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Old 06-12-2011, 04:39 PM   #1
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Wild inverts?

Okay.. I know I'm about to get lots of crap for posting this but I'm just curious.. I live in Texas and go down to the coast quite often, while I was cast netting I caught a nice, green pistol shrimp and a cool regular shrimp. What's the main risks of introducing them into my tank? It's a reef tank, but other than them eating corals. I'm going to keep the pistol shrimp at least and the other is in my curing tank.
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QT them of course and if nothing goes wrong they should be fine. acclimation is the only problem you may face if they are pest free
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Old 06-12-2011, 05:22 PM   #3
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They are curing with my live rock so I guess that's close enough to a QT
If they QT for a while and they're okay then everything should be okay? No bacteria or anything like that, correct?
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Most fish, inverts in the trade are from the wild. The sooner they are introduced to a healthy tank the healthier they will be, so really as long as it QTs fine there is no greater risk than usual of brining in disease.
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Those were my thoughts exactly, but my dad disagreed. I was curious as to what everyone else thought.
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Nobody has yet managed to breed tangs in captivity yet...Every single tang you see in a fish tank was wild caught. Most of the things in the hobby came from the wild, so you're basically just cutting out the middle man haha.
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Yeah! Free pistol shrimp/ other inverts maybe even some fish sounds good to me!
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You might want to check your local fishing laws. To start with you may need a license to take shrimp Etc. Some species may be protected.
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