INVERT'ed! What's your favorite non-fishy critters?

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What's your favorite type of invert? (not coral)

  • Anemones

    Votes: 217 29.2%
  • Crabs

    Votes: 65 8.7%
  • Fan Worms

    Votes: 17 2.3%
  • Sea Slugs

    Votes: 11 1.5%
  • Starfish

    Votes: 25 3.4%
  • Shrimp

    Votes: 203 27.3%
  • Snails

    Votes: 46 6.2%
  • Clams

    Votes: 123 16.5%
  • Other? Please say what in the thread!

    Votes: 37 5.0%

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    744

vcollins9850

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Favorite inverts are the ones that you discover by accident and have to wonder how they got in and how long have they been there. (As long as you also discover they are not a threat to anything) Also have had a single nassarius snail that I added when I first set up tank and have probably only seen a handful of times. Added another recently and the first was instantly out of the sandbed and was following the new one all over the tank, around the bed, up the glass. Was like a slow motion car chase. They eventually balled up together, my hope is it was lonely and finally found true love.
next invert to add is a conch, think they are adorable and want sand stirred some more.
 

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Yes I know coral is technically an invert but let's leave them out of this discussion!

One of the coolest aspects to this hobby has to be those little critters we call marine inverts! Whether it be a fancy looking shrimp, a colorful starfish inching his way across the glass or an elegant fan worm dancing about in the water column, marine inverts can make for interesting additions to a saltwater reef aquarium. So let's talk about them today!

1. What is your MOST FAVORITE marine invert and why?

2. What invert would you like to add to your tank in the future?


Harlequin Shrimp perched on a coral image via @TUSI
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Definitely my urchin!!!
 

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Find myself staring at my anemones the most, so I voted anemone.

But a close second are my shrimp: Tiger pistol, cleaner, the one that lives inside an anemone (you know who you are), and the harly pair. All have tons of personality.

Notable mention: berghia nudibranch gang for doing what they’re supposed to be doing *side-eyeing “aiptasia eating” filefish*
 

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It's a complicated answer for me. I would vote anemones but I feel that they are too close to corals to count as anything else. My absolute favorite marine invertebrates are tunicates, no contest. They are so unique and interesting and I wish they were easier for the home aquarist to culture. Close second would have to be Nudibranchs, another near impossible group of animals, and third would be longspine urchins, of which I have owned several.

I would love to add some more sea hares to the tank (absolute best algae eaters) but my giant Condy just can't stop killing them! If I ever get rid if it though, I would love to get some more sea hares and lettuce slugs. Another longspine would be cool too, but this current tank is just too small I think. Someday I'll make a tunicate lagoon to culture them in (perhaps as an offshoot of a larger tank) but for now I'm happy with what I have.
 
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