can I add something else now?

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  1. Rockthis11

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    I was just wondering if it would be ok for me to add some more livestock to my tank (maybe an invertebrate :?: :D ). So far in my tank i have my 5 mollies and their babes (about 10 or 12 I think) and i was hoping to add something else. These are my water parameters (which so far havnt fluctuated).

    S.G- 1.025
    PH- 8.0
    Ammonia- 0
    Nitrite-
     
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    As long as thats the ammonia reading then maybe add a small starfish or something.. red or green brittle star?

    How many weeks is this since the tank was started?
     
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    sounds good RT!!! I would go with our fearless expert opinion and add a brittle star...they are good for clean-up detail as well!
    Glad to hear everything is working out for you with the tank...keep us posted!
    Greg
     
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    ok, il go for one of the brittle stars. It has been about a month since my tank was started.

    thanks
     
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    add a Common brittlestar (Ophiothrix fragilis), it get's to be 2cm in size.
     
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    maybe a Amphiura chiajei, Amphiura filiformis, or Ophiura albida.
     
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    any species from the Amphi or Ophi family.
     
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    haha :lol: perfect timing i was just gonna ask what species to get. Also, i just realized i dont know how to acclimate them. Is it the same as acclimating a fish?
    Will i have to feed them, because i heard that they are simply scavengers?

    Thanks in advanced
     
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    Yep, just treat them as you would a vertebrate...slowly and surely!! Good luck!
    Greg
     
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    within a few days you'll see that the star will come out when you are feeding the mollies and try to catch flakes etc... dont add any extra as teh star is there to do a job and will get lazy otherwise LOL

    Maybe add a hermit or two but be aware that the octo will prolly eat them, good to start a tank though
     
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    Thanks alot :notworth: . I acclimated my brittle star yesterday, and when i put him in my tank he IMMEDIATELY swam across to the other side of and hid from me. Every once in a while i see its arms poking out from the rocks, but he has not come out yet.
    I assume he will start coming out later on when he feels more comfortable.

    Also, i feed my mollies 3x a day, should i keep feeding them this much (i only give them a pinch every time though).

    I would really like to have some crabs in my tank to (yes i am aware that the octo will eat them and im totally cool with that). Is it ok if i get them now?

    Thanks in advanced :)
     
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    lol thanks. How many should i get?
     
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    i'd stick with one that is pretty hefty in size, if you got more than 3 octo's then you'll need to get 3 medium sized crab's, lol.my octo is okay with just one large one(o.vulgaris).
     
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    ok il go get a big hermit crab today :D
     
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    that's a good choice, gotta say that it's a pretty fierce and exciting show when a ceph attack's a crab, it's really cool.
     
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    unfortuantly when i went to my LFS the only hermit crabs they had were not reef safe. So, instead I decided to get 5 snails.
     
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    oh :( , well no matter, it's still....somewhat entertaining, my o.vulagris crushes the snail's shell into some bit's and pull's it out and snap's the snail to bits with its beak.
     
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    sounds cool 8) . Im sure this question has been asked but whats wrong with putting a bunch of snails and crabs in a tank (that way u wont have to make frequent trips to the LFS to buy food)?
     
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    well if you overfeed your pet's(which you most likely will if you put a lot of food at their disposal-I mean who could resist food, then they'll get lazy by the way, the ceph's i mean, because they know you'll give them all the food, he doesn't need to fight as hard to get it and so forth) you're done for, actually they are done for(me-gulp!!!)!
     

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