Questions tagged [invertebrates]

Any animal lacking a backbone or spinal column. The most common invertebrates which are kept as pets are crustaceans, snails, arachnids and insects.

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New enviroment introduction for termites

How would I introduce termites that I capture to their new environment (a farm that I am building) without causing too much stress to them?
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How to create an antnest outworld

I'm an antkeeper and was wondering if someone knows how to go about doing a proper antnest outworld. I did make some outworlds with sand to prevent my colony from digging to deep, but I was wondering ...
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What is this alien in my shrimp tank?

The tank is set up since nearly two months now. The shrimp have been in it for around four weeks. One small algae eating fish and one big and accidentally some small snails are living there too. But ...
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Can a shrimp be a pet?

I want to keep shrimp as a pet, but it would always be dead in about 1 or 2 days. I read lots of information and I know that it is lack of dissolved of oxygen. How to get the water full of dissolved ...
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Why is my hermit crab more active after passing away of his fellow crab?

I started with two hermit crabs, and they would run through the normal hermit crab cycle of not being out much during the day and being more active at night. Recently, one of my hermit crabs died and, ...
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Can I keep crayfish and guppy fish together in a tank?

I have an aquarium and keep peaceful fish together like: angelfish; guppy; shark; Hypostomus plecostomus. These are pictures of my fish in aquarium: My fish are living together peacefully, but I ...
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Caterpillar has stopped eating - what can be done?

I need some help with my caterpillar. I have two young caterpillars which hatched a while ago and I have one big one that doesn’t want to eat. He/she stopped eating 5-6 days ago which I know because I ...
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Is it possible to breed nightcrawlers (Lumbricus terrestris)?

I'm looking at trying to breed earthworms, specifically Nightcrawlers (Lumbricus terrestris) also called dew worms. Part of the reason I'm specifically interested in keeping nightcrawlers as opposed ...
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What is this white layer growing in the snail shell's entrance?

My snails have been making a layer of... something(?) around the entrance to their shells. I don't know what it is. They remain in their shells until I remove the layer, which is really bothering me....
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Do Snails Need to be Acclimated to Aquarium?

I recently purchased some Assassin snails. Do they need to be acclimated? I acclimated shrimp and fish using the slow drip method in the past.
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Effect of KH on Neocaridina shrimp

It is my understanding that, in the aquarium, KH (carbonate hardness) raises the pH slightly, but primarily acts as a "buffer", preventing large pH swings. For Neocaridina shrimp (I keep ...
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What is the least painful way to kill a shrimp

I have read this question about how to euthanize a fish but I wonder what is the least painful way to kill shrimp? Since invertebrates are different than fish I wonder if there is another way.
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Considerations before getting mussels (or other bivalve)

I'm looking for alternative natural filters for my tank to combat algae. I've read that a mussel can filter up to 100 gallons/day, consuming algae and detritus. My concerns are: I grow copepods ...
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How To Safely Remove a Sea Cucumber?

I've had a tiger tail cucumber getting along quite well in my tank for about six months. One unfortunate night, my wife decided to [quite amateurishly] rearrange the tank and drastically spiked the ...
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Aquaponics: lobsters, clams, oysters and tilapia all in the same tank?

I've really been getting into gardening over the past year and have just started looking at aquaponics. I hope to one day build my own homestead, and want a big greenhouse with a central aquaponics "...
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Could I use mussels to filter a fish tank?

Mussels are referred to as nature's filters, because of how they siphon water to eat, and take the particles out of the water. I have a native tank set up, and I was thinking that maybe I could do ...
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How can I raise some red earthworms for my turtle?

I've recently attained a culture of about 20-50 red earthworms, and I'm planning to use them to feed my turtle. I'm currently leaving them in a 14 inch * 5 inch * 5 inch deep planting pot, with soil ...
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How can I help hermit crabs survive their first molt?

I have tried to keep hermit crabs as pets at various times in my life, and each time the poor things have died during their first molting process. I know that they are incredibly vulnerable during ...
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How to prepare a pond for crayfish?

We received some crayfish as a gift shortly after our new pond was finished. Sadly we had no idea under which conditions they had to be kept and as the only hiding place was the covering shield above ...