Announcement Concerning Fish


I'm constantly being asked ... Are You Selling Fish Anymore? 


Quick answer is - yes & no.  I will not be bringing in more until international flights are normalized.  The vast majority of the reef fish we keep are collected in the Indo Pacific area and need cargo flights to come into the US.  What used to be a 2 day flight is now 4 days & many are perishing from the stress.  Given the extreme mortality rate, super high costs per animal & shipping, I've decided to wait & put my focus on my soft & LPS coral aquaculture efforts.  I remain hopeful that "normal" is around the corner & once it is, I plan to bring in fish livestock again. I will certainly post on my website AND send a newsletter when that happens.

Note, I also work with US livestock collectors so will continue to bring in their inventory which is mainly CUC & sometimes fish.

 

Fingered Dragonet

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$69.00

Min 75 gallon tank home only

Fingered Giant Dragonet - Dactylopus dactylopus

Approx Size 5-6"

A spectacular & super rare fish in this hobby, the Fingered Dragonet is a cousin to the Scooter Dragonet but is much more ornate and certainly WAY larger!

Much like their cousin the Scooter Dragonet, they spend most of their day independently scooting in & out of your rocks hunting live copepods etc.  At dusk, if you have a pair, they will find each other & display mating behavior which is a beautiful sight to see!  At night or when scared they will bury themselves in the sand to hide & are almost invisible due to their coloration & pattern which gives them perfect camouflage.

These peaceful little fish are normally ignored by other fish as they don't have normal fish characteristics that make them seem like a threat.

Special Notes!
Never, ever keep 2 male Dragonets in the same tank as they will fight to the death!  Also beware of the fact that some male Dragonets could have been improperly housed with unsuitable tankmates & may have had their long dorsal fin nipped off so it "looks" like a female!  Folks, this is way too common.  Buy only from a reputable source like AquaCorals & know what you're getting!

I do NOT recommend quarantine tanks.  Because Dragonets spend most of their time in among the rocks they would no doubt scared being in a small environment where they can't hide as normal from perceived danger.  Add to this, the transfer from the Q tank to the DT (display tank) is going to be another stressor for them.  Never is a Q tank exactly the same as a DT,  the transfer scares them & they have to acclimate to yet another environment.  I encourage you to place my Dragonets in your DT once acclimated.

My Dragonets do not leave my facility until they are eating frozen PE Mysis Shrimp!  This usually takes a week so you know they are fully rested as well as eating when they arrive to your home!

Feeding Dragonets:  Feed Every Day - Once A Day.  My Dragonets are trained to eat PE Mysis Shrimp.  Prepare by thawing the amount to feed in cold tap water.  IA clean bathroom size paper cup works well for most.  Once thawed, pour/strain through a net (a 3 inch net works great for this) & rinse with cold tap water.  Add clean tap water to your container & backwash the Mysis shrimp into the water.  Add any other foods like flake & frozen Calanus to the Mysis.  I suck up this "suop" with a clean turkey baster & broadcast feed the mix into the tank.

Please, do not chase your AquaCorals Dragonet(s) around trying to target feed them as they are all reclusive eaters meaning they won't want to eat in front of you until they associate you with food.  Trust me when I say my Dragonets know full well what PE Mysis shrimp is & when hungry, will chase after it no matter how many other fish you may have competing for it!  A sad commentary is that this beautiful little fish is still drug collected by many today which almost always results in it starving, even though eating.  This is noted by a concave belly as well as seeing a horizontal rib line that runs down the length of their body.  A well conditioned Dragonet will be rounded out all the way to it's tail whereas a malnourished Dragonet will be concave above & below this rib line, pictured below.

Dragonet Malnourished

 Dragonet TopContition

 

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