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10 hours ago, robtf said:

the cusk-eel can use its burrowing skills and kill its predator by digging through its stomach lining into its body cavity. ( In these instances, the cusk-eel also dies. )

 

What a Savage. 

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On 5/29/2019 at 9:29 PM, JoeyZac said:

Small victory today, but a victory nonetheless.  Have not seen any of the Pipefish eat up to this point, but when feeding everyone else the ice cube mysis shrimp today, I saw the small Pipefish such down several pieces.

 

I don't care what they learn to eat, as long as they figure out how to eat something, and of all the things for them to take a liking to, aside from freezer burned fillets, ice cube shrimp or bloods is about the most stable/easy supply of food I can get.

They make plankton nets that are useful for collecting pipefish food.  At the aquarium on Skidaway Island they would net it in the marsh/river.  Pipes are easy to starve to death.  Live newly hatched brine shrimp will get their feeding response going, but nutrition is lacking.  Might help to get them interested in mysis.  Though mysis might be too big.

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The Cusk Eel is out!  Can count on 1 hand the number of times I've seen him since I caught.  I guess either he's hungry, or he's had enough and just wants out.  Either way, there was a enough time to grab a quick clip of him.

 

 

 

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Baby Banded Rudderfish!  Another fine addition courtesy of Door Gunner.

 

I'll put up better pics tonight when the lighting is better and the fish calms down a little.  He's zipping around like a nut every time I come near the tank right now.

 

 

 

 

 

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27 mins ago, JoeyZac said:

Baby Pilot Fish!  Another fine addition courtesy of DoorGunner!

 

 

After all these years we finally found something that Doorgunner is good for!

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Baby Pilot Rudder already eating!!!!  That's the biggest hurdle with new fish!  Slamming food down like it's Thanksgiving Day!  Nice.

 

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And the rest of the zoo is at it too.

 

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Are you certain it's a pilot and not a banded rudderfish? I could be wrong but I called it a rudder in his drop net thread. 

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19 mins ago, Scallywag said:

Are you certain it's a pilot and not a banded rudderfish? I could be wrong but I called it a rudder in his drop net thread. 

 

I'm not certain of much.  :)  Yes, baby Rudder, not Pilot.

 

I'm so happy the little guy is eating that I'm not thinking clearly.

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5 hours ago, rockyoutdoors said:

After all these years we finally found something that Doorgunner is good for!

Said the man who tried to kill Christmas.

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Fred, you gotta get me another one of these things.  The Rudder is a lunatic.  A true LUNATIC!!!

 

- First, he slams the frozen bloods, mysis and plankton cubes I threw in to feed everyone else, 2 minutes after he first hit the tank.

 

- Then, I threw in some chunks of freezer burned fish, for the Shrimp and Blennies on the bottom, and he hit those on the way down.

 

- Then, I've got the vortex filter running to clean up the water, I take a look at him and he got two long things hanging out of his mouth.  He's eating those big Shrimp I have on the bottom!!!  He doesn't stop.  He's a true eating machine.  Think I'm gonna call him "Jack."

 

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We did see another one off the end of the dock this afternoon. Will keep an eye out for it. This time of year gets crazy with little critters. 

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Well, the shopping list as it stands now is:

 

- Another Horse

- Another Rudder

- Blenny

- 3 Baby Blowfish

- Baby Tog

- 3 Baby Drum

- Anything exotic (Jacks, Groupers, Angel Fish, Mangrove Snapper)

 

That would fill all the tanks up nicely.

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OK, some random "goings on" in the tank the last couple of days................

 

Had to thin the herd a little today in the big tank, the 11" Fluke went home, 2 of the recently shed Blue Claws got big enough that I don't trust them, 6 Minnows that weren't getting eaten (to my surprise), and 2 of the 9" Stripers went back.

 

Quick note on the 11" Fluke............ He was about 5" and damaged (stuck in a crab trap) when I got him last year (September, I think), he ate like a pig all winter long, and yeah, he came in at about 11" exactly when he went back today.  Fully healed, fully healthy, and I hope to see him in a couple of years when he turns 18".

 

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Here's a Blue Claw that shed overnight, and I guess he spent some time today eating his old shell:

 

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While we're on the subject of Blue Claws, I threw an accidentally stepped on/crushed one into the tank for food.  Sure, the Killies at all guts from the shell, as expected.  What I didn't expect was to see another crab come along and eat the eyeballs.  The freakin' EYEBALLS!  Must be a Japanese Blue Claw, eh?

 

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Now, the Oyster Crackers.  Usually these guys hide under anything they can find, and only come out at night, but the 3 I have in the big tank think it's Club Med, and they're out basking on the coral.  Strange, but true.

 

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On to the smaller tanks..............

 

The Baby Sea Robins are fine and eating.  Finally calmed down a little.  One likes to lay there and sulk, the other likes to bury himself and sulk.  Those 2 eyes on the right are a Robin, not a Fluke.

 

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Look at the bump in this Flouder's belly.  No, he's not pregnant.  He's just a stuffed fat pig.

 

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In the process of getting the Rudder from Gunner today, he was nice enough to include a small herd of Baby Spot.  They're golden, for now, but things may get ugly for them in August.

 

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And this Stickleback that I picked up I think last October....... He made it all Winter in the same tank as that big Fluke, and just keeps plugging along............

 

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