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    Beautiful Nudibranchs on White

    Nudibranch is from the latin “nudus” meaning naked and the Greek “brankhia” meaning gills, identified by the flower like plumes.   Unfortunately we do not know what many of these amazing creatures eat, making most best left in the ocean.  Some feed exclusively on tunicates, hydroids, and sponges, all of which as hobbyists we have […]

    Nudibranch is from the latin “nudus” meaning naked and the Greek “brankhia” meaning gills, identified by the flower like plumes.

     Flab ellina exoptata

    Unfortunately we do not know what many of these amazing creatures eat, making most best left in the ocean.  Some feed exclusively on tunicates, hydroids, and sponges, all of which as hobbyists we have yet to grow in large numbers. Often times they take on the characteristics of their food source, such as nematocysts and toxins; hence the colorful markings as a warning to predators.

    There are a few that have made there way in the hobby with a bold statement, such as Montipora eating Aeolid Nudis… but we do not suggest attempting to keep those. Other commonly kept nudis are the lettuce and berghia for their pest eating abilities.  These can be okay choices provided you can supply enough food to sustain them long term and have all pump intakes covered…a better option is to find the root cause of your problems.

    View them in their natural habitat or in online image galleries like this one our dear friend Matt sent us.  This gallery from National Geographic shows them in a pure white environment, displaying every detail… and people say only black pop’s colors.

     

    One Comment

    1. jeffry r. johnston
      May 19, 2008 at 10:38 PM | Permalink

      Thanks for sharing. “These can be okay choices provided you can supply enough food to sustain them long term and have all pump intakes covered” was right on. I know from first hand experience: R.I.P. Nudi Giuliani

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