Employee blogs written by Patrick Egan

Finding Nemo’s Anemone

»Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Blog, Education, Patrick E, Reef Aquariums, Saltwater Fish | Comments Off on Finding Nemo’s Anemone

Marine Fish & Invertebrate Husbandry – Absolutely Fish, NJ   Finding Nemo's Anemone   By Patrick Egan   Many people look at an aquarium as a living piece of art. The animals within these glass walls consider it home. Over the last decade, one species of marine fish has become more recognized than any other; Amphiprion ocellaris, a.k.a. “Nemo”. Its bright orange color and white markings makes it a staple for all reef aquariums. Not only are Ocellaris Clownfish “cute” (being symbiotic with sea anemones), they provide intriguing behavior for its viewer. Sea anemones are animals in the phylum Cnidaria. They are related to corals. Symbiosis is the act of two organisms benefiting from one another. This symbiotic relationship gives the clownfish a protective refuge in exchange for its ability to protect and feed the anemone. There is one problem with Ocellaris Clownfish and the anemones they chose. In the wild, Ocellaris Clownfish will naturally host Giant Carpet (Stichodactyla gigantean) and Ritteri Anemones (Heteractis magnifica). The problem for aquarists are that giant carpets get enormous making them unsuitable for most aquariums and Ritteri Anemones are one of the more difficult anemones to care for. The average marine aquarium in someone's home is between 55-90 gallons. These types of anemones require 150 gallons or larger to live comfortably. There are cases where Ocellaris Clownfish will host other types of anemones such as Bubbletip (Entacmaea quadricolor), Long Tentacles (Macrodactyla doreensis), and even Condylactus Anemones. However, this is a very rare occurrence. The only other anemones that I have seen Occelaris Clownfish host more willingly have been Sebae (Heteractis crispa) or Malu Anemones (Heteractis malu). They are bottom dwelling anemones which are very closely related to Carpet Anemones. With these two types I would say you have about a 75% chance of the clownfish taking to them. Many people find their Ocellaris Clownfish hosting a soft or stony coral in their aquarium such as leathers and Euphyllias. The problem with this is the clownfish will eventually stress the coral to the point where it kills them. My recommendation is to try something different. There are many other species of clownfish that have wonderful appeal and beautiful colors. Take a Tomato Clownfish (Amphiprion frenatus) for instance. They are fire engine red and will host just about any anemone that you put into the aquarium. The same goes for Clarkii (Amphiprion clarkii), Maroon (Premnas biaculeatus), Bicintus (Amphiprion bicinctus), Skunk (Amphiprion sandaracinos), Nigripe (Amphiprion nigripe), Melanopus (Amphiprion melanopus), McCullochi (Amphiprion meculloci), and on and on and on. You do get a stubborn clown every once in a while, but more than likely no other clown is as stubborn as an Amphiprion ocellaris. You can find all these clownfish and anemones in store at Absolutely...

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Frags for Sale NJ

»Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in Blog, Education, Patrick E, Reef Aquariums | Comments Off on Frags for Sale NJ

Frags for Sale NJ Fragging Made Simple Part: 2 By Patrick Egan “Fragging” is the act of splicing a mother colony of the cnidarian species; aka asexual reproduction. Reef aquarists utilize fragging as a method to repopulate, and reproduce corals to sell. On the last installment of “Fragging Made Simple“, we gave detailed instructions and procedures to fragging a leather coral. In this installment, we will discuss the methods to fragging certain LPS corals. Before we start, here are some of the tools one might use to properly frag LPS coral. Band saw Coral Glue Coral Cutters Frag plugs     LPS Corals, aka “Large Polyp Stony”, come in many different shapes and varieties. Some LPS corals are nearly impossible to frag, however, many species of sclerectenians can be very simple.    For instance, Galaxia coral has large gaps between coralite heads making it simple to clip individual heads with coral cutters. For larger frags, use your band saw to precisely cut miniature colonies. After cutting or clipping your sections, proceed to use a coral safe glue to attatch the frags onto plugs.    Brain corals on the other hand are more tedious to frag. They have stony ridges between each individual polyp, making it much more difficult to do with a coral cutter. Brain corals also have a very thick and dense skeleton. In order to frag these, you will need a band saw. By using the band saw, it is much easier guide the blade between the ridges to make cleaner cuts.           Once you have you have fragged the sections off the mother colony, you can glue them down to a frag plug or some rubble rock. Apply a small amount of glue to the frag plug and place your frag on it. Now dip the frag in some saltwater to let the glue set. It is that simple!     Within a week, you will begin to see that tissue heal over the cuts. I highly recommend to dose amino acids and vitamins at this stage to accelerate the growth process. As these frags are growing it is important to keep them under the proper lighting and provide them with the right nutrition. Soon you will have hundreds of frags and we will be one-step close to saving our coral reefs. If you have any questions, feel free stop into Absolutely Fish or call us at (973)-365-0200. We would be more than happy to assist you with any of your aquarium needs! [Show as...

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