What are examples of cool symbiotic relationships in reef aquariums???

duganderson

New member
I think my favorite part of reefing is observing the amazing symbiotic relationships in my tank. I have a....

-- clown and RBTA
--pistol shrimp and shrimp Goby
--I'm planning to add anemone crab in one of the RBTAs

What are other symbiotic relationships like this that are successful in reef tanks? I'm looking for some more ideas. Thanks in advance.
 

ktownhero

New member
I think my favorite part of reefing is observing the amazing symbiotic relationships in my tank. I have a....

-- clown and RBTA
--pistol shrimp and shrimp Goby
--I'm planning to add anemone crab in one of the RBTAs

What are other symbiotic relationships like this that are successful in reef tanks? I'm looking for some more ideas. Thanks in advance.

Cleaner shrimp will clean certain fish. They will usually find an underhang where they hang upside-down, and fish go near them and open their mouth/gills, while the cleaner shrimp pokes around and cleans them up.

I'm not sure of which fish will work or if there is anything special that needs to be done to make it happen. But I've seen it at my local LFS.
 

ca1ore

Grizzled & Cynical
Clowns and many anemones, not just RBTA.
My smaller anthias live in my plating monti. Not symbiotic, necessarily, as the 'benefit' to the coral is unclear, but cool nonetheless.
Cleaner wrasse and any larger fish.
 

Cakebaker13

New member
This is the best list I've found so far.

Clownfish/anemone

Goby/Pistol Shrimp
-Randall's Goby
-Yasha Goby
-Yellow Watchman Goby
-Tiger pistol
-Candy stripe pistol

Clingfish/Long-spined Urchin

Sexy Shrimp/Euphyllia Coral and Anemones

Porcelain Crab/Euphyllia Coral and Anemones

Cleaner Shrimp/Fish

Pom Pom Crab and anemone

Acro Crab and acros

Pearlfish and Sea Cucumber

Pederson's shrimp/coral (what type?)

Zooxanthellae/Coral

Cleaner fish
-Cleaner blenny
-Neon goby
-Cleaner wrasse

Decorator Crab/Sponges, Corals

Urchin/Crab

Shark/Remora

Anemone hermit crab

Staghorn hermit crab

Clown Gobies/Acropora

Long tentacle plate coral/Heliofungia shrimp


Source: http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/207191-symbiotic-relationships-list/
 
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