Hugo Kamishi Real Barnacles
- Add this beautiful real Barnacle to your tank to add colour and a touch of the ocean reef!
- They will withstand the trials and tribulations of the saltwater habitat
- They provide long lasting colour
- They are easy to maintain
- Simply rinse , place in the desired location and if needed secure with a small dab of underwater reef glue
- These are a superb remedy for filling in those gaps in your aquarium
Imagine spending most of your life standing on your head and eating with your feet! Sound like a difficult way to get through the day? Well, that’s exactly how barnacles spend most of their lives.
If you walk along the sea shore, you can find barnacles on almost any solid surface that gets covered by water. On rocks, dock pilings, boats, even mussels, you can find clusters of these hard, white, cone-like houses. That’s where barnacles live, peeking out only when water covers them so they can filter food into their homes. This “barnacle zone” is the highest of the intertidal zones.
Although they may look like mollusks with their shell-like covering, barnacles are actually crustaceans, related to lobsters, crabs and shrimp. They look like tiny shrimp in their larval stage, where they swim as members of zooplankton in the ocean. When they are ready to settle down, they search for a suitable site, pulling themselves along by the adhesive tips of their antennae. Biologist have observed barnacles in the laboratory taking as long as an hour to pick a location. In nature, barnacles may take days to find a suitable spot, investigating one area, then allowing the currents to carry them to another.
After selecting a spot, the barnacle secures itself head-first to the surface with a brown glue. (This glue is so strong, the barnacle’s cone base is left behind long after the creature has died. Dentists are now studying this glue for its adhesive properties.) Now the larva is ready to grow into an adult and build its tough housing.