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Old 03-26-2013, 06:20 PM   #1
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Inverts & reef tank

Does anyone know what would be good inverts to add to a reef tank?
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:24 PM   #2
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What ones do you like? What do you have in the tank now?
Cleaner shrimp, some crabs, snails, certain starfish are ok....
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:02 PM   #3
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These are the snails that I currently have:
78 Dwarf Ceriths
21 nassarius
27 Florida Ceriths
26 Nerites
I also have around 10 red legged hermit crabs one blue leg hermit crab.
1 cleaner shrimp
1 large clam (not sure of the name)
I was interested in all of the options for my 72g bow front. Currently I do not have any fish in my reef tank. But have a ton of coral.
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:12 PM   #4
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That's a lot of inverts. I hope you are adding food for them. toss a couple fire shrimp in there.
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:19 PM   #5
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It sounds like alot but most of the snails hide in the sand bed throughout the day. I feed the the tank every other day. And looks like a Pod heaven I'm sure a mandarin would love to be in the tank. (Back on topic lol) but I like the look of the critters on the sand bed at the LFS like the conch and cucumbers as well as the star fish, emerald crabs, and shrimp. But if I pick up a fire shrimp would he attack my cleaner shrimp?
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:35 AM   #6
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I'd be more worried of the skunk cleaner attacking the fire shrimp but if the cleaner is small enough it should be fine
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could get another cleaner shrimp or two or some peppermint shrimps, I have both mixed in my tank and theyre fine with each other. although if you like mandarins why not look into one of them?
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:05 PM   #8
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I will get a mandarin in the future I jus want to get the inverts first. I was considering a horseshoe crab, Sally light foot crab, anemone crab, or a emerald crab. But not sure which crab would be best.
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I have 2 skunk cleaners and a fire shrimp in my 29. They all get along so I'm sure you would be fine. My fire makes sure my skunks get out of his way, he chases them for a bit and they do their best to swim. It's pretty entertaining and I never worry that they will get injured.

The conchs are cool, I really like mine. I would be concerned about food for one since I'm guessing you have a very clean sand bed with all the other snails in your tank. I don't know if you can supplement their diet because I'm not sure what they eat. That might be good to add after you add some fish to produce waste.
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Yes, neither shrimp would hurt each other. Skunk cleaner shrimp are not aggressive towards anything. if you see them eating something, it was dying/dead already. Tiger tail cucumbers are ok. Just because things are hidden, doesn't mean they aren't hungry!
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