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Help me ID 3 things, please!

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Matrfe

421CB905-7F0A-4297-B872-0307111D25BF.thumb.jpeg.0c4d1506f7c72b9ecc851b8eeda6d98a.jpegHello everyone! Great forum, so informative and so  thankful to be part of it!  Need assistance identifying 3 hitch hikers please. My tank is cycling (week 5). Since the beginning, I saw 5-6 sea stars that came in the live rock.  In the pic you can see one of the larger ones.  All 6 seem to be the same species... not sure if these will harm fish or not.  I don’t have any fish yet.   In the pic  you can also see a mantis shrimp (eating a piece of raw shrimp) this guy came out of the rocks on week 4.  He had been hiding since the beginning. Not sure if he is a spearer or puncher.   I’m concerned he will eat/harm the fish that I will soon add and or the other inverts I want to add. Finally, when I first got the live rock it had white patches on it.  You can see several in the pic.  These look soft but they are hard. Anyhow, just a few days ago, they started disintegrating.  Now they are like fruit pulp. I have no idea what they are/were or if I should leave alone or scrape off.   Any information or tips regarding these three “surprise guests” is greatly appreciated!! Thanks in advance! 

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jambon

Looks like sponges on the rock.. the mantis being a smasher or a spearer will still be a problem when it gets hungry...

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Clown79

The white stuff looks like sponge, the other is a baby brittle star.

 

Regardless if the mantis is a spearer  or smasher it will go after fish and inverts. Not about if but when. 

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Leo_ian

I have one mantis hitchhiker. Ate 5 fish alrdy. get a trap to remove it

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Matrfe

Thank you so much for your replies!! I greatly appreciate your time in helping me ID.  I’ll fish the mantis out!! 

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Clown79
19 minutes ago, Matrfe said:

Thank you so much for your replies!! I greatly appreciate your time in helping me ID.  I’ll fish the mantis out!! 

you could make it a mantis dominant tank or start another one for the mantis. they are pretty awesome

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