First came two peppermint shrimp. What a pain these are! They are nocturnal, and spend most of the day hiding behind rocks. I only saw both shrimps during the first few days, and then there was only one. It has been a month now, and I am convinced one ate the other. The shrimp is amazing for sniffing out food and hauling it off. Unfortunately, it has a voracious appetite. I actually need to feed it, otherwise it terrorizes other things. I have seen this shrimp pounce on some of my soft corals (torch, button, frogspawn). I don't think I would have bought these had I known their behaviour.
|Peppermint shrimp with some Red Button Polyp coral|
Next came the hermit crabs. These guys are a lot of fun. From the moment I bought them, they have been working to clean up the rocks and sand. They also eat fallen food. I bought 4 blue, 1 white, and 1 red legged. I am not sure how the white one ended up in the batch. They also have a voracious appetite, and I feed these as well as the shrimp.
I soon discovered I had an algae bloom. The brownish stuff was all over the rocks, glass and sand. So next came the snails. I bought 2 Trochus, 7 Nassarius. They have been doing such a great job, that I'm running out of algae. I will need to fed them as well. The Nassarius also keep the sand stirred, which is nice.
|Trochus snail, with a torch coral and a toadstool coral|
|Small Nassarius snail scooting away from the crabs|
|Larger Nassarius snail|