A few things occured this week, that you may find interesting.
A new star is born!
Melev's Reef is proud to announce the new arrival of a bubbly baby Bubble Tip Anemone at 4:19am. The proud parent labored for a good 24 hours and is now resting. Pictures will be available soon.
The baby is staying near its parent, and is approximately 2" - 3" in size.
I decided to take pictures of the Bubble Tip Anemone every hour for 24 hours, especially as it was looking miserable again. I didn't quite get it every hour, but I got pretty close. In the first shot you can see just how deflated it looked. And in the final picture, roughly 40 hours later it started looking better again. I can't figure out why it does this, but I wish it was happy looking 23 hours a day.
Overall, everything is doing fine. The mating of the two mandarins doesn't appear to be likely, at least for now. The green Target is still very aggressive toward the orange female Target Mandarin. She continues to seek food, but the male will suddenly swoop in with a burst of speed, his dorsal fins fully extended -- and she darts into the rockwork for safety.
Here are a few nice shots taken recently.
First, my Maxima. It has been in my 29g reef under 165w PC lighting on CC substrate for 16 months.
Some Orange Bytor Zoanthids. I'm proud of this shot. They are in my 55g reef with MH lighting.
For a brief moment, the two mandarins were swimming together, but then they went their separate ways. Since adding the Orange one, the Green Target Mandarin is not out as much. I'm not sure why yet. I fed the tank with live Brine Shrimp to make sure the new mandarin has some live food to eat, and everyone in the tank was excited to chase this live food for once.
Last night, I picked up a tank raised True Percula from Gary. It was chased out of his display by some mean clowns, and was living in his sump. Very small in size, I think this is part of Andy's first brood of clownfish.
I added it to my 29g late last night after lights were out, and after a few hours checked to see what was going on. The 6 year old True Percula was guarding his anemone and pretty much chasing the baby clown away. However, I think that is part of the dominance thing, and finally went to sleep.
I've really been impressed with the striking orange of my pair of tank raised True Percula Clownfish. They are 8 months old yesterday (Born 4-23-03), and just a joy to watch as they swim like Orcas in the 55g. I'm hoping they decide to host in the Red Goniopora, because it was hosting to a pair of clownfish when I bought it from a local reefer.
It looks like the reason the Anthias died was suffocation. After talking with a couple of people on Reef Central, it seems reasonable to believe that the large fish in a small amount of water (small bag) would use up oxygen rapidly, and my slow acclimation process was my error. It was recommended to use an airstone while acclimating, even if you are doing so in a bucket of water.
All the water tests were done today.