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  1. Maestro's 7.5g Mr. Aqua Build

    Cool to see how our corals arrive! Stoked to have our corals in this little aquarium. Looking forward to seeing how this grows out Cheers, Colin Coral Morphologic
  2. Coral Morphologic

    Hi Ray, Glad everything came in happy and healthy, and exceeded your expectations :-) Our 'Vice Zoas' are truly unique. In fact the DNA is currently being tested in Japan to prove that they are an undescribed species. They grow so tightly together they start looking like a Favia once they approach colony size. To keep the tentacles tight and compact provide them with good water flow. Cheers, Colin Coral Morphologic
  3. Florida Ricordia Group Buy

    Hi Everyone, We just activated a "Nano-Reef Exclusive" 10% off on ALL livestock at Coral Morphologic until October 11th. The code is 'nano'. We also reduced prices on the individual "our choice" ricordea polyps for folks that might only want a few rics instead of a full 12 pack. If there are 2 or more people that want to combine shipping, please make mention of that in the 'comments' section at checkout. If you've got any questions feel free to PM or ask direct at coralmorphologic@gmail.com Cheers, Colin Coral Morphologic
  4. Florida Ricordia Group Buy

    Hi Everyone, We are currently offering a 12 ricordea pack for $99 on our site with the following guaranteed colors: 3 Orange/Pinks 4 Neon Greens 3 Blue/Aqua/Lavender 2 Rainbows We'll be happy to offer an additional 10% off for Nano-Reef members. That would come out to $7.43 per polyp which is essentially wholesale pricing. We would ask that each person places their own orders individually through our website to keep things organized. Shipping is $29 for FedEx overnight, or free if the value of the corals in the box being shipped is $250 or more. We have no problem combining several people's orders together in one box if they live close enough to pick up from each other. We label bags individually so that they can be distributed easily upon arrival. Our reputation speaks for itself... http://www.reefbuilders.com/2009/09/27/cor...packing-corals/ Unlike big ricordea lots sold on eBay that might get the price down a bit more, you'll find no dull colored, fragged up polyps. As the divers, we hand collect all our polyps ourselves, so we are only selecting the nicest ones we can find. If this interests you guys, let us know and we'll set up a special 'Nano-Reef only' coupon code. Cheers, Colin Coral Morphologic
  5. 40b Sanctithomae reef

    Hi Danna, The banner you put together with your sanctithomaes is super cool. We're gonna have to steal your idea for a future banner ad for Coral Morphologic. Don't worry we'll pay royalties in a the form of polyps ;-) Cheers, Colin ps. Do you have a fluorescent red sanctithomae in your aquarium yet?
  6. Video: Alien Squid

    We just posted the following video on the Morphologic Blog: Alien Squid This video was sent to us by a friend who works as a commercial oil rig diver in the Gulf of Mexico. He tells us that it was filmed at 7828 feet deep in the Mississippi Canyon trench on another project that his company is working on. I’m assuming that it was filmed with an unmanned submersible or remote camera. The creature appears to be a type of squid that has evolved incredibly long tentacles that hang downward, jellyfish-style. 8,000 feet deep is a seriously extreme environment, probably low in oxygen, zero light, and little water movement. It is incredible just how much we don’t know about the alien creatures that live at such depths. Anyone have an ID on this creature? Cheers, Colin Coral Morphologic
  7. Show off you Bio-cube 8's

    You can see a series of macro shots of the creatures we have living in our BioCube 8 on our blog. We are at Part 6 in the series. Full tank shot will be Part 8 ... Cheers, Colin Coral Morphologic Today's pic, boxer crab....
  8. 15 gal Coldwater Dual Biotope

    Wow, a truly impressive biotope. I look forward to the day when I can replicate a Maine tidepool biotope which was what I used to geek out on when I was a kid. You guys get some pretty radical anemones up there on the West coast. Are there any Corynactis sp. corallimorphs where you hail from? Keep it up, Cheers, Colin Coral Morphologic
  9. Zoanthids = evil?

    It is important to consider the difference between zoanthus sp. zoanthids, and Palythoa sp. zoanthids when determining their toxicity. Keep in mind that what many reefers refer to as "palys", are actually a separate species of the Zoanthus genus, most likely Zoanthus gigantus. This species of zoanthid refers to what many people label as "People Eater palys". They are noticeably larger in diameter than those of the smaller "sea mat" Zoanthus species. Also, when the polyp is retracted (closed up), you'll notice a radial pattern of white striping. I'm guessing that because Palythoa spp zoanthids are often larger than Zoanthus spp., these "people eater" zoanthids were erroneously labeled "palys". More importantly than size, in the determination of whether you have a Palythoa sp. or Zoanthus sp. , is the texture of the polyp's stalk. In Palythoa spp., the animal absorbs grains of sand and minerals into it's tissue as it grows, resulting in a gritty tissue texture. You can usually see the 'grittiness' without having to handle them. The polyp stalks are usually brown to tan in color. In Zoanthus spp., polyps are smooth and slimier looking, and usually a gray tone (not brown). Now getting back to the issue of toxicity... Many (but I'm not sure if all...) species of Palythoa contain a highly toxic chemical called palytoxin, as was mentioned in a post above. Zoanthus spp.,(as far as I know) do not contain any life-threatening chemicals, although I wouldn't recommend doing that kind of hands-on research... So what is "Palytoxin"? To quote the infallible Wikipedia: "Palytoxin targets the sodium-potassium pump protein by binding to the molecule such that the molecule is locked in a position where it allows passive transport of both the sodium and potassium ions, thereby destroying the ion gradient that is essential for most cells." To quote another source: "Palytoxin is the most toxic natural product known, it is estimated that the lethal dose for a human is less than five micrograms." What does that mean? Basically it can stop your heart from functioning normally. Death apparently results in minutes if the poisoning is severe enough. And it is toxic in a minute dose. The good news is that there is an antidote :-) ...the bad news is that your local paramedics aren't going to very easily figure out how you've been poisoned (if you aren't concious to tell them) :-( Apparently, as an antidote: "Vasodilators are effective if delivered immediately by injection into the ventricle of the heart. The most effective are papverine and isosorbide dinitrate. If exposure is expected, pretreatment with hydrocortisone an hour beforehand may offer protection." Yeah, just like in Pulp Fiction. That means that they are going to have to inject it right into your heart to counteract the palytoxin poisoning. Perhaps it would be smart to have a small notice of this information nearby a palythoa sp-containing aquarium "just in case". Ok, now that all said, I have handled thousands of Palythoa spp. polyps over the years, and never suffered any heart palpitations or physical ailment. Apparently Palythoa grandis, one of the local Palythoa species that I collect, has been confirmed to contain palytoxin. As a marine life collector in the Florida Keys, I've handled plenty of freshly collected Palythoa spp. I've told other older collectors about the danger, and they look at me like "no way?!?". These are people who have spent 20 years harvesting these animals and had no idea that they should have been taking any sort of precaution. So it seems that the danger is minimal even with moderately rough handling (collection). But the danger certainly can't be ruled out. Palythoa spp. zoanthids are very slimy, and exude plenty of it when they are physically irritated. The slime carries the toxin, so it is therefore incredibly important to wash your hands with soap after handling them. You don't want to accidentally rub your eyes, nose, or mouth. You certainly want to keep the slime out of any open wounds, so if you do have a cut on your hands, make sure you wear a latex/rubber glove when handling them. Anthony Calfo goes into this subject with his own personal poisonings (more than once!) in his essential book "Book of Coral Propagation vol. 1" . His poisonings came when he was cutting them with a scalpel for aquaculture purposes. This would seem a prime-time for an accidental poisoning to occur, as the polyp will be stressed out and very slimy when fragged. And as was mentioned above, I have never heard of any collector, aquarist, diver, etc. that has ever actually died from contact with Palythoa sp. zoanthids. However, apparently the Hawaiian Polynesians called their local Palythoa toxica "Sea Weed of Death", and used the poison slime in warfare (poison darts perhaps?). So unless it is all just legend, we can assume at least a few humans throughout history have met their untimely demise due to the toxic properties of these beautiful organisms. So should you avoid buying Palythoa sp. zoanthids because they are potentially toxic? I don't think so. As long as you are informed of the possible danger, just be mindful of it when you have to handle them. Wear gloves if you feel most comfortable, definitely wash your hands with soap, and enjoy these awesome animals with a massive amount of respect. Cheers, Colin Foord owner Coral Morphologic