Tuesday, July 17, 2007
FIRE AND WATER
A Flame Angelfish, Centropyge loricula [Gunther, 1874]
This Flame Angel is about two & one half inches long, but may grow about one more inch, at full maturity in the wild.
As with many of my specimens, this one was brought to me by a, tank maintenence, friend.
The tankmates he was introduced to, weren`t taking kindly to him, so he brought it here for my tank.
There is always a chance that a new fish may not act, according to the shared knowledge, of other reefers, or chronicled observations in the wild. This is a slightly marginal "reef safe" fish.
In other words, depending on what other species are in your tank, that you are very fond of, this may not be a good addition. Some people keep large clams, but this fish will pick at it`s mantle.
It may also pick & nibble on your beautiful collection of Zoanthids, or snack on large polyped corals.
This one turned out just fine, maybe because it remembers the nice home it came to, after being bitten & harrassed, but then sometimes I wonder why a coral disappeared.
I`ve had this fish for about five years.
One thing I must address, to any one who think these fish are held captive in a small enclosure, respectively.
The fish or any other creature that is motile, in my tanks, would not inhabit a space any larger than what I offer, in the wild.
This also allows the fish to have a longer life, away from predators, & other possible pitfalls that are innumerable in the ocean of the fittest.
There are two exceptions to fish habitat size, that I have. Although they are rescued fish, I do not turn any fish away.
I will place the fish in friends larger tanks or accomodate them in mine.
These two are both Tangs, & normally range a larger area, but are very comfortable, where they reside, in seperate tanks.
Flames & Blue Tips.