Archive for the Invertebrates Category

Featherduster Worms

Featherduster Worms

The wild coral reef has a huge range of lifeforms, far more than can ever be kept in an aquarium. However, by careful selection there are many that can be successfully added. One of these is the featherduster worm, also known as the fanworm or tubeworm. They

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The Banded Brittle Star

The Banded Brittle Star

A reef aquarium is a wonderful picture for the aquarist or anyone else to watch. Once the reef is complete often the aquarist will wonder if there is any way it can be ‘improved’. Sometimes the diversity of life can be widened thus adding to interest. A

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Why Not Have A Hermit Crab?

Why Not Have A Hermit Crab?

The marine aquarium, be it fish only or reef, can be fascinating and beautiful. The reef aquarium is the one that attracts most aquarists and understandably so. Colourful corals sitting on rocks with various fish swimming about and maybe other lifeforms. Why not a hermit crab? They

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Why Not Add A Shrimp?

Why Not Add A Shrimp?

Once the reef aquarium is up and running, the fish stocked and the corals settled, many aquarists feel that everything is finished. It could well be finished and the aquarist satisfied and if that is the case all is well and good. However it can sometimes happen

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What Is An Invertebrate?

To avoid becoming a squishy heap on the ground humans have a skeleton. Quite a good invention really, not having a skeleton would cause quite a few difficult problems. Humans aren’t alone with the possession of a skeleton of course; there are all sorts of life forms

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How About An Apple?

Most marine aquarists are only too happy to have something different in their aquariums, as long as that something fits in with the current population. The apple being talked of here is the Sea Apple which is definitely different! As can be seen it’s colourful too. An

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The Feather Duster Worm

Reef aquariums could be home to many life forms. One of these is the obvious, fish, in many aquariums these are small and inoffensive, and in bigger systems larger varieties could find a place. The major consideration with fish is that they are reef friendly. Quite apart

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The Rose Anemone

One of the most intriguing sights within a marine aquarium is an anemone with a clownfish or two. The clown fish on its own, particularly certain types such as the common clown fish (Amphiprion ocellaris), could be the flag for marines. Seeing a clownfish dwelling among the

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What Is A Marine Invertebrate?

Invertebrates are very important to marine aquarists, particularly those that own a reef system. The word invertebrate covers all those organisms that have neither an internal skeleton nor a backbone. They live on land and in the seas. There are around 2,000,000 different species on the planet

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Brittle Stars

There can’t be many people who do not know what a brittle star is. Sometimes the creature is known as the serpent star. The brittle star has a small central body which is circular or nearly so, and attached to this body are five long slender arms

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