mauve. Along with these, the gor-gonians, Astraea snails, Peppermint Shrimp, Serpent Sea Star, and Pygmy Sea Cucumber would be compatible and easily maintained. Stocking a small tank with cultured live rock and Christmas Tree Worm rock, one of the gobies, and the invertebrates mentioned above would create an unusual and ecologically accurate display of the life in this part of the Gulf.

Another fascinating selection might be the Decorator Arrow Crab, Podochela reisi. Like several other species of crabs, Podochela camouflages itself by attaching bits of living organisms, such as sponges and algae, to its carapace. It may pick off small organisms from rocks, but rarely does severe damage. Each time the crab molts, it will don a new set of Red Encrusting Sponge (Monanchora barbaden- "clothes," since its camouflage is shed along with the old carapace. It may remove some of its favorite Obviously, a Christmas Tree Worm aquarium attire from the cast-off exoskeleton and reattach them, or could take many forms, and the choice of fishes and inver- it may select an entirely new ensemble from whatever is at tebrates to populate an accurate habitat is astonishingly large. In response to my request for examples of species that have cost some divers their lives by pulling them too far away from their boats. We always keep the boat manned and the divers' positions marked by clearly visible buoys. In terms of the best growth of the worm colonies, there isn't a clear relationship to current flow. We find them on all four sides of rock piles, and on the rock ledges we see them on all exposed sur- Orange Elephant Ear Sponge (Agelas faces. We see abundant colonies in stands of live fire coral (Mille-pora sp.) and hiding in stands of dead Oculina sp." [.Authors note:

Neither type of colony can be collected, because the corals are protected, even the dead Oculina. The worms may indeed derive an advantage from growing among the stinging branches of the fire coral, which would offer shelter from predators.]

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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