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Post  liquidg on 1st September 2012, 12:48 pm

There were two trips this time, a low tide walk and a free dive early morning trip,all pics in one thread.

The low tide was Friday and had absolutely wonderful conditions, Saturdayís free dive was okay,the northerly winds had brought in some green water so the vis was only 4 to 6 meters and around d 8 at best just as the tide changed.

The water would have been 20c,no higher than that and no swell at all.

The spot we were at was typical of many after the summer rain events that wiped out most life and left a multitude of cyano to clean up the mess, sadly this coming season will fail as the new life can not feed on cyano,oh well, there will be something for us to look at and chase, just not what it could have been.

Some pics from the low tide

A nice acan seen.
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The immense dead acro stags in this area, suburban sprawl did that.

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A strange anemone, there have been quite few of this type this year.

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A cocky bristle worm out for a fossick.

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A very common red acan.

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A freshly killed shell fish, no algae on it yet.

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The very pretty pink collected sponges, they look great in the reef tank

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Plenty of varied carpet anemones around.

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Heaps of eels to see, one was out for a stroll to get a little sun.

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Fillets, I mean a nice flathead.

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Some rugged looking nudies around.

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A fang blenny trying to convince others itís a harmless cleaner wrasse.

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A shag-cormorant competing with us for fish.

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Some of billions of zoas seen.

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Shovel nose ray with some damage from a large set of teeth.

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A local puffer showing how big it can get before heading off.

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A pretty sweet lip.

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A couple of collected fish.

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Collected algae for providing elements to the corals by placing them in hot water and then leaving the algae in the waters to allow bacteria to make it decay and reintroduce their contents.

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All of them ready to place in hot water..

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Some examples of common cyano bacteria.

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This a mangrove in stages till placed in the sand to begin life.

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Thatís it for this time.


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Post  Deeg on 2nd September 2012, 1:00 am

awesome pics as always

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Post  finfan on 2nd September 2012, 1:48 am

Excellent- well worth the wait, thanks mate .....

Some very different shots - awesome...

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Post  liquidg on 2nd September 2012, 3:09 am

Well there wasnít much life at the free dive site as we thought it would be and zhyr saw the only banded shrimps, I was going to get a pic or two of them if I saw any but Danny and I didnít see any and we had the cameras.

The cyano shots were because i donít think many people realise that as they go along in rain, sediment and pollutant affected areas, most of what they perceive as algae is actually cyano, over 70 percent of all algae in appearance life forms there yesterday were cyano.

Still cyano is a very good worker at getting rid of our waste-pollutants and once its numbers get right up there other life forms that are far more important then most,are at them and converting them into some very important elements for life.

Plus I love seeing the new mangroves around ready to start a new life, I used to plant them here and there on the foreshore and watch their growth with visits until the locals pull them all out,lol,this one time they got to just over a foot and they were all pulled out,lol.

The thing that was bad about that time is that three of them had started naturally them selves and I just added to them and the locals still pulled them all out.

Most of my pics were on some jelly fish, that didnít work, one day I will get a good pic of those planktonic multi coloured jellies and there was a magpie morwong that had a large part of its back bitten out and the way it had healed was like a @ in a email address, non of those pics turned out,I took 109 all up and they have to be good or at least okay or I donít use them.

Lots of algae in the water and my camera doesnít like it for focusing and I forget to not let it focus and I should have used the rapid shots button. Evil or Very Mad

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Post  rabucazz on 2nd September 2012, 3:01 pm

Nice pics guys... I miss the ocean, it's been a while since the last time I dove with you. Too many things going on now, besides, I closed down my tank to set up a new one. Even though I have no idea when the new one will be running.

Are these cyanos good for the tank? I'm wondering if I can have some of them in my refugium.

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Post  liquidg on 2nd September 2012, 3:21 pm

The cyano do import nearly as good as single and multiple celled algae but single cell algae as is caulerpa works better at importing nutrients, just have a look at a pic of the cell structure and it shows why they are better.

Cyano is a very important part of the oceans mechs but in the aquarium, just some keeps the balance right and there is always some, somewhere!

The probs with cyano is it is totally bacteria and inspires bacteria in abundance especially phages, once they build up the cyano is devoured by them and that action adds heaps to the phosphor and nitrite cycle content as cyano is protein based and once cyano goes to spore, the spores are toxic to most marine life and in a confined space like an aquarium, it can get ugly!

In the ocean where parts per million add up to nothing really, its cool, but in an aquarium when temps go up, they go to spore and your corals take in planktonic sized stuff and the gills of the fish get irritated by the spores.

The single cell types absorb and convert the crap far better mate, mix up the caulerpa and standard algae, but focus 70 to 80 percent of the waste importing on the racemosa and you are laughing.

Have a lok at this mate.

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