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Old 04-11-2005, 10:05 PM   #1
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Are there any safe Isopods??

I have had my tank set up for 4 months now. I may have spotted an Isopod on the Live Rock. Are there any safe Isopods...or should I be worried??? This one was a whitish/clear color, I did not see any eyes that were visisble, he was about 1/3 inch long. I did not see any legs or feelers on it

I have never seen any on any fish..and this is the first time I have seen one of these in my tank.

Should I go Isopod hunting...or is this one safe in the tank?



90 Gallon Fresh Water Planted w/ CO2:
7 Brilliant Rasbora, 6 Harlequin Rasboras, 3 Dwarf Neon Rainbows, 1 Red Tailed Shark, 2 American Flag Fish, 4 Skunk Botia Loaches

40 Gallon Breeder Salt Water: 4 inch DSB (2/3 Agaramax & 1/3 Sea Flor), Bak Pak 2R Skimmer w/ BBX, 2 x JBJ PHs, Coralife Lunar Aqualight (2x96w), 30lb Base Rock and 40lbs of Live Rock.
Inhabitants: Purple Firefish, Pygmy Angel, Lawmower Blenny, 2 Cleaner Shrimp, 1 Peppermint Shrimp, Pistol Shrimp(HH), 1 Emerald Crabs, 3 Porcelin Crabs(HH), varying amounts and varieties of hermit and snails.

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Old 04-11-2005, 10:07 PM   #2
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Yes, there are safe isopods.


30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 04-12-2005, 12:09 AM   #3
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I found one in my tank dead today. Kinda wondering about that. I think I may have stabbed it awhile back BUT it had no marks on its body or anything. It was dead. Which is good BUT I don't see why. He should have been able to grab ahold of one of my clowns easily. I am glad he didn't. Maybe a hermit duked it out with him??

hmm according to that sight the one I killed was fish safe. Maybe it starved then. I have already lost 2 snails because I do not have any algea left. I haven't been able to make it to the LFS to get dried seaweed. Closest place with it is 45min away. I need to get some to keep my hermits alive. I like them.
38 gal SW, CC, 40lbs base rock, 5lbs live, emporer 280, bio-wheel 330,tronic heater, 2 O. clowns, 1 firefish.

29 gal FW, boring...soon to be salt I think.

10 gal SW, 20lbs LS, 20lbs base rock, 1 unhappy domino damsel (he was in the 38...switched the percs and the damesel recently).
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isopods, safe

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