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    The hitch hikers on my rock

    I have been asked to give a brief rundown on what came on and in my rock. Well, considering I got it almost a year ago and I am STILL finding new creatures on it, this list will probably be incomplete and grow over time. I would also rather be able to give acompanying pics with each item, or group of items, but since I am not at home I cant, and I wont have time untill this weekend. Of course, you guys are welcome to take a look in person.

    Anyway, heres my running list.

    At least 20+ porclin crabs (pink/purple variety)
    At least 10+ "gorilla" crabs (I remove them or turn them into food when I see them. All the big ones were removed long ago.)
    Small hermit crabs (white ones)
    1 purple Urchin (now the size of a baseball)
    2 pink urchins (each one also the size of a baseball)
    2 Sea cuc, not tiger tail (I think it was 1 that actually split)
    many large and small spaghetti worms
    plenty of small and medium sized brittle stars
    preditory whelks (mostly removed)
    corals (star, and I believe "cup" corals, in addition to a red open brain that happens to be attached to a live musscle)
    sponges (many many many colors and types)
    oysters
    clams (turkey wing)
    muscles
    barnacles
    turnicates (also many many colors, including 2 large sea squirts)
    3 adult Pistol Shrimp and at least 3 small juvinile (3 different species)
    many small shrimp, not sure of the species.
    chintons
    limpets
    1 male and 1 female red mithrax crab (emerald crab)
    2 mantis shrimp (not in the tank now, also 1 male and 1 female)
    plenty of worms (including an 8"+ pink bristle worm)
    At least 1 sea slug
    plenty of amphipods and isopods (not the bad ones, although I did have 1 of them)

    I think thats mostly it. Here is an old pic of my tank, about1 month after I set it up. it had changed quite a bit, and due to a dumb idea by me, I created a huge cycle and lost a couple of my favorite turnicates , but thankfully, that was all I lost.

    -Dazz

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    Might I add, I have tremondous sponge growth, they popup everywhere.
    -Dazz

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    That's amazing. What kind of rock is it and where did you get it?
    Susan

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    It's Tampa Bay Saltwater rock. It's 100% aquacultured in their own 5 acre plot in the gulf of mexico they lease from the US federal government.

    www.tampabaysaltwater.com

    In addition, it is extremely inexpensive, especially when you get "the package". The rock works out to be something like $2.50 per lbs in the package.
    -Dazz

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    As I was reading your list, my first though was Florida aquacultured rock....probably from Tampa Bay Saltwater.

    My question is, how did you get it accross the border?

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    I'll second that question, how did you get it across the border!?
    There is nothing so permanent as a temporary measure.

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    Talking

    I'll third that question

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    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

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    Senior Member Dazz's Avatar
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    Thanks TM I was gonna link it myself
    -Dazz

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    Well then I may have to get me some of that florida fish rock myself when I set up my larger tank lol.

    Cheers!
    There is nothing so permanent as a temporary measure.

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