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Not all invertebrates are "reef safe". Many of them will tear up corals, consume fish and otherwise destroy other tank inhabitants. The invertebrates listed below are some (by all means not all) generally considered by experienced reef tank keepers to be safe for reef tanks. Keep in mind that nothing is "foolproof" when it comes to live animals. There are renegades in any species, so if your new tank critter doesn't work out, remove it before it can do serious damage.

Links to each species are included for profiles, information, facts, photos and pictures.

1. Crabs

Porcelain Anemone Crab
Photo by Jason Hendrix

2. Hermit Crabs

Dwarf Blue Legged Hermit Crab
Photo by Todd Gunderson

3. Shrimp

Coral Banded Shrimp
Photo by Keoki Stender

4. Snails

Cymbal Bubble Snail
Photo by Keoki Stender

5. Starfish

Brittle Starfish
Photo by Keoki Stender

6. Flame Scallop

Flame Scallop
Photo by Sbstew
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