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Live Rock Hitch-hikers


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Now that the sand has settled, we are beginning to see the live rock hitch-hikers come out into the open. So far, we have identified a Kenya Tree Coral (Capnella sp.). We have a small (1/4 in) shrimp that doesn't poke his head out too often and two other un-identified hitch-hikers among the typical coralline algae and encrusting sponges....

 

There is a small anemone that is yet unidentified, but we don't think it is an Aiptasia. It is about 1/3 in in diameter with a red oral disc and tentacles of a yellow/cream color with orange-ish bubbled tips. Its tentacles are pretty long when they are extended fully (usually only after all the lights are out) to somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 inches. Husband and Wife both find it cool, but Wife doesn't want to get clownfish....

 

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Buried within a nook of live rock is another creature that we have no clue about. It only comes out when the lights are off and looks like two attached hollow tubes of a brown color with orange/yellow spots. It extends out between 1/2 and 1 full inch. Whenever the lights kick on though, it shrugs back up inside its hole. Husband is thinking it could be some sort of nudi that is hiding (?).

 

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Any thoughts on what these sneaky little hitch-hikers might be and how to care for them would be appreciated.

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Thanks. We did some reading on the anemone and it sounds like it could be it - it has three little clones sitting around it that were also on the rock when we put it in the tank. Looks like a clownfish pair won't be the thing for it either.

 

It will be interesting to see what comes of the possible snail...if it is that, then he's pretty big for a hitch-hiker and he certainly won't be moving that rock he's taken up as residence.

 

Thanks again for the help!

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