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Herndons report that Christmas Tree Worms are starting to As of January 1, 1997, collection of any type oflive appear on aquacultured rock, and Teresa says that Spiro-rock product was banned in the waters off Florida. This pro- branchus can also be induced to spawn in the aquarium by hibition includes Christmas Tree Worm colonies growing manipulating temperature and day length. This may result on rock. Some collectors stockpiled this material, however, in the "farming" of this desirable species in the future.

and it is legal for such stocks to be sold. The number of

The Herndons are widely known and respected both for specimens is very limited as of this writing, and hobbyists the quality oi rock and organisms that they sell and their should be aware that a significant amount of "bootleg" willingness to share advice and assistance in the aquarium

(illegally collected) material has managed to reach the mar- care of Spirobranchus'.

ket. To avoid participating in violation of collecting laws, "Our Christmas Tree Worm specimens are collected hobbyists should look for Christmas Tree Worm specimens off the coast of Tarpon Springs, Florida (central west coast)

that are attached to clam shells, which are legal to collect. in the Gulf of Mexico," says Roy. "We've found them as far

The supply of worm rock specimens should be restored south as Sarasota and as far north as Crystal River. Most in the near future, however, as the worms are starting to of the divers work from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs, appear on aquacultured live rock. Roy and Teresa Herndon The depth we work is from 40 to 60 feet, although we've are professional collectors of aquarium specimens and pio- found worms at 25 to 90 feet. Water temperature ranges neers in the aquaculture of live rock products, available from 86 degrees F on the bottom in August to an uncom-

through their company, Sea Critters, in Dover, Florida. The fortable 50 degrees F in January and February.

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"The water currents in this area vary also," Herndon

From this diverse menu, promising aquarium choices continues. "During the new-moon phase, the currents are would be any of the sponges, which come in an array of slow but still noticeable. During the full-moon phase, be- beautiful colors, including bright red, orange, yellow, and ware! The currents at this time

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The COMPLETE guide to Aquariums

The COMPLETE guide to Aquariums

The word aquarium originates from the ancient Latin language, aqua meaning water and the suffix rium meaning place or building. Aquariums are beautiful and look good anywhere! Home aquariums are becoming more and more popular, it is a hobby that many people are flocking too and fish shops are on the rise. Fish are generally easy to keep although do they need quite a bit of attention. Puppies and kittens were the typical pet but now fish are becoming more and more frequent in house holds. In recent years fish shops have noticed a great increase in the rise of people wanting to purchase aquariums and fish, the boom has been great for local shops as the fish industry hasnt been such a great industry before now.

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