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Can't identify my new "friend"

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Metatrone-oz

Just found that little bugger tonight. Can be sure of what it is:

 

 

Any idea?

 

You can hear what I think might be a Pistol Shrimp...

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amphipod

Are you talking about the white thing in the video?

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Metatrone-oz

Yes it's alive. Got little antennas too

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amphipod

How many antennas?

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Metatrone-oz

Just 2 I believe, see below:

 

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Any clue yet?

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RollaJase

Kinda looks like a stomatella but without the shell.

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amphipod

Thanks, I am thinking it may be a flatworm if not a sort of mollusk. What is living in the tank right now?

I don't see any folds on the body so I highly doubt any nudibranch.

If it is some other sort of mollusk it would be quite unique with that body plan in general, so that alone makes me doubt.

As for flatworms, some have the tentacles like that, also the ruffled look of the bottom sides is a tell tale sign. But he seems pretty beefy and well fed, so unless he's brand new he sure is eating good in your tank lol.

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Metatrone-oz

Ah ah yeah, for sure look healthy.

 

Well I just got the tank wet last Saturday with Live Rocks, NSW and dry sand. I'm using some 3 months old Marine Pure media during my cycling. So there is only what's on the rocks really.

 

I Just hope it's not a bad friend, as it looks harmless for now and obviously eat my decaying stuff.

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Etienne

Sounds like a good thing to me.

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amphipod

In that case there is nothing to lose, and potentially something to gain from the little flatworm.

Some encountered flatworms eat sessile invertebrates like clams, oysters, vermetids, corals, tube worms and similar animals. so if he is a good guy he'll eat detritus and stay fat and be much like a large snail in your cuc , if he's bad he will begin to starve since flatworms digestive methods force them to eat quite a bit for their size.

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Metatrone-oz

Tank you Amphipod. I guess the time will tell. Also it would have been nice to be sure of what it is, as I couldn't find anything alike from my research.

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Metatrone-oz

I just came across the Vermetid Snail. My friend seems to be similar after a look at it. Bad friend?

 

Am I on the wrong discovery here?

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amphipod

I just came across the Vermetid Snail. My friend seems to be similar after a look at it. Bad friend?

 

Am I on the wrong discovery here?

vermetids can't move because they are a snail who's shell is cemented to the rock beneath, your white friend looks to be quite mobile, if he is a flatworm ( I'm still deciding what kind he may be) there is a chance vermetids are lunch lol.

 

Vermetids can be a good friend, they are a reef building animal, but they grow sometimes quickly, and occasionally their feeding mechanism (mucous nets) irritates the sps corals.

Very cool little animals.

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Metatrone-oz

Thank you Amphipod.

I agree there is nothing at letting him be for now and monitor what could he really be if he's growing bigger.

 

It's part of the fun to try to figure out who's in there.

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amphipod

I wish there were more reefers like yourself :)

And I am glad I could help

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Metatrone-oz

My little bugger is still live and well. I found a friend next to him, quite different. I looks like a worm of some sort:

 

 

Not too easy to see but it's the white little thing with the long filaments

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ndrobey

First thing in the original post is a stomatella snail. I definitely see the shell hiding in the shadow of the rock. Second thing above looks like a vermatid snail.

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Anden

1. Is a Vermetid worm

 

2. Is a Spaghetti worm or Hair Worm

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Metatrone-oz

Overall, I'm still unclear of what to do here. A Stomatella Snail is fine to keep but a Vermetid worm should be removed.

A spaghetti worm is good tho.

 

I haven't finished my cycle yet so as long as they don't multiple I can wait. But maybe the longer I wait, the hardest it will be to remove :).

 

Tough choices.

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Metatrone-oz

While doing my water testing tonight, I found back my very first hitchhiker I had since the very first day i got the tank wet. I believe it's an abalone and I can't tell it triple his size in 10 days. I managed to get him angry :)

 

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Anden

The vermitid you can remove/kill by just glueing the hole or glueing a small rock in it or just crushing the tube.

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amphipod

A vermetid isn't necessarily a bad thing to have , they're occasionally fast growing in high nutrient environments , and occasionally their mucous nets are irritating to sps corals, so they are harmless for the most part.

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Metatrone-oz

Thank you guys for your assistance so far.

I found my crab after disappearing for a week.

 

Is he too small to tell if he's good or bad?:

 

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amphipod

While doing my water testing tonight, I found back my very first hitchhiker I had since the very first day i got the tank wet. I believe it's an abalone and I can't tell it triple his size in 10 days. I managed to get him angry :)

 

I missed this post somehow, it's a scallop
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amphipod

As for crabby, be ready for isolating him just because they can be very unpredictable.

But from what I see , the crab has really thin claws, so isn't made for the same brute force and destruction that the classic pest crab would have. So maybe give him some time to show what he is about.

 

On a side note you got some awesome live rock, where'd you buy it from?

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