Cape Town Tidal Pools

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  1. coswecanfly

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    Do any of the Cape Town users know where I can go to collect a cleaning crew for my aquarium? I don't like cold water so I want to check out the tidal pools in the area. Also stuff that live in tidal pools would be more tolerant of the higher temps in my tank. I also want to get some seawater for water changes. Any ideas?
     
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    Which area in CT are you in....
     
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    I'm in Goodwood but can drive anywhere... :biggrin:
     
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    Most of the things you collect down there in the cold are going to struggle with the warmer water in your tank.
     
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    Tidal pools stand in the sun everyday for six hours and reach temps of close to 30 degrees... :eek:
     
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    Well it depends on what you are after. The s coast hermits I have tried just die. Palaemon shrimps are ok but everything likes to eat them. Most intertidal snail climb out pretty quickly. Cushion stars and limpets are ok but just eat a little algae.
     
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    Where are all the Cape Town users today?
     
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    Being blown / washed away !!!
     
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    I know... and they say tomorrow is going to be worse... :eek:
     
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    Hi coswecanfly,

    At Blake’s Beach in the Strand – you can get some snails, hermits, brittle stars, shrimps, strap caulerpa.
    False bay water temps are usually warmer(but still too cold…) than the chilly west coast– Avoid Melkbos, that area seems to be suffering from some type of contamination.
    What is the water temperature in your tank if I may ask?
     
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    i'm not getting a location for blake's beach on google maps..

    any chance of some directions?

    Thanks in advance for the information.
     
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    Yes, thanks Starz, where's Blake's beach?

    And my tank temp is 25-26 degrees. I know the west coast area is dirty because of the harbour so I'm definately not going there.
     
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    Ive tried a few things and to be honest,you cant really add alot. If you go to tidal pools,lift up some rocks and you can find small brittlestars.Then Ive also had great success (and they dont look to bad) at keeping pin cushions(think thats what you call em,those smalll starfish look allik things). YOu can also find some pods and if you lucky ,some ghost shrimp. Just lift up small rocks and see what you find under them(research before you take)dont try the nennies or the urchins.
     
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    oh,and acclimitise them for like 2 hours using the drip method and youll have a 100 % survuval rate.
     
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    Are the local stars reef safe - where is the best place in cape town to find them in the ocean
     
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    youll see there a hundreds of them(or they are where I stay in Hermanus) in our rock pools. Follow this link to see what they look like. Species: Cushion starfish , They reef safe(have 15 for more than a year and no corals been harmed.never seen any of em on a coral to be honest.trust them more than my cleaner shrimp:p ,most of them stay under my rock so its awesome. Snails are difficult man,one wrong snail and you could lose a coral in a day.
     
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    Blake’s beach is on the Gordons Bay side of the Strand Pavilion (where the jetty is) – but you can go anywhere in that area.

    In the summer there will be a lot more to see than in winter though, and some inverts just wont live for too long in elevated temps.
    Look for ornate topshells, they are quite nice ( don’t have pic now, will post one later).
    Those cushion stars are a bit suspect – I’ve seen them envelop small molluscs and eat them from the shell, plus they can overpopulate, but don't think they'll harm corals.
    The bigger starfish species don’t do well and some are also carnivorous.
    The periwinkles do well at cleaning algae and hermits for sifting substrates.
    You’ll have to turn some rocks over to find interesting stuff – watch out for spiny chitons…
    From my experience it is pretty dull there(especially in winter), but still better than nothing – you may even see some soles and pipefish. In summer there are some beautiful big Marleyi Butterflies in the gullies.

    The further south you are prepared to travel the better it gets.
     
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    Here's a pic of the ornate topshell, as well as a nice big cushion star.
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    Wow thats a super pretty snail
     
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    yes, they are very pretty - the body itself is a bright orange.
    I've seen some with orange shells also.
     
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