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Anemones!

Here are photos and lists of living things in my reef...

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LIVE ROCK
"Live" rock makes up the frame of the reef. It is rock that has all sorts of reef life on it, and serves many important funtions in the reef tank. It is teeming with bacteria, which break down waste in the tank into safe compounds, making the tank capible of supporting the delicate lifeforms we put in them.
It also has a great deal of other life on it, some acting as detrivores and clean-up crews, some that can actually be harmful to the reef, and others that are just beautiful and neat to observe.

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FROGSPAWN CORAL

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MELON STRIPE MUSHROOM COLONY

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BUTTON POLYPS

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COLT CORAL -RIP, eaten by a hitchiker crab!

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RBTA Anemone

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BRANCHING RIDGE CORAL

Added 3/16/02...lots of baby polyps on base!

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PURPLE PEARL CORAL

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FOX (JASMINE) CORAL

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HAMMER CORAL

My newest coral, added just today (11-29-01)
RIP- died after falling off rock onto the open brain coral during tank maintenance.

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OPEN BRAIN CORAL
Brain coral is an "LPS" (Large Polyp Stony) coral.
Notice it has its tentacles exposed, this is how they capture food
RIP- died in same maintenance accident as the Hammer coral.

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YELLOW POLYPS

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BUBBLE CORAL
another LPS coral

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BLUE MUSHROOM COLONY
A colony of blue mushroom polyps, with a green stripe mushroom in there as well

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STARBURST MUSHROOM COLONY
A colony of starburst mushroom polyps

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PEPPERMINT SHRIMP
I use him to control Aptasia anenomes in the tank

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FIJI BLUE DEVIL

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YELLOW TANG
 
RIP at age 11!

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Percula Clown- moved to a different tank.

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FoxFace Rabbitfish

*Removed Sandbed October 2005*
The Deep Sand Bed helps the tank with waste management, though denitrafication, as well as the many different critters residing in it.

in addition to the corals, fish and invertebrates pictured, there are dozens of other lifeforms in the tank, most of which came on or with the live rock. These include many different types of amphipods, copepods, bristle worms, feather duster worms, barnacles, sponges, sea squirts, sea cucumbers, starfish, tube anenomes, flatworms, snails, keyhole limpets, and many different types of calcerous corraline algaes.

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T. DERASA CLAM
This is a giant clam. He is a filter feeder and needs LOTS of light.

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HAIRY MUSHROOM COLONY
A colony of hairy mushroom polyps

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PINKTIP ANENOMES
 
RIP

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SCARLET REEF HERMIT CRAB
He's part of the cleanup crew, eating algae and scraps

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ASTREA SNAILS
used for algae control

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DWARF CUP CORAL
a "hitch-hiker" on a piece of live rock, it has grown and spread nicely

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QUEEN CONCH

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BUMBLEBEE SNAIL