An Epic Reef Part 5 – Finding Nemo… He’s here!

An Epic Reef Part 5 – Finding Nemo… He’s here!

This post is part 5 of the epic reef series.

While waiting for the big aquarium (sic), we continue our adventures with our 10 and 30 gallons tanks. We had already bought 6 hermit crabs as well as 4 turbo snails (one of each have unfortunately died), not to mention the clandestine immigrants who arrived at our home on the living rocks. We still continue to add some!

Newcomers into the Tank

Shrimp

Among the immigrants, we have aipstasias, also called glass anemones (which I called flower-like surprise plants in Part 4). It’s not that they aren’t pretty, but they are an invasive species and they are likely to grow out of control all over the aquarium, in addition to being a threat to corals.

The simplest solution (one that enchants me enormously): purchase a shrimp! Yeah! This is how our peppermint shrimp, lovingly named “Snow Pea”, entered the small tank on December 31, 2018. It quickly devoured all apstasias with great efficiency. It is funny when it goes out at night and it likes to swim upside down.

Peppermint Shrimp (Lysmata wurdemanni)
Peppermint Shrimp (Lysmata wurdemanni)

Fishes

Rock Blenny

Our first fish is a rock blenny also called lawnmower because of its effectiveness at eating green algae. As the algae grow more and more in the aquarium, we felt that it would have enough to support its vegetarian appetites. While adding this fish, I took the opportunity to rearrange the rocks of the 2 aquariums to create a more beautiful setting in the small aquarium and gather all the rocks covered with algae in the other while taking care to space them as much as possible.

Rock Blenny Fish (Salarias Fasciatus or Lawnmower Blenny)
Rock Blenny Fish (Salarias Fasciatus or Lawnmower Blenny)
30 gallons tank after 12 days
30 gallons tank after 12 days

Clown Fish

Finally, while going out to buy a used motorhead, we could not resist a pretty little clown fish that was also for sale. Here is our Nemo (I tried giving it another name, but the kids did not want to hear anything about it).

Clown Fish
Clown Fish
Reorganized 10 Gallons Tank
Reorganized 10 Gallons Tank

Surprises

There are still surprises to discover in our aquariums. Indeed, we discovered that we had a pretty baby hermit crab (unsurprisingly named “Baby Hermit”). It is possibly a descendant of those introduced a few weeks ago, although it seems like a very fast reproduction cycle to me.

Hermit Crab Baby
Hermit Crab Baby

Even among the known inhabitants of the aquarium, I continue to discover fascinating behaviors. A few days ago, I had the opportunity to observe one of my hermit crabs trying on 3 or 4 shells in a row!

Update (Jan 14)

We added “Carot” as a friend to Nemo! They are getting along very well so far. It is fun to see them swimming together. Nemo seems more lively now that he has a companion. Also, our shrimp has moulted. We found its shell/skin at the filter entrance, it looks like a ghost shrimp.

Nemo and Carot
Nemo and Carot

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