Welcome back, Reefbuilder! You were missed. It would be great to see some
pix of your reef and its residents. Do you have any?
Steven A. Ellis
At 05:41 AM 7/18/02 -0500, you wrote:
>Tuesday I peeked at the nest and the swarm was gone....Poof!
>I'm so glad my buddy and his wife had a chance to see them
>before they moved on. It was good timing for a mess of new catfish.
>There used to be a solid pack of six that came and went. I remember
>the first time they showed up. This was years ago, more than a decade.
>I was just beginning to expand the first small reef and becoming more
>comfortable with the fish when the reef was invaded by a school of
>They were no where near full size...maybe 12-15 inches but with the
>mag factor, looked huge to me! I was "schooled" by my fisherman father
>in the proper way to remove a catfish from a hook without getting
><g> so I considered them a threat and scrambled onto the reef and
>watched them circle and vacuum the bottom for the crumbs from my feeding
>the minnows and such.
>I'm quite used to them now, of course and Curly still begs in my face
>butts me from behind if I ignore him (or her <g>). Curly and Moe are
>the only two survivors or at least the only two who come by anymore,
>so it's nice to know there are more born and hopefully growing into new
>reef residents. I looked around and there are babies to be seen under
>rocks and in the leaf litter on the bottom. It was just last year, I
>that I first saw a young, as in under six inches, catfish. I wonder how
>big they have to get before they come out from under the rocks in the
>day time. I'd dearly love to have night vision snorkel goggles if such
>things exist. Oh to see what happens on the reef at night!
>If I may ask, someone here gave me some good links of fresh water
>fish pics? I lost all my bookmarks when I upgraded over the winter.
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