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Post  liquidg on 15th October 2012, 12:39 am

It was one of those days that if the vis was just that little bit better then you could not fault the day out at all.

We had 15 to 18 foot vis,so it was only okay and water temp of around 20c to 22c,these were very nicely accompanied by a beautiful smooth ocean and fantastic weather.

So over all a nice day out for a free dive and rock pool day of collecting and generally appreciating the oceans beauty and abundance of life.

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The guys got some nice additions for their tanks but there isnít any amount of pics from that side if it this time, just this one coris picta juvenile wrasse collected then in its new life with in the aquarium.

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Upon arrival there must have been some stress here, even a plant near us while having a cuppa had white spot.

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Some algae and coralline algaeís in abundance.

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A few of the tubeworms seen.

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Some coral pics.

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This is a close up of the last pic showing a polyp ring in.

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A shed crab shell.
Most crustaceans shed their shell so perfectly you would think itís a live creature there, even down to the hairs,eyes,(everything)!
The creatures separates from its old shell by flooding its self with mucus and hormones after gorging its self and the carapace is squeezed a part from the head as with crays and shrimp and the creature pulls its self out thru this section with every part of its original self left behind with every part of its original self left intact as an identicle creatures pulls out if the old shell.

Now it uses the waters it is in to swell before the shell hardens and from beginning to end the hormones that are extracted by the female,attract males to fertilise her during the soft shell stage and predators can sense these hormones and track this scent back to a soft dinner.

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Always a beautiful sponge somewhere.

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Some colony anemones open

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rock pool anemones

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red
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One of my favourite life forms, the blue ascidian that enjoys high algae content planktonic foods and will take in waste.

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Natural swimming pools, now they looked inviting, especially the one full of lawn mower blennies.

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Post  Makaira on 15th October 2012, 1:44 am

looks like you guys had a great day, those red anemones look amazing
how good would they look in a tank
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Post  saltz on 15th October 2012, 3:40 am

scottatwello wrote:looks like you guys had a great day, those red anemones look amazing
how good would they look in a tank
Haha, I knew you would ask about these, they're tiny little nems, I've never seen any larger than 5-6cm across. I've got a spare if you want it.

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Post  liquidg on 15th October 2012, 5:11 am

Careful guys,the waratah,and pretty much any shoreline anemones can breed like flies and their sting, though itís a small type colony or individual anemones, all still have near as strong as carpets sting and stickiness.

What they can do is make you wonder where that fish went to or how did my fish get damaged or what is that sore on the eyes or body of the fish.

With any anemones, the problem is that when fish are in darkness that darkness brings out the crabs, mantis, brittle sea sras, other sea stars, worms, there are heaps of things and these move around and brush against the fish as they sit in wait for the lights to come on, they do not sleep in any way!

Some fish depending on the species or how many times they get touched or how they get touched, shit them selves and off they go in darkness,they can't see a thing, so up and out, bang into the glass,or live rock,or corals or accidentally into an anemone.

Whether its today or in three years time, you will know the down falls of any anemones in the aquarium, that is unless itís a dedicated tank for them which can look spectacular or an invert tank and you donít mind in fighting between corals and anemones.




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Post  Makaira on 15th October 2012, 5:24 am

How would they go.in my nano with the latz?
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Post  liquidg on 15th October 2012, 12:44 pm

If the lat were never to be put under stress, than it would work nicely.

When clowns/amphiprions are stressed or new to the tank, but thatís stress as well, then they loose the strength in the mucus coating and the anemone knows it is not part of it and fires off the stinging cells.

Clowns,some wrasse and blue tangs all have a mucus coating that will make an anemone believe the fish is part of the anemone to some degree, not the stronger anemones though!

Clowns eat some of the host anemones mucus each day to excrete that exact chemical make up of the anemones mucus in their own and from then on the anemone has no idea that the fish is there.

A stress response involving the adreno glands cortisol production in clowns over some time will weaken the organs that produce the mucus and the immune chemicals in the mucus and the fish will be cactus from the anemones sting.

Keep the lat happy and you are laughting, actually over all that would look really cool,some latz and heaps of waratahs,how cool would that look. sunny cheers





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Post  rabucazz on 21st October 2012, 2:13 am

Besides the collecting thing that was a great day out on the beach. My little boy had a great time.

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