March 5, 2008

Mandarin gobies

Posted in Fish at 6:38 pm by tomokoschum

My blue male Mandarin goby

My orange female Mandarin goby

The courtship dance:

The male kissing the female:

Here’s a video of their courtship dance:

My new Leopard Wrasse

Posted in Fish at 3:03 am by tomokoschum

I added a Leopard Wrasse to my tank on February 23rd.  It was an impulse buy.  He was so beautiful that I just could not pass him up.  I understand that this fish is not an easy one to keep and a lot of people lose it to starvation.  I am hoping that my other fish will help me train him to eat pellets, but so far he only eats live brine shrimp, live Tiggerpod (Tigriopus californicus) and frozen zooplankton (Hikari brand). He looks pretty healthy right now, even getting a little fatter.

When I put him in the tank, he looked really disoriented.  It took him a couple of minutes to start swimming normal.  Then when the light turned off, he got really spooked and tried to dive into the ground.  In my panic I turned the light back on, but then he started banging into the glass surfaces.  I quickly turned off the light again and he disappeared into the darkness. 

Here he is with his tank mate:

July 18, 2007

A pico reef resident

Posted in Fish, Pico tank at 1:58 am by tomokoschum

I just added a new goby to my pico tank. It was sold to me as a nano goby. I believe that it is Eviota spp a.k.a. Pygmy goby. It’s only about 2 cm. Its maximum size is supposed to be 2 to 3 cm. I added some copepods to the pico tank for the goby. I will offer some Cyclop-eeze tomorrow.