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Marine Inverts FAQS

Is it OK to buy inverts online?

Yes inverts are absolutely fine to be shipped, fish stores have their inverts shipped to them also so it doesn’t make a difference whether buying online or at a store. Your fish will have been shipped at some point. We want our quality livestock to be delivered in the best condition. We use high-quality poly boxes and heat packs. We ensure the bags are filled with pure oxygen and double-bagged. We also use a reliable 24-hour licensed courier.

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 using 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
What are best marine inverts to buy for beginners?

For beginners in marine aquarium keeping, it’s essential to start with hardy and easy-to-care-for invertebrates. 

Hermit Crabs: These are hardy scavengers that help clean up the tank by consuming detritus and leftover food. They are relatively low-maintenance and can adapt well to various tank conditions.
Snails: Nerite snails, turbo snails, and astrea snails are popular choices. They help to control algae growth by grazing on surfaces within the aquarium. They are also quite hardy and can tolerate fluctuations in water parameters.
Cleaner Shrimp: Popular species like the Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp or the Fire Shrimp are not only fascinating to watch but also serve a practical purpose by cleaning parasites off fish. They are generally peaceful and easy to care for.
Corals: Some soft corals like mushrooms, zoanthids, and leathers can be suitable for beginners, as they are generally more forgiving of fluctuations in water parameters compared to stony corals. They also add beautiful colors and textures to the tank.
Starfish: Certain species of starfish, such as the sand-sifting starfish or the chocolate chip starfish, can be beginner-friendly. They help to stir the substrate, which aids in preventing detritus buildup.
Anemones: Some types of anemones, like the bubble tip anemone, can be relatively easy to care for and provide a natural habitat for clownfish if you plan to keep them later on.
Remember, regardless of the species you choose, it’s crucial to research their specific care requirements, ensure proper acclimation, and maintain stable water parameters in your aquarium. Additionally, always source marine invertebrates from reputable suppliers to minimize the risk of introducing diseases or parasites into your tank.

How can I tell if my corals are not happy?
   – if unhappy, corals will not open or have reduced polyp extension 
   – Changes in color 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 behavior and the tank’s water parameters.