UrsulaV (ursulav) wrote,

Crab Bob!

Snails acclimated. Water tests out good. Time for the next member of the Clean-Up Crew--the emerald crab!

Crab Bob is small and green mottled with ochre. In keeping with my Defective Wildlife problem, he appears to be missing a leg. (I think those regrow. If not, hopefully the other invertebrates will not laugh at him.) As there is bubble algae starting to come up from the live rock, he was a required member of the team.

The LFS (local fish store) had also just broken down their big, gorgeous pillar tank, and while I was very good, I was unable to resist a teeny tiny coral frag possessing a single blue mushroom coral, which is the kind of mushroom I wanted to put in. (The other frags were all multiple corals costing $50+, so the wee little single polyp for $10 was too good to pass up.) It also had a pack of zoos on it, which may or may not survive close contact with Mr. Mushroom, but seem happy so far.

Mushrooms supposedly reproduce quickly in the tank, so I may eventually be cursing the beasts, but they're so damn gorgeous and I love staring at them in tanks, so I have to give it a try. They're also very hardy, which is good, because...well...I have only the vaguest idea of what I'm doing, after all.

A stomatella snail came in on the coral frag as a hitchhiker, which I only noticed while drip-acclimating the frag. This pleases me, as they're supposed to be a good little beastie on algae, and I was hoping to get one at some point anyway. Like the mushroom, they may eventually reproduce to the point of annoyance, but we'll see.

ETA: The zoos have opened up, and man, this was quite a good frag for the money--there's like forty zoos on this thing. (Otter attributes the price to the Super-D Cleavage Discount.) They're not terribly showy zoos, being dark reddish brown with dark yellow centers, rather like tiny Gaillardia flowers, but they're attractive in a subdued sort of way.

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.