More from the south east of Queenslands ocean areas and the sport hobby combo the aandtsociety participates in.
Firstly just a couple off useless facts, well some will think so or possibly say it’s a load of bull from their lack of knowledge and to back up misconceptions and there are heaps of those around,lol.
Over fishing of edible species, which on average are predators to near all aquarium fish, results in more than a reef can handle of popular aquarium fish species inhabiting the reefs and subsequently eating the corals/anemones at a greater rate, most angelfish and all chaetodons/butterfly fish eat corals/anemones, others do as well but they are the main culprits, hence the need for balance with reef regulations.
Over collection of aquarium species actually enhances the reefs invertebrate content a great deal, predators will find foods other than the food chain popular aquarium fish species!
Here are a few examples of what is around the south east that we get to see, take home and a few oceanic facts.
Some of the club members went for a collecting trip out wide, a few weeks back, sadly I couldn’t make that trip,but one of the guys likes this thing in particular he collected from the day,yuk,only a mother could love that face,lol,some like the frog and angler fish types, not all of us though.
This is an actual anglerfish out of three main types we find around the southeast.
When you take them out of the water at all, you have to literally burp them by rubbing their lower organ cavity area upwards while submersed in their new home or they get an air bubble blockage inside that will kill them via not being able to eat, its easy to fix this issue!
Its like something the commercial guys and us at rare times have to do, with more so the two local types of pomacanthus angel fish, they are the worst, the latezonatus clown fish are prone as well in particular that are brought up to quick or the water temps are below 20c,this slows down their swim bladder functions and they get bent we call it, the swim bladder can not expel the oxygen they take from the water quick enough as you come to the surface with them.
The swim bladder expands far quicker then they can expel the trapped oxygen with in it,ours are never this bad but its sought of the same as the more xtreme example of a fish type with a swim bladder brought up from great depths on a fishing line,the bladder may show pertruding from their backside,they puff up and their eyes may bulge,not a pretty sight with line caught fish from waters over a hundred feet deep.
The first for me was around 26 years back when I was free diving and caught an adult pomacanthus imperator angel fish,in just over 40 feet of water, it was in winter and winter water temps back then were regularly 14c to 16c, so its swim bladder couldn’t expel as quick as I assended,so it got bent,luckily the commercial guy I was diving with (,I had finished my time on hookah and went off for some free diving to not get sick in the boat at anchor,) had a hyperthermic and iodine on board, it was dipped and has to be inserted the right way and extract the air and they are fine, it went to a Melbourne business and started life with the owners other already 35 year old imperator!
These are the recent adult imperator and semicirculatus pomacanthus that are quite easy to get bent,seen on our trips.
This is one of the medium depth sites we free dive for our aquarium fish and inverts, this site is mostly 45 to 55 feet deep, its one of the good blue surgeon sites.
This is a popular rock pool with us to visit.
One of the many friendly rays we see on our trips, this one was fine until it was noticed underfoot.
Some times when we are collecting, these rays come in and literally forage under or next to us.
Last year one of the guys had his legs pushed aside so it could get under him, he though it was one of us, I was just watching in amazement.
This pair of valentini puffers are just old enough to try and mate, the guys collect one from time to time, a lot are around this year due to very few of their predators around.
Personally I haven’t kept them in many years as they strip and kill tubeworms and kill shrimps as such by starting at the feelers down to the eyes and they are history.
I keep and favour a great deal of tubeworms and shrimp, so that is why I wouldn’t want any!
A new season mimic tang (acanthurus pyroferus) spotted.
The mimics are more common in the tropics, Indonesia in particular, though we see most of the variations here.
There are four centropyge (dwarf angelfish) that this one type of tangs off spring mimic,and each is completely individually born to mimic one of these,the flavissimus,heraldi,vroliki and eibli,all these angelfish that are mimicked become the same adult tang!
The same tang collected.
This is my adult mimic at home, it started out as a flav mimic 10 months back and the one collected will turn out the same as all the pyroferus will.
The new mimic eating and living nicely with others in my tubs, I might swap the big one I have with one of the guys and put it in the display tank.
A medium sized pineapple fish (cleidopus gloriamaris) or port and starboard fish.
The left and right name refers to the utilized bioluminescent bacteria lighting they have just under each eye to aluminate the waters at night to hunt for and attract planktonic life to feed on when small.
As they get bigger, they feed on more basic small shrimp and to a less a degree, fish as well.
No one is prepared at this time to go to the trouble of getting one feeding as has been done in the past, so it was just photographed.
The variations of this fish consist only two types in the world and the one pictured is our endemic species to Auz and are a popular catch for the over seas commercial market.
In the distant past when working with the commercial guys, I had twelve in a small tank that I had feeding for several months and the lights illuminated the whole room, you had to close the door to that bedroom as it was that bright at night.
You always see some around wrecks at night like heaps of little head lights,a very common fish here in the south east
This trip there were two leopard sharks having a bludge on the oceans floor, one six footer and one quite a bit larger, lazy fish,lol!
This white tip got the wrong impression as it was hanging around one of the spear fisherman out of us and the club member knew I wanted some more shark pics for the clubs forum, so he lured it over and pointed at it, so the shark spotted me and rushed at me and the sudden movements of me trying to get the camera out of my wet suit pocked gave it the wrong impression!
Straight for me until I got the camera out and rushed at it for a pic and it dived under me, just between my legs, this is one of many pics as I had the camera on continues high speed pics,the focus on some is bad but most are cool pics.
The signals I was giving off via neurological elec controls and the raised heart beat trying to get the camera out, gave it the wrong impression, until I came at it, no hands or feet for the sharks dinner,lol.
Tips aren’t much of a hassle anyway really.
One of the nicely coloured pinkish tubeworms seen, my favourite marine creature, the feather duster on the end of this very gross worm that lives in a daggy sought of leather tube come in so many wonderful colours, extremely common in the south east.
These require a robust biological filter, and a great deal of diligence on our part is needed to have them survive and multiply in the aquarium.
If their predators are not let into the aquarium as most people let happen, with the right foods and the right frequency, also the right conditions, they are so easy to have thrive its not funny and they look like a flower garden in the aquarium.
These two predators in a fight to the death, were watched for ages, the sequence of pics from the wobbegong grabbing the ocy to the wobbegong to touch, having nothing much left, went on for quite a while so we left, it was getting boring and sought of discusting.
The wobbegong was 6 to 7 feet and the ocy was quite large.
Well they were more adventures combined with the reef aquarium hobby in the southeast had by us as usual.