It’s hard for me to pick just one, but it’s probably anemones. I also love all of the microfauna and hitchhikers that come in on live rock, keeps my tanks interesting.
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
Great information. Appreciate it!Cryptic Sponges, essential for reef ecosystems.
Element cycling on tropical coral reefs.
This is Jasper de Geoij's ground breaking research on reef sponges. (The introduction is in Dutch but the content is in English.)
Sponge symbionts and the marine P cycle
Marine sponges are ubiquitous colonizers of shallow, clear-water environments in the oceans (1, 2). Sponges have emerged as significant mediators of biogeochemical fluxes in coastal zones by virtue of respiring organic matter and facilitating both the consumption and release of nutrients (3, 4)...www.pnas.org
Phosphorus sequestration in the form of polyphosphate by microbial symbionts in marine sponges
Coral reefs are highly productive ecosystems that raise a conundrum called “Darwin’s paradox”: How can high production flourish in low-nutrient conditions? We show here that in three abundant Caribbean sponges, the granules that have been commonly observed in sponge tissue for decades are...www.pnas.org
Differential recycling of coral and algal dissolved organic matter via the sponge loop.
Sponges treat DOC from algae differently than DOC from corals
Surviving in a Marine Desert The Sponge Loop Retains Resources Within Coral Reefs
Dissolved organic carbon and nitrogen are quickly processed by sponges and released back into the reef food web in hours as carbon and nitrogen rich detritus.
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Natural Diet of Coral-Excavating Sponges Consists Mainly of Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC)
The Role of Marine Sponges in Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles of COral Reefs and Nearshore Environments.
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i hand feed my blue crabs all the time .. my biggest is about 7 1/2 inches from point to point if she really wanted to get ahold of you she could prolly break a finger. shes drawn blood a couple times but only when she was smaller ( the tiny ones have pointier pinchers ) now i think she knows im not a threat she will try to climb onto my hand as she is grabbing at her food... certainly less vicious than some of the clown fish i read about lol.. she likes to get out of her tank alotAre you hand feeding a stone crab????? Those things hurt if it gets ahold of you!