Today was a rainy indoor day. We got three inches of rain last night plus more all day long. Not super heavy but a steady strong rain. This is a good thing. It is keeping the temperatures up and will refill the water tables and ponds. I can’t wait to go up to Mystery Pond by the trolley run to check on it – maybe tomorrow. On the other hand, it is a bummer for the Columbus Weekend tourists – the foliage colors are muted and the rain is knocking the leaves off the trees. On Thursday I did get a nice panorama of Sugar Mtn wrapped in it’s coat of fall colors. I will post that when I have finished putting it together.
We cleaned house and I did my desk and spend a bit of time working with my reef. I only go ‘in’ it about once a month or so and this gave me a chance to prune the macro algaes and move a few corals that were in less than ideal places. Yesterday I had bought two new clown fish at Gerry’s (Green Mountain Aquarium) when we went on our big trip to Burlington, Vermont.
The picture above shows three Amphiprion ocellaris commonly known as clown fish like Nemo. :) The two new additions are getting along great with my original clown. They’ve been getting to know the two bubble tipped anemones all morning.
Below the clowns is a Fungia fungites coral which is a hard stony sand dwelling coral. It is also called a plate coral and can be found in Papua New Guinea. It is capable of puffing itself way up and has a mouth in the middle that it opens to take food passed in via the tentacles. In person the coral has many florescent markings which unfortunately do not photograph well.
To the right you can see a Pacific Feather Duster (Sabellastarte sp.). I love feather dusters and they help to filter the water of particulate matter. They are fairly active for something that stays in one spot, swirling their fronds, drawing into their tube and coming back out.