To continue the previous thread, this post will feature the invertebrate section of the facility.
First I want to show you the massive protein skimmer and reactor combo at this LiveAquaria, there are several of them:
This protein skimmer is taller than me… enough said.
Asked my wife to model for scale, humongous carpet anemones
More carpet anemones
Each of the anemones in this section, including carpet and a bunch of bubble tip are all hosting a pair of clownfish. it’s really cool to see they make them all happy, even though as a retailer it’s completely unnecessary to pair clownfish with anemone since one or the other would be sold soon anyways. But they did what they can to make each feel happy.
A bundle of long tentacle anemone
a cluster of derasa clams (not yet offered on diver’s den, they were exclusive for the tour), and a bunch of cultured maxima clam. very sweet deals! I managed to snatch two of these handsome derasa clams
Lighting may be one of the biggest questions any hobbyist buying from LiveAquaria wishes to ask. In the photo below you will see a broader view of the facility with lights running on a track. The lights run in a lateral movement so that it can cover all angles of the photosynthetic animals beneath rather than creating a “hot spot”. When I toured this place a few years ago all lights were 400W 20K Metal Halide. Today this facility has a mix of high end LED (such as AI hydra + a few other varieties). All holding raceway are no more than 12″ deep. All the animals look healthy and for clams I can observe significant growth indicating excellent health condition.
The livestock raceway
Here is a picture of the holding section for shrimp, small crabs (such as acropora crabs) and small shrimp (pistol shrimp or squat lobster, which by the way are size of a pinky nail!) They are held in individual transparent containers approx. the size of a film box (if you are born after the mid 90’s you might not know what that is lol).
squat lobster, I can’t believe how tiny they actually are compare to the online photos.
maxima clams in the diver’s den section
And lastly, the diver’s den clam section. I must say, almost all the clams in this section appears much larger than what is seems on the photo (contrary to the squat lobster), and honestly, the photos don’t do justice on how beautiful they are. One of these clams I purchased looks like a mustard, brown color online but turns out to be a shiny gold in person! All of them are kept under 400W metal halide, 20K bulbs hence the very blue photo here. And one thing they offer that no one else do is live arrival ad 14 day guarantee.
Here is a couple videos: