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Just picked this up on a group by from Pacific East Aquaculture. The Cowrie was on sale for 8.99...not bad. I also picked up a Fire Shrimp on sale for 19.99.

 

The cowrie comes out at night so I was able to just grab this picture. No picture of the Fire Shrimp yet. Very happy with this purchase.

 

It's Hawaiian Algae Cowrie

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Helfrichs Chick

Good luck. I have heard stories of them eating corals, including Zoas, Shrooms/Rics and anemones. These were all large however and your guy looks tiny. Cool find.

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Good luck. I have heard stories of them eating corals, including Zoas, Shrooms/Rics and anemones. These were all large however and your guy looks tiny. Cool find.

 

Thank you

 

The only thing I have in the tank that he might like is my Sebae Anemone. No Zoo's or shrooms in this tank. He's about 3/4" long and is an algae eater. (mostly) I do have my eye on him.

 

I do know the Caribbean Cowrie grows much bigger and does eat corals.

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Well, of course there are tons of cowry species, and not all are carnivores. This one could also be the species known as the Hawaiian Snake Head, which is a known algae eater:

 

http://www.waquarium.org/MLP/root/html/Mar...eheadCowry.html

 

At any rate, cowries are cool critters, and it would be great to have a reef-safe species to observe! Good luck.

 

--Diane

 

PS: Nice pic!

 

That looks to be the one I have. Thanks for the great ID website info. It does have a snake like head hiding within it's shell.

 

It's amazing how they can extend and contract their 'radula' while feeding. Pretty cool stuff.

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Anyone have any experiences with Tolkien Cowry's? I just got one a few weeks ago and now you've got me nervous.

 

I did a little searching for you and found out that the Tolkein Cowrie is also know as the Tiger Cowrie. Be careful

 

The Tiger Cowrie has an egg-shaped, spotted, glossy shell and is in high demand for the rock aquarium. It differs in color depending upon geographical location. While it does not have an operculum to shut when it retracts its mantle into its shell, the opening is lined with "threatening" tooth-like structures. Normally, the mantle will completely cover its shell unless it feels threatened. This helps it keep its lustrous white and brown mottled coloration, while its mantle will appear like a fingerprint of black and gray, with many short papillae over the surface.

 

In the wild, it can be found under rocks or resting on soft corals during the day, foraging for food mostly at night. The Tiger Cowrie prefers a rock aquarium with hiding places. While small, it will eat some algae and scavenge for scraps, but as an adult, it will eat some anemones, sponges, and soft corals, and is best housed with starfish, sea urchins, and tubeworms in the reef aquarium. Do not house it with Condylactis sp. It needs low nitrate levels and will not tolerate copper-based medications.

 

The diet of a large Tiger Cowrie should be supplemented with pieces of fish and mussel, and a product such as TetraTips.

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Hmm, the only soft corals I have are zoanthids and a gorgonian, so I guess I'll keep an eye out, but I know that melev on RC has a HUGE tiger cowry in his tank and he's never said anything about having problems with it.

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Hmm, the only soft corals I have are zoanthids and a gorgonian, so I guess I'll keep an eye out, but I know that melev on RC has a HUGE tiger cowry in his tank and he's never said anything about having problems with it.

 

Yeah...I guess the safer you are the less $ it'll cost you. They are fun to watch at night. I need to get my moonlights setup.

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'Tolkien's cowry" is such a great name! A google search was quite interesting...

 

BTW, there are times, for me, when the inverts get as interesting, or even more so, than the corals...(The other inverts, I should say! :) )

 

--Diane

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