The kind of care needed for any invertebrate only tank can be quite similar to any other normal saltwater tank but the invertebrates can be far less hardy as compared to fish. It will therefore be better you develop skill with a fish-only tank first and then attempt for any invertebrate aquarium.
Majority of Invertebrates need a specialized diet. You may check with a supplier before you buy and ensure first that you can make the necessary commitment to deliver their required food regularly.
All invertebrates may not be perfectly compatible, and also their food source requirements. Check with the Fish Tank Focusor any other supplier for their compatibility before you combine tropical invertebrates.
You may find 2 different kinds of invertebrates, one is tropical and other is cold water. Ensure that the kinds of invertebrates that you purchase must be compatible with another tank mates present.
Tropical invertebrates versus Cold-water invertebrates
A few tropical invertebrate examples can be tube worms, cleaner shrimp, red hermit crabs and sea apple. In terms of any water conditions, all of this kind of marine life is quite compatible.
They need a water temperature anything between 75ᵒ to 79ᵒF, and pH must be between 8.2 – 8.4 with its salinity content within 1.020-1.024. With such measurements, there will be too little room for wiggling. Checking is necessary on daily basis otherwise it could be too costly.
Unlike tropical invertebrates, any cold-water invertebrates usually are not sold in any stores. They need to be obtained from tide pools. Make sure that all these species cannot be among the rare species list prior to remove them from their original home.
Also, it is needed to do proper research to verify that it is well within your capability to correctly feed them as well as take care about their any particular specific needs.
Prawns, shrimp, sea anemones and starfishes can be successfully maintained in any aquarium. Their water temperature requirement is between 54ᵒ and 59ᵒF, a pH should be between 8 – 8.4 and with salinity content between 1.024 – 1.025.
Luckily, they all eat the similar food which can be small pieces of any shrimp, raw fish, squid and mussels. While keeping any cold-water invertebrates e.g. the above species, it can be good idea to maintain a separate tank with shrimp, mussels, or scallops as a food, if you want to use fresh but not frozen foods.
You must be careful while keeping shrimp, because all these invertebrates listed above will feed on shrimp. It is unlikely that any healthy live shrimp can be a whole food for another shrimp and starfish.
Invertebrates should therefore be fed more often in smaller quantity than fish. Start with only an amount, which they can consume in the first 30 to 60 seconds.
While setting up any invertebrate tank, make sure to include a live rock, as some invertebrates may feed on various parasites grow on those live rocks.
A substrate must also be involved in such aquarium. It can provide place for any crabs and shrimp for digging and burying themselves. Any light must also be included too, if you want to keep anemones.