Sunday, May 6, 2007

5/6 New Baby!

Purchased Valentini Puffer (Canthigaster valentini) at SeaWorld Pets, cost $25.00. (Also purchased Flicka's Pyjama Cardinal at the same time.)

Size: approximately 1 inch long
Active, alert to surroundings
Nameed: Bertie (though unsure of gender)

Acclimated to isolation tank via 1/4 cup added tank water to transport bags every 10 minutes over a 2-1/2 hour period.

Upon introduction to tank, Bertie remained alert and active, did not hide. Bertie did not seem either aggressive or passive.

Other tank inhabitants: Mated pair of orange clownfish (female tends to be a bit aggressive) and their anemone; several snails; pajama cardinal (introduced to tank at same time as puffer); rocks; several species of coral (also introduced concurrently).

After a brief settle-in period, fish were fed a course of brine shrimp in solution. Bertie was quite interested in food and ate with "gusto". Cardinal ate a bit, but mostly kept to itself for the evening. Clownfish ate well.

Once light was turned off for the evening, Bertie settled to the floor of the tank and appeared to sleep.