Just thought I'd share a picture of my first significant livestock addition since a friend gave me his (already running and lightly stocked) system.
I wanted one of these fifteen years ago (before ordering online was an option and my LFS
choices have always been weak). I've been out of the hobby for probably fourteen years until a friend gave me his running system and, as of this morning, I finally have my Imperator.
He's a "medium" size from marinedepotlive.com. I had UPS hold the package and picked it up this morning before 9 AM (to keep his trip as short as possible). I acclimated him for over three hours by floating the bag for 15 minutes or so and then using the drip method. He was perky, curious and never acted the least bit strange through any of it.
He immediately began exploring the tank, weaving in and out of all the little archways and passages I have arranged in the rock, etc. There was no hiding or other nervous behavior at any point... just seemed like he already lived here.
The other fish don't seem overly concerned with him at all (though he is definitely the largest). He's darted at some of the others slightly here and there, but it's not constant and they don't do much more than jump a little out of his way when it happens. Nobody is hiding as a result and his establishment of his dominance doesn't seem to be constant. There has been no nipping that I've seen nor have any of these incidents been tank-long chases... just kind of the aquatic equivalent of stamping one's foot and yelling "boo!".
His tankmates are a pair of small clowns, one small scopas tang and a double-saddle butterfly that is about 3/4's of his size.
He didn't eat today at feeding time, but he was off exploring and doesn't yet seem to understand the group feeding frenzy. The other fish eat things so fast that nothing tended to fall into his line of sight. He was, however, poking around the live rock and nipping at little things practically from the time I put him in. No worries.... there aren't any corrals, sponges or anything else in here for him to murder. I'm going to choose carefully in that category and wait until he's firmly satisfied (if at all possible) with regular feeding.
Tomorrow I'm going to pick up some Angel Formula to go with the Formula Two that I already have. Any other feeding suggestions (both diet and technique)?
In any case, I'm proud to have this new beauty. I imagine some folks might find this to be kind of a cliche' saltwater fish, but I've always loved the pattern and the electric blue mask.