At this time I have 11 fish in my 120g reef. I felt it was important to go slowly in the addition of fish to this ecosystem. It took me 8 months to add these fish. This page is devoted to the fish and inverts I have had the opportunity to get decent pictures of. This page will continue to change and grow as I catch different shots of the wonderful creatures in my tank and as I add new animals over time. Thank you for stopping by. Update 5/02: I lost many of my 11 original fish in an oxygen depletion crisis and the ensuing ICH outbreak afterwards. Despite quarantine efforts I still lost 9 fish. It was very sad and hard to take. I have since restocked and have 11 fish, some original and others new.
Turbo Snail, Turbo sp.
The acrobat, Scarlet Hermit crab, Paguristes sp.
I caught this particular guy attempting to flip over the strombus snail shell in the corner of the aquarium. I enjoyed his acrobatic attempts and the way he is very extended out of his shell. I noticed after taking this picture that the eye stalks on this hermit are not yellow, does this indicate that this crab may be a different variety of hermit crab than labeled?
Skunk cleaner shrimp,
I have a pair of skunk cleaner shrimp, shown at the left, a pair of peppermint shrimp, and a pair of fire shrimp (shown at the right). I am regularly seeing all of my shrimp now. It took all these months for the peppermint and fire shrimp to feel comfortable, but the lure of regular feedings was more than they could resist.
The whole group. Green Chromis, Chromis Viridis
Clams: I have included my clams on this page. All clams are tank raised. I have five clams as of 11/01. Two maximas and three Tridacna croceas. Each clam will be presented in two ways, from above looking down and straight on from the front of the tank looking through the glass. There is quite a difference in what you see as these pictures show. The true beauty of each clam is seen best by looking down from above through the top of the tank. This is often hard to do in the systems we have. Some reefers will set up a viewing tank for clams with an open top that one stands and gazes down into. These are specialty tanks and the only one I have seen has Metal Halide pendants suspended above so as not to get in the way of viewing.
Update 7/22/02: I purchased 3 clams from a lfs 5/02, within 3-4 weeks they died and started taking out my 7 other clams. This mystery disease appears to be some sort of infection brought in by the purchased clams. It wiped out my clam stock except one lone crocea.A fellow reefer sent me 5 tablets of doxycycline antibiotic and I moved this crocea into a bucket and treated with the doxycycline for 5 days. I then moved this clam into my 40g tank. I am hoping this clam is healthy, only time will tell. I will keep the 120g clam free for up to 6 months. Update 8/1/02: The lone surviving crocea succumbed as all the others despite the medication.
Blue maxima clam number 1, Tridacna maxima. Photo shot from above.
Blue maxima clam, number 1, Tridacna maxima. Photo shot from the front.
Fire shrimp, This is the smaller of the pair I have. This guy is a deep blood red, almost burgandy. The other fiire shrimp is twice as big and more of candy apple red.
To the left are two shots of my purple Serpent Starfish. That is what I call him. The local fish store that I purchased him from called him a red Serpent Starfish. I have a red one and it is truly red/orange. This guy is definately light purple with dark purple bands on his legs. He is very active. I have found in my tank that my two Serpent Starfish are often visible to some degree and come right out for feedings. My dark brittle Starfish is more reclusive. I see his legs from time to time but rarely see his whole body out and about.. These are great scavengers. I have had no problems with them messing with my fish. I have caught my Brittle Starfish hanging over a snail before. It is hard to tell if the snail was already dead or not. I suspect it was and this starfish was doing its job of scavenging and cleaning things up. There is an extremely informative website of a fellow reefer that has everything you could ever want to know about starfish, or at least most everything Starfish Info.
Macro shot of my T. max,.
Above is my Blue Tuxedo Urchin sporting the very latest in fashion accessories, snail shells, macro algae, and other goodies. This is a natural way the urchin tries to camouflage itself. My tang is picking some of the algae off in one of the pictures.
To the left and right are some pictures of my Blue Tuxedo Urchin. This guy is reef safe, eats coralline algae, and does not bulldoze the reef. He hangs out mostly on the overflow boxes and back glass as they have the most coralline algae growth. The rock are less desireable in my tank due to my turf algae problem. A couple of these pictures show all of the rubble, macro algae, and junk this guy picks up to adorn himself with as camouflage.
This is a macro shot of my blue tuxedo urchin, looking at his underside through the glass. Check out the suction cup like ends to his spines. His mouth is the dark center. He cruises and chews up the coralline algae.
Red serpent starfish, I need a better shot of this guy.
Mandarin Dragonet, Synchiropus splendidus
Tattoo of Fish, Inverts, and corals on my left calf. I always have an aquarium with me :)
Rose Anemone, Entacmaea quadricolor. I purchased this beauty from a fellow reefer. This shot was taken about two weeks after getting settled in my tank. She prefers lower light. She is completely covered by a rock above her and can stretch out as this picture indicates to get some light. This is the true colro of this beauty. I can't wait for some clones :).
Rose Anemone, Entacmaea quadricolor. This shot was taken when I first brought home the Rose anemone, the camera did not catch the color well. The color is a much deeper and darker red. The rose moved a number of times after this shot until she picked the spot in the next picture.
Tridacna crocea as of 7/22/02. The lone survivor of a mssive infection that wiped out all of my clams. Update: This clam died shortly after this picture was taken despite my efforts to save it with the Doxycycline.
Blue Tuxedo Urchin Spawn
My blue tuxedo urchin came out on the morning of 8/14/02 and put on quite a show. I believe this picture shows my urchin spawning. This has been confirmed as a spwning event. COOL !!!!!
Rose Anemone Splits 9/14/02
Picture #1 shows the mother and the clone about 4" apart after the splitting process on the morning of 9/14/02. The split happened during the night. This shot was taken with no tank lighting on and is of pretty poor quality but the clone was on the move so I had to act fast.
Picture 2 shows the Rose anemone, Entacmaea quadricolor, 6 days later on 9/19/02 healing and forming its new mouth. The clone is being housed in a different tank so it is easier to get to for feeding.
This is a shot of my very reclusive brown brittle starfish. This fella rarely shows anything but the tip of a leg. I have had him for almost 2 years.
Copperbanded Butterfly fish,Chelmon rostratus added to the tank on 9/20/02 to help with aiptasia control. Awesome fish . This fish was eating prepared foods prior to my purchase. This is very important as they have a dismal survival record if not eating prepared foods.
Here is a shot of my lovely female clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris. She is happily involved with a mate and I hope to see her spawn soon.
Foxface Rabbitfish Siganus unimaculatus. This very cool macro algae grazer was added 12/02 to eat the various macro algaes in the tank. Very mellow and congenial tank mate.
Here is my Ocellaris clownfish couple. The male is the little one, dominated by the larger and demanding female. She rules the roost.
This is Beaker, my male mandarin. He has a female friend who is more reclusive. I hope, in time, they will bestow upon me the beautiful Mandarin dragonet spawning dance.
Update 4/03: Beaker and his mate regularly spawn for me in the late night hours after the MH lights go down. they usually do their spawning dance a few nights in a row. I found them sleeping side by side the other morning with a red flashlight. It was very sweet.
Update 1/3/02: I have decided to not risk any further clam problems in my 120g reef tank so i will not be adding any clams to this system. Instead I am working on designs for a splendid clam viewing tank from the top down. This may take some time to design and build but the wait will be worth it.
This is my new Genicanthus melanospilos, or Blackspot Angelfish as of 4/20/03. This is a young female of the species. She will grow to be about 7" in length. Update: This fish suddenly disappeared 11/03, very strange and sad..
6/17/04: The dreaded Bryopsis has invaded my tank. These four shots show the largest patches in my 120g reef tank, there are about 5-6 other areas of the tank with smaller patches. It began in my overflows, which are totally infested with this evil algae. When I first saw it I groaned and knew I was in for a fight like none I have encountered. It has been about 5 months and the stuff has multiplied.tremendously. I suspect I got some spores in off somehing I added to the tank. Then with a lack of water changes over a 9 month time when I was not caring for my tank as I had been previously contributed to this particular outbreak. I only have myself to blame. I also have two or three other algae types in the tank but they are not outcompeting the Bryopsis. I plan to try a three pronged approach, water changes to decrease nutrient load, taking out rocks and scrubbing them outside the tank, kalkwasser paste the rock areas/rinse well then return the rocks to the tank, and (if I can find them) Lettuce nudibranchs. We shall see. I figure if I do nothing but pull it out each week as I have been doing I will effectively spread it through the entire tank in a matter of 60-90 days. In the top right picture you can see some affected coral die off due to this stuff overunning the coral in the right middle of the picture. This is not good. It is definately getting out of hand.