In this picture you can see the hermit cleaning the montipora and peeking out as if to beg for more attention. There are so many types of montipora and even more colors and shapes. They have become LeRoy's personal favorite and he will trade with anyone to get as many kinds as possible in our collection. Please do not miss the pictures I took and the slide show LeRoy did last week. It will give you some idea which montipora we have. PLATE FORMING MONTIPORA|
The relationship between the corals and the hermits is so important. If you truly think about matching the ocean conditions then these Janitors are certainly an important part. It is simply amazing how much they can eat in one day and how much the snails can clean in a day. We have actually forced many tanks to grow tons of algae and then we placed handfuls of janitors in the tank. In less than two weeks it was completely gone.
We have worked on breeding these creatures in captivity with limited results. Everything depends on shells that are available. The male hermit needs a big shell to grow in. The female needs a big shell to lay her eggs in but one that no predator can get into. The Cerith shells work the best for this.
We have had several successful batches. They need to be placed in a tank with only a air stone. NO fish, no anything, we fed them rotifers, and kept them alive for over three months our problem is they never settled out. They do not grow their own shell so it is our guess that they are also limited to shell that is available to them. As we spawn more types of snails we hope that we can provide the tiny shell the larval hermits need.
I hope that by sharing these slide shows we are increasing your knowledge and bringing you some enjoyment. I have taken close to 300,000 pictures now so it is hard picking which subject will be our next. We are proud to report that we have several pairs of clown fish breeding at the same time.
I have more babies than we can count, more babies than we can name and soon we hope to pass that success onto you. We are looking at developing an adopt a clown fish pair program, we will keep you informed on this subject. Meanwhile it is all of our hopes that our New Year keeps you safe, committed to your aquarium and spreading the word.
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