Saturday, March 12, 2005

Hiro Sushi

Hiro Sushi, Kings Beach. Hiro Sushi recently opened after a complete remodel. The division of the liqour bar and the sushi bar is complete with a 110 gallon reef tank. The aquarium was custom built to size by Catalina Aquariums of Sacramento.

Friday, March 11, 2005

Phyto Feast & Chiton

While dosing my display aquarium this morning with Randy Reed's Phyto Feast and Clam & Coral Diet, I came across this beautiful Chiton. Chitons come in on live rock and multiply readily in an aquarium. They graze on filamentous algae, cyanobacteria and diatoms. They are very slow moving creatures and tend to move less than a foot a year.

Monday, March 07, 2005 & Ricordea Mushroom

This beautiful bright green and purple Ricordea Mushroom rock came from my recent visit to Los Angeles' Eric Caamano and his business . Eric is running a fantastic on-line/retail coral business with some of the nicest looking product in all of Southern California. He is also an active supporter to many reef clubs, including the Marine Aquarist Roundtable of Sacramento, (MARS). Eric and I will be working in the future to have some of his great suppliers tranship product directly to Sierra Saltwater Systems.

Ricordea Close Up

A close up of the Ricordea mushroom.

Green Spotted Mandarinfish

The Green Spotted Mandarinfish, Psychedelic Mandarinfish. This challenging fish to feed is a great choice for a reef aquarium, but should not be added until the aquarium has matured for at least one year. Due to the size of their mouths and the fact that they are bottom dwellers, competition for prepared food is challanging. They must have access to live prey food, cocopods and amphipods, wich live in the live rock and sand. The Mandarinfish and the Six Line Wrasse both prey on the problematic red planaria flatworms that can be introduced with corals.