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    Pieter van Suijlekom’s Non-Photosynthetic Creation in HD Video

    Back in December of ’08 we shared with you photos of Pieter van Suijlekom’s then-new non-photosynthetic reef. This 500L (132g) deepwater themed aquarium has since matured with a variety of notoriously difficult azooxanthellate species such as Scleronephthya sp. and Dendronephthya sp.. Just as impressive as the corals themselves is the visible food densities in the […]

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    Back in December of ’08 we shared with you photos of Pieter van Suijlekom’s then-new non-photosynthetic reef. This 500L (132g) deepwater themed aquarium has since matured with a variety of notoriously difficult azooxanthellate species such as Scleronephthya sp. and Dendronephthya sp..

    Just as impressive as the corals themselves is the visible food densities in the water column–those are not air bubbles! If you look closely you can spot tiny copepods through their jerky swimming pattern. This is due to a continuous infusion of live foods via dosing pumps and a dedicated plankton reactor (See Grotech’s Plankton Reactor for more information).

    Enjoy the video, compliments of Zeewaterforum. For more Azoox eye candy, be sure to check out Mariusz’ Sun Coral Garden.

    4 Comments

    1. November 3, 2009 at 1:58 PM | Permalink

      That’s outstanding. That pod population’s crazy.

    2. Nicholas Sadaka
      November 3, 2009 at 4:45 PM | Permalink

      The music’s jamming too, right:)? Beautiful, stunning, inspiring.

    3. Nicholas Sadaka
      November 3, 2009 at 4:54 PM | Permalink

      Hey Eric-has there been any update to Pieter’s method’s and/or setup? I’d love to see either and/or both. Thanks.

    4. November 14, 2009 at 10:45 AM | Permalink

      I’d like to see his food dosing pumps. I wonder if he’s using biopellets and what his average temperature is.

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