Pomacanthus and conspicillatus angelfish settling in here in SEQ

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Pomacanthus and conspicillatus angelfish settling in here in SEQ Empty Pomacanthus and conspicillatus angelfish settling in here in SEQ

Post  liquidg on 11th October 2016, 7:57 am

The south easterly winds we are experiencing here in SEQ at the moment, though not strong enough to do a lot, is carrying in to shore millions of imperators and semicirculatus drifting along at their planktonic stages.

Once the wind gets above 15 to 20 knots it is strong enough to bend in to shore the surface of the east ausy current which has the youngest of the life moving along, the larger they get and still living as plankton, the deeper they live in the current, which doesn't seem like current normally in close.
Their planktonic stage means they are transparent and feeding on a variety of phyto and zooplankton.

From around mid October to mid November the fish species, of many in the plankton drifting along east aus in the east ausy current, is greatly represented by the pomacanthus species and just a few weeks back the second blast that appears to have been strong enough to be the once in a 7 year thing of the south to north current, this happens in around may then the next in September that brings us the conspics and other cool water species as juveniles or larvae each year, but in big numbers each 7ish years.

The conspics, how ever many we are due to get out of this years batches, have already set up their homes from leaving the plankton and are far too small to be seen as yet by us, but they are fighting for their right to exist where they landed with a ton of predators!
If lucky enough to find reef, and most likely as with all life from the plankton, 99 percent will not make it to adult hood, that's just nature!

So any one into reef keepers or folks that like to see these species while scuba or free diving, when you see this breeze this time of year, it is most likely bringing in a lot of life for aquarium life collectors to appreciate, divers that just dive to look at and under water photographers to get heaps of pics of such beautiful creatures, that you will start seeing from late February here and there, to full on by May/June as they get to a size that gives us the opportunity to see what survived that huge death toll that occurs along the east coast each breeding season.

The fish I mean are in this thread.

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