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RON_3628-Regal-Tang

I have been out of town quite a bit since making a number of changes to my 90 gallon saltwater reef over the Christmas period.  While I have been out of town, various family members and friends have taken turns feeding the fish and looking after the tank.  Happily, I can report that the reef is doing well and even the anemone has split into two.

RON_3624-Hammer-Coral RON_3623-Toadstool-Coral

RON_3622-Anemone

RON_3617-Saltwater-reef

I am super happy to see that the Yellow Tang continues to regain its health. When I obtained this Tang, it was suffering from lateral line disease and had a broken bone in its dorsal fin. It was wonderful to be able to watch the cleaner shrimp and blood red shrimps work on the bone until they were able to take it our of the Tang’s fin. Certainly happy that I was able to retrieve it from a likely shortened life. It’s fins will likely never get back to looking normal but it still is quite capable of holding its own in getting to the dinner table each time that I add a bit of food.

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Ottawa Valley Aquarium Society (OVAS) Annual GIANT Auction – 2011

Sunday, March 6TH, 2011 is the day of the Ottawa Valley Aquarium Society (OVAS) Annual GIANT Auction and I will be there hoping to get a good price for the twenty items that I will have up for auction. I will also be selling raffle tickets and doing all sorts of other little things to help the organizers including carrying around my camera. More photos will follow after the auction.

Midnight in my front hallway.

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Well, the morning arrived, and, for most of us that meant finding our cars or trucks under the white stuff left behind by an overnight storm.

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Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, Tennessee (Part II)

Penguin swimming

The first part of this multi-part posting of my visit to the Tennessee Aquarium focused on the orchids and butterflies exhibits and a few of stingrays on exhibit. This Part II highlights the reefs and the jelly fish displays. The jelly fish are a bit tough to photograph because they are in constant motion but I was surprised by the number of different varieties that the Tennessee Aquarium had on display and the amount of aquarium space that they had allocated to displaying these interesting creatures. Part III covers the “River Journey” building.

Coral Reef - Tennessee Aquarium

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The Porte Dorée Aquarium – Paris, France

The Porte Dorée Aquarium – Paris, France

The Porte Dorée Aquarium - Paris, FranceThe Porte Dorée Aquarium is part of the Palais de la Porte Dorée complex and is quite large It is easily reached from Central Paris via the subway system. You get off the subway at the Porte Dorée station. My initial interest was in visiting the large park surrounding Lac Daumesnil which is across the street from the Porte Dorée Aquarium. Both are a reasonable short walk from the subway station. It is probably easy to get a cab or bus from the subway to the park or the aquarium but I just walked.

The Porte Dorée Aquarium - Paris, France

Although I found many things in the exhibits to interest me, the large Humphead Wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) was the creature that got most of my attention. The aquarium has named their specimen “Napoleon”. “Napoleon” is a wrasse from the Indo-Pacific region. Males of the species reach 6 feet in length, females somewhat smaller. Colour in these images is real, not photoshopped!

The Porte Dorée Aquarium - Paris, France

Once I got past the thrill and enjoyment of seeing and photographing “Napoleon, I turned my attention to other exhibits.  The saltwater marine exhibits are generally more brightly lit than most of the freshwater exhibits so the SW exhibits tended to get more of my attention than the FW exhibits.

The Porte Dorée Aquarium - Paris, France

The Porte Dorée Aquarium - Paris, France

The Porte Dorée Aquarium - Paris, France

The Porte Dorée Aquarium - Paris, France

The size and colour of some of the other marine display inhabitants was quite spectacular.

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Paris, France

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Paris, France

Paris – getting there was half the fun or at least it should have been 🙁 . Unfortunately, the day of our flight, there was a switch to daylight saving time zone or some such occurrence and the North American airlines forgot to tell the European Airlines. The result, flight schedules didn’t match and the wild scramble at the airports to re-book flights, shuffle passengers onto other airlines, re-book connecting flights many miles away by standing in airport queues, etc., just to get across the ocean and then redo the whole process once on the ground in Europe, began in earnest. I realized fairly quickly what had happened with our flight arrangements and rushed to start the re-booking process to make sure that we had a connecting flight booked when we eventually got across the Atlantic. The easy part was estimating that we would be one hour later in arriving. The more difficult part was booking without knowing the schedules or what complications we might encounter on the other side of the Atlantic. I was able to get connecting flights booked so ended up in Paris only an hour or two later than planned. I can assume that others were not so lucky.

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My reef in 2006

In 2006, my main reefs consisted of two 40 gallon aquariums, each 4 feet long. Since these corals were photographed, both reefs suffered badly during a temporary power failure and most of the corals were lost.

Leather sp.

Xenia sp.

Pulsing Xenia sp. When the conditions are right these polyps open and close in a rhythmic fashion.

Yellow Wrasse

Ricordea sp.

Toadstool Leather

Montipora digitata

Xenia sp.

Zoanthis sp.

Zoanthid sp.

Zoanthid sp.

Montipora capricornus “Monti Cap”

Ricordea sp.

Leather sp.

Candy Cane sp. These multiply by eventually forming a wall between two halves and then becoming individual units of a cluster formation.

Unknown Cornal sp.