Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Care and Feeding of Your Monster

We have a new hobby - salt water aquariums... And other than beautiful corals, our prize possessions are frogfish aka angler fish.They use little lures attached to their heads to "go fishing" and look like little old men. They are hysterical to watch and are fairly tolerant of each other - with the exception of the occasional "I'm pushing you off this rock" game. They can expand their mouths to eat prey bigger than they are.

They are very hard to keep and we lost a couple (including the big mouth brown painted frogfish above). We also lost this little (Pikachu #1) because an urchin sucked off one of his legs. He survived a while in a hospital tank but finally died because he refused to eat :(

Finally we loss the below yellow baby giant frogfish to a bacteria infection (despite saving him from an aggressive starfish):
So we've already had some very sad moments. Anglers are so expressive and cute that they are more like puppies than fish, and really wiggle their way into your heart. Right now we have 4 little guys... We keep everyone fed so they don't eat each other.

Here is a video of our newest little monster eating a black molly. He was so frustrated "fishing" in his new tank we had to put him in a mini feeding container.
One important note  - anglers can never be out of water... Not even a second - so transferring him was a but nerve wracking. The current crew: Pikachu #2, OG, BIG RED, and Sunkist... Pictures to come.

Victor and I have 2 reef tanks and can sit for hours watching out little ocean worlds. I'm incredibly blessed to have a hobby with my partner that we both obsesses over - it taps into our creative sides. So stay tuned for frogfish updates and coral reviews!

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