Archive for the Invertebrates Category

The White Spot Hermit Crab

Crabs are not always welcome in the marine aquarium. Some of them could cause trouble, either blundering about and knocking things over, possibly interfering directly with corals or just growing too large. There are some crabs however that often find favour with aquarists, and these are the hermits. They are

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The Dancing Shrimp

There are a few shrimps which find favour with aquarists; some of them have been the subject of other texts on this website. This is another favourite, both for its colouring and character. Before starting, a picture is needed: http://fr.reeflex.net/tiere/1019_Rhynchocinetes_uritai.htm This shrimp comes under a few common names which could

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The Blood Shrimp

This shrimp is in the same family as other cleaner shrimps such as Lysmata amboinensis and Lysmata grabhami. It has more than the one common name blood shrimp; others are fire shrimp and scarlet cleaner shrimp. The proper name is Lysmata debelius. This small shrimp will probably grow no larger

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The Banded Coral Shrimp

There are a few shrimps that find favour with reef aquarists. Two favourites are the cleaner shrimps Lysmata amboinensis and Lysmata grabhami. Another is the banded coral shrimp, often called the banded boxing shrimp, properly called Stenopus hispidus. Have a look: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Stenopus_hispidus_1.jpg Where the common name comes from is partly

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Tube Anemones

Tube anemones (Cerianthus sp) are fairly commonly seen in local fish shops (LFS’s). They are different and very attractive. They remind me a little of ‘feather dusters’ in how they live, and also of some fireworks in appearance. The ‘pretty’ fireworks that is, where colourful flames and sparks exit the

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If You Have Any Hermit Crabs Remember To Put Some Shells In The Aquarium

Hermit crabs are an excellent addition to the aquarium clean up crew. There are many different types of hermit crabs available and each one assists in the cleaning of the aquarium in a different way. There are small hermit crabs which are excellent at getting into all the nooks and

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The Mantis Shrimp

Mantis shrimps are not the shrimps normally chosen by a marine aquarist to live in their display aquarium, and for good reason. They are very efficient predators. Aquarists are much happier with cleaner shrimps etc. Sometimes a mantis shrimp gets into the display aquarium, perhaps with live rock, or the

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