When I came back from the mountains (16 hours journey back and forth, 4 hours work, 1 hour hanging around), I realized I’d been gone long enough to come home to a couple of surprises. One was Sam’s longtime buddy, family friend, brother DeMolay and Maia’s godfather was at the house for a visit. The other surprise was our friend Jimmy from the marine fish exporter had been to the house with more denizens for our tanks. There are no pictures of our kumpare, although he did show us such lovely photos of his new daughter Fatima. There are however, as you may expect, pictures of the new fish.
Sam had put the new fish into the quarantine tank, where they will stay between 2-4 weeks before being transferred to the main tank, after making sure they weren’t sick or too stressed out from the move.
This is the quarantine tank, where you can see (from top left: a Golden Coris Wrasse, a Racoon Butterfly, just below the butterfly is a black Longnose Tang. Under the shell-shaped rock on the left is a very shy Regal Angel, to the right is a Flagfin Butterfly Angel, further to the right is a smaller Regal Angel, and a huge and very flighty Harlequin Tusk Wrasse. (See full post for closeups, and photos of the main tank.)
Harlequin Tusk Wrasse
Flagfin Butterfly Angel
Black Longnose Tang
Half Black Angel and Longnose Tang
Main Tank Pics
Nudibranch checking out a Featherduster
Rusty Angel & Racoon Butterfly peeking over Featherduster with Choco Chip Starfish
This morning I got down to the monthly business of cleaning out the tank surroundings (which is separate from cleaning the inside of the tank, a time-consuming task Sam has taken upon himself), washing off the salt deposits and algae growth from the glass covers. For those of you who may think taking care of a saltwater tank (let alone two!) is a pain, we would like to tell you that it’s not. It won’t take more than three hours total out of your time in a week, especially if you do external tank cleaning (10-15 minutes tops) at least every other day.
And the rewards of course, are immeasurable. 🙂
(Note: Two of the best sources for fish availability and information are The Marine Center and Marine Depot Live. Check out this quick visual guide to fish compatibility. While we no longer buy our fish from any store in Cartimar or online, we find these two websites a great help for this rare chance we have been given to care for these creatures.)
Updated March 11 – even more fish!
Striped Dogface Puffer – Arothron manilensis
Dwarf Zebra Lionfish – Dendrochirus zebra