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General Update

May 2017

the EOS tank

EOS has been working hard these past few weeks making his corals feel at home... He has a resting spot at each colony and is always very gentle when moving or resting around them. He's got much more space to move and dart about and the Corals get all the growing latitude they deserve until that is when the Finger Leather Sinularia start exceeding three feet !!!

(but that will be a new Special File of course)

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Avent is an ace at camouflage (green arrow) and a Nudibranch has hitched a ride on a rock on Avent; incognito... After many months we find these beauties to be most desirable since they are not invasive and the population remains very low though it rises. Their lifespan so far seems to exceed six months which is astounding considering most nudibranch live a month or less. Their coloration is usually bright fluo orange but the main core of body will turn to a maroon tint eventually probably indicating the reproductive cycle... When lucky enough to see one up close they are lovely and are reminescent of some kind of Orange Fluo Racing Rabbits   :)

These Nudibranch are quick and sometimes float themselves to distant locations. In the Aegis tank the fish leave them alone. 

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EOS always in close contact to his domain 

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Plate Coralline registers constant growth

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Sinularia dura now has a generous 24 in. diameter safe zone and we're sure it will outgrow it.

It has recovered nicely and is growing fast...

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ROSA

yields second offspring in her first reproduction

After five weeks of a laborious process: Rosa is free at last to recompose herself !! 

Rosam now joins her sibling Rosae for a quest of their own.

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DAY ONE : 5:58 AM

Rosam joins her sibbling

Rosam is ready to restitch herself and will take the whole day to do so.

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ROSA (to the right) can start recomposing herself after five weeks of - hard labor - 

The process in her case might take 48 to 72 hours

Our Proud Mother of All Clones is moving along faster than expected this morning !!

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Fascinating Facts about Anemones

Anemones are known to reproduce sexually in captivity as well as in nature and this method is still being investigated in marine tanks (rather complicated and messy)

However Anemones will also reproduce by Fission in the Wild and form huge colonies. Reproduction by Fission (cloning) is how Human Cells reproduce and each category of cells is assigned a specific function in our bodies... Cloned Anemone Colonies behave as one single entity. Much the same as with Human Cells: - each individual is an exact replica of it's mother Anemone (cell). They behave as a single organism in this case where each Anemone (cell) is assigned a specific role. According to Marine Biologists the reproductive members are regrouped in centre of colony and surrounded by an army of defensive and offensive members !!

This allows them to protect and expand their territory against other Anemone Families of identical or different Genus. Of course this role also extends to fighting Corals for vital space.  

 

Amazing isn't it that identical individual members of a family develop intelligent behaviour with specific attributes and functions !! In the same fashion human cells fight for the survival of the whole colony (a human body) !! It forces us to redefine the notion of Intelligence... And in this case Intelligence without a Mammal's brain.... Are all those behaviour patterns embedded in their Genetic Code or is there more ?? Is there an authentic form of communication between them or perhaps a mind link  -  :)  -  ???

Extensive research was made with Box Jellyfish back in the 70's: and it was found that they can see, learn, memorize and solve problems all without a - brain - ... Leaves me speechless...

 

the One Rock tank

The ultra daylight CFL bulb was reduced to 13 watts while MARSI  was rejuvenating. During this time most meals were rejected wrapped in mucus since it could not digest and all dead zooxanthella were expelled leaving it vulnerable to shock... Marsi didn't loose a single tentacle in the process though: thanks to the maintenance prophylactics. In other words the entire external cellular membrane remained intact and Marsi simply rejuvenated from the inside !! What remained of a healthy zooxanthella colony now shows in the picture: the outer tentacles are a light green and the typical Martian Red pigmentation Marsi showed from day one remains unchanged... A closer look shows the bubble tips reshaping slowly. Marsi is now back to it's regular feeding schedule and the lighting will be adjusted eventually. 

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Sinularia dura

timidly starts showing Green Pigments