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We return this week to talk more about feeding strategies and aquarium aquascaping as a follow-up to our discussion last week with Richard Ross and Matt Wandell of the Steinhart Aquarium. We also talk about detecting stray electricity, not light-shocking fish, feeding too much, and not making a mess when working on tanks. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine… More:
Setting up a biotope aquarium is something many of us have considered but it’s a rare few who have actually built one. I don’t know why that is, but I’ve never heard from anyone who didn’t get excited about a well-constructed biotope aquarium. My only thought is that people don’t built them because they feel like they’ve devoted limited water volume to a one-dimensional display rather than the usual fruit basket of corals/fish and frag plugs. I’ve often threatened to build a biotope aquarium but simply never got around to it. But, every time I see a good one, my creative juices start flowing.
I saw an outstanding biotope during a recent visit to the Steinhart Aquarium (California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco (If you’re in the Bay area and don’t visit the aquarium you’ve made a critical life mistake.)) This biotope is a Rich Ross creation. To build it, the Cephalopod King self deported to the freshwater side and created an environment that works on several levels.
The bottom half is water, populated by a group of Archer fish (Toxotes jaculatrix). The top half of the aquarium is a rain-forest/jungle environment, populated by Burmese vinesnakes (Ahaetulla fronticincta). Anyone who has kept more than a pair of guppies knows that Archer fish feed by spitting streams of water at insects crawling on branches above the water, knocking them into the water, and eating them. In other words, an aquatic animal attacking and eating a land animal.… More:
I could write much about the aquarium but this is a column about photography so I’ll tell you about how I captured this week’s image of Megalactis hemprichi. When I arrived at Steinhart, Matt Wandell was giving me a short tour and showed me a couple of anemones he and Rich had collected during a recent trip to the Philippines. Since they were anemones I hadn’t seen before, out came the camera. To photograph them properly, however, required… More: