Turquoise Tear Drop Tomato Clown

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  1. iBluewater

    iBluewater Senior Member (PhD)

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    The Turquoise Tear Drop Tomato Clownfish (A. frenatus) is truly the rarest Tomato Clown. This specimen and its mate are the only know pair to exist is captivity. Both specimens were collected from the wild.

    Photo below taken under full spectrum compact fluorescent bulb 42 watts=200 watts @ 6500K
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  3. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Wow. What a beautiful clown. I'd love to see more pics if you have any.

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  4. iBluewater

    iBluewater Senior Member (PhD)

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    Thank you Matt, they are truly a unique pair the male has a bright turquoise tear drop on one side and a faint tear drop on the other. The photo above and this photo below is that of the female. Its has two bright turquoise tear drop, one on each side. The male is extremely shy, taking refuge behind this Snow Haddoni when its does come out to eat I'll try to snap some pics of it.

    Photo below taken under full spectrum compact fluorescent bulb 42 watts=200 watts @ 6500K
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    nc208082 Zoanthid

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    beautiful clowns, is that the snow speckled giganteus you posted recently playing host to them? or trying to at least?
     
  7. iBluewater

    iBluewater Senior Member (PhD)

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    Thank you, this specimen hosting the Tomato clown is the haddoni equivalent of the Snow Speckled Gig. Here are pics of them. Top pic is the Snow Speckled Gig and the bottom the haddoni.

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    nc208082 Zoanthid

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    Both stunning specimens. The lighting in the pics mentions its 6500k and its compact flourescant. Your specimens are always stunning. To achieve their true color and form can this be achieved with using the 20000k most reefers use? It makes sense as most nems would be found in much shallower waters than a lot of corals so a much warmer spectrum is what they require to be in ideal conditions.
    What's your opinion on lighting for a nem in a mixed reef. Use a bubble tip and a carpet for example. Benefits to using cfl over mh, led, or t5? Spectrum.

    Or am I running on a goose chase thinking these things will have a large impact on growing conditions in our captive environments?
     
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  11. iBluewater

    iBluewater Senior Member (PhD)

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    Thank you for your kind words and compliment. Depending on collection location our specimens are kept under 5500 - 6700K whenever artificial lighting is used.

    You could over time acclimate an anemone to a higher K reading provided the increase is gradual. Have a look at this two pics below they are the same anemone, in the top pic it took all but 37 seconds for the anemone to stress when we exposed it to a sudden higher K reading. Notice the gaping mouth and the sparse tentacles on the right. Note the difference in the 2nd pic its mouth is shut tight and the tentacles on the right no longer sparse. All this in a time frame of a minute and a half after returning its K reading to 6500K.

    There are many hobbyist who have successfully kept anemones of various species under higher K reading, that said gigs and mags in our experience appear to be most sensitive to sudden light spectrum changes.

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    The main benefits of of cfl & LED I suppose with be lower utility bills :) I'm told the newer LED systems have adjustable K knobs.

    We should however not overlook the need for excellent water quality, a stable PH etc.