March Madness Fish Contest!

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  1. RSnodgrass

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    We've teamed up with the one and only Nori Vossen for a fun March contest where you could win $50 towards any artwork of your choice, including a custom original work... perhaps inspired by your entry!

    For the month of March it's simple...
    1. Be a full or supporting member of TCMAS.
    2. Post what your favorite fish is.
    3. Write about why that's your favorite fish. For example this could be as simple as a color, behavior, or experience you had that you could share. Do you have it currently... will you ever?
    4. At the end a random drawing will be done for those participating.
    5. Discussion welcomed.
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    Some of you may remember her at the last Expo and the stunning prints she brought, good news, she'll be there this spring as well!

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    Be sure to check out Nori's page and be inspired, it's great to support local artist!
    https://www.facebook.com/NoriVossen/
    Email: norivossen@gmail.com
     
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    jlanger "The North Remembers"
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    Fine... I'll start.

    Harlequin Tuskfish, hands down.

    I think I bought my first tuskfish back around 1994-1995. I picked up a six foot long 100gal tank to upgrade my 55gal FOWLR and the first new addition was the tuskfish. I probably first seen the fish in Dr. Burgess' Fish Atlas and thought it was a cool fish because of the blue teeth. Once, I viewed a specimen in person it was all over; it was my favorite fish. If anyone remembers the online retailer AnchoFish, I purchased their company's t-shirt because the back of the shirt was just a huge artistic rendering of a tuskfish's face. When I took my sabbatical from the hobby in 2001, I sold everything. Once I got back in the hobby, I wanted to have another tuskfish but I preferred having a reef system instead with smaller fish and inverts. When I rebooted my 120gal system in 2018, the first fish on the list was the Harlequin Tuskfish; no question. I ended up getting a small tuskfish that still had the false eyespots. Over the past year, it has grown to about five inches and is one of the most timid fish that I've ever owned.

    My current tuskfish.

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    It is my favorite fish; isn't it obvious...

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    RSnodgrass

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    I take it the eye spots disappear with age?
     
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    Yep. When they’re babies, the eyespots are quite large; two on the dorsal fin and one on the anal fin. It’s cute.
    False eyespots are actually a very common trait in many species of juvenile fish that goes away as they mature.
     
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    Pomacanthus xanthometopon - Yellow/Blueface Angel

    I don't have one... yet. I first looked into them in 2007 and as more people have successfully kept large angels in reef tanks I could use some punishment.

    If you look close at an adult probably the most striking feature about their blue face is it has depth. Between the blue on the cheeks is what looks like a translucent layer of tissue before getting to the yellow. Not sure if this changes with age but it messes with your eyes.

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    The Golden Puffer Fish!
    They look mean and bada** even tho they are very personable and friendly. They have a unique defense mechanism. They eat like a pig. Unfortunately I may never have one, but when I used to assistant manage the pet store years ago we had one and he would let me pet him...Yeah! Super cool!
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    And if all that isn't cool enough for you... there are two different color variations!
     
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    Emperor Angelfish. TUBBY! He's my favorite fish in the tank. Super friendly always comes to say hi to me, makes funny noises and loves to eat. Despite being an eating machine he is super gentle and doesn't pick on any fish or invert, except maybe clams. Best fish ever.
     
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    I got my little oinker December 2018 from @jjwhiteboy at Petco. I wanted one as small as possible, and he was able to get one in that was barely 2" long.

    Fast forward to now -

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    He's starting to get his adult coloration in. Totally is the tank boss - everyone bows down to his gruntiness.

    Every time I feed, he's first in line and is oinking like a pig as he eats.

    Super personable fish - always right near the tank walls while you do whatever you're doing, super curious. This fish was what originally got me into the saltwater hobby over ten years ago, and knew I wanted one eventually.
     
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    Randall's Goby.
    I've had this one almost 11+yrs. I think they have some personality and I enjoy how it interacts with the shrimp. IMG_6383.JPG
     
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    11 years, nice job!
     
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    I saw one of these paddle boarding... they so fat & yellow it was unmistakable even from the surface. Seems like people who have them usually say how interactive they can be.
     
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    How long have you had your emperor?
     
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    3 or 4 years
     
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    Bump for contest entries, rest assured the prize amount will cover the full cost of many items available.
     
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    My favorite fish is the Gramma Dejongi, they are beautifully colored and are very outgoing once they’ve settled into the tank. They are only found in a few select areas off of the coast of Cuba and are found with Gramma Loreto’s in large hierarchal groups. I purchased a captive bred pair from Biota about 4 months ago!
     

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    I got to see those! Fantastic and way brighter then I expected.
     
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    AmyZ I am just fishy geek that crochets :D
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    I think most of the saltwater fish are beautiful and enhance tanks in one way or another.
    I'd have to say my favorites are the mandarins and wrasses. They are so vibrant I just love them and I'm lucky enough to have a pair of leopard wrasses.

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    One week left to enter! Just name your favorite fish and why.
     
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    Gary This all started with "Rivers South Reefkeepers"
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    Screen Shot 2020-03-24 at 11.12.05 AM.png I love the Achilles Tang. I am still mourning mine.


    Made a couple of videos about him.


    Ok, here is the saddest day of my aquarium hobby....
     
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    I have really enjoyed this marine betta fish. The colors when up close are beautiful. I've had it for about 5 or 6 years and it has be a good resident 20200324_180007.jpg
     
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