Thursday, July 19, 2007
This Tomato Clownfish Amphiprion frenatus Brevoort, 1856 is a rescued fish from a Vet`s office. I would never take any animal to that vet, after seeing what neglect the fish I rescued, were suffering. All the fish I took from him, [4 in total] are absolutely beautiful & in good health now. This clown called Tom, or Tommy Tomato, for short, is trying to get his pet anemone to grow, so he can better cuddle up in it.
This anemone has split numerous times into two clones of itself. From the original one, and I cannot tell the "mother" clone from any other, I have given away or traded or sold approximately a dozen. Although harmless to the Tomato, I get stung almost by just looking at it. It gives a little rash all over your body, but that goes away in about three months. NOT
I`m only kidding, folks.
It is an irritating rash, but you do have to be in close proximity to it. I now hardly feel it but still try to keep my distance. For instance I would never try & grab one bare handed, something one would never do anyway. It`s always, "handle with care" as with any living creature.
When I throw food in the tank at feeding time, the Tomato will often bring food into it`s orfice, & swim off to get some for itself.
I try & not keep anemones on principle, but I`m glad mine split so often, as my giving them to others, lessens the depletion of a little ecosphere in the ocean.
Factoid: When removing an anemone from the wild, you start a devastating chain of events that ultimately annihilates the little universe around it. The exact same destruction of this "universe" will happen if you remove the clownfish, also called an Anemonefish.
This happens because if you remove the clown, the anemone will be killed by a predator, free to do so, without the protection provided by the clown, & if you remove the anemone the clown will be killed by a different predator but will be dead nonetheless. From there, all other animals will lose the stabilizing presence of the symbiosis between the two.
The juvenile clowns will perish from lack of food, provided by the eating of the waste from crabs, who have been decimated by other predators, till all life, in a once small but thriving ecosystem, has disappeared. All this, a direct result of removing only one "card" in a house so fragily built.