New MACO classes are forming and we have a new speaker this month for our chat channel #reefs.
In the first part of this article, I discussed some basic biology about the anaspidean and sacoglossan sea slugs. In this article I will focus specifically on the nudibranch sea slugs.
I also hope that I have given the adventurous and experienced aquarists who read this a better idea of what to expect if you decide to ignore my advice and get one of these animals for your tank anyway.
Rob wanted to write an article that outlined what is known about the biology of these animals to dispel some of the erroneous information that has been propagated about them in the hobby.
It is becoming ever more common for retailers and hobbyists alike to be careful during the transport and acclimation of these animals to new homes, and with increasing knowledge should come increasing rates of success. Hopefully, with a bit more fore- thought and knowledge about these amazing animals our success rate with sponges will continue to increase in years to come.
I have been fortunate to live just a few minutes from where I can observe these lovely creatures in their natural setting, and they have always been among my favorite types of corals for a reef aquarium display.
Continuing on from where I left off last time, we now move onto the fourth potential live food source, brine shrimp...
Obviously, if we would like to keep any of those animals in our aquaria, we need to provide them with some food, or like a starving fish, they will not survive for long in the aquarium.
Aquarium Invertebrates: Doughnut, Cat's Eye, Knob, Beaker, Flat Brain, Or Modern Meat? A Review Of What Are Scolymia And Cynarina, With Comments On Their Relatives And Taxonomical Status
Julian takes an in-depth look at Scolymia and Cynarina corals.
While I am trying to present the best case scenario below for trying to keep one of these animals in the aquarium, you should also seriously ask yourself if your aquarium and husbandry skills are up to the challenge before you consider adding one of these animals to your aquarium!
While not yet as well established as turban snails for the 'cleanup crew' in reef aquariums, nerites do have many fans and are gaining in popularity. Considering how prolific nerites are in their natural habitat and how frequently they lay eggs, they would seem to be an ideal candidate for captive propagation.
I think that they make a wonderful pet, and if their special needs are taken into consideration, they adapt well to aquarium life and can live out their entire natural lifespan in captivity.
Based on the brief descriptions of the different Candelabrum species, it appears likely that the one at the Lovett school is undescribed. It may also be a first known strictly tropical species, or it may give a range extension for an already known species.
I was particularly motivated to write this article after overhearing a local petshop employee telling a potential customer that they were a hardy addition to any reef aquarium.
Keeping Heliofungia in a reef aquarium is not difficult.
In this column I will discuss some of the most colourful and controversial sea cucumbers in the hobby – the sea apples.
I have always been and will always be impressed by such common things as “button polyps,” the many-hued and mostly simple to care for zoanthids.
Personally, I do not think that there is anything wrong with keeping sea cucumbers in a reef tank as long as you take the necessary precautions to protect them from an untimely death. I keep at least one sea cucumber in every one of my own reef tanks.
Aquarium Invertebrates: Captive Husbandry Of Goniopora, Spp. With Remarks About The Similar Genus Alveopora
I believe I have discovered what it needs to prevent and cure the wasting condition, and why it occurs.
All-in-all, however, despite how fascinating these animals are, unless you are confident of the identification of the animal, can provide suitable conditions for the animal to feed, and are willing to live with the potential drawbacks of keeping one of these animals in an aquarium, they are not really recommended for keeping in any aquarium.