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  1. 459b

    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    I was at the beach on sunday and noticed a family hovering over a rockpool with a great deal of excitement. Apon investigation, i found that the little girl had found an egg and decided to rip it open, releasing a baby skate. She named it lucky (apparently it was lucky because she hatched it?), then got bored of it and tossed it into the ocean. The little skate was hatched way too early and still has a vary large egg sack and can barely swim. Considering it would not have survived in the ocean i decided top take it home. I put it in my sump and created an area with zero flow. Its now tuesday and iuts doing really well.. egg sack shrinking fast and its starting to have control of its tail and fins. Seems it might make it! Next thing is to decide what to do with it...


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  3. Boendoe

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    Very cool, I suggest that you put it back in the ocean as it would be very difficult to look after it.
     
  4. Broder

    Broder Mudshark

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    I know it seems cruel, but we sould never return something that's been in our tanks to the ocean. You may be introducing deseases or parasites from other parts of the world, that local species have no defence against.
     
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    Wow, how nice!!! I just think you should start selling the cars, house, wife, kids etc and build a huge tank!!! ;)

    Nah, maybe get someone like Ushaka to take it from you once it's strong enough?
     
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    Thats a beautiful skate!!! With mudshark on this, do not release it back, rather give it to someone who has a really large tank, possible a predator tank or something where he can sump it and meet its dietary needs
     
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    I know that Exotic Pets here in JHB has a huge predator tank. They have a shark in there that's about 60-80cm long, and a HUGE scorpion fish... There has to be someone in CT with that size tank. Otherwise you must contact Adam at Exotic and see if one can't make a plan?
     
  8. 459b

    459b Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    it really is beautiful.
    i think im going to keep it for as long as possible.
    maybe its time to start planning a marine pond?
     
  9. Broder

    Broder Mudshark

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    Skate wings are tastey!
     
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    Yes, sorry I forgot about all the nasties we can have in our little ocean's
     
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    Sad and awesome at the same time.....
     
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    Shame - I agree - it's sad for the poor skate, and awesome for you.

    Just a quick question 459b, what was the water temp that the egg was in? Also - where exactly was this?

    How did the skate adapt so nicely to the water temp in your tank?

    If the skate has adapted to warmed water - then, you can DEFINITELY NEVER place it back into the sea, here in CPT.....

    Yes - you will most likely be able to keep it for about 8 months or so... if you lucky, or about a year.... Then you DEFINITELY need a bigger tank, or relocate the skate to a MUCH bigger tank (someone elses?)
     
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    awesome find...
     
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    459b Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    It was at little bay.
    as far as i know the egg had already washed up and was found amongst the washed up kelp. Considering the tides, im guessing it had been out the water for some time. After being hatched she placed it in a pool far from the sea, so the temp must have been around 18. then she just threw it into the sea.
    fish are cold blooded and can survive, and thrive, at a range of temp.
     
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    Tobes Retired Moderator

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    I agree, BUT the change in the temp must be slow and gradually, not immediately from say 18 to 26 or visa versa.
    Andreas and myself was at Umdloti some time ago and boy was it cold - the water must've been 18 as well in the rock pools. All knows KZN coast is warm water (22 - 24deg), but we also get cold fronts that causes a big drop in water temp - but it goes down slow ;)
     
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    Great find, looks like a diamond skate.
     
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    Wow thats friggin cool...have you ID't it yet?
     
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    459b Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    it looks like Raia ocellifera.

    Its doing really well, has started swimming around now.

    Considering i wont be able to keep it for too long, if anyone wants it, or knows anyone that might want it, let me know.
     
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    what about 2Oceans Aquarium?
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Skates need HUGE tanks, like sharks.... I know of ONE tank where the skate would LOVE to live in (Flappy's tank)...

    Other than his tank, I do not know of anyone else who would be able to keep the poor fish alive long enough.
     
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    trad Fish, thats the word!

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    ushaka donation?
     
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