Some salt water stuff

Honestly, I sometimes feel that the saltwater stuff goes out faster than I can get it onto the blog! I had some good pictures of things that disappeared almost before I got the pictures home.

Here are some interesting marine items that haven’t yet upped anchor and headed off for some other little artificial ocean.

This is the red-and-green brain coral. Behind it is a finger coral. Although they look hard in the photo, they’re actually soft, and the brain coral, especially, pulses in the water.

The carpet anemone, right, is one of my favourite invertebrates. This one is actually greener than the photo shows. Carpet anemones walk around the tank, so where you let them yesterday may not be where you find them today

The niger trigger is rather camera-shy, but he’s beautiful, with a blue body and blue-black fins.

 

 

 

 

 

The orange fan sponge is really bright and showy, great for getting a flash of colour into a reef.

Fish delivery day!

Today – August 25th – is fish delivery day. We’re expecting, in the freshwater order, bettas, clown plecos, pim pictus catfish and silver hujeta gars in addition to our feeder fish.

In the salt water order, we’re expecting a Xanthurus angel, a couple of dragon gobies, two different triggers (Niger and rectangular), a peacock lion, a sand skate and a masked rabbitfish. The invertebrates ordered include anemones, five different shrimp (blood, camel, cleaner, sexy and golden  coral-banded), featherdusters, two jellyfish and an Ultra Crocea Clam.

The feeder order includes crickets, mealworms, hornworms and silkworms. We still don’t know how the cricket situation is; the last we heard it seemed that the disease was still killing crickets over about 1/2″ in size. The last order we got no crickets at all – we’re hoping to get at least the smalls and mediums on this one, but we won’t know until later today. Check back for an update after 4 p.m.

Fries with that?

Just kidding – tomorrow is fish day, and David has both fresh- and salt-water fish arriving. Here’s what’s on order:

In freshwater, flower horn cichlids. We don’t get these very often. We’ve also ordered fancy guppies, figure-8 puffers and green-spotted puffers, glass catfish and clown knifefish in addition to tetras, barbs and mollies.

In saltwater, it’s invertebrate day. We’re expecting five different kinds of anemone, and four corals in addition to assorted mushrooms and feather-duster worms. We’re also expecting a sea apple. If you haven’t seen one of these brilliantly-coloured invertebrates, pop around and take a look.

On the fish side, two different triggers, a tang, a rabbit fish and a white ghost eel are on order.

Remember that if you buy fish in the bag, before they go into our tanks, then we give you 10% off because you saved us the trouble of catching them. You also save stress on the fish, particularly marine invertebrates, because they don’t have to be dripped twice in one day.

Crickets, mealworms, feeder fish and frozen rodents are also on this order, and we have ordered two dozen silkworms and hornworms. These go quickly when they come in.