Soft Coral Anemone Mound
A soft coral lagoon, this aquarium houses our beloved Harlequin filefish, among others.
Harlequin Filefish (Oxymonacanthus longirostris) - This fish is very special. Once thought to be nearly impossible to keep in captivity, this fish has been thriving in the Moloko reef for over 2 years. Harlequin Filefish are like hummingbirds of the reef, as they hover over Acropora colonies eating polyps, small crustaceans, & tiny anemones. Their wild coloration helps them blend in with the crazy covers of the corals on which they live. This particular fish buzzes about, pretty indifferent to its tankmates. Usually sleeps hovering with it's nose facing straight down at night.
Pearly Jawfish (Opistognathus aurifrons) -
Yellow Eye Kole Tang (Ctenochaetus strigosus) - This fish is a great little herbivore with a funny-looking mouth & bright yellow accents around its eyes. It is always nibbling bits of algae & film off the rocks & sand. In Hawaii, Kole tangs aggregate to set up "cleaning stations" where sea turtles come to be groomed & have the algae growths removed from their shells. If you see it poop, you'll notice that the poop is mostly sand, which they commonly eat for the algae film that covers it.
Magnificent Foxface Rabbitfish (Siganus magnificus) - Friendly & fancy, with attractive & useful venomous spines, this fish loves vegetables. She has been with us for some 7 years, & spends her day making friends & grazing on whatever algae she finds growing on the reef.
Micro Blue Leg Hermit Crabs (Clibanarius tricolor)
Polychaete Worms (Polychaeta sp.)
Mexican Turbo Snail (Turbo fluctuosus)
Astraea Snails (Astraea tecta)
Micro Brittle Stars (Ophiuridea sp.)
Micro Asterina Stars (Asterina sp.)
Aiptasia Anemones (Aiptasia sp.)
Majano anemone (Anemonia majano)
Bubbletip Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor)