Okay - back. Let's see. The coolest invert I could say I own is my gorgeous Blue Linckia starfish. Extremely tough to acclimate, and usually fare much better in large established tanks with lots of LR
. I also love my Conchs (both Fighting & Queen). My 2 "Sea-Monsters" (my huge
black brittle stars) have been with us 4+ years, and are very cool, but nocturnal.
Take a quick look at my --> Inverts page on my site
. It could probably stand a little updating, but there are a few pictures there.
invert reproduction... um, do they multiply much? I have seen some baby snails in my tank but thats about it. what are some kinds that reproduce a lot?
Some will produce in captivity, many snails & other inverts have a planktonic stage will will either be filtered, skimmed, or quickly gobbled up by other fish & inverts. Even if the eggs don't survive, they make great food for the other tank inhabitants. I'll post a few different snail egg photos later in this thread.
could you give me a few types of them that will take care of the most common types of algae and other unwantables so that i can get a well rounded selection.
Well, the best algae control is nutrient control (not overfeeding, using RO
, etc.). A good cleanup crew should be able to stop most algae before it takes a foothold. My most common recommendation is to get a good mix of snails. Each seem to prefer a different type of algae, and some work the rocks, where some tend to stick more to the glass/sand. Nassarius & Cerith are great for DSB
's. Trochus are one of the most hard-working snails. Abalone can be great algae-eaters. I love Brittle or Serpent stars to scavenge leftover food and to eat detritus. The conchs are also great for a DSB
, but require a fairly large tank. Cleaner shrimp are excellent at keeping your fish parasite-free. Peppermint shrimp will devour aiptasia. If you have a Valonia (Green Bubble Algae) problem, Emerald crabs can be very useful.
Hermit crabs will also eat different types of algae. I'd keep the numbers of hermits very small (they tend to get predatory/destructive, IME
), and I'd avoid the blue-legged altogether. If you do have blues, keep extra shells in there - as they grow, they will kill snails for their shells.
Big hermits - yes - some get very clumsy (will knock things over). All crabs, IMO
are opportunistic predators. The bigger they get, the hungrier they get, and they will search out food. I'm not a big fan of "claws" in my tank. I keep about 15 scarlet-legged hermits in our 180g.
Okay, books. One of the best out there is brand new. It is this one:
by Robert Fenner (author of WetWebMedia.com and "The Conscientious Marine Aquarist"), and Anthony Calfo (author of "The Book of Coral Propagation").
This is a relatively comprehensive and well-written book - I'd definitely recommend it. It was just published a couple months ago.
That's it for now (snail egg pics to come) - if you have any questions, let me know.