Back Bar Brain Field
This tank houses our collection of BRAINS - Acanthastrea, Lobophyllia, Favia, Favites dominate the lower half of this aquarium while Acropora, Montipora, & Seriatopora colonies soak up the sun in the turbulent waters above.
Here you will also find an array of coral fragments that we've cultured to share with others in the reef keeping community.
Ocellaris Clownfish "Darwin Black" (Amphiprion ocellaris) x2- These captive bred clowns are descended from an interesting black morph of Ocellaris that hail from the reefs near Darwin, Australia. Black Ocellaris clowns are a bit feistier than other morphs, & these tend to bite our aquarist's hand if he gets too close to their favorite coral when maintaining the tank.
Midas Blenny (Ecsenius midas) - An old favorite, the Midas blenny splits her time between resting on a rock on the lookout for tasty bits of plankton & swimming about gracefully, shoaling with & mimicking Lyretail anthias, her chosen company.
Mandarin Dragonet (Synchiropus splendidus) - A show stopper, this fish cruises around on the rocks & sand waving his fancy fins around & looking for little bugs (copepods) to suck up with his kissy little mouth. Nobody much messes with the Mandarin. Bright psychedelic colors like those of this fish often indicate an unpalatable meal.
Dusky Jawfish (Opistognathus whitehurstii) - This fish has 4 words for you: "Stay off my lawn." He lives in that hole. He cleans it, & tends to its entrance. He has collected a few rocks & shells that he likes to keep near the opening. The jawfish is always on the lookout & will dart out lightning fast to snatch a passing morsel & then return to his hole in the blink of an eye acting like nothing happened.
Yellow Coris Wrasse (Halichoeres chrysus) - This fish is a great hunter of small crustaceans, bristle worms, & coral pests. As he gets bigger, he gets bossier, which can sometimes be problematic. Like other wrasses, he sleeps through the night beneath the substrate.
Desjardinei Sailfin Tang (Zebrasoma desjardinii) - This fish has some crazy patterns & decorations, no? A close relative of the Yellow Tang, this larger Surgeonfish from the Red Sea is active & boisterous. It spends its time looking for algae & small critters to eat by day, whether growing/crawling on the rock or drifting in the water column it does not care.
Black Leopard Wrasse (Macropharyngodon negrosensis) - This fish is peppy & easygoing. She cruises about by day, eyes fixed on the rockwork & substrate, hunting for micro crustaceans, tiny mollusks, & nudibranchs. By night, she sleeps tucked away in a quiet corner beneath the sand covered in a protective layer of mucous.
One-Spot Foxface Rabbitfish (Siganus unimaculatus) - Like other Rabbitfish, this one is looking for algae & good times. Does NOT like disruption in the form of being caught or moved to another tank. It really just wants to get along, but has a mohawk of venomous spines for protection if something nasty goes down.
Starry Blenny (Salarias ramosus) - Chubby little critter, this blenny is a type of algae blenny. Spends its time eating film algae off the rocks or sitting around waiting for something delicious to swim by.
Yellow Prawn Goby (Cryptocentrus cinctus) -
Harlequin Shrimp (Hymenocera picta)
Arrow Crab (Stenorhynchus seticornis)
Emerald Crab (Mithraculus sculptus)
Electric Blue Hermit Crab (Calcinus elegans)
Micro Blue Leg Hermit Crabs (Clibanarius tricolor)
Mexican Turbo Snail (Turbo fluctuosus)
Astraea Snails (Astraea tecta)
Tiger Conch (Strombus sp.)
Nassarius Snails (Nassarius vibex)
Blue Tuxedo Pincushion Urchin (Mespilia globulus)
Tiger Tail Cucumber (Holothuria thomasi)
Serpent Star (Ophiura ophiura)
Brittle Stars (Ophiuridea sp.)
Aiptasia Anemones (Aiptasia sp.)
Asterina Stars (Asterina sp.)