说真的,人们很难不会爱上一口NPS缸,马克的NPS小居就是其中一个例子。正好,我们抓住了这个机会来展示马克优雅的珊瑚缸。

 

马克的NPS缸大约有518升水,于2016年三月份开缸,他的造景相当简单,两块活石放在缸中间搭成景,顶部少许露出水面。


 

NPS的英文缩写是non-photosynthetic corals,这类珊瑚不依赖光合作用,而是通过猎取食物来获取能量。在野外,NPS珊瑚通常都生活在阴暗的洞穴或者深水珊瑚礁地带,在夜晚,它们才张开水螅体来获取食物。

 

马克说:“我发现了NPS神秘而又平静的深水生活环境,我的目标就是在我的珊瑚缸里尽力模仿出一个小型NPS生存环境。

 

为了模仿低光环境,马克的珊瑚缸使用了两个3w的蓝色LED模拟昏暗的光照。每天运行五个小时。


 

因为NPS珊瑚需要每天摄食来满足它们的能量所需,所以控制营养盐是NPS珊瑚缸一个非常重要的部分。马克有一台ATI Powercone 200IS蛋白质分离器,使用siporax陶瓷过滤介质在他的底缸中进行营养控制。

 

马克每天一次给他的太阳花和炮仗花喂食冷冻丰年虾,糠虾和磷虾。像海柳和其他滤食性珊瑚他喂专门的固体珊瑚粮,比如reef roids, coral frenzy, reef pearls等等。同时也喂食液体珊瑚粮比如oyster feast, roti feast, phyto feast,一天两到三次,每逢周末喂5-6次。

 

造浪:马克使用Maxpect Gyre XF 150,水温在21摄氏度。

 

珊瑚:太阳花(黄色,橙色,黑色),炮仗花,红海柳,橙海柳,黄海柳,蜘蛛海绵,螺旋海柳,红辣椒珊瑚,和一只千手佛海葵。

 

鱼:光辉宝石*6,日落宝石*3,紫皇后*1,垩鮨*3,未来计划加一群彩虹仙子和坦克蝶在缸里。


 


原文:

It’s hard not to fall in love with juicy NPS aquariums. Mark’s NPS Biotope is a fine example, and we jumped on the opportunity to feature Mark’s simply elegant tank.

 

Mark’s NPS Biotope is a rimless Elos 120XL (approx. 137 gal) tank, and has been up and running since March 2016. Mark has a simple aquascape with two live rock spires clustered in the center of the tank which break the surface of the water.

 

The acronym “NPS” refers to non-photosynthetic corals, and these types of corals get all their energy from food rather than photosynthetic energy from sunlight. In the wild NPS corals are found in shady caves or deep reefs, and their polyps open at night to catch passing food.

 

Mark says, “I find something really mysterious and peaceful about deep water NPS environment, my goal was to try to replicate on small scale in my aquarium.” 

 

To recreate this low light environment Mark’s tank is dimly lit with 2 x 3W Coral Compulsion blue led spotlights that run around 5 hours each day.

 

Because NPS corals need daily feedings to reach their full potential, keeping nutrients in check is an integral part of NPS reef-keeping. Mark runs an ATI Powercone 200IS Skimmer and uses siporax ceramic filter media in his sump for nutrient control.

 

Mark target feeds all his large polyp sun corals and dendro corals frozen mysis, brine shrimp and krill, once a day, every day. For gorgonians and other filter feeders he feeds special formulated dry foods like reef roids, coral frenzy, reef pearls, etc., also liquid like oyster feast, roti feast, phyto feast two to three times a day, and 5-6 times on weekends.

 

For flow Mark uses a Maxpect Gyre XF 150 and keeps the water at 70F (21C).

 

Mark’s NPS coral list includes: Sun Corals ( yellow, orange,black), Dendros, Balanophylias, Red finger gorgonians, Orange finger gorgonians, Menella sp. gorgonian, Corkscrew gorgonian, Spider sponge, Chilli coral and a Tube anemone.

 

Mark Fish: 6x resplendent anthias, 3x sunset anthias, 1x sunburst anthia, 3x chalk basslets. Mark plans to add a group of Ventralis anthias and Tinkeri Butterflyfish to his tank in the future.