Breaking Reef Peninsula Tank
In our Breaking Reef tank, we have created a habitat for creatures that originate, for the most part, in the shallow-water breaking reefs of the Indo-Pacific with bright sunlight & fast moving, turbulent flow.
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.
Masked Swallowtail Angelfish (Genicanthus semifasciatus) - This is one of the many fish we keep that are protogynous hermaphrodites, meaning they start their lives as females & at some point, if conditions are right, transition from female to male. Angelfish of the genus Genicanthus are some of the few marine angelfish that do not tend to eat coral or anemones, preferring algae & plankton as their sustenance.
Gold Spotted Rabbitfish (Siganus Guttatus) - Though it is not known to turn its nose up at a passing piece of plankton, this fish eats every kind of algae under the sun. This is one of the few fish we keep that is known to travel from its usual home in the coral reef into the brackish waters of estuaries & coastal river systems. This fish is commonly used as a food source for people living in areas near their habitat.
Green Leopard Wrasse (Macropharyngodon meleagris) - Wrasses are some of our favorite reef fishes, & Leopard Wrasses are some of our favorite Wrasses. They tend to be very peaceful community fishes & are active hunters of all sorts of tiny creatures living on the rocks, substrate, & corals.
Flame Hawkfish (Neocirrhites armatus) x2 - These fish tend to perch, like a hawk, in the branches of large Stylophora corals. They lack swim bladders, so when not actively swimming, they will rest on some sort of surface. When they see a delicious little critter swim, float, or crawl by, they swoop down & gobble it up.
Matted Filefish (Acreichthys tomentosus) - This fish is a creep. He hangs out in the shadows, eats plankton mostly, small anemones whenever he gets the chance. He's good to have around when the garden needs to be weeded of Aiptasia & Majano pest anemones.
Banggai Cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni) - This peaceful fish can often be found hanging out under a rocky ledge preferring to come out at night when the traffic is light. For this purpose, he has large, well-developed eyes able to see clearly in low light. An iconic aquarium species, these fish have a vertical black & silver pattern because when they first hatch from eggs carried in the mouth of their father, they are very vulnerable & take shelter in the spines of a Longspine Urchin. The pattern gives them camouflage.
Pajama Cardinalfish (Sphaeramia nematoptera) x3 - Closely related to the Banggai Cardinalfish, this fish displays most of the same behavior & anatomy. They are also mouth brooders & we see one of our males, on occasion, looking comical with his cheeks puffed out as he carries his eggs around. Unfortunately, no successful hatching of this species has occurred at Moloko to-date.
Glass Cardinalfish (Zoramia leptacantha) x5 - These fish dither about in small groups hoping to scarf down some passing plankton. They are very much like the other Cardinalfish in this tank in most respects, but different in that they are not aggressive toward one another & can therefore be kept together in larger numbers. Dune fans note that they, like the Fremen, have blue within blue eyes.
Flame Angelfish (Centropyge loriculus) x3 - These fish, protogynous hermaphrodites like so many other of our fish, live in little harems. They are a type of "Dwarf" Angelfish. Like other Angelfish, they are smart & pugnacious & could be rather dominant in this tank if they chose. They're pretty chill though.
Ruby Red Dragonet (Synchiropus sycorax) - Like the popular Mandarin Dragonet this fish moves about on the rocks & substrate looking for small crustaceans called Copepods to eat. Also like other Dragonets, this fish is pretty much indifferent to the fish that surround him.
Yellow Coris Wrasse (Halichoeres chrysus) - Another of our collection of Yellow Coris Wrasses, this one gets along mostly pretty well with his tankmates, only occasionally hazing a newcomer. As he gets bigger, the subtle mask on his face becomes more apparent. He hunts bugs & snails & what-have-you. He sleeps under the sand. These are things that most wrasses do.
Bartletts Anthias (Pseudanthias bartlettorum) - Wanna hear a sad story? Once there was a beautiful male Pseudanthias bartlettorum with 17 girlfriends (they tend to live in harems). He was abusive. He gradually had fewer & fewer girlfriends until one day, he was completely alone. Without a female present, his bright colors faded. Be good to your lovers everyone.
Lawnmower Blenny (Salarias fasciatus) - When you see this fish laying on its side on a rock, you might picture a fat guy in his 50's watching TV from the couch with a half-eaten slice of pizza on his chest. That's this fish's personality - lay around, eat some film algae off the rocks or glass if it looks easy, & get mildly excited at mealtimes.
Ocellaris Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) x4 - Here, we have a lovely little group of captive bred clowns wearing the classic bright orange with 3 vertical white bands. They've got their pecking order & don't pay attention to much else.
Purple Linckia Star (Linckia laevigata)
Arrow Crab (Stenorhynchus seticornis)
Emerald Crab (Mithraculus sculptus)
Electric Blue Hermit Crab (Calcinus elegans)
Micro Blue Leg Hermit Crabs (Clibanarius tricolor)
Polychaete Worms (Polychaeta sp.)
Mexican Turbo Snail (Turbo fluctuosus)
Astraea Snails (Astraea tecta)
Tiger Conch (Strombus sp.)
Nassarius Snails (Nassarius vibex)
Cerith Snail (Cerithiidae sp.)
Blue Tuxedo Pincushion Urchin (Mespilia globulus)
Spiny Urchin (Diadema setosum)
Tiger Tail Cucumber (Holothuria thomasi)
Micro Brittle Stars (Ophiuridea sp.)
Micro Asterina Stars (Asterina sp.)
Aiptasia Anemones (Aiptasia sp.)
Majano anemone (Anemonia majano)