Queensland aquarium club reef life collecting for late 2012

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  1. pkc

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    Our wonderful waters not far from Brisbane in Southeast Queensland has put on a good show as per usual for us on aandtsociety collecting trips for our reef aquariums.

    We have had some great free dives, wonderful low tide walks and breath taking scuba trips for photo opportunities.

    Quite often some of us do not catch any thing intensionaly, some times we are just happy to be amongst so much life and literally swim with what many have to pay hundreds of dollars for at the local aquarium shop.

    Its only 12 years left now till the aandtsociety will have its 100th anniversary for indulging in these field trips.

    It’s a shame so many hobbyists don’t get the opportunity to be a part of the marine environment the way we do to get a serious understanding of how the ocean functions to apply things learnt from close up observations and apply them to our reef tanks

    This is where we keep the pics of common SEQ reef life that we regularly see.

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    At times we see some impressive cloud formations on the way out to reefs.

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    On one of our low tide collecting walks, this was the welcoming committee or maybe it was just a cuddle wanted.

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    A not so happy cuttlefish, he didn’t want any company other then the wife.
    She was just behind him.

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    A couple of us on one of our favourite reefs getting ready to get in after being dropped off while the others went fishing.

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    My self-enjoying the conditions on an open water trip.

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    Some estuarine thistle coral in abundance so far this year.
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    Always a pineapple fish to see at most sites we collect at.

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  3. pkc

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    A cute little trumpet from raised coralline.

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    A new season carpet anemone of thousands we see.

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    A nice cluster of a type of colony anemone, some were collected, sadly the peppermint shrimp killed the all.

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    A lysmata young couple have set up house.

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    A locally well-known leopard shark we see regularly at this site, after a short pat and a hand fed crab, that was enough and off it went.

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    A dinner sized flat head

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    An oyster species we see regularly.

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    A type of tubeworm endemic to the mid auz east coast,only!
    When your aquarium waters hit 25c,these endemics begin a slow death.

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    Always thousands of clams out off Brisbane, we see four different species out here all up and there is one giant clam at another site.

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    This male dragonet having an argument showing off his colours to deter the younger new comer.

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    This we see from time to time, two tone acans!

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    One of many common nudibranches, this one is endemic to the sunshine coast.

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    There have been many lemon peel angels this season.

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    Our local variety of chromis in massive amounts this year.

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    One of the many crays we see.

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    A few of what has been collected these last two months.

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    A rare pic of a juvenile conger eel.
    I have this one to observe it as the changes to adult occur and look nothing like this stage.

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    There have been a lot of coral beauties to see.

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    Always a multitude of anthias around.
    So far this year we have found two hybrids, this one isn’t one of the hybrids!

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    A lot of new season latezonatus for us to see or collect.

    This clown wasn’t wanted.

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    This latezonatus was wanted.

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    That’s it for this time; hope you enjoyed this minuscule amount of our plentiful trip pics.
     
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    So nice.
     
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    those chromis looks so much nicer than blue green chromis.
     
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    Dude when can I move there??
    I will spend all my time in the ocean!!!!
    It’s so beautiful there!!!!!
     
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    Can you ship to SA. I am so much in want of a pr of pineapple's. I am sure some of your members breed them.:)
     
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    Fantastic having so many pics with a story line to each. Thanks for making us envious ;)
     
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    Really nice!
     
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    That lemon peel angel looks great!
     
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    Great pics, thanks for sharing.

    What are your restrictions on collecting corals?
     
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    There are no restrictions on collecting corals in Queensland,just no coral collection in marine parks and no use of scuba-hookah.

    Out side of marine parks there are no limits at all!

    That being said hobbyists should only take what they need.
     
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    So true.
    Unfortunately it happens rather often that word spread of a nice collecting spot, and everyone descends on that spot. In a matter of months, those spots are stripped clean. Seen it happen at a couple of rock pool areas.
    So even though each hobbyist only take what they need, the sheer volume of hobbyists can empty out a place, little by little at a time..
     
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    That applies to the conditions on our club forum for our collecting section.

    Unless they are a club member that attends meetings we do not speak about any sites of collection and if they seem like they will be a problem to collecting sites, they are not invited or told of where these spots are even if they become members.

    We are a very secretive club in relation to our collecting trip sites.

    One idiotic example, around 15 years ago a recreational collector would boast of his collecting and selling at the local dive shop and where he sold his catch as well.

    This one persons idiotic actions changed the most relaxed laws on recreational collecting in Australia!

    Fisheries and police got wind of his extremely illegal clam collection a part from anything else for a particular shop and set up road blocks and got him, that put a dim view on everything about recreational collecting.

    The only thing that stoped more impacting law changes was we helped get him caught!

    Not every one does the right thing, that’s not a concern at all, but to boast of this and put recreational collecting at risk to others coming along in the future is not expectable and has to be stopped at every opportunity.

    It wasn’t that long ago we could spear and collect on tank as well as free diving here in Q.

    Two morons stopped that by showing their stupidity at boat ramps and dive shops with their over indulgence and frequency of activities and subsequently the laws were changed.

    We remind all that come to our forum and observe its intense information that it is totally stupid to damage sites and show activities at those sites or speak of anything illegal as well.

    The sport of recreational collecting is an amazingly wonderful and educational addition to the hobby and we protect it’s future via collecting sites protecting, cooperating with laws and authorities vigorously!

    Recreational collecting impacts on nothing as the long term, planktonic dispersal replaces everything eventually and those spots that are hit hard are of no importance to the over all scheme of things, reef rotation is the most needed action for our open oceans breeding potential.
     
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    Nice have you ever collected a conspic hybrid ?
     
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    Yep,4 all up of our east coast Meredithi combined with a conspict in the past while collecting for an endemic commercial guy on the sunshine coast.
    That finished nearly 20 years ago.
    The guy that bought his buisness still gets one or two per year.
    The best year i have had was 45 conspics in that season and all went to Singapore, now that was a top year.
    In one trip i dropped off to him seven 3 inch full adult colour conpsics on the way for a surf up the coast.
    The small adult coloured ones were very popular.
    The only pic I have, I didn’t take pics back then, is of the one a mate took a pic of the first tiny one from that season.
     
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