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Here are other species that actively pick at live rock and sift the substrate in search of these tasty little morsels, which in turn helps to naturally control their populations in a saltwater aquarium or reef tank system.

• * Mandarinfishes: Synchiropus splendidus, ocellatus, picturatus, stellatus, and Dactylopus dactylopus species.

Actually Dragonets, Mandarinfish are members of the Family Callionymidae.

• Sand Sifting Gobies

* Sleeper Gobies (Valenciennea sp.)

* Signal/Crab Eye Goby (Signigobius biocellatus)

• Midas Blenny (Ecsenius midas)

Unlike most of its close relatives, this species feeds mostly on zooplankton, rather than algae.

• Seahorses

Amphipods (Grammarids) are one of the main live food sources of adult Seahorses, as well as newly hatched fry. They will wrap their tails around something stable and then feast on them as they swim or float by.

• Most Firefishes are planktivores and feed mainly on prey suspended in the water column, but may occasionally pick these bugs or other food off the substrate.

• Most Angel, Butterfly, Hawk and Wrasse fish species spend their days picking small crustaceaous life forms from rocks, corals, and the sand. Since copepods and amphipods are shrimp-like crustaceans, these types of fish do not consider them to be a primary food source, but may opportunistically feed on them to some extent when they are present.

• Carnivorous Crustaceans

Many species of Shrimps, True Crabs, Hermit Crabs, as well as other crustaceans that are carnivores.

• Carnivorous Invertebrates

Many SPS corals and other animals such as Gorgonians and other soft corals feed on plankton, as well as get nutrition from plankton byproducts.

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