100leaguesunderthesea:

The toothy grin of the false killer whale by Doug Perrine

It doesn’t look like he needs floss 

50 gal water change

I’m doing a 50 gallon water change on my main system today.  I used to do 35 gallons and maybe 40 sometimes.  I think these larger changes make a difference and reduce algae growth.  

Look at this cute Red-Lipped Batfish

Look at this cute Red-Lipped Batfish

Every now and then it’s fun to look into an aquarium from the end and I said I would post another photo after those star polyps got over me cleaning around them.  That pump to the right is a bit ugly but it is what makes the star polyps look the way they do.  If it keeps it up, maybe I’ll cover the pump in star polyps one day.  

Every now and then it’s fun to look into an aquarium from the end and I said I would post another photo after those star polyps got over me cleaning around them.  That pump to the right is a bit ugly but it is what makes the star polyps look the way they do.  If it keeps it up, maybe I’ll cover the pump in star polyps one day.  

I just cleaned today and thought I’d share.  Those star polyps are a bit unhappy still so maybe I’ll post another pic soon.  

I just cleaned today and thought I’d share.  Those star polyps are a bit unhappy still so maybe I’ll post another pic soon.  

One of my tiger barbs bit the dust (they do that after a while) and this guy decided to clean up the mess.  

One of my tiger barbs bit the dust (they do that after a while) and this guy decided to clean up the mess.  

These are some of the same mushrooms as my header photo but I put this rock on top of another rock  to seperate it from the rest and it turned into a ball.

These are some of the same mushrooms as my header photo but I put this rock on top of another rock  to seperate it from the rest and it turned into a ball.

This bubble coral has been sending out sweeper (stinger) tentacles to kill that leather coral ever since I rearranged this tank.  I moved the leather back a bit so it couldn’t reach.  The bubble retracted it’s tentacle for a few days and it grew longer.  Now it is touching the leather.  I’m going to have to some more rearranging.  The cyno is because I had a fish that wasn’t eating in an attached system, so I kept trying to feed it.  

This bubble coral has been sending out sweeper (stinger) tentacles to kill that leather coral ever since I rearranged this tank.  I moved the leather back a bit so it couldn’t reach.  The bubble retracted it’s tentacle for a few days and it grew longer.  Now it is touching the leather.  I’m going to have to some more rearranging.  The cyno is because I had a fish that wasn’t eating in an attached system, so I kept trying to feed it.  

Clownfish Feed Anemones

I fed a long tentacle anemone some cod (a bit of my dinner) and he liked it almost as much as he liked the salmon I fed him. To feed him, I dropped food for the clownfish.  The clown fish feed him I think. They take the food, bring it to the anemone and then when the anemone tries to grab it, they let go of it without a fight. I used tho think anemones ate clownfish scraps but I’m starting to think their relationship goes beyond that. The fish feed them.

I guess if you want them to, shrimp will clean your teeth.  

I thought this was cool to watch.  

I traded a friend some zoanthids for these hammers 

I traded a friend some zoanthids for these hammers 

A powder blue tang and a yellow tang

A powder blue tang and a yellow tang

Some macroalgae growing with a zoanthid frag.  

Some macroalgae growing with a zoanthid frag.  

Sharing a Salmon Dinner With my Fish

Tonight I’m having salmon for dinner and I had a little piece I cut off the end because it was hard to scale.  So, like always, when I’m having fish, I share with my fish and corals.  I was really surprised to find how much everything in all my fresh and salt water tanks loved salmon.  The clownfish didn’t even get to eat much because the anemone took the salmon from them—twice.  I wish I had cut them a bigger piece.  The rest of it is all covered in tomatoes and spices.  That anemone hardly wants to eat anything I feed it, so it just gets scraps of flake food and has been doing well on it but he really loved that salmon.  I’ve never seen him eat like that before.  The closest was with trout—interestingly, another red fish.