Aquarium April 5 2013

Posted By on April 5, 2013

My little green shelf coral just below a large bank of pulsing xenias.

My little green shelf coral just below a large bank of pulsing xenias.

I just want to start out this post by saying that it is amazing to watch the coral and fish in my little aquarium. Soft coral and fish have so much personality. They speak to you in their own special language.

Our soft coral (Pulsing Xenias) let me know when they need more calcium by the way they move. The hard coral lets you know the same thing when their color fades.

We are at our maximum load of fish I think. With a 60 gallon tank, the seven fish, our sea hare (Aplysiomorpha), cleaner shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis), arrow crab (Stenorhynchus seticornis), and two emerald crabs (Mithraculus sculptus), there isn’t much room for more critters. We also have a red scallop (Lima scabra) and lots of snails. I have found that its very important for the balance of the tank to have a great cleaning crew.

My cleaner wrasse, Nibbler, cruises in front of a mushroom and more xenias.

My cleaner wrasse, Nibbler, along with a Cardinal and my arrow crab, Rocky, all pose nicely for a photo.

Always talk to your supplier before adding more flora or fauna however. At this point its not a good idea for me to have star fish due to the number of scallops, clams, and other mollusks I’ve already got in the tank, not to mention the fact that we have a large amount of living coral.

Twice a day I feed the tank frozen brine shrimp. The water is tested weekly and changed about once a month or so, with fresh water added to keep the salt levels at about 1.024. I find that this hobby has my husband and I working together as a team watching it grow and change.

Oh and yes I name my fish…

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