|While they look very plant/coral like, these guys are actually worms. The feathers are really a ring on the mouth of the worm (like very hairy lips). Their body resides in the tube at the base, and they will actually completely retract into the tube. This only happens once in a while, as it usually means their feathers are full of food, and they want to pull in, and sift it off into their mouth, or, they've been startled.|
|Photo is courtesy of "Marine Reef Aquarium Handbook" by Robert J. Goldstein.
|So I told the clerk that I wanted THAT one. But
when the fish store clerk put his hand in the tank,
ALL 50+ feather dusters DARTED back into their
intertwined tubes. And in that instant, we'd both
lost track of which tube he was from. I told the
clerk I'd just wait until he came back out...I
definitely wanted that specific one! (as all the
others were brown or gray).
Well, at home, my Giant only takes about 10-15 minutes to come back out, so it couldn't be that long of a wait, right? WRONG! Time passed, other (not-so-pretty) ones came out, went back in, and repeated. I waited slightly over an hour for this tiny little scared-ie cat to poke his purple feathers out. So, after waiting an hour, I wasn't going to loose him again. So I had no choice but to reach in myself, and grab him!
This is what it looked like when we first got it.
was pretty beat up (from the travel, stress,
and competition of the other tank inhabitants).
You can see how his feathers are all kinked up and
a bit damaged.
But he's since turned into a VERY pretty specimen.
What the dwarf lacks in size, he more than makes
up for in beauty. The color is just beautiful.
So when we saw this beautiful green one, we bought
him. Once added, he seemed to be doing fine for the
first week. But apperantly, the stress of the transition from the LFS to our tank was a bit much
for him. So he did what some Feather Duster's do when stressed. He shed his feathers (crown). While
not a good sign, it IS normal behavior.
But after a few weeks of getting used to things, and growing back a new crown, he's doing much better.
To the right, you can see a pic when the new crown which isn't completely grown back yet.
With so many different beautiful varieties and colors,
I was very suprised when I came accross this one.
It was Jet Black with white spines. While he's devoid of color, I still thought this guy was very different and I found him to be quite beautiful.
So, yet again, we found ourselves adding another feather duster.
But a very neat specimen, I think.
Last updated 10/13/05