank tour. Attach your macros to rocks, it's the best way for many species. Now how you attach them to rocks is the fun part lol, since many kinds will not do so on their own.

Keeping macroalgae takes a shift of thinking, they look so much like plants that most peole think of them as such. But their care can be quite different.

Mudbeaver
07/08/2013, 07:19 PM
Finer sand is ok if you want to use it, still helps increase some biodiversity without causing any problems. You won't want to plant or stick macros in sand though, they'll just die where covered, disintegrate, and the macro's off on a tank tour. Attach your macros to rocks, it's the best way for many species. Now how you attach them to rocks is the fun part lol, since many kinds will not do so on their own.

Keeping macroalgae takes a shift of thinking, they look so much like plants that most peole think of them as such. But their care can be quite different.

What do you use then crazy glue, lol ?

tektite
07/08/2013, 07:25 PM
Occasionally, but like in sand the macro can die off where covered. Ah, fun times :)

My favorite is small zip ties. The tiny black ones you hardly notice at all. Zip tie the base of the macro, snug but not where it puts any direct pressure on the macro itself, then superglue the zip tie wherever you want the macro to stay. Works better than rubberbands, especially for delicate super slick macros like halymenia (dragon's tongue). Rubberbands on a macro like that will just cut right through it over time.

Mudbeaver
07/08/2013, 07:49 PM
Occasionally, but like in sand the macro can die off where covered. Ah, fun times :)

My favorite is small zip ties. The tiny black ones you hardly notice at all. Zip tie the base of the macro, snug but not where it puts any direct pressure on the macro itself, then superglue the zip tie wherever you want the macro to stay. Works better than rubberbands, especially for delicate super slick macros like halymenia (dragon's tongue). Rubberbands on a macro like that will just cut right through it over time.

Ok thanks much appreciated. happy reefing

smy168
07/09/2013, 10:02 AM
Where are you finding the macro? I've been searching the net for Dragon's Tongue and haven't come across any vendors that have great selections.

Beautiful set up though!

tektite
07/09/2013, 10:09 AM
A lot of my macros I find as hitchhikers in LFS. The dragon's tongue is pretty easy to find, there's a number of people selling it here on RC in the propagated coral and livestock forum. Those are the orange tipped variety. Gulf Coast Ecosystems has a pure red kind (scientific name is Halymenia) in stock right now too.

smy168
07/09/2013, 10:23 AM
thanks!

Plantbrain
07/09/2013, 12:09 PM
Mud helps when having things that need nutrients obtained through their roots. Very few kinds of macroalgae even have roots, non that I know of actually need them to get what they need to grow. If you're wanting something like seagrasses that's another thing entirely as they're not macroalgae but plants.

To keep it in place you would have to cover it with a good layer of sand. Macros LOVE flow, most kinds the more flow the better. Some need high flow to survive, others will live in low flow but never flourish. If macros do have roots (minus the caulerpa species, which with 2 exceptions you want to avoid like the plague in a macro tank) they're usually quite short, wouldn't even get through the sand to the mud.

If you want it because they say it'll release trace elements or whatnot, you can get that through water changes without having to deal with the mess. If you like what they say about it replacing a DSB, the primary purpose of a DSB is to have the anaerobic bacteria that complete, so to speak, the nitrifying cycle - by removing nitrates from the water. Not at all what you want with a macro tank, believe me! If you don't have a lot of fish and feed a lot, you will eventually have to find a way to increase nitrates in the aquarium for the macros as is.

And finally, the makers of it make so many varied, sweeping, and quite frankly incredible claims it makes it hard to consider any of them to actually be true. Reverse HLLE? Really? Add some miracle mud and no worries about the affected fish suffering from poor nutrition or brought on by something like carbon dust...Reminds me of ecoaqualizers...

Picky, I know, but Rhizoids, not Roots.
Mud will leach small amounts of ferts into the water column, as well as traces.

NH4 dosing is likely fine, as long as you dose smaller amounts.
NO3 works also and has a much wider range of dosing PPM.
With a decent fish load/feeding, you likely have little need for PO4 dosing.
It can running pretty limiting but can go up to about 0.2ppm just fine. At 0.4 ppm or over, I always got diatom blooms.

Do not get me started on ecoaqualizers:p

Excellent pictures BTW, as stated, FTS is needed.

shrimpgal
07/09/2013, 05:25 PM
Awsome pics Great job :inlove:

Subsea
07/09/2013, 06:54 PM
When I grew fast growing Caulerpa, I found that iron could become the limiting nutrient and I have dosed with iron. One of the pros of miracle mud was that it was high in iron.

Since I have moved into the Texas Hill Country, I am blessed with ground water that is high in calcium, magnesium, sulphur and iron. Relying solely on evaporative cooling, make up water brings in major and minor nutrients as well as buffering minerals.

I noticed that most of the macro pictures look to be deep water species. They have adapted to blue just as the corals.

Bongo Shrimp
07/09/2013, 07:41 PM
Do you have any idea where the purple branching one is found? I found a bunch of it on a new shipment at the LFS. I'm trying to I'd it.

tektite
07/09/2013, 07:43 PM
Really? Cool, I got mine in the same way, no idea where its from. Haven't seen anyone else with it.

Bongo Shrimp
07/09/2013, 07:46 PM
Really? Cool, I got mine in the same way, no idea where its from. Haven't seen anyone else with it.

Yeah I thought it looked familiar when I saw it and then I remembered yours. Now that I have it in my tank where I can view it better it absolutely is the same one. I found it in the tank they put Caribbean things in but it was on what looked like possible cultured LR so I can't be sure it's a Caribbean species. One of the worst thing about macros IMO is IDing them.

tektite
07/09/2013, 09:15 PM
Picky, I know, but Rhizoids, not Roots.

Excellent pictures BTW, as stated, FTS is needed.

Picky I like :) Thanks for the clarification.

Here's the FTS LOL! Like I said it looks terrible right now...haven't had time lately to take care of my aquariums the way I'd like.

http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv244/stargate985/IMG_8035.jpg (http://s688.photobucket.com/user/stargate985/media/IMG_8035.jpg.html)

Its looked much better in the past:
http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv244/stargate985/IMG_9641-1.jpg (http://s688.photobucket.com/user/stargate985/media/IMG_9641-1.jpg.html)
http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv244/stargate985/IMG_8514copy.jpg (http://s688.photobucket.com/user/stargate985/media/IMG_8514copy.jpg.html)

joejoe1055
07/09/2013, 09:30 PM
looking awesome keep up the good work

Subsea
07/10/2013, 05:45 AM
Your tank looks like a candy store. Awesome stuff.

When I grew Red Ogo in my refugium and eat it as a people food, I knew I was hooked on macro in my marine tanks. One of my product lines will be Gracilaria Parvispora, Tang Heaven Red as a people food is in the works. The Texas Agriculture Department is looking at my permit to sell people food. We are not in sync on the definition of organic. I consider ammonia to be organic, so does the Mariculture Department for the state of Hawaii. We shall see. I am presently growing it in a 150G Rubbermaid tank. With a 60% shade cloth over greenhouse, the daytime PAR values are in excess of 800.
I can grow it fast. I am considering more shade cloth. The intense sun colors the macro yellow orange instead of dark burgundy.

leonel619
07/14/2013, 11:12 PM
wow great pictures and nice macroalgae

acuario
07/15/2013, 05:07 PM
I especially love the Dragon's Breath halymenia, thank you for posting!

tektite
07/15/2013, 05:20 PM
I really need to post new pics that are better lol. Gotten used to the new lens now :)

noy
07/15/2013, 05:47 PM
amazing shots!