150 gallon reef tank in the making

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Re: 150 gallon reef tank in the making

Unread postby sushant » Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:57 am

These are beautiful. Any tips on taking pics?

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Re: 150 gallon reef tank in the making

Unread postby aquascapist » Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:22 pm

sushant wrote:These are beautiful. Any tips on taking pics?

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Here are a couple of them. I'm also open to suggestions to improve my own pics :)
A tripod is a must. I've tried without using one and most of the times the pictures are blurred.
Shooting at a perpendicular angle to the subject helps a lot otherwise there will be diffraction. So always shoot the coral at eye level.
I turn down the flow and shoot at the brightest led settings to get good contrast. With led, colors are hard to get correctly, so I always shoot in raw and then post process.
The best pictures will be if we can get the lens under the water. I believe they sell such an accessory for dslr in the states but its hard to find here.
Most of my pictures are shot with a standard canon 55-250mm lens with a close up lens 500d attachment that lets me shoot macros.
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Re: 150 gallon reef tank in the making

Unread postby stefanm » Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:36 pm

Looking good! hopefully I'll be adding saltwater to my tank soon.

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Re: 150 gallon reef tank in the making

Unread postby aquascapist » Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:13 am

hope to see you on the salty side!! do post if you need any help:)
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Re: 150 gallon reef tank in the making

Unread postby sushant » Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:37 am

Is that an Aptasia in the last pic on the frag plug? The are giving me sleepless nights, can't stop thinking of killing them even when I'm sleeping.

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Re: 150 gallon reef tank in the making

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sushant wrote:Is that an Aptasia in the last pic on the frag plug? The are giving me sleepless nights, can't stop thinking of killing them even when I'm sleeping.

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Yes that came with the frag. went totally unnoticed till i clicked these pics. The way around aiptasia is to kill as many and as soon as you see them. I had one which came with a frag, ignored it, went on to multiply crazy, till i decided to kill them one by one. They arent completely eliminated in my tank but now are far few inbetween. Fortunately, hasnt killed any coral till now.
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Re: 150 gallon reef tank in the making

Unread postby aquascapist » Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:59 am

Its also the reason why i don't buy any coral from lfs. Too much risk of introducing pests like aiptasia and worse any crabs or even unwanted algae like bubble or cyano.
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Re: 150 gallon reef tank in the making

Unread postby sushant » Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:29 pm

Have you ever tried natural predators like peppermint shrimp ??

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Re: 150 gallon reef tank in the making

Unread postby aquascapist » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:28 am

I've heard of folks saying once it's through with aiptasia it has a tendency to go for zoas. Also saw a video where the peppermint shrimp made quick work of a torch coral. That's the reason don't want to try it. There is a bergia nudibranch which is an obligatory aiptasia feeder but it's quite difficult to get it here
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Re: 150 gallon reef tank in the making

Unread postby stefanm » Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:15 pm

How about a copper band? I've heard they can be good at controlling aipitasia?