03-12-2010, 04:19 AM
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looks like you got yourself some nice first pieces. the watermelon zoos are in a nice mini colony and should be slowly spreading before you even know it. as for mushrooms glued to plugs or rocks this can work but tends to be tricky because of their slime. personally ill cut a shroom like a pizza, lets say into 1/4s and drop them into my tank. in some time there will be 3 or 4 new shrooms randomly showing up from the pieces. i let the pieces attach where ever they "land" in my tank. you might not want to do this, since these are your first ones and if thats the case, wait until they reproduce on their own before trying to cut one, this way you have a back up. im not sure how well this method of propagating works on rics. ive been planning out a new setup for sometime now and the idea of a mushroom garden has crossed my mind. im not sure if im going to go through with that idea though. you may have just inspired me. thank you.
as for the goby taking shells back to its burrow i can only guess it is using them as a "door" at night. it is pretty common for sea life to use pieces of shells or rocks to cover their holes for protection as an open hole makes an easy target for an eel to slide into. ive also had pistol shrimp selectively pick certain pieces of shells/rock and whatever it found and build its burrow with it, as well as around the hole outside its burrow. it is very well possible this is what your fish is doing, its just that the shells it is choosing are walking away by morning.
Last edited by onefish2fish; 03-12-2010 at 04:22 AM..