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Old 02-26-2005, 03:46 PM   #1
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Too many inverts?

How many inverts is too many?

30 gallon reef tank w/DIY overflow, SCWD
Water Temp 78.1F
65W Dual Compact Fluorescent
65W Dual Compact Fluorescent Actinic
2-Moonlight LED
50# Fiji Live Rock
30# Argonite Sand
Yellow Watchman Goby, Scooter Blenny, Strawberry Basslet, 6 Line Wrasse, Mandarin Dragonet
Cortez Crabs, Scarlet Hermit Crabs, Blue Legged Hermit Crabs, Black Turbo Snails, Cerith Snails, Bumble Bee Snails, Astera Snails, 3 Pepermint Shrimp, Feather Duster, Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, Clam
Frogspawn, Mushrooms, Zoos, Polyps, Galaxea,
Starburst, Xenia

10 Gallon Tank
CPR Bak-Pak2R Skimmer
2-10w 50/50 Compact Florescent
20# Argonite Sand
10# Fiji Live Rock/Rubble
Chaeto, Red Garacillia
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Old 02-26-2005, 05:28 PM   #2
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Inverts do not contribute to overall bioload like fish do, so over stocking is not as big of a concern. however, looking at your list I have a couple of suggestions. The anemone may need more light. You have about 1.25watts/gal and they really need upwards of 4watts/gal to survive long term. The horseshoe crab an become difficult to keep. As it sifts through the sand it can topple rock work and damage tanks. They have a huge appitite and can quickly deplete the fauna in a sand bed then slowly starve to death. Not to mention they can get huge. Flame scallops are notoriously hard to keep long term, no one can really figure out why. Other then that your list looks good. Are there any other inverts you are interested in keeping?

Some people are like slinkies...they serve no real purpose yet can still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs!:p
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Old 02-27-2005, 12:46 AM   #3
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im jumping on board with this post too! having such as small tank (10 gal) i'm limited to only two fish.... but i adore my inverts and often wonder about over stocking. i think that the amount of food available plays a large roll in this question, once theres no more algea or fauna or "stuff" for the inverts to eat not only will they starve, but then the filtration will be lacking too right? but i dont know how many inverts it would take to do that. so i'm really no help what so ever. just throwing more confusion into the question probably huh? you can ignore me if this made no sense, its been a long week
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