Friday, April 11, 2014

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Every fish has its own personality and will often behave differently than what we expect.  Sometimes it is a good thing, like a typically-aggressive clown tang that is the most peaceful fish in the aquarium.

Other times it is a bad thing, as in my case here where an ocellaris clownfish recently transferred from a different tank decided that he needed to beat up a new Wyoming White clownfish. I did anticipate some aggression, but definitely not to this degree.

This is where a quarantine tank, fish trap or specimen container comes in extremely handy. I was able catch the trouble-maker and isolate him in the new CPR CITR PRO In-Tank Refugium.

The new CITR PRO looks much more robust than the standard model. Instead of the small round drilled holes, it has nicely-machined slots to allow for better water flow.

The small suctions cups are also replaced by a versatile bracket that can be mounted to either a horizontal or vertical surface. This bracket is very thoughtfully designed and accommodates different aquarium rim widths (for standard aquariums, rimless aquariums or euro-braced aquariums) as well as allowing adjustment of the height of the container.

The CITR PRO is offered in two sizes. The small version is 7.5" x 4.25" x 7.25" and the large model measures 12" x 6" x 8". They are also offered with and without pumps. Shown here is the smaller of the two models.

With the aggressive clownfish in the ‘time-out box’, the new clownfish now has a chance to get established without being harassed.  In a week or so, the troublemaker will be released back to the aquarium and will hopefully get along with the now-established Wyoming White clownfish. If not, the trouble-maker will be relocated to a different aquarium.