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  1. Ocean

    Ocean Lazy Sea Slug

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    i want to get a pin cushion and a open brain I have looked them up i just want your opinion on there care.

    Thanks:thumbup:
     
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  3. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    ideal starters from my experience
     
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    Pin cushions are nice, easy to keep corals. They look nice, add movement (if you get the long polyped ones) and are very fraggable. Definitely recommended
     
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    The brain coral, likes loads of light - but mid to low siting and not too much flow, also a fantastic thing to feed
     
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    Ocean Thread Starter Lazy Sea Slug

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    thanks is 150mh at 60cm of depth is there anything i should not do or watch out for when i buy them or better can i get them from someone here
     
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    Watch out for the open brain - my hermits and cleaner shrimps ate it in 2 days flat.
     
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    Ocean Thread Starter Lazy Sea Slug

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    LikesFish thanks are the common cleaner shrimps guilty of that
     
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    Leather corals are easy to keep, as other posters have said. Open brains, and any other "fleshy" LPS corals are not very difficult to keep, but DO limit your choice of other tank inhabitants - many otherwise well behaved fish will develop a liking for them,
    many (most...) shrimps and crabs tend to damage them when climbing over them, and they don't do well in strong water flow, so that limits your choice of SPS somewhat (or at least makes it more difficult to keep both types happy)

    Hennie
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    any specific type of hermits that ate it Likefsh?ive got now over 100 hermits in my tank and they never go near my open brain corals
     
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    Mike Retired Moderator

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    Could the lobo have been dying/sick? or are the hermits that you have carniverous?

    I rad redleg and minature blue leg with 2 large lobos and never had a nibble
     
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    My personal opinion about hermits and corals are that the big'ger hermits (anything that's not "dwarf") do tend to develop a liking for corals at SOME stage or another in their stay in tanks. (personal experience - had the red-leg hermit - with blue/white spots on the legs).... My dwarf hermits do not chow anything coral related. Mostly only either detritus or algae (perhaps some food scraps if they can get to it).....

    I do also know that some bigger hermit can kill fleshy LPS corals due to their legs ending in VERY sharp points - sometimes catching and dragging the LPS flesh, ending up tearing it.....

    My first choice for starter corals would be any/all leather-type corals (sarcophyton/lobophyton, etc), Kenya Tree's (not dendronephtya), singularia, corrallimorphs (mushrooms), zoanthids, etc....
    I would say give LPS a miss until you have far better understanding of their care.... Unless you have done a LOT of reading up on them and have kept some other corals already.
     
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    How does one tell the difference between a dwarf hermit and a small regular hermit?
     
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    Ocean Thread Starter Lazy Sea Slug

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    i got my hermit from aqaulity he said they are the most peacefull of all and dont go for coral,fish and only go for algea and dead things
    and i am mostly going to keep LPS's and softies and a few of the easier SPS's aka candycane, hammer
     
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    Ocean Thread Starter Lazy Sea Slug

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    and i have done lots of reading the point of this thread is to look out for problem, healthy stock, things that you must watchouit for
     
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    I would imagine you need to know a decent lfs.
     
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    Ocean Thread Starter Lazy Sea Slug

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    anybody that could sell me one or both of those corals?
     
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    Dwarf hermits don't usually grow bigger than a max of eg 2cm.... Regular hermits are usually MUCH bigger and can grow up to +-15cm....

    And yes - Wee-Man - your LFS can/should be able to tell you....

    Another thing with dwarf-hermits, are that their pinchers are adapted to feed on tiny things. They do not bull-doze through rock-work or corals....

    The most common dwarf-hermits in the trade are the mexican red-leg and the blue-legged hermits.... (there are some others, but they are few and far between).
     
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    My cleaner shrimp did help out in the buffet, but that could have been because the Hermits damaged it first.
     
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    I had a large variety - it was 1.6 years ago so I cannot remember, sorry. But if you ask me - I have never seen any specific species of hermit behave differently than any other species, except of course the anemone hermits which gets huge.
     
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    Hmmm what is a lobo? It was definitely not dying or sick, but it is possible that something else during the night - like a peppermint shrimp - could have damaged it a bit which lured the hermits and cleaner shrimps.

    All I am saying is that in my experience, fleshy LPS that does not sting can easily succumb to being gang-rpd by mobster hermits....
     
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