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Night

Stalker... 

the

ORION

briefing (2)

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What do Volitan, urchins & amphipods

share in common ? 

They only come out at night ! 

When wild specimens are brought into captivity they generally maintain their behaviour until they eventually notice there are no dangers lurking around... However they will always conserve their predatory and/or roaming and/or feeding instincts no matter what ! This natural behaviour is legitimate for any species and responsible Aquarists should be able to provide parameters that encompass any Marine Specimen's requirements... whenever possible... Substitutes and alternatives are often called to the rescue but should be of quality. You don't feed Marine fishes a diet of goldfish and guppies for instance...

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In the 60's and 70's several renowned Aquarist publications ran articles on a mysterious Pterois Volitan behaviour... It could stand for minutes (sometimes hours)  - Straight Up / Head Down ! And no one had a clue...

In SBMarine's perspective it remains hilarious... And you will discover the merit of the SBMarine Methodology and Biological Filtration System: through this anecdote with no one else than Orion !

Needs a Closer Look !!!

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Orion was a tiny 3/4 inch specimen (not counting caudal fin) and grew up in a Zooplankton and Anthelia nursery. He quickly learned to grasp the daily feedings of enriched seafood puree. At night you would find him inspecting the minimalist aquascaping in search of prey: which he also quickly found in the form of large copepods and mostly Amphipods. So he always had something to do to keep himself (and his fins) busy and... happy !!

Orion reached it's minimum adult size of 12 inches in one year flat. Which is the same duration required in Nature !! They can measure up to 17 inches you know... By the way Volitan requires a minimum water density  of 1.025 throughout it's life which is quite lengthy. Like with so many other Marine fishes lower densities will cause kidney failure in the short term...

Was ORION a Red or Black Volitan I'm often asked... Well... Volitan can be Black and it can be Red: in my humble opinion they are often confused with look alike species that's all  :)  

Coloration is due to a a subtle combination of water parameters, nutrition and fish's mood that determine this... ORION went through Dark and Light phases as you might see in photographs.

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BLACK Volitan     or     RED Volitan

you decide... 

The Hunt Goes On

Don't expect for a minute that Volitan's interest for stalking prey will vanish once it reaches adulthood... Or because you feed it large raw whole supermarket shrimps or an occasional fresh salmon treat (might be Tilapia... better check the source...). So you should have a permanent - reproducing - colony of Amphipods in the tank to keep your friend busy and happy !!

 

Volitan is a very smart fish and will develop new hunting strategies given the opportunity... Really I'm serious    :)

So what are these two guys here doing in your opinion.....   (?)

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Orion and Lancelot are in tank center patiently waiting for caretaker to hand feed the Rhodactis family...

(Rhodactis to the left is a full 12 inches in diameter)

Lancelot is anxiously waiting for  leftovers when Anemone opens up... 

Orion is scrupulously checking for large Amphipods to come out for Anemone's leftovers... 

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You know... I've heard them all... from the Hot Air Ballon Festival... to the Tourist Bubble-Gum repository.... 

But when you look closely... Aquascaping is a wonderful thing !! 

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It's True !!!

 

I can stand Straight-Up / Head Down for minutes...

but not for hours anymore... 

Thanks for visiting SBMarine

A Great Day to Everyone !!