About time for an update…The pictures and events from below range from May to now, it was a busy summer 😉
Summer was good and most of my free time was spent KayakFishing/KayakSailing with my new toy. Those of you following my Youtube Channel will probably understand 😉 Getting a Hobie Adventure Island (Trimaran Sailing kayak) was a dream for me since 4 years and I am so happy I could finally make it come true this year 🙂
I have to admit the aquarium got very close to zero attention but that only because it is running so well and independently. A well settled system which was nice to see as I havent changed the water for well over 6 months, only topups, light cleaning of decaying seaweed (Sugar Kelp), Skimmer cleaning and sporadic feeding.
This is a try at summing up the main events…
The Codium Fragile is to my massive delight now growing literally everywhere. It came from nowhere and started in only a few spots first. Now it has nearly taken over the tank but its being overtaken now in September by lots of red hair algae.
The red hair algae came back as expected with longer days and warmer water but it is in check.
The Seahare has been grazing it down nicely but it got sucked into one of the pumps and has unfortunately deceased. The reason I am quite sure that it got sucked in first before dying is that the skimmate was pure purple which is the color of their defense excrete that they release if threatened. Quite sad to see it go like that and strange as it was grazing the pumps for rmonths while they where running without any problems. As its tradition, here a few pictures in its tribute…
Cushionstars have been in heavy breeding mode again with egg donuts in many places. This time one of them put the eggs inside a crevice which meant quite a lot of them made it through. There must have been hundreds of juveniles! 🙂
All female prawns have been carrying eggs and seem desperate to shed their shells after releasing their larvae since seaweeds are starting to grow on their shell!
A newish species in the tank is 4 Connemara Clingfishes Lepadogaster Candollei. These are much larger (2-6cm) than the one I had previously and seem to have adapted to tank live and food very well. I have to say they are now one of my favourite species to keep as they are so entertaining to watch, very rarely free swimming but very comical as they move their heads and eyes in different directions.
Not sure how destructive they will become but so far so good. They can change their coloration quite considerably too from pale yellowbrown to dark grey. Their akward shape and way of clinging themselves sometimes upside down onto structure is very interesting to watch.
The Rock Gobies have overgrown the tank and where returned last week. They were also starting to get territorial and the bigger one (9cm) was chasing the smaller one.
I have never seen them going so extremely black as in picture below before (the smaller one) which is why I held on to them for so long, it looked so cool.
A Tomplot Blenny is now the master of the 120l predator tank as I couldnt keep such an extremely voracious creature with anybody else 😉 I think he is quite happy there and always has a stuffed belly. The pictures are from April but he is now around 11cm from 5cm! Very interesting as all blennies but has to be kept in check as they will try to eat anything even if it doesnt fit in their mouth!
A very welcome reappearance during a nighttime peek into tank was the Aeolidiella sanguinea. This Nudibranch is now in the tank since November 2013, and boy has it grown! This is why this hobby is so exciting!
I could see it more often now as it seems to have moved to the side of the aquarium where it is probably feeding on the juvenile Anemones and also harassing some bigger ones. Every so often I see some of the Smaller 1.5cm Beadlet Anemones all out of shape with “scratch marks” in this area and i think this Nudibranch is to blame. I dont mind this as its what it feeds on, lovely to see it doing so well for nearly two years now 🙂
Now I kept the best for last…
During a sandeel netting session last week a very unexpected surprise showed up in the net.
One of my favourite deepwater species, a Tub Gurnard. Its only around 7cm so there was no doubt that it has found a new home 🙂 Absolutely delighted however it hasnt been accepting my food yet so will have to see how it goes.
Stunning colors on the fins…
Really cool to watch, I never knew that their “legs” are actually used for walking, I always thought its only for sensing food in the sand but they use it as their only means of propulsion for cruising on the seabed. Will hopefully get to make a video of it. So far its mostly fairly shy and burying in the sand a lot but also goes on free swimming exploration tours.