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Two hermit crabs and an anemone sidekick prepare to fight it out in the Tropical Lagoon tanks. These are large hermit crabs and are not recommended for tanks that contain coral specimens because they will constantly knock them off of your live rock and placement areas. They are great entertainment for fish-only tanks, though.
The lagoon has lots of invertebrates to help keep your tank clean and looking great.
The harlequin shrimp shown below is an excellent way to use natural remedies to combat common problems in a typical marine aquarium. [Be forewarned: Harlequin shrimp love to eat starfish, and will devour starfish of any size in your tank.] Don’t let their tiny size fool you, these shrimp have quite an appetite, and once any nuisance starfish have been removed from the tank, the harlequin shrimp will need to be fed with starfish. Some hobbyists will purchase a large chocolate chip starfish and remove a single leg every week, keeping the starfish alive while it can regenerate the lost legs. If done properly, the legs should regenerate by the time the other legs have been removed.
Some may consider this a harsh treatment, and may choose not to use harlequin shrimp. The harlequin shrimp only eats starfish and consideration must be granted for this fact.
Although many hobbyists consider the existence of Asterina Starfish to be a sign of a healthy, stable, tank, an overpopulation of these tiny starfish organisms can be problematic – especially to reef aqy
Harlequin shrimp are excellent to rid your invaluable habitat of nuisance starfish that may overwhelm your tank and possibly even eat or damage certain kinds of corals if left
Here are some invertibrates we have gotten into the store. As always, we have plenty of turbo snails, hermit crabs, etc
This is a harlequin shrimp. He will probably eat all of your starfish.