Amphipods are typically less than 10 millimetres (0.39 in) long,
Among the more beneficial marine invertebrates we can introduce to our reef aquarium tanks, jbsmarines Reef Amphipods are prodigious grazers of microalgae and macroalgae. They help control the growth of algae that might otherwise reach nuisance levels.
Reef Amphipods are beneficial in the main tank as well as the refugium. They breed easily in captivity but will not overpopulate your system, being limited by space and available food.
. These eggs develop into swimming larvae which are released directly into the water column in the aquarium.
Many types of fishes feed on Reef Amphipods, including clownfishes, sea horses and angelfishes.
Please use only captive-bred organisms in your reef aquarium.
Mature females bear a marsupium, or brood pouch, which holds her eggs while they are fertilised, and until the young are ready to hatch.
As a female ages, she produces more eggs in each brood. There are no larval stages; the eggs hatch directly into a juvenile form, and sexual maturity is generally reached after 6 moults
they should be either placed in the refugium or filter floss compartment to start off your culture do not just drop them into your marine tank as the fish will eat them and it will be an expensive dinner
Photo 3 x brittle starfish
3 Mini Brittle Starfish MiniStars are small, incredibly industrious sand stirrers and cleaners that will help keep your live sand bed healthy, aerobic and free of decomposing detritus - the organic particles that rain down every day from the water column above. These reef-dwelling ophiuroids reproduce readily in closed systems because they have direct development (no planktonic stage). Reef safe, will not bulldoze. Size of individual specimens ranges from approx. 1/4 to 1/2 inch; includes adults, sub-adults and juveniles. MiniStars do not grow larger than approx. 1-2 inch in diameter. great to add to your sump or refugium these eat unwanted food left from the rest of the inhabitants
Photo 125ml live copepods
These are found naturally in your aquarium which arrive on live rock, they are a similar size to brine shrimp and are a excellent food source for pipefish, seahorses, mandarin fish, dragonets etc, all of which eat these at a steady rate.
If you replenish your system regularly you will give these a good chance of survival.
They will feed on phytoplankton, detritus, and waste food so they are of great benefit to your reef system.