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The Pistol Shrimp: an awesome reef invertebrate

The pistol shrimp is an amazing reef invertebrate. It isn’t quite as popular as some of the cleaner shrimp species, like the Fire shrimp and the skunk cleaner (for an excellent reason, I’ll highlight in a moment), but it certainly is just as interesting. Table of contents Please use the …

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Nassarius snail

The nassarius snail, N. vibex, is a small member of the mollusk phylum and is a fairly common addition to the saltwater aquarium as part of the cleanup crew. They are amusing to watch. By day, they bury themselves in the sand, with just a tiny periscope-like piece of flesh left sticking …

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Arrow crab care in a reef aquarium

Fish are nice, corals are pretty. But if you want something with a real personality for your aquarium, I’d like to introduce you to a creature that’s sure to entertain. With its exotic look and graceful-yet-gawky movements, few aquarium specimens are as charming as the arrow crab. Table of contents …

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Bubble Tip Anemone

Introduction to the bubble tip anemone The Bubble Tip anemone is the most popular anemone among the aquarium enthusiasts because of its: spectacular coloration general hardiness likelihood of hosting the clownfish species commonly kept in the home aquarium. In the wild, the BTA is found throughout the tropical waters of the …

Aplysia Sea Hare Slug: Facts, Eggs, Ink & Care Guide

If you’re looking for a challenging, unusual invertebrate to add to your tank, take a look at the Aplysia Sea Hare Slug Due to the possible toxins, a sea hare can release, and it’s specific care requirements, this species is considered very difficult to keep. It’s recommended that only expert-level hobbyist attempt …

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6 Sensational Saltwater Shrimp

Looking for an interesting invertebrate that will add some elegance and character to your tank? Take a look at these 6 sensational saltwater shrimp 6. Coral banded Probably the first shrimp I owned, because of the price, the coral banded shrimp comes in at # 6 on the list. The …

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Intro to the most popular copepods for sale

Most popular copepods for sale Copepods are tiny crustaceans that can either hitchhike their way into your tank or are added deliberately, as natural and nutritional food for your saltwater fish. This article will focus on a few of the most popular copepods for sale to feed to your reef aquarium …

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Brine shrimp: all about cysts and hatching

What are brine shrimp? The non-scientific short answer: brine shrimp are fish food that will drive your reef fish crazy. The more specific answer: brine shrimp are tiny invertebrates (arthropod crustaceans really), from the genus Artemia, that naturally grow in salt lakes. When fully grown, they are about 0.4-0.5 inches …

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Chocolate chip starfish: reef safe?

Chocolate chip starfish are quirky-cool and easy to identify, but are they reef safe? That’s the question I set out to answer with this blog post. Introduction So, what is a chocolate chip starfish, anyway? Here’s one, take a look:   As you can see in the picture above, the …

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Cerith Snails: MVP of the clean up crew

Looking to add another little critter to your clean-up-crew (CUC)? Maybe you could pick out a few cerith snails, the next time you head to your local fish store. Cerith snails are small, snaily scavengers with a pointy spiral shell. They only grow to be about 1 inch long and …