Magically Multiplying Fish Tanks

Kim received a “free” fish tank from my buddy Rob last fall. In the past 5 months that single tank has magically expanded into 4 separate fish tanks:

  1. Kim’s 29 gallon Freshwater Hex
  2. My 3 gallon Freshwater Eclipse
  3. My 46 gallon (Empty) Bow-Front
  4. Kim’s 29 gallon Saltwater Reef BioCube

Here’s a new page of pictures I made of Kim’s new Saltwater Tank. I’ll try to get pictures of the others online as they become available.

Several hundreds of dollars later, the moral of the story is TANSTAAFFT (There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Fish Tank).

UPDATE: Any help identifying the the inhabitants of Kim’s tank would be greatly appreciated.

8 thoughts on “Magically Multiplying Fish Tanks

  1. Well, I have to say as usual you have out done yourself – the saltwater looks great.
    I’m sure the kids are loving it

    Let me know when you decide to work on your PHD again and I’ll take over one of the fish tanks 🙂 .

  2. Well, I really had almost nothing to do with it. Kim bought a running reef tank on Craigslist, I mostly helped setup the pump.

    Right now I’m only responsible for a little 3 gallon freshwater tank.

  3. Ours multiplied and multiplied, then I have a tank leak, and we consolidated.

    We are down to two freshwater (55 and 15) and two marine (120 and 72).

  4. The picture next to the skunk cleaner shrimp is Zoanthid polyps, also called button polyps, Zoanthus sp. by the look of it they will green up and be called “green button ployps”.

    Off to ID the next one.

  5. The one next to the Starki damsel is a Rhodactis sp. Hairy mushroom. Not sure what species, it has lost a bunch of its photosynthetic cells. How close are these to the light source, they like to be a little shaded.

  6. The pic between the pseudocromis and the fire fish is a type of Xenia. Do the little hands seem to pulse – one and close on their own without the current? If so they are commonly called pulsing Xenia. THey look like Xenia elongata to me. They will spread, and are probably what is in the other close up.

    Scattered all over seem to be a lot of different mushroom polyps. Mushroom corals are easy to identify because they are ‘flat’, sometimes hairy, round-ish face a single stalk and foot holding them to the rock or glass and a central mouth. They can be different colors, stripes, and spots.. There are a bunch of small ones to the left of the Xenia and one larger one to the right of the Xenia.

  7. The bright orange mushrooms are a nice colony of a somewhat hard to find color. I have some too, and they are pretty and spread well.

    The flatter variety are often part of the Discosoma sp. . As a speciens mushrooms are also called mushroom anemones or dish anemones.

  8. The light green ones I can’t identify. At first glance it looks like a coral skeleton, or if they are soft and pliable then they are more mushrooms.

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