Invertebrates (19)

Information and articles on marine invertebrates including care, feeding, selection and identification.

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Crabs (3)

Information and articles on marine crabs including care, feeding, selection and identification.

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Mollusca (2)

  1. The molluscs or mollusks compose the large phylum of invertebrate animals known as the Mollusca. Around 85,000 extant species of molluscs are recognized. Molluscs are the largest marine phylum, comprising about 23% of all the named marine organisms. Wikipedia
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Shrimp (4)

Information and articles on marine shrimp including care, feeding, selection and identification.

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Presented by Charles & Linda RaabeMactan Island, The Philippines© 2008 All Rights ReservedAlso see:The Caridean Shrimp of the Central Visayan Islands   How does one tell the difference between the Caridean (true shrimp) and the Penaeids (prawns)?  The quickest method is to simply examine the second abdominal segment.  If segment two overlaps both segments one and three, then you have a Caridean (shrimp).  If segment two overlaps only segment three, then you have a Penaeid…
Monday, 16 February 2015 21:23

Cephlapods

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Presented by Charles & Linda RaabeMactan Island, The Philippines© 2008 All Rights Reserved     If you have ever had the fortune to dive with an octopus, cuttlefish, or squid, or have kept one as a pet, you learned quickly that for a so called "Invert", they are very smart and full of character. Which makes keeping one as a pet very challenging.  Sepia bandensis  ( The dwarf cuttlefish)     I have had the fortune…
Monday, 16 February 2015 14:25

Clam Care & Biology

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Presented by Charles & Linda RaabeMactan Island, The Philippines© 2008 All Rights Reserved   As great looking as some clams can be, they also seem to be a difficult species for new hobbyists to maintain. I believe this is greatly due to the poor water quality that most new tanks encounter. Such water quality issues are also compounded by the fact that many hobbyists believe that the clams must be fed small particulate foods. That…
Monday, 16 February 2015 16:34

Coral Crabs - trapezia septata

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CORAL CRABSPresented by Charles & Linda RaabeMactan Island, The Philippines© 2009 All Rights Reserved   Trapezia septataSpecimen #12                 Coral species this Crab associates with : Pocillopora sp.      Used by permission.  Many thanks to Charlies and Linda Raabe for their support.  www.chucksaddiction.com
Monday, 16 February 2015 16:24

Coral Crabs - trapezia serenei

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CORAL CRABSPresented by Charles & Linda Raabe   Trapezia sereneiSpecimen #8               Host Coral(s) this crab species found to be commensal with.Pocillipora sp.   Used by permission.  Many thanks to Charlies and Linda Raabe for their support.  www.chucksaddiction.com
Tuesday, 16 June 2015 23:29

Sea Anemone

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Presented by Charles & Linda RaabeMactan Island, The Philippines© 2008 All Rights Reserved     There is nothing that will catch a visitors eye faster than an anemone with a clownfish snuggled in it. I have had the fortune of having had a few different species, all of which did very well for me, but not for my reef aquarium. In that they easily out compete corals for space and have killed a few of my…
Monday, 16 February 2015 21:25

Sea Cucumbers

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Presented by Charles & Linda RaabeMactan Island, The Philippines© 2010 All Rights Reserved       If there is one creature that strikes fear into most hobbyist, its this one. Of course I feel very differently and am a strong advocate of thier usefullness in our tanks. Yes, there are risks involved, but I feel those risks are given far to much publicity.          Picking up sand to injest and strip of organic matter…
Monday, 16 February 2015 18:55

Sea Urchins

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Presented by Charles & Linda RaabeMactan Island, The Philippines© 2008 All Rights Reserved     While providing great clean up services of algae when all other members of the clean up crew refuse to eat it, I feel they are a last resort and should only be kept in a reef aquarium under supervision, in that I mean keep an eye on them. They have extremely powerfull "beaks" as mouths and have no trouble at…
Monday, 16 February 2015 18:12

Seaslugs & Nudibranch

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Presented by Charles & Linda RaabeMactan Island, The Philippines© 2008 All Rights Reserved   As Beautifull and interesting as they are, sadly there is very little known about the multitudes of species, what is known is that they all have very specific food sources such as only one type of sponge, coral, algae and so on. Given this, it is almost impossible for us to provide such specific diets in our tanks. But all hope…
Monday, 16 February 2015 21:32

Shrimp

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Presented by Charles & Linda RaabeMactan Island, The Philippines© 2008 All Rights Reserved   The majority of the shrimp we keep are of the decorative and cleaner types, all of which I feel can have a place within our reef tanks, besides being functional in providing fish and tank cleaning services along with pest removal, they are very interesting to watch and add a nice splash of color to the reef.      There are…
Monday, 16 February 2015 16:56

The Care and Breeding of The Harlequim Shrimp

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Presented by Charles & Linda RaabeMactan Island, The Philippines© 2011 All Right Reserved   Having fully retired to the Philippine islands in 2004, I have had the unique opportunity to further my own understanding and experience with the keeping of reef aquaria, I have also been able to observe and learn first hand of the many reef habitats and the life they contain. Such observations do come with a risk in that I am also…
Monday, 16 February 2015 16:36

The Caridean Shrimp Featured

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Presented by Charles & Linda Raabehttp://www.chucksaddiction.com/Mactan Island, The Philippines© 2009 All Rights Reserved Project Start Date : 21 July 2008Also see:Shrimp Anatomy - Illustrations and Glossary   Introduction:  The infraorder Caridea is the largest shrimp group in the world, containing almost 2,800 described species with estimates of twice that number of species yet to be discovered and described.  Although they occur in all of the world's oceans, the Caridean shrimp reach their highest level of species and generic diversification…
Monday, 16 February 2015 18:26

The Crabs

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Presented by Charles & Linda RaabeMactan Island, The Philippines© 2008 All Rights Reserved   Although some hobbyist find crabs as interesting as I do, I have also learned that there are very few crabs that I would consider to be reef safe, about the only one that I have had experience with and can say they are totally reef safe are the commensal species, those that host either corals or anemone .    If you…
Monday, 16 February 2015 21:20

The Jellyfish

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Presented by Charles & Linda RaabeMactan Island, The Philippines© 2008 All Rights Reserved   While I have never attempted to keep an aquarium dedicated to jellyfish, it was only because I knew they would get chewed up in any filtration's intakes, I have though, always marveled at how gracefull they appear when seen in the ocean or in a public aquarium facility.  Below is a link that details how to construct a suitable tank to…
Monday, 16 February 2015 16:47

The Reef Aquarium Clean Up Crew

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  Presented by Charles & Linda Raabe Mactan Island, The Philippines © 2010 All Rights Reserved     When first establishing a marine aquarium the first inhabitants added to the system are the members of what is know as the "Clean up Crew". This crew is almost always comprised of a mixture of snails, hermit crabs and starfish as recommended by any number of local stores or those found online.  This article will address what…
Monday, 16 February 2015 18:17

The Snails

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Presented by Charles & Linda RaabeMactan Island, The Philippines© 2010 All Rights Reserved     When deciding upon snail species to add to our aquariums, I have found through observing where the various species are found in nature that we should consider the habitat that we are creating within our aquariums. There are a great many species of snails that are not found in the rocky habitat that most reefs and our aquariums are. As…
Monday, 16 February 2015 18:38

The Sponges

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  Presented by Charles & Linda RaabeMactan Island, The Philippines© 2009 All Rights Reserved   Sponges are sessile animals that filter water through their porous bodies, and ingest food particles and dissolved materials. There are more than 7000 species alive today living in both freshwater and marine environments, and are the oldest known multicellular animals.   Sponges live in all types of regions all over the world. 99% of all sponges live in the marine environment. There…
Monday, 16 February 2015 18:52

The Starfish

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Presented by Charles & Linda RaabeMactan Island, The Philippines© 2010 All Rights Reserved   Quite a few hobbyists seem to have trouble with keeping a variety of starfish, but I believe that is simply due to not understanding their needs, hopefully the links I have provided will teach you how to properly care for and acclimate your new multi-armed wonder.      Echinoderms in Aquaria  -  "  Despite their success in nature, which is fostered in no…
Monday, 16 February 2015 18:30

The Worms

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      While there are normaly not a great variety of worms available on the market, those that we are able to purchase do have specific needs which as with all other pets must be met. The following links will provide the guidelines needed to ensure you have your pet for a good long time. For those of us who use live rock and / or live sand, it is also a good idea…

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