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March / April 2019 

UPDATE

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Addendum No 2 27/03/2019

ADDENDUM No 1 30/03/2019

ADDENDUM No 2 02/04/2019

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ADDENDUM 1 + 1A + 1B + 1C

16/04/2019

To all friends & visitors frustrated of never seeing ZIP in person...

Scenes like this one are what an SBMarine caretaker gets to see year long... with any Marine Specimen. And there is a reason. It takes time (months years) to establish a relationship of trust with them. As we often outlined they can also learn and memorize. This is why there is a single caretaker per tank. All of those friends will associate sounds (words) with signs (gestures) that are always the same. Thus they know - what he/she is talking about - ... So in a way it can be said that they learn a vocabulary... and each specimen must be dealt with in the same manner always. It is a painstaking process that requires hours of observation. It's not because Marine Specimens develop a relationship with ONE single human that they will accept other humans. As an example; EOS has a very special relationship with ZIP however it doesn't mean that he blindly accepts all other shrimp species    :)  certainly not... EOS will gobble up any other shrimp in the universe if he can !

REMINDER: never point at a tank or tap on glass... our friends won't even know - what you're talking about -

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Any SBMarine caretaker must therefore be a very special kind of person

It's 11:00 AM : the FIRST nutritious commercial blend of coral food meeting SBMarine requirements

has been added to tank. It will remain in suspension for several hours (water slightly cloudy)

It is readily found in the trade: look for a plastic can with a distinctive black cap and blue & yellow label

with a manufacturing date... It's made in North America by the way...

As you know most coral food preparations are made up of a mix of dead Zooplankton intended for reef use.

At SBMarine we entertain live colonies of various 'Pods that also reproduce in our tanks so why bother...

We hold many delicate Soft Corals that need a complete form of nutrition and this formula certainly is complete.

This single video is proof by four (if you care to Observe) and there is a lot to see.


On Sinularia dura all feeding polyps are found at the edge of each segments. There you will see them sticking out with their tiny tentacles extended like crowns. Look behind ZIP the polyps are extended but crowns closed... to the right you will find some that are still open... Emerging from below the Red Plate Coralline Algae: a multitude of tiny Marine Worms are coming out to feed... 'Pods everywhere are also in a - Feeding Frenzy - ... Throughout the tank the four Nassarius are all over the place (not only on gravel bed or up glass as usual)... When we outlined in the original ORION briefing (7 years ago) that the Private Sector now innovates with INTELLIGENT Products and Solutions we were not kidding !!!

NEW - Unidentified Red Alga

This specimen developped naturally on a rock in the EOS tank a few months ago. At first we didn't pay any attention because it looked similar to the Red Plate Corallines. It is located in the front right corner which has the lowest illumination in the tank. Still it grows fast and unlike the plate Corallines it's not as rigid and has started developping a different color pattern. Size of segments is roughly 3/4 & 1 inch (18/04/2019).

NEW: Sinularia dura - Natural Frag

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In 2018 we had positioned a smaller rock next to Sinularia colony and with time it's base grew over it. In february we repositioned it and the tiny fragment tore apart... leaving a 1/4 inch shredded lump of tissue. So we placed the rock in back of tank where it got maximum lighting. Here it is perfectly reshaped into a full segment with polyps and all. And like the Mother Colony it grows very fast.

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