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Caulerpa slug (Oxynoe antillarum)

Take a look at this itsy-bitsy sea slug minding its own business. Its native to the tropical and subtropical west Atlantic from Florida to northern Brazil. Beside its neat defending mechanism (When disturbed, the Caulerpa slug will exude a thick, milky white substance that contains unpleasant chemicals to fend off predators. Those chemicals are derived from the algae the creature feeds off of.), those little slugs are partly photosynthesic!

Three Hill Shoals Transect Dive

Duuude. Three Hill Shoals is chock full of my favorite macroalgae!! (Sidenote: Every time I say “dude” like that, I feel like the turtle from Finding Nemo. Then I think wistfully about becoming a surfer. Wouldn’t that be gnarly!? Duuude.) ANYWAY, Caulerpa racemosa is my fav because it resembles green grapes. They seem fluffy, but are actually quite resistant when you try to pop them. (It’s okay, I’m not a marine biologist, I like rocks and substrate. I can kill whatever I want.)

And despite my GoPro’s best attempts at focusing on everything EXCEPT the organism at hand (it’s like he knows I don’t have a viewfinder!), I got a halfway decent shot of the miniature vineyard.

I went on three dives today and frankly am too tired to care about writing. Click on the jump to see a smooth trunkfish, a red hind, some Montastrea cavernosa polyps, and a selfie of my new mask with a cool sea-constructed pompadour. Dream on, dreamers, and have a lovely evening… this mermaid is peacin’ out.

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Refugium Lighting

Refugiums are a great way to grow Algae for filtration, food, and provide excellent breeding grounds for pods, shrimp, and anything else that would otherwise be destroyed in your Display tank. Refugiums are not always designed for filtration. Some are designed purely for visual enjoyment and others are home to coral frags as they grow larger. They also make great Time Out spots for bad fish and are good places for injured fish to heal, but remember these are connected to your Display tank so They will not count as quarantine or hospital tanks. There are 2 main types of Refugium Lighting Plant Based- These refugiums are generally places for Macro algae like Chaetomorpha or Caulerpa. Mangroves are also grown in refugiums. More: Refugium Lighting

lumpy-butt asked:

NICE THOUGHTS CHALLENGE. Once you get this you have to say 5 nice things about yourself publicly and send this to 10 of your favorite followers

UGHHHHH….. I ALREADY DID THIS LIKE…. 6 MONTHS AGO…….. I CAN’T THINK OF THAT MANY NEW THINGS IN SUCH A SHORT TIMESPAN……….

  • I guess I’m p good at naming dragons
  • actually scratch that, I’m fuckin BOMB at naming dragons
  • Caulerpa, Rosales, Serrasal sound like neat names, right?
  • FUCKIN SURPRISE THEY’RE ACTUALLY THE SCIENTIFIC NAMES FOR SEAWEED, ROSES, AND PIRANHAS, RESPECTIVELY
  • FUCKIN SLAM-DUNKED THE FR NAME GAME