I’ve been a bit lax with my reef posts lately, in part because I’m scheduling the tours for my upcoming mystery, BLADE OF THE SAMURAI, which releases on July 15. I’ve come out of the weeds, however, and I’ll be back to regular posting as of this week.
Since it’s the first week of a new month, today’s reef post offers “the best of” April 2014:
We brought home a new dragonet (sometimes known as a “scooter blenny”), who’s doing well and already eating frozen mysis–in the wild, they live on live foods only, so making the transfer to frozen is a big deal. His name is “Tai,” which translates to “supreme” in Chinese and “Fat [one]” in Japanese, both of which suit him well:
Ghillie, the male seahorse, is shy and hard to photograph. When he makes an appearance, I try to be ready:
The hitchhiker limpets that help with algae cleanup in the sump and on the upper reef have multiplied wildly lately. One evening, I captured evidence that the next generation of limpets is on the way (the white blur beneath the limpet is a string of tiny limpet eggs):
Red Spot, the fire shrimp, celebrated his fourth birthday this spring. That’s very old for a fire shrimp, so we’re glad to still have him around:
Last, but not least, a photo of Ceti (the female seahorse) in natural light:
I always have trouble picking a favorite, but the photo of Ceti is probably the one I like best this month. How about you?