Posts Tagged Invertebrates

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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Nudibranchs

The wild reefs are home to some pretty weird creatures and some of these creatures can be really attractive. The nudibranchs fall into this category, to me anyway. On the wild reef many creatures have a niche for the supply of food. Some fish will just cruise

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Sponges

Everyone knows what a sponge is; they go in the bath or shower and are great for washing. They can appear or be placed in the marine aquarium as well, though they’ll look different! Living sponges vary in size from very small, 1″ (circa 2.5cm) or so,

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Cuttlefish

Usually seen in public aquariums, cuttlefish are likely to draw plenty of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from onlookers as they swim with their unusual long undulating horizontal fins. This reaction is particularly likely if the cuttlefish displays, sending waves of colour down the body with a rippling effect.

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Sea Urchins

Anyone who has been barefoot in the sea and has stepped accidentally on a sharp spined sea urchin is likely to remember the experience. The spines are often needle sharp (there are variations) and some are equipped with poison glands. Sea urchins are a good addition to

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The Porcelain Crab

Crabs can be helpful or not in the aquarium. Some of the larger crabs are not required as they blunder about causing damage and disruption. Others¸ such as some of the hermit crabs, are colourful, interesting and at the same time perform a useful job scavenging which

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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

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Identify That Invertebrate

Many, probably the majority of aquarists keep invertebrates. Captive reef systems are plentiful nowadays with a high rate of success because of the information available about them, including many invertebrates that could well be considered as livestock. Information and identification are the two words in mind here

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Acclimatising New Corals And Fish The Correct Way

The purpose of acclimatisation is simple – the water that the animal is packaged in may have a different temperature, pH and salinity than that of your aquarium. Aquatic life (especially corals and invertebrates) are very sensitive to minor changes in water parameters therefore acclimatisation is a

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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

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