Sunday Invertebrates - Chromodorid Sea Slug
Many nudibranchs are also toxic if eaten by fish or other inverts, and when the Chromodorid sea slug dies, it releases toxins in the aquarium which can cause everything to die. Their lifespan in captivity is short due to lack of live sponges to feed on. These are not suitable species to be kept in a reef aquarium.
If you do intend to keep Chromodorid nudibranchs, it is recommended that you keep them in a tank solely dedicated to nudibranchs. 10 gallons is the minimum aquarium size required, and there are no specific lighting needs to be met.
These nudibranchs are fairly hardy, however most die in captivity due to poor diet. A lifespan of several months is long in captivity. A steady supply of live sponges is required for feeding, so before trying to keep nudibranchs, make sure your LFS is able to provide a steady supply of live sponges for feeding.
Chromodorid sea slugs can grown to a maximum size of 6" inches, however most that are found in the aquarium trade are between 1" inch to 3" Inches. Typically not available for sale, most nudibranchs are introduced to aquariums accidentally as hitchhikers on live rock or coral colonies.
While the Chromodorid nudibranch has amazing and varied coloration, keeping them in a hobby aquarium is not recommended for most aquarists, and should really be left to only the most experienced hobbyists, or professional marine biologists at public aquariums, universities and research facilities.
It is perhaps best to enjoy their diverse beauty in their natural setting, by either SCUBA diving or snorkeling to see them in the wild, or by enjoying underwater photos and videos of these stunning and beautiful sea slugs.