What to collect

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  1. King_Triton

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    Hey guys,

    So I'm gonna be going to Durbz in a couple of weeks, and while down there I want to go to Ballito and Umhlanga and collect some stuff..

    Problem is I wanna know what is safe or what should I be looking for?

    If anyone has been collecting of these two areas, can you maybe give me some tips on what to look for and where they are generally found, and also methods used to collect inverts/corals and fish.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
     
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    first, collect your permit at any post office.
     
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    Plenty zooanthids you can collect, hermits and snails - lots of different colours of zooanthids. You cannot collect any hard corals.
     
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    Got it ;)

    Thats sorted, I have family in durbz, so already arranged this part
     
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    Whats the reason for not being allowed to collect hard corals?
     
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    You can, but you are NOT ALLOWED to... Please do respect that.

    They are endangered, protected under CITES.
    Go huge on collection of brittle stars, their contribution to a tank is valuable....even though we seldom see them
    Also, a couple of packets of live sand......
     
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    I do respect the rules and play by them for sure.

    Where are the brittle stars usually located?
     
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    Under rocks. Just don't take the big green ones....
     
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    Got it:thumbup:

    Anything else that interesting i can look for? When it comes to zooanthids can I collect any i see, is there a certain method i should use so that they survive?? Theres so many colors so would like to get as many different ones as possible to add the various colours to the DT.
     
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    Nerita snails
    Yellow tip hermits.
     
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    I will be down on a thursday so will be heading to the shore on the friday/saturday.. and coming back to jhb the monday. Will it be fine if i collect some water and so some water changes frequently and on the way back to jhb? or is there an easier way to ensure the collection comes up safely?
     
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    Battery operated airpump​
     
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    Where can i find one of these at a reasonable price. I honestly have never come across one. Do you get a battery operated heater also, in case theres a slight chill factor.
     
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    They are sold by most shops in CPT, sure Gauteng or DBN would have. They usually below R150. Alternatively, just take a cooler box and some packets, put in water, fill with air and you'll be fine is packed on Saturday. No battery operated heaters to my knowlege, but really nothing to worry about.
     
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    Forgive my confusion here. If i pack these on saturday, but leave on Monday how will the fish, etc survive that long in the bag? or even the 6 hour trip if the are packed the Monday morning?
     
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    No, My apologies! Misread, thought you were leaving on Sunday... If you pack them the day before leaving they will be fine. I have packed fish, corals and inverts for quite a few journeys and 6 hours is really no big deal. Fish are a bit more tricky, but corals, especially zoanthids really are fine as long as they are wet.
     
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    Lol, okay cool. yeah also a bit concerned about any fish I might end up collecting. Not only for the trip back to Jhb, but also keeping them before coming up. My dad's house doesnt have a tank anymore :( so thinking of the easiest way to ensure their health
     
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    Cooler box / plastic tub. Airpump and water changed regularly. Bag and pack morning beofre leaving for Gauteng. They should survive the 6 hour drive. When I have brought fish over from Mauritius, its the practice I used and have not lost anything.
     
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    Sounds good!!

    is there a limit that sea water can be kept in a bottle for the water changes?? or can i just keep a few 5L containers filled and keep using that water?
     
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    Are the zoanthids found in any specific places or are they just in various places? If they on a large rock how should these be removed? and what should I do once they're removed?
     
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