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Lawnmower Blenny report…and more.

1 Mar

I’ve had the Lawnmower Blenny in my saltwater tank for about 3 weeks now. He’s doing well. He’s fun to watch, he perches high on the rocks and coral like a bird surveying his domain. He’s a great little fish, but…well, the truth is, he is not making a dent in the algae.

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He picks at it, but I never see him really grab a chunk and just EAT it. It’s pick, pick pick, but the algae in my tank appears the same. Buy one, but don’t expect miracles.

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Last week, in a shocking turn of events, my two Ocellaris Clownfish began attacking my Green-Spotted Puffer. The Clowns were relentless. They have always dominated the Puffer but suddenly they were really trying to kill him. I haven’t noticed any spawning behavior from the Clowns that would make them so vicious. After 3 days of this I had to remove the Puffer. He’s in a smaller tank for now, and I am adding some freshwater to his tank every day to make it brackish. (salty but not saltwater)

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Since the Puffer is no longer in the salt tank I realized that I can add snails for algae control. We have a Petco nearby and I bought 3 Turbo Snails at $3 each. I took 5 hours to transition them to my tank conditions and they are doing well.

CAM02716They are not traveling much but they don’t have to. The bottom is literally a bed of food for them.

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Now the sad part of the story. I also bought a little Blue Damselfish. When I first set up this aquarium, over 6 years ago, the first fish I bought was a little Blue Damsel. He got along great with these two Clownfish and the Royal Gramma, who are, as I always say, over 6 years old.

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That original Damsel lived over two years and I believe he died of old age. He didn’t die suddenly, he deteriorated over a period of many weeks. I mention all of this because I was so hopeful that another Blue Damsel could live in this tank. The splash of Electric Blue would make this tank PERFECT.

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At first, the Damsel stood up to the Clowns. But on Day Two the Damsel was in hiding. I fed a big dose of baby brine shrimp into the tank to make sure he could eat without coming out. I expected him to hide a few days and learn how to cope but on Day Three I found him dead. Quick as that. I have to ponder whether I will try it again. Did the Clowns actually kill the Damsel? Or was the shock of going from the wild to the store to my tank too much? I just can’t stand knowing all that fish went through only to die in the middle of Iowa in a 42 gallon fish tank. This just haunts me.

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Saltwater snails that reproduce

12 Dec

I wanted snails for my Saltwater tank. I went to our local fish store, I also went to Petco. They mostly sold Turbo Snails and Astrea Snails. I bought snails at both places.

The snails get old and die or, even worse, they flip over and can’t get back upright, and they die that way. A slow starving death.

I went to a local aquarium shop that SPECIALIZES in saltwater. I asked the owner if there are any saltwater snails that reproduce in the home aquarium. He said no, and I resigned myself to buying the snails he was selling. As I purchased them he actually laughed and said he sold a thousand per week. I bought 5.

Buying snails only to watch them slowly perish seemed wrong somehow.

I was given some Caleurpa and Chaetomorpha (these are plants) from a local aquarist. After a few weeks I noticed some little baby snails in my tank. Months later, I have about 10 dime-sized snails, and I am hoping they reproduce sometime soon.

I think the idea of buying snails that fall over and die is ridiculous. “Buy more because they are cheap”, seems to be the general idea but I cannot do it.

I am in search of the exact species of these snails and I will update this post as soon as I have that information.