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Top 5 Frags to Buy at Absolutely Fish

»Posted by on Nov 2, 2018 in Blog, Cedes Militante, EricR, News, Reef Aquariums | Comments Off on Top 5 Frags to Buy at Absolutely Fish

Top 5 Frags to Buy at Absolutely Fish By: Eric Russo   5. Zoanthids/Palythoas Zoanthids and Paythoa buttons offer any hobbyist the opportunity to add a variety of color into their tank. They are relatively easy to maintain and will grow at a decent rate. Zoanthids in particular are very prone to pests such as nudibranchs so dipping new purchases in a coral cleaning bath is highly recommended. It is important to use caution when handling and particularly when fragging zoanthids and palythoa buttons due to the dangerous palytoxins they possess. 4. Montipora capricornis This montipora species is most notable for the unique way it grows in a stacked plating formation. As far as SPS corals are concerned, this is a great option for beginners, it is fairly easy to keep and will grow quickly. To enjoy the potentially explosive growth it can be known for calcium and alkalinity levels should be monitored and kept in optimal ranges. As with zoanthids and palythoas these corals are prone to pests and should be dipped before adding to the tank. 3. Acans (Micromussa lordhowensis) Knows colloquially as “Acans”, these LPS brain corals have been reclassified within the last few years from the genus Acanthastrea to the genus Micromussa.  Taxonomy aside, these corals make awesome frags that are easy to keep. Individual polyps can be found with multitudes of color, with many earning a nickname like “rainbow”. These corals benefit from semi-regular feeding and can consume food as large as a pellet or a mysis shrimp. 2. Frogspawn  The genus Euphyllia has several corals that could be in a top 5 list, but there’s something about frogspawn that gives it the edge. It features the same long polyp extension seen with torch corals but with a more interesting polyp shape like a hammer. It’s the best of all Euphyllia has to offer, and frags here at the shop are always among the first to sell. While slower growing than the other corals on this list it is still easy to keep alive and thriving. Keep in mind when placing it in your aquarium that is has a longer reach than most corals, it is semi-aggressive, and it can sting neighboring species. 1. Green Star Polyp We’ve made it to the top slot on the list and some may find this pick controversial. Green Star Polyp is an excellent choice for beginners to experts alike; it has vibrant coloration, pleasing motion in the aquarium, and it grows quickly….very quickly. This coral is probably only rivaled by Xenia in terms of potential growth rate and can be overwhelming for those who are unprepared. Careful consideration should be taken when determining placement because under ideal growing conditions, it can take up more “real estate” in the aquarium then you intended. Many hobbyists have had experiences that left those feeling like Green Star Polyp were akin to other reef pests like aiptasia, but when properly placed and tended to it makes a great addition to any reef. There are so many other corals that make great frags, but these are some of my personal favorites. Feel free to share your favorite frags or just talk coral in general with us in the shop! Stop by soon to see these and many more awesome options for your reef tank!...

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Most Popular Marine Fish in 2016

»Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Blog, EricR, Saltwater Fish | Comments Off on Most Popular Marine Fish in 2016

  Most Popular Marine Fish in 2016 The subsequent list is a compilation of our bestselling medium sized marine fish. Most of these fish can be housed in an aquarium of 75 gallons or larger. These fish are prized for their remarkable patterns and coloration, as well as their active bright personalities.   #8 Heniochus Butterfly/Longfin Bannerfish The most impressive feature about this fish must be the elongated dorsal filament, from which it derives the name “Bannerfish”. Once established it is generally active and fairly hardy for a butterfly fish. These guys look phenomenal in groups, small or large! #7 Hepatus Tang/Regal Blue Tang “Dory”- The popularity of this fish exploded when Finding Nemo hit theaters, and has definitely resurged thanks to Finding Dory. Not to say that the big pictures were the only source of popularity, however; its striking black mask and vibrant blue and yellow coloration make this fish a sight for sore eyes. These fish can be sensitive, and a U.V. sterilizer is absolutely recommended. #6 Bartlett Anthias These are great fish to have swimming out and about in a fish only or reef aquarium. They are usually kept in harems, with one male to multiple females. Interestingly enough, if the male perishes, the dominant female will begin to change sex to take the male’s place. Best kept when fed small meals of high energy foods throughout the day, such as arctipods, reef plankton, or a high quality pellet soaked in fatty acids. #5 Flame Angel These fish are definitely show stoppers, their bright red orange coloration is almost impossible to match. Best as the only dwarf angel in the tank. These fish can be sensitive, so they are also best kept with a U.V. sterilizer. Careful in reef tanks, they have been known to nip at polyps! #4 Melanurus Wrasse/Hoeven’s Wrasse Another great choice if you are looking for something active for your tank. The red, blue, and yellow mask on these fish is certainly something to marvel at. When frightened, or going to bed for the night, these fish are known to bury themselves in the sand.  Should be fed high energy foods, and kept without small crustaceans or mollusks in the aquarium. #3 Foxface Rabbitfish A great fish for any tank! Fish only or reef, even with slightly more aggressive tank mates, these fish can find a home anywhere. They are peaceful herbivores, but they are armed with venomous spines in their dorsal fin that can be used to ward off aggression. When frightened or going to sleep, they can change their yellow bodies to a blotchy grey and white in order to blend into their surroundings. Should be offered algae based foods 2-3 times a week. #2 Coral Beauty Angel The classic dwarf angel fish, these can be housed in a tank as small as 40 gallons. Usually they are better behaved in reef tanks then some of their cousins, but keep in mind, they can always change tastes! A U.V. sterilizer is recommended. #1 Yellow Tang These are vibrant fish great for almost any aquarium of adequate size. These herbivores hail from Hawaii and are beginning to make a bigger scene in the aqua culture industry. Beware adding them as one of the first fish to the aquarium as they can become quite territorial, and not just to other tangs. Make sure you have a U.V. and you offer algae based foods 2-3 times per week. If interested, please call or stop in with any questions you may have on these fish. As an added bonus, mention you saw them on “the most popular 2016” list and get 20% off any of these fish for purchase. Stay tuned for Most Popular 2016 large...

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Saltwater Fish for Sale

»Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Blog, Education, EricR | Comments Off on Saltwater Fish for Sale

Saltwater fish for sale By Eric Russo June 9th 2014 Wrasses, they’re active, colorful, and hardy. How can you say no? More often than not, when I start helping marine customers in the store, I find that the list of desires for a new fish boils down to one or all of the aforementioned characteristics. The first thing that always pops into my head is, “How about a wrasse?” Now I don’t know if it’s because I have an unhealthy, borderline creepy, love for this marine family or if it’s because most wrasses actually do fulfill all of these requirements! Many times the response I receive to my suggestion is, “Well I’ve heard of them, but I don’t know anything about them…” Sooo, here we go, let’s learn a bit about these awesome fish. Wrasses, or Labrids, are a varied family in size and behavior, but they share many common characteristics. The most predominate characteristic you will see throughout the family is a long slender body and this streamlined shape comes in handy because these suckers like to move. As one of the more active marine families, wrasses are constantly gliding around their habitat making them quite interesting to observe. The genera most commonly kept in the aquarium also range quite a bit in size, with most Thalossoma wrasses reaching about 12”, down to the cryptic Wetmorella species, which don’t usually exceed 2-3”. As a result, whether you keep a fish only tank, a reef, or a nano, there is a wrasse that will fit the bill… and the tank. In addition to varying in size, temperament also fluctuates depending on the genus you select. Their temperament can range from predatory down to highly timid and many are sorted between the two ends of the spectrum. While this does make it easy to add a wrasse to ANY tank, it also makes it slightly trickier to select the right one for YOUR tank. If looking for an addition to a large fish or predatory tank, look for wrasses in the genera of Thalassoma, Choerodon, Coris, Cheilinus, Gomphosus, or Novaculichthys. When looking for an addition to a reef or a peaceful fish only tank, look in the genera of Pseudocheilinus, Paracheilinus, Cirrhilabrus, Haliochoeres, Pseudojuloides, Wetmorella, Coris, or Macropharyngodon. Now, when it comes to color, it’s hard to beat some of the variety and patterns you will find on wrasses. It would be easier to list the colors you won’t find wrasses in, because the answer is… none. From the stunning psychedelic pattern of the Fivestripe wrasse, to the beautiful iridescence male Paracheilinus in full display, there is a fish to sate any desire for color. Think of male wrasses as the peacocks of the fish world, with more dominant and healthy males being the most colorful. I mean, you’ve got to get those ladies to notice you somehow, right!? Aside from being beautiful, this family is one that tends to hold up well in captivity. They are generally quite disease resistant, acclimate quickly into new environments, and they have healthy appetites. So, when it comes down to brass tax, if you don’t have a wrasse or three in your aquarium, you’re just doing it wrong. With the variety of colors and temperaments to select from, plus their active and hardy nature, why wouldn’t you have one?! Seriously, what the heck is wrong with you? Ahem… my apologies, but you get what I’m driving at. The next time you stop in the shop, please do yourself a favor and ask to be shown some of the species we stock, I promise you will like what you see. – E. Russo June 9th...

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