Friday, May 26, 2006

The clownfish appear to have adopted more and more these furry mushrooms as their home. However, it is very difficult to to catch them both there at the same time. Right behind him or her is a frag from the Sarcophyton digitatta. New branches are appearing. On the right are one of three ribbon gorgonians. it also seems to be showing new growth.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Royal Gramma is busy trying to build a nest up in the rock. The Pygmy Angel continues getting in its way. The angel is extremely hyper and it is frustrating to the gramma which sometimes threatens the angel but its threats are ignored by the angel. Sometimes the gramma looks like it is saying, "Would you give him some Ritalin or something!"
BTW there are several species of macro-alga in the tank but it is choosing only small pieces of Caulerpa.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Trimmed away most of the Caulerpa and shifted the rock to make the green-stripped mushrooms visible.
This tank is having more problems with algae. My DIY skimmer may not be removing enough wastes.
On the other hand there are several macro-alga that were not present when it was in Moses Lake.

Ten gallons of water were recently changed and may do another change mid-June.
In the 29-gal reef after feeding resulting in the Coral Banded coming out of his hiding place. The back half of the Clown goby is visible in the center of the picture. The leather recently shed and the polyps are quite well extended.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

This Sarcophyton was the largest coral that survived the move from Moses Lake, WA. It is like a minature reef by itself. There are several small green-stripped mushrooms (battling with Caulerpa and tube worms). It has its own resident fish; a Yellow Gobidon. The base has numerous white and red featherdusters and some sponges. Sorry but with my limited photographing equip I am unable to get a picture of all these critters.

Remember to click on the pictures for larger views.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

This Banggai cardinal is very elusive spending most of the day behind the reef completely out of side. It ventures out in the evening while the light is still on but if there is any movement around the tank it is back in its hiding hole in a flash. It is out at night feeding on plankton. It will not take any other food including frozen brine shrimp. It appears to be very healthy.
Both these feather dusters have new crowns since being introduced to the large reef. The one on the left lost most but not all of its crown while the other one lost all its crown and was dorment for almost two weeks.
This Peppermint shrimp molted this morning after theh light was on for a few minutes. It appears to have started the process before then but once begun had to finish. It was to quick to be photographed.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

For a reef that has only been up since last December it is looking fairly good. There have been some losses but nothing drastic: couple of acro frags, bicolor blenny and a canary blenny. The Montipora and Zenia has been fraged and spread around as has the Cladiella. There are 3 colonies in the small reef and 2 colonies of Zenia in the small reef.
In view: a gorgonian, zenia, the front edge of the Pagoda coral and an acro.

The large reef under afternoon sun and lighting. Many of the corals are in view.
Looking down on the lg cleaner shrimp and a gorgonian on the right side of the tank.
Looking down through a magnifying glass on a gorgonian and the furry mushrooms. The difficulty was doing this with the light on.

A sad passing: the Canary blenny died last night - after having killed the bicolor blenny. Now there are only the fish on this reef.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

The clownfish have adapted the furry mushrooms. On the far left is a large Florida Flower anemone. It appears to have no attraction to the clownfish regardless of its much larger size. At times the two of clowns will be seen together under the Cladiella and the furry mushrooms. If these two are a pair, this may be where they will lay eggs as the area seems to be fairly private.
The Coral Banded shrimp resides in the small reef. It is seldom out during the day. The black object is the pre-filter sponge on the power sweep on the left side.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Both of the large feather dusters were introduced at the same time. The one on the right gave up its crown almost immediately. It remained closed for several days. It is at this point when many hobbiests assume that it has died. I recommend that one waits a while before throwing the animal out. My experience is that many times after being moved they loose their crowns.
The one on the left has chosen to hang on to its crown even though there is very little left. It may also soon go into hibernation and regrow a new crown.
It akes a few days for the crown to open fully.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

As soon as the lights go out this Canary blenny goes to the front right corner, becomes mottled, stands on its tail and goes to sleep. It is awake and active very early, long before the lights are on.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

In the large reef: The larger coral is a Cup or Pagoda Coral and just peeking above it is thick branch Birdnest coral.

The coral in the middle is a Cranberry acro. Its polyps are very visible. On the back side of the plug the polyps can be seen taking new territory.