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Beginner invertebrates for Your Reef or FOWLR

Discussion in 'Marine Invertebrates' started by musho3210, Apr 5, 2007.

  1. musho3210

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    Please list all invertebrates that are deemed as suitable for beginners, explain what their basic needs / requirements are. Please, if possible, use the following format...




    Blue Legged Dwarf Hermit Crab


    Care Level: Easy
    Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.023-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4; dKH 8-12
    Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 1"
    Color Form: Blue, Red
    Temperament: Peaceful
    Reef Compatible: Yes
    Diet: Omnivore
    Origin: Caribbean
    Family: Diogenidae


    A great hermit crab to have in reef aquariums. They eat a variety of nuisance algae like green hair algae and cyanobacteria. The crab is blue and lives in abandoned snail shells. When molting they will outgrow the snail shell and will require a new home. If an empty shell is not available it will kill another hermit or snail for its shell.

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  2. Subliminal

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    Mexican/Turbo Snail

    Care Level
    : Easy
    Light: Moderate to High
    Water Flow: Medium
    Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.023-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4; dKH 8-12
    Color Form: Brown/Grey/Algae Encrusted
    Temperament: Peaceful
    Diet: Herbavore
    Origin: Mexico
    Family: Turbinidae

    A good snail to have in your aquarium. Almost a necessity, this snail is often part of 'clean up crews' offered at many online livestock vendors.

    The turbo snail can range in size from gumball sized to tennisball sized.

    They're hard workers, who are always on the move.

    While there is a large discrepency in the accepted number of snails required to maintain a tank, what can be said is that if you have enough algae to feed them, they'll thrive in a reef tank.

    They can be a little rough on your delicate corals, though, and have no issue with knocking things over in your reef tank.

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    Brittle Sea Star

    Care Level: Easy
    Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.023-1.020; pH 8.1-8.4; dKH 8-12
    Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 10"
    Color Form: Brown/Green
    Temperament: Semi-aggressive
    Reef Compatible: Yes
    Diet: Omnivore
    Origin: Tonga
    Family: Ophiuridae


    A great scavenger for reefs and fish only with live rock tanks, they enjoy established tanks so they are able to find tasty treat hiding in the live rock. They are nocturnal feeders so during the day they are normally hiding. The best way to see the starfish in action is to add moonlights to see the nocturnal behavior. The brittle's are used to help find food and are not toxic to humans.

    These starfish must be acclimated into the tank slowly since they do very bad in sudden ph and sg changes.

    Once acclimated you may supplement the feeding with zooplankton, finely chopped meaty items and liquid invertebrate food.


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  4. Germanman

    Germanman My fish are my babies

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    Sexy Shrimp
    (Thor amboinensis)
    Care Level: Easy
    Tank Conditions: 76-81°F, SG 1.023-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4
    Adult size: 1½"
    Temperament: Peaceful
    Reef Compatible: Yes
    Diet: Meaty foods
    Origin: Indonesia
    These little shrimp are a great little treasure! They have a very interesting behavior in which they wave their rear end thus getting the name sexy shrimp. They tend to do best in pair or groups and will host most long tentacled stinging corals and look exceptionally good in a rose bulb anemone. They accept most foods and as long as water qualities are proper and they are acclimated correctly they can make a great invert for the beginner. They are commonly used in nanos due to their small size that also sometimes gets them eaten, so they should not be kept with large predatory fish of fish said to eat small shrimp.

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  5. peasofme

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    the only peaceful or reef safe hermits are the scarletts and red legs. sexy shrimp are not reef safe.
     
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    Why aren't sexy shrimp reef safe?
     

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