Saturday, March 24, 2007

Pomacanthus imperator

Tim & Tracy's Emperor Angelfish. In this magnificent fish there is an incredible color difference between the juvenile and adult specimens. Juveniles of this species have white concentric rings on a dark blue body. Adults have alternating blue and yellowish green lines on the body, a yellow tail a black eye mask and a black band around the pectoral fins. Transforming individuals (sometimes referred to as "teenagers", or "changing") are occasionally seen in the aquarium trade as well. Provide this species with plenty of unencumbered swimming rooms as well as several suitable places to take shelter when threatened. Do not keep juveniles together, or with any other juveniles of this genus that are similar in general color.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Purple Fungia

One of the easier to maintain hard corals, Purple Fungia is one of the harder to find color forms. Fungia can thrive in a wide range of conditions. Acclimates best in low water flow and indirect lighting, they can adapt to a wide variety of conditions. Best placed on sand bottoms, rather than on rocks, as the tissue is easily damaged by rubbing against rocks. Fungia is nearly identical to the plate coral, but without tentacles.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Hippocampus kuda

Hippocampus Kuda is huge by the standard of the most commonly seen seahorses. This incredible animal is tank bred and raised, and will reach a maximum size of approximately 12 inches tall when full grown. It is very important to provide a tank that is not only tall enough but also wide enough to provide enough space for the seahorse to move around comfortably. A minimum tank size of 55 gallons is recommended for the Kuda seahorses, for up to two. Seahorses are slow moving and peaceful animals that should only be kept with others of their own kind or with other peaceful animals. Tank mates such as Pipefish are ideal, but faster moving fish such as tangs and angels should be avoided. Some type of branchy decoration should be provided in the tank for the seahorse to latch on to with its tail so that it can be comfortable. These tank raised Kuda seahorses are used to feeding on frozen Mysis shrimp as well as some brine shrimp. Brine shrimp should be considered a treat, whereas the Mysis shrimp should be considered the daily food.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Book of Coral Propagation, Vol II

The bible has images! Anthony Calfo's much referred to Book of Coral Propagation is in the process of being re-published and is now available for pre-order through his website .

Anthony is not shy about sharing his knowledge through his experience in the propagation business, which is invaluable. His writing style is easy to read and enjoyable.

I recommend this book to any of my clients who are not afraid to get their hands wet, use a dremel tool or Xacto knife, a little super glue or fishing line and passing on a bit of their reef.

I recently pre-ordered the book through his website (he makes a bit more money if ordered through his website, rather than Amazon or the larger online aquarium suppliers) and he sent me this nice reply.

"Cheers Robert,

Thank you for your book pre-order and your continued support, my friend. I remember back in 2001 that you were one of the first folks to pre-order the first edition of this book!

I look forward to sharing this new edition with you very soon :)

As always, I pray that you enjoy the read and find great merit in the work.

With kind regards,

Anthony Calfo"