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By admin - Posted Jan 14, 2002 07:00 PM
Below is a listing of all of our articles about saltwater aquarium invertebrates sorted by date with the newest at the top of the list.
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On the Captive Biology of Tube Anemones

By Kenneth Wingerter on Jul 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM

When aquarist think about reef animals, cerianthids usually don't come to mind. However, tube anemones are some of the most beautiful, hardy, and long-lived organisms for captive aquariums, and they're not as dangerous to tankmates as many believe.

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A Look at the Ophiuroids: Brittle, Serpent, and Basket Stars

By James W. Fatherree, M.Sc. on Jun 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM

With their long wiry arms and exotic colors, Ophiuroids are some of the reef's most beautiful and intricate creatures. James Fatherree describes the general information and aquarium husbandry of this amazing class of echinoderms.

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Aquarium Invertebrates: A Look at Some Azooxanthellate Epifaunal Bivalves

By James W. Fatherree on Jan 08, 2014 at 09:00 AM

James Fatherree explores the biology of non-photosynthetic clams, scallops, and oysters commonly encountered by reefkeepers. While most of these bivalves are not impossible to keep with advances in captive reef nutrition, their surprisingly high dietary requirements make their husbandry difficult.

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Aquarium Invertebrates: A Good Look at the Crinoids

By James W. Fatherree, M.Sc. on Jul 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Crinoids are rather elegant relatives of the brittle stars, sea stars, and sea urchins, and can be quite spectacular in appearance. You might see them offered for sale at times, but as pretty as they may be their survival record in home aquariums is downright dismal. However, they're interesting invertebrate animals nonetheless, so I'll give you some information about them, and will also cover the reasons they typically do not survive long-term in home aquariums.

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Aquarium Invertebrates: An Introduction to the Mantis Shrimps

By James W. Fatherree on May 29, 2013 at 11:00 AM

These are my favorite invertebrates, and with a little planning and preparation can be fantastic acquisitions for any marine aquarist. In fact, after writing this, I feel a compulsion to go get another one...

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Aquarium Invertebrates: A Look at the Giant Clam Tridacna squamosa

By James W. Fatherree M.Sc. on Apr 17, 2013 at 11:00 AM

There are several species of giant clam available to us, all of which belong to the family Tridacnidae, with each being unique in its own ways. Of these, Tridacna squamosa, is one of the hardiest and easiest to care for, and can be one of the most attractive, too. So, this month I'll give you some information about T. squamosa, which is commonly called the squamosa clam, scaly clam, scaled giant clam, or fluted clam.

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Feature Article: Epizoic flatworms impair coral feeding: evidence for parasitism

By Tim Wijgerde on Nov 07, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Flatworms are well-known in the aquarium hobby and research community. Both in the wild and in captivity, they hide between the tentacles of many corals. Despite their common appearance in aquaria, the nature of the symbiosis between corals and flatworms has long been unclear. New evidence strongly suggests that epizoic acoelomorph flatworms are parasitic. Next to suffocating coral tissue and feeding on coral mucus, flatworms have now been found to impair coral feeding.

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Aquarium Invertebrates: Moon Jellyfish in the Home: Can You Do It?

By Adam Blundell M.S. on Aug 01, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Jellyfish are an exciting new realm in the marine aquarium hobby. Not only are jellyfish aquariums now available for purchase, but creating and building your own system is also an exciting project.

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Aquarium Invertebrates: Phestilla Nudibranchs: Cryptic Enemies of Porites, Goniopora, Tubastrea and Dendrophyllia Corals and an Identification of 'Montipora-eating Nudibranchs'

By Dana Riddle on Jun 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Dana takes us on an in-depth look at the Phestilla and Embletonia nudibranchs that can wreak havoc on an unsuspecting coral in your tank.

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Aquarium Invertebrates: Aiptasia, dinoflagellate algae and cyanobacteria - a three-way symbiosis?

By Tim Wijgerde, M.Sc. on Apr 11, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Aiptasia are tropical sea anemones which are commonly found in marine aquaria. Usually introduced as hitchhikers on live rock, they rapidly colonize the aquarium due to their prolific growth. Although Aiptasia may settle on any available substrate, chemical signals may attract them to specific microhabitats. In this article I report on the settlement preference of Aiptasia for cyanobacterial mats, a finding which suggests a three-way symbiosis between sea anemones, dinoflagellate algae and bacteria.

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Aquarium Invertebrates: A Look at the Giant Clam Tridacna maxima

By James W. Fatherree, M.Sc. on Feb 22, 2012 at 11:00 AM

With their desirability in mind, if you can find a good specimen these clams can be relatively easy to care for in a well-run reef aquarium. However, they do have particular lighting requirements, and are by no means bulletproof when it comes to keeping them long-term. So, this article will cover their basic biology, how to identify them, and how to best care for them in aquaria.

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Aquarium Invertebrates: A Trip to an Indonesian Coral and Clam Farm

By James W. Fatherree, M.Sc. on Sep 07, 2011 at 08:00 AM

A few years ago when I was working on my book about giant clams, I was lucky enough to get a tour of the CV Dinar coral and giant clam aquaculture facility in Indonesia. I'm sure a lot of hobbyists have heard of the "farms" in the Pacific, but I figured I'd give you something of a virtual tour of the place and show you a bit about how things are done there. It was quite interesting to say the least.

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Aquarium Invertebrates: A Look at the Sponges

By James W. Fatherree on Jun 08, 2011 at 08:00 AM

Start small. If you have a certain sponge in mind, if at all possible try to find out as much as you can about that particular type. What environment it comes from, whether it is symbiotic or not, if it is highly toxic (some are), how big it gets, etc. The more you know in the beginning, the greater your chances for success.

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Book Review: Breeding Berghia Nudibranches - The Best Kept Secret by Dene Banger

By Shane Graber on Jun 01, 2011 at 10:00 AM

'Breeding Berghia Nudibranches' is a new book by Dene Banger that explains how to set up and maintain a system for breeding Aiptasia devouring Berghia nudibranchs, sell them for fun and profit, and scale the system based on demand.

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Aquarium Invertebrates: Hermit Crabs

By Richard Aspinall on Jun 01, 2011 at 03:00 AM

Reef keeping is replete with these simple pleasures and hermits provide so many; they are cheap, durable, often long-lived and useful. Seeing a well known hermit sporting a new shell one morning is always a pleasant sight and is a sign that things are going as they ought.

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Aquarium Invertebrates: On Lighting for Tridacnid Clams

By James W. Fatherree on Mar 15, 2011 at 10:00 AM

To summarize, it is impossible to give a single number recommendation when it comes to tridacnids' lighting requirements, even for a particular species. Each clam is genetically different, and some members of a given species will need more light than others.

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Aquarium Invertebrates: Crabs in the Marine Aquarium

By James W. Fatherree, M.Sc. on Dec 14, 2010 at 07:00 PM

It's important to know what crabs are okay and which aren't. Unfortunately, while there are a few good ones, most of them are definitely off limits for reef aquarists, so I'll give you some basic information about crabs in general and cover the more common types you'll likely come across. Hopefully it will help you decide what to buy or not buy, or what to leave in or get out.

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Aquarium Invertebrates: A Look at the Giant Clam Tridacna gigas

By James W. Fatherree, M.Sc. on Nov 14, 2010 at 07:00 PM

Keep in mind that if you plan on having a gigas long term, it will need to be kept in a tank that is at least 18 inches wide, and will more than likely eventually need something even bigger than this. These clam are not suited for life in 55 gallon tanks, etc.

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Aquarium Invertebrates: Metasepia pfefferi – the aptly named Flamboyant Cuttlefish

By Richard Ross on Oct 14, 2010 at 08:00 PM

The Flamboyant cuttle is one of the most amazing animals I have encountered in the wild or in captivity. They are beautiful, masterful predators that live fast and die young. It is my hope that one day they will be bred in captivity and readily available for all cephalopod enthusiasts.

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Aquarium Invertebrates: Octopus chierchiae – The Lesser Pacific Striped Octopus

By Richard Ross on Sep 14, 2010 at 08:00 PM

(With special thanks to Dr. Roy Caldwell) Octopus chierchiae is an amazing little animal and  is clearly worth further study.

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