Submitted by melev on Sun, 01/14/2018 - 22:01
Did you know that if you get a harem of female Lyretail anthias, you'll end up with one or more males at some point? Lyretails are beautiful bright orange fish with a purple eyeliner like Cleopatra, when female. When one decides to change to male, the fish will turn bright purple, extending a spike on their dorsal fin and will express dominance over the females. This pictures today were unintentional, the fish swam into my field of view so I snapped a couple to share.
First, here's an example of a female.
Submitted by melev on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 02:23
I found this video to be quite interesting. It's 33 minutes long, showcasing how fish are captured in Indonesia, how they are quarantined, measured, and prepared for travel. One moment that caught my eye was how they added air to the bags initially using a hose from an inflated inner tube. The fisherman are creative, and of course want their efforts to result in success rather than death. Overall, this video gives hobbyists a realistic overview of how fish come from there to our homes. Hopefully you have the time to watch the entire thing.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 06/12/2017 - 23:17
Most of the time, the skunk clownfish remain in the tentacles of the Sebae anemone. Some have migrated to some nearby Duncans and are seen swimming through the green hammers, but the Sebae is their home. When I feed, the harem tends to swim out into the open to get their share. But today I saw something different: They were swimming upwards into the open water column in a group, which was rather appealing to observe. I tried to get a few pictures. These will will have to suffice.
Submitted by melev on Wed, 05/24/2017 - 01:04
Last Saturday, the DFWMAS Frag Swap took place. I spent a few hours there selling various products from Melev's Reef since I'm a club sponsor. And to my left was another club member, who had this adorable puffer for sale. All day long, everyone gazed into the bucket and stared into its irridecent eyes, but when the event concluded, this Porcupine Puffer came home with me.
Submitted by melev on Sat, 05/13/2017 - 03:35
While I was talking to a friend on the phone today, I was gazing at my aquarium and when I spotted this surprising activity, I had to quickly change topics to share my excitement. The Anemone Cube has been running for 3.5 years, and it was my hope that my clownfish would start laying eggs. However, after a while one perished and I was left with only one, a bright orange ocellaris. It grew larger but was lonely. About 18 months ago, I added 16 more clownfish from a local breeder, so that family of tiny clowns were hopefully going to be accepted by 'her' and all would be well.
Submitted by melev on Thu, 06/23/2016 - 00:59
I got this paired up team at our club's last meeting. And they have stayed under the Acan colony in the 60g Anemone Cube. I took a few macro shots...
The shrimp is nearly blind, so the goby plays lookout. His tailfin touches the shrimp at all time, and with a single flick the shrimp retreats instantly, the fish quick to join in. It's a symbiotic relationship.
This is a Hi Fin Red Banded Goby.
Submitted by melev on Wed, 04/20/2016 - 22:56
Submitted by melev on Sun, 03/27/2016 - 22:38
Last Wednesday night I bought two fish at our club meeting (Dallas North Aquarium was the venue). Once I got them home, they were acclimated to my reef's salinity which took all night. Salinity of the store water was 1.021sg while my reef is 1.026sg.
Submitted by melev on Sun, 02/07/2016 - 00:46
After 21 days, the tank finally measured 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite and 5 ppm nitrate. Good enough for me, and the Red Spot Glass Cardinalfish. I filmed their introduction for an upcoming video, but here's a picture of them in the tank. They are eating well, which is perfect. They were ordered from Live Aquaria's Divers Den, and arrived in a well packed box. Pictured above.
The next thing that it needs is lights. I had to install a shelf to hang the lights from, and that's done now.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 08/02/2004 - 06:12
Tonight I was feeding my son's tank, and the Golden Eel came up to look for food. So I got him some thawed squid. However, he seemed more interested in my fingers than the meaty food! Looks like I'll be able to hand feed this interesting creature provided I get some silversides instead. I really do like all of my fingers where they are!
Tucker looks like he's going to be just fine. He was eating tonight, and swimming in the tank like normal. :)