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The current inventory of this tank is below.
This is where I got the tank:
I did a total cleaning of this tank (everything out) on 7/31/10 and on 5/10/12.
8 pound bag of live sand with a lot of small shells
11.5 pounds of live rock
1 Oscellaris clownfish - added 5/21/08. His name is, of course, Nemo.
Current possible snail residents:
1 Astraea snail. Two were added on 1/21/11.
1 Cerith snail. Two were added on 1/21/11.
2 Nassarius snails added 10/24/12.
1 Astraea snail added on 1/14/13.
Snails that were previously in the 12 gallon tank but that have all died:
Previously two Nassarius snail - two added 6/5/08. One died on 7/16/11. The other was gone by the time of the cleaning on 5/10/12.
Previously three Margarita snails - 2 added 6/5/08, 1 added 6/16/08. All gone by 2010.
Previously 1 Cerith snail - added 6/16/08. Not sure when it died.
Previously three Astraea snails - added 6/16/08. Last one died 8/1/10 or so.
Previously one Stomatella varia snail - discovered 6/19/08 - hitchhiker. Vanished early 2009.
Previously five Banded trochus snails - added 8/5/10. Three confirmed dead on 9/25/10. The remaining two also died.
Previously two Astraea snails added 10/8/10. One was dead by 10/23/10 while the other confirmed dead on 10/24/10.
Previously 4 Margarita snails added 10/8/10. I started with four but only one remained by 2011 and was gone by 2012.
Previously 16 Cerith snails added 4/14/11. These were not store bought cerith snails but ones sent to me by another aquarist. They are very tiny, maybe 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch. This species stays small. By 2012, only a few remain which are rarely seen. When I did the 100% cleaning on 5/10/12, I did not find any but they could have been in the rinsed gravel. I really do not see them on the glass anymore.
Previously 1 Margarita snail added 5/12/12. I asked for a Mexican turbo but it was a margarita snail! Like the ones I had before, it did not last long, dying by 5/20/12.
Previously 2 Nassarius vibex added 5/15/12. They were only a few millimeters long! I never saw them again!
Previously 2 Mexican turbo snails added 5/15/12. One was large and one was smaller. The small one was moved to the 6 gallon tank on 6/16/12. The large one was found dead and removed from the 12 gallon on 2/2/13.
1 Scarlet reef hermit crab - added 5/6/08. Two were added. By 2009, only one was left. Scarlet was alive on 5/12/12.
The following five (I only ordered three) hermit crabs were added on 5/15/12:
2 Dwarf zebra hermit crabs - at least I think so; these are the smallest two hermit crabs that I have ever seen. As of 10/27/12, they are alive and do NOT appear to be zebra hermit crabs. I am not sure what they are!
1 Dwarf yellow tip hermit crab
1 Unknown hermit crab - this free crab has blue legs and yellow tips but is not the same species as my dwarf blue leg hermit crab. This guy was gone when I cleaned the tank on 10/27/12.
1 Electric blue hermit crab - I am worried on 1/16/13 because I have not seen this gorgeous hermit crab in a few weeks.
The following hermit crabs have died and used to be in the 12 gallon tank:
1 Dwarf zebra hermit crab - added 5/6/08. Zeby was big and died on 5/8/12.
1 Dwarf blue leg hermit crab - added 2/27/12. Blue was alive on 5/11/12. Blue was gone when I cleaned the tank fully on 10/27/12.
Previously one Green zooanthid colony - added 5/21/08, dead by 2011.
1 Green star polyps colony - added 5/21/08, barely alive by 2011.
1 Orange and green zooanthids colony - added 6/16/08, two species of corals, barely alive by 12/10. The orange ones died in 2011 but the green ones are still alive in 2012.
Previously one Duncan LPS coral - added 6/16/08. Thrived until 2011. By 4/16/11, only a few of the 20 some polyps were still alive and barely so. Duncan was completely dead by September 2011.
Previously one Pavona SPS coral - added 6/16/08. A third bleached 7/10. All dead by 2011.
1 Green star polyps colony - added 6/16/08, barely alive 12/10 after previously growing like a weed and transplanted to the 6 gallon tank where it still thrives.
Previously one Sun coral - added 6/16/08. Died.
1 Pineapple brain coral - added 7/6/08. Half bleached 7/10 but alive as of 2/29/12.
Previously one Xenia - added 7/6/08. Died late 11/10 all of a sudden after thriving.
Previously two Green zooanthid colonies - very small, only a few polyps each, added 10/4/08. Died 2009.
1 Favia coral - added 4/25/12.
Previously Red zooanthid colony - added 4/25/12, gorgeous. It died quickly for no reason in early July 2012.
1 Pagoda cup coral added 5/12/12. It is a nice LPS coral with 32 heads on it! I put it where my 17-headed Duncan used to rule.
1 Spaghetti leather coral added 5/15/12. This guy grew huge and is beautiful.
A small starfish (hitchhiker) was added in January of 2013 and was still alive in September.
A yellow sponge is on the live rock in 2012 and early 2013.
Previously one Pink dwarf feather duster - added 9/27/08. I named him Dusty. He died.
All of these animals showed up either with the live sand, live rock, or corals.
6+ Small feather duster worms that came with both sets of zooanthids, at least two on one rock and four or five on the other.
1 Pineapple sponge - showed up on the live rock. It was later eaten but some smaller ones are growing. Later, other pineapple sponges showed up.
1 Bryozoan colony - showed up on the live rock, might be a sponge instead. It was.
2 Spionid worms - within the larger green star polyp colony. By late September (year?), these seem to be gone.
Planaria. Early on there were white planaria. By September, the dreaded red planaria/flatworms showed up and are having a great time.
Amphipods - a nice group with some big ones! They mostly come out at night.
Various other small worms.
Five groups of Halimeda macroalgae. The first group has died; the second which is the largest is starting to die; the other three are new as of 9/29/08. All gone by 2010.
Some feathery macroalgae on the smaller zooanthid colony.
Hair algae, green and pink; took over the tank in 2010, and the corals all started to die.
Bubble algae - removed weekly for a while. Mostly gone by 2011..
1 Fuzzy tip algae. Gone now.
Various other hard green attached algae.
Coralline algae - pink and purple.
Caulerpa algae that showed up on its own, 2010 to 2011.
Added 4/14/11 - Cheatomorpha macroalgae sent by another aquarist. It is in a clump.
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