• aquarium life

    news and whatnot

    January 9, 2012

    1. Oyster Stout 2012 is brewing! 2. Adam gains a pretty impressive title. No, we did not write this ourselves. Hopefully this world is big enough for two oyster kings. 3. More about the above: Seattle’s Bastille Restaurant (in Ballard) is featuring Hama Hamas in their new Monday- Wednesday oyster happy hour. The newly-crowned Oyster […]


    big fat red anemone

    February 17, 2011

    The other day Louis was working on the barge and noticed that three huge red anemones had moved into the barge slip. He swears they weren’t there the day before… but just how the three legless creatures moved in overnight remains unclear. We put one in our tank. It looks like a persimmon, and our […]


    Shore crab understandably have a heck of a time climbing up the glass walls of the aquarium. At most, a clever crab wedged into the corner of the tank can gain a couple of inches of altitude before drifting down to bottom. But this guy went sky-high while hitching a ride on a drill snail…. was he on […]


    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0n91xzNY04 An air bubble formed in the livetank and entertained us for a good twenty minutes. Where did it come from? How was it held down for so long? Our best guess is that it was caught in an oyster membrane. Needless to say, this occurred on an otherwise very uneventful day. And our best guess […]


    or so it seems to us. We did not speed this video up. Check out those tube feet! httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAVYaWuOLXk


    Faire du Leche-Aquarium

    April 13, 2010

    Our shark tank is full of meat eaters, and they make for good viewing but bad algae control. So we decided to introduce a chiton into the mix. The problem is that it takes animals a while to acclimate to the warmer temperatures in the aquarium, and the chitons would always get ambushed and eaten […]

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    Anemone and Baby Jellies

    April 6, 2010

    Meet our newest aquarium addition! Anemones eat small fish and shrimp. Be glad you’re not a little fish stuck in an aquarium with a hungry anemone: each tentacle contains a harpoon-like structure that injects a toxin into the anemone’s prey. But then again: be glad you’re not an anemone stuck inside a salt-water aquarium devoid […]


    Sea Star Cruise

    March 9, 2010

    Tube feet in action! Today the sea star was doing laps around the aquarium. Maybe he ate too much over the weekend? We sped it up to double time, and it’s still pretty slow. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuXGOxBTLT0


    Yesterday while filming the shuckers we discovered a gunnel hiding in the oyster pile. The little fish was making the most of his situation, and had his mouth stuffed with oyster meat: We decided to put the plucky gunnel into the aquarium. The aquarium is quite a bit warmer than the canal this time of […]


    Let them eat shrimp.

    January 4, 2010

    We started out feeding the aquarium monsters cooked bay shrimp, then we discovered that they go absolutely nutso over raw oysters. So now we feed them oysters every couple of days or so. But the other day as a very special treat we fed them some live shrimp. Actually we didn’t mean to feed the […]