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Old 09-28-2004, 06:17 PM   #1
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inverts without LR???

are there any inverts that dont require LR and and a CFL to survive???
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Old 09-28-2004, 06:39 PM   #2
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cleaner shrimps. They will eat pretty much any kind of seafood
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Old 09-28-2004, 07:19 PM   #3
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cleaner shrimps.
They will still need some hiding places, especially during molt time. I would stick with crabs and snails. Most all marine inverts thrive with LR as it serves as a food source and a safe haven from aggressive tankmates.
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I found some kind of little crab hiding in mine last night. I think it is a Pinnotheres sp. but I only caught a fleeting glimpse of it before it ducked back into the LR.
EDIT: I'd like to add a little to the original question if I may. What about an invertebrate-only tank WITH a LR? Would that be easier to deal with than a FOWLR or a mixed tank with LR, inverts, and fish? I only have the spotfins in this tank now, but I could easily use this tank as a small fish-only tank and use the 89-gallon tank I have coming as an invertebrates-only tank.
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I found some kind of little crab hiding in mine last night. I think it is a Pinnotheres sp. but I only caught a fleeting glimpse of it before it ducked back into the LR.
EDIT: I'd like to add a little to the original question if I may. What about an invertebrate-only tank WITH a LR? Would that be easier to deal with than a FOWLR or a mixed tank with LR, inverts, and fish? I only have the spotfins in this tank now, but I could easily use this tank as a small fish-only tank and use the 89-gallon tank I have coming as an invertebrates-only tank.
I'm not sure what you mean by easier. There's nothing wrong with doing species only tanks. If you leave out the fish you could have a cool invert only tank, you would have many types of microcritters without predation.
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I'm not sure what you mean by easier.
Less of a PITA to deal with chemistry-wise

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...you would have many types of microcritters without predation.
Care to elaborate a little here? Microcritters is a term that encompasses a LOT of organisms.[/quote]
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cleaner shrimps.
They will still need some hiding places, especially during molt time. I would stick with crabs and snails. Most all marine inverts thrive with LR as it serves as a food source and a safe haven from aggressive tankmates.
Some crabs and snail still need algae to eat. And without CFL to produce light they might not get the food source they need.

I have seen cleaner shrimp molt before at a LFS in just a holding cell with no live rock.

I agree live rock plays an important role for food.
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The shrimp will molt without LR. But as I understand, it stresses them out due to the lack of a hiding place.
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