Monday, August 6, 2007
TOMATO CLOWNFISH IN CLONE #13
For "LADIES NIGHT" here on the White Knuckles blog, I present this image for Laura Tate.
This clownfish shot I took this morning. I rescued this fish from a local vet`s office. I actually rescued the complete tank, but it was in sad shape. The anemone was given to me by a friend, to give the clown a more natural habitat.
The anemone when in a healthy environment will tend to reproduce. It does this by cloning itself into two anemones by splitting in two. This is actually the thirteenth clone from the mother one.
I really have no way of knowing if this is the original or not, but seeing as it`s a clone, it matters little.
The anemone is in peril in the wild only when it`s clownfish is removed & the clown suffers the same peril if the anemone is removed. The clownfish will make sure the anemone is fed by bringing food to it. In the tank pictured here, & yes there is water & an acryrlic layer between you & the animals, so you are safe, there are two more anemones from the parent one. The clownfish now serves three mistresses. It also has three secure spots . I use to give the clones to any responsible hobbyist but now I trade them in at aquarium shops for whatever I might need. My clones are still always available to anyone who can care for them. There will be a time when, as a reefing community, we will be replenishing the wild stocks moreso than what we do already. The reef community website of which I am a longtime member has over 130,000 members worldwide. I`ll put in a new slideshow in the "Planet Earth" location in the morning to surprise the guest of honor Ms. Laura Tate. She doesn`t know yet she is gracing us today but she will be notified through proper channels.