Submitted by melev on Thu, 05/04/2017 - 23:51
The Rock Anemone (or Flower Anemone) is an interesting creature. It likes meaty foods, but doesn't grow much larger than 4" in diameter. The base is locked firmly in a crevice, but it changes shape quite quickly. During feedings, the mouth enlarges and resembles two lips. They come in various colors - I've seen brown/green, light green, and orange. It is quite sticky and will eat anything that ventures too closely.
Submitted by melev on Sat, 12/03/2016 - 00:33
The blue tang or Hippo Tang is quickly recognized by most anyone these days since movies like Finding Nemo and Finding Dory featured this fish. It's a Regal tang, Paracanthurus hepatus, and I've kept a few over the years. They are fast swimmers, love space, and will seek shelter in the oddest places.
Submitted by melev on Fri, 12/02/2016 - 04:32
The Copperband Butterfly fish is a good hunter of aiptasia (pest anemones) in the reef.
Submitted by melev on Fri, 12/02/2016 - 04:29
One of the more beautiful dwarf angels is the Flame Angel.
Submitted by melev on Fri, 12/02/2016 - 04:28
If you want to confuse your friends, these Redspot Cardinalfish - apogon parvulus - visually appear to be freshwater fish swimming around your saltwater display, but they are a saltwater species. They are very timid fish, and grow to a maximum size of 1" in length.
Submitted by melev on Fri, 12/02/2016 - 04:24
The Melanurus wrasse is usually sold as a smaller juvenile fish but will grow quite large over time. This one is about 6" in length.
Submitted by melev on Fri, 12/02/2016 - 04:23
The Leopard Wrasse is one of my favorite fish, yet I've not been able to keep one alive longterm.
Submitted by melev on Fri, 12/02/2016 - 04:21
The most recognizable saltwater fish is usually the Yellow tang - Zebrasoma flavescens - that come from the Hawaiian waters. These fish are very active swimmers, and need plenty of swimming room in your aquarium.
Submitted by melev on Fri, 12/02/2016 - 04:19
The Hi Fin Red Banded Goby is a tiny addition and best suited for a nano-sized aquarium. In a larger reef, you may never see it again. It pairs up nicely with a pistol shrimp, and often you can purchase these together.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 11/21/2016 - 04:55
The Tangerine Skunk clownfish are tank raised by Sustainable Aquatics and don't have a white bar on their cheek area. Skunks are harem fish, and can be added to the tank in large groups -- always in odd numbers rather than even numbers. These are in a Sebae anemone.