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Marine Inverts

These are the little gems of the reef that keep your sand bed clean and your rocks free from algae. Others have more specialist skills and some just look pretty. Whatever your after we hope you can find it here. We have new stock arriving every Friday and we are always on the lookout for anything unusual. Should you need any advice on the livestock you are interested in, please feel to chat with one of the team by instant chat, email or phone.

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Marine Inverterbrates FAQS

What are marine invertebrates?

Marine invertebrates are animals that live in the water (marine environments) and lack a vertebral column or spine. Invertebrates make up the vast majority of animal species on Earth, and they come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and forms. Marine invertebrates encompass a diverse array of organisms, and some of the major groups include:

Arthropods: This group includes animals like crabs, lobsters, shrimp, and various types of marine insects. Arthropods have segmented bodies and exoskeletons made of chitin.

Molluscs: Examples of marine molluscs include clams, oysters, mussels, snails, and octopuses. They typically have soft bodies, often protected by a hard shell.

Cnidarians: This group includes jellyfish, corals, sea anemones, and hydras. Cnidarians have specialized stinging cells called cnidocytes.

Echinoderms: Starfish, sea urchins, sand dollars, and sea cucumbers are examples of echinoderms. They often have radial symmetry and a unique water vascular system.

Porifera: These are commonly known as sponges. Sponges are simple multicellular organisms with porous bodies.

Annelids: While many annelids are found in terrestrial environments, certain species, such as marine worms, are adapted to live in marine habitats.

Platyhelminthes: Some flatworms are adapted to marine life, living in both shallow and deep-sea environments.

Nematodes: Some nematodes, or roundworms, are found in marine environments.

These invertebrates play crucial roles in marine ecosystems, contributing to nutrient cycling, serving as prey for larger animals, and participating in various ecological processes. Marine invertebrates are essential components of biodiversity in the world’s oceans.

What are the basic requirements for keeping marine invertebrates?

– Marine aquarium set-up
– Stable water parameters (temperature, salinity, pH).
– Quality salt mix for marine such as Tropic Marin Pro Reef Salt

What equipment is essential for a marine invertebrate tank?

 – Protein skimmer for water filtration.
– Heater to maintain stable temperature.
– LED Lighting photosynthetic organisms.
– Powerheads/wavemakers for water circulation.

How do I acclimate marine invertebrates to my tank?
  • Slow drip method: Gradually introduce tank water to their transport water via airline and use a refractometer to check salinity matches.
  • Temperature match: Ensure water in both containers is at the same temperature.
What should I feed my marine invertebrates?

 – Varied diet: Offer a mix of frozen, live, and high-quality prepared foods such as Reef Roids.
– As different species require different foods, its always good to research specific dietary needs for each species.

How can I maintain water quality for marine invertebrates?

– Regular water testing.
– Perform partial water changes.
– Monitor and adjust filtration systems accordingly.
– Do not over feed or over stock

How can I tell if my corals are not happy?
– if unhappy, corals will not open or have reduced polyp extension
– Changes in colour or texture.
– Reduced feeding.
Can marine invertebrates be kept together in the same tank?
Generally yes, however compatibility varies, research species-specific requirements. For example, adding an Anemone to you’re marine aquarium could cause damage to corals it decides to move next to. 
How often should I clean my marine invertebrate tank?
– Regular weekly maintenance, including cleaning glass and equipment.
– Vacuum substrate during water changes.
Are there any potential challenges in keeping marine invertebrates?
– Sensitivity to water parameter changes.
 – Compatibility issues between species.
What precautions should be taken when introducing new marine invertebrates?
– Quarantine new additions.
– Monitor for signs of disease before introducing to the main tank.
Remember to research specific requirements for the particular marine invertebrates you plan to keep and stay attentive to their behaviour and the tank’s water parameters.