In the latest updates we’ve got a video of some very special fish and a nice broad coral flat full of thriving colonies and frags. We received a nice box of angelfish from Poma Labs including two small captive bred conspicuous angelfish, one blue line angelfish and one of Matt’s ‘yellow’ blue line angels.
All of the fish are doing great, eating well, and basically begging for food non stop. All of the angelfish are just about two to three inches long with good weight and we hope to see them grow up fast. One of the conspics is still mostly black in the face but the other one is just beginning to show some of the conspicuous blue lines on its face.
Meanwhile the blue line angels look quite different with the regular blue line having classic broad lines while the yellow blue line has much thinner and more broken striping. Watching the colors and patterns develop in all of these fish will be one of the most exciting parts of growing them up, and we’ll be sure to keep these guys in the spotlight as they mature.
Of course the main event of the Reef Builders Studio will be building reef tanks and the corals they contain. To that end the coral flats will be very important to receiving, conditioning, and growing corals to place in displays.
The first coral flat was one of the first reef systems set up at the Studio and it’s been a fun learning experience to get this tank functioning optimally and keeping the first wave of corals. From day one this system has performed excellently with coral looking awesome, growing well and all of the corals have been loosely organized into neighborhoods.
Eventually the three coral flats will be more specialized in the corals they contain but for now, we couldn’t be happier with how this 200 gallon coral flat is running. We just got the lights hung on the other coral flats so stay tuned for a future update when these last two coral holding tanks come online and we’ll have lots more room for corals to collect and grow out.