These are pictures of the fish and corals in my salt water aquarium. First started adding live rock and a few fish in Oct 2008.
In mid-January 2009, I started saving pictures so that I could have a record of what they looked like, to allow future comparisons when they grow larger or get sick, or disappear.
My tank has 2 sides. The Volume of the tank is 300 gallons. Front and back views. Click the images for a big version of the pictures.
Nov 14, 2009
Super-male Lineatus Wrasse
A very nice well-behaved fish, that’s bigger than all my other wrasses, but never shows any hint of aggression. We love him. Expensive but beautiful.
2 cardinals are paired, and the 3rd cardinal (2nd picture) used to get chased and bullied.
but after a few months, he rejoined the school.
Fungia spp. plate Coral
psamacora or pavona ? It’s a coral of some kind.
euphyllia divisa. Growing nicely larger in March ’09.
2nd picture in May 2009
Growing nicely, and diverging into extra branches
a different frogspawn
I split it into two
Green star polyp
growth @ Nov 2009
Green Bubble tip Anemone
Added Nov 17, 2009
Green Bubble tip Anemone
He hangs below a rock at night, and extends polyps into the light during the day.
another plate coral
Has been doing very well in Feb and Mar ’09. Its growing larger and it sometimes shows its polyps.
Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
Coral acropora austera
A fish has been biting the tips off this coral. Sept 2009.
maybe acropora cerealis. See little crab living in this coral.
In May 2009 he split into Two anemones.
Maxima Clam 1
Crocea Clam 1
Crocea Clam 2
Crocea Clam 3
Crocea Clam 4
Green Brain coral
trachyphykkia spp. The 2nd image shows polyps extended during feeding.
New brain coral 2
added mid May 2009
nighttime with polyps extended
Red mushroom anemonies
Sally Lightfoot crab
Growing nicely. In early March it lost 1 of its legs. By the next molt in late March, the leg had fully grown back. Amazing.
Banded Trochus Snails
Snails with spikes
looks like star polyps, but could also be clauveria or anthelia
Hermit crabs, survey Nov 2009
Stone Crab that lives in a hole
This small stone crab still lives in this hole, many months after I first realized he is there. May 9, 2009.
Elephant’s Ear Mushroom anemone
2nd picture shows it curled up temporarily into a ball. Super cool.
Dec 2009. Only a few of these left.
Pom pom crab
I put him in my tank at the beginning, and never saw him for 8 months. But as he gets bigger, I see him more often. Last seen mid Nov, 2009.
A worm that lives in my sand.
Red Scooter Blenny
Gold Midas Blenny
Yellow Target Mandarin Goby
Toadstool Leather coral
Noticed on May 1, 2009, that something has been eating a big hole into the side of it.
In Dec, 2009. It survived and grew taller.
new Coral 2
bottom is dying in Dec 2009
new Coral 4
new Coral 5
new Coral 7
Black Mithrax Crab.
He uses his jet-black front claws to scrape coraline coral off the rocks, and eat it. He moves very slowly while doing so. He tries to stay hidden as much as possible.
Blue spotted Jawfish
Two spot goby
Priest-hat Urchin (Tripneustes gratilla) (Sea Egg, or Hairy Pincushion Urchin)
Zebra Dart Goby
Copepods, I think, not sure.
Aussie brain coral
Blood Red Fire Shrimp
Purple Tile Fish
Another crab in a hole
In dec 2009, I saw the legs of this hitchhiker crab living in a hole. Amazing that he lived for a full year before I saw him.
Purple Coral Banded Shrimp
I’ve seen him twice in 6 months. He lives deep under my rocks. Last seen Jan 16, 2009.
Other notes: Also there is one pistol shrimp in there.. never seen him yet. But I hear his clicking noise. Last heard late Nov 2009.
My tank volume is 316 US gallons, 1196.57 litres. includes tank, sump & tubings. Subtract something for rocks.
Feel free to help me identify the proper names of these creatures.