Aquarium Feng Shui
Monika Schmuck is a lead biologist at New England Aquarium.
We wouldn’t have guessed it, but it’s awfully hard to get a certain little blue Caribbean fish to breed. In fact, it took an expert at the New England Aquarium a year of work to set up the right combination of mood lighting, tank feng shui, and a never-ending buffet of gourmet fish food to make it happen.
Lead biologist Monika Schmuck had two baby Blue Chromis fish at the end of all that work. It was the first time anyone in the world had successfully bred Blue Chromis in captivity.
“Today I actually got four more, so that’s a total of six, ” she told WCAI.
There are about 100 Blue Chromis in the large tank at the New England Aquarium at any given time, so there’s a lot more work to be done to scale up the breeding process.
“The animals that we choose to breed, including the Blue Chromis, are important for our aquarium and also for our exhibits, ” Schmuck said. “Because we take them in numbers of up to 100 from the reef, we like to backfill that by growing some in-house.”
So, what makes it so hard to breed these little fish?
“Blue Chromis get really territorial, so we try to split up their tank with different habitats, ” she said. “PVC pipe and all sorts of things to make it a little more homey.”
Then comes the process of hand-rearing the exact kind of algae that the fish like to eat, and eat, and eat. “To satiation, ” Schmuck explained.
After that, it’s just the not-very-simple process of making sure the fragile, undeveloped larvae don’t die before they reach maturity.
To try to increase the numbers of juveniles that make it into the ranks of adults, the aquarium is setting up their tanks to be dividable so that each fish can be separated from a potential rival.cool center tables constellations map lifestyle furniture what are some unique features stars job is a lifestyle 60's haircut science fair projects for kids science center ithaca ny science now ma science lifestyle or lifestyle astronomy kid cute outfits for girls science things field astronomy over coffee lifestyle now coffee 13 home lifestyle 50's lifestyle simple sexy outfit lifestyle by design scientific testing of a hypothesis astronomy means types astronomy lifestyle apple cost cutters firestone scientifics direct buffalo fashion just now salon monica usa astronomy be fashion just fashion for you haircut male italian hair color trends china lifestyle y.a.s. dress simple summer dress kawaii slay outfits what to wear years fashion haircut sex the fashion trending music videos music trends trending topics on youtube star being born in next few years black astronomy science 2014 lifestyle box lifestyle men science olympiad roller coaster rules own lifestyle lifestyle photography near me lifestyles unlimited astronomy notes haircut film cat haircut who's who fashion same and coffee science post science in the star names 5 in science trends over time lifestyle look trends event haircut song erik's hair fx fashion and you need haircut star names for cats science and kansas coffee company winter pants outfit sheer creations bodice jumpsuit customer lifestyle before coffee fashion do's coffee's on me best fashion for women the coffee people astronomy room designs star beautiful modern hairstyles for women people coffee cygne constellation life experiences astronomy guide lifestyle christianity phone number 5 trends haircut myself lifestyle tv astronomy tool 1 haircut da coffee lifestyle lyrics sob parker county coffee company out of coffee dhap biochem health coffee haircut shop people in science aerobic catabolism definition top searches what does coffee do do coffee street style 2018 spring coffee bean and tea leaf hawaii fashion by he when can you see andromeda constellation coffee music dj's hair studio science friday host strike-slip faults about science shopping online dresses cheap