Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Aquarium Update

I know you have all been anxiously awaiting to know how the big tank in Utah is doing.

Mom has been doing a great job of making sure the fish are fed and the evaporated water is replaced.

The corals for the most part are doing well but the anemone has not been looking too good lately. It has been shrunk down very small and not extending its tentacles very much.

While I was there, it actually looked better towards the end of the week and was moving around a bit. Hopefully it is making a full recovery from whatever it was ailing from.

Maya helped me pick out some new tanks mates. Five Green Chromis and two High-Fin (Bangaii) Cardinals. They should add a lot of activity to the tank.

The Chromis are schooling fish and like to swim around in the open water most of the time. They find security in numbers instead of hiding in the rocks like other fish in the tank.

The Cardinals are slow, deliberate swimmers that also do not hide very much. I just like the way that they appear to move around slowly without any effort or fin movement.

By the end of the week one of the Chromis' did not make it. Everyone else is looking strong so hopefully we won't loose anymore.

So here is a current list of the inhabitants of the 55 gallon aquarium:

Soft Corals
  • Zoanthid Polyps - 4 varieties
  • Green Star Polyps - 2 varieties
  • Long Bar Xenia
  • Florida Ricordia Mushrooms - 4 varieties
  • Yuma Ricordia Mushrooms
  • Gorgonian
Large Polyp Stony Corals
  • Frog Spawn - 4
  • Trumpet
  • Yellow Tang
  • Purple Psuedo-Chromis
  • Green Chromis (4)
  • Pajama Cardinal
  • Bangaii Cardinal (2)
  • Percula Clown (2)
  • White Banded Watchman Goby
  • Squamosa Clam
  • Crocea Clam
  • Purple Tip Anemone
  • Tiger Pistol Shrimp
  • Cleaner Shrimp
  • Camel-Back Shrimp
  • Sexy Shrimp
Cleaner Crew
  • Turban Snails
  • Mexican Turbo Snails
  • Cerith Snails
  • Nassarius Snails
  • Margarita Snails
  • Blue-legged Hermit Crabs
  • Red-legged Hermit Crabs
  • Emerald (Mithrax) Crabs
  • Small Brittle Stars
  • Conch
  • Bristle (Fire) Worms

Here are the rest of pictures. I still have not figured out how to get good pictures of the tank. The Clown fish and the Yellow Tang are especially hard to capture because they move around so quickly.

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