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About RayWhisperer

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  1. No. You’re just seeing the “skeleton”.
  2. WV is right. It’s a flatworm of some sort. Not an exact match, but most of the larger flatworms have similar prey. http://www.melevsreef.com/critter/mollusc-eating-flatworm i had one similar to this many years ago. Couldn’t keep any snails alive for more than a few days. Couldn’t figure out why. Found a flatworm about the size of my palm when I broke the tank down out of frustration.
  3. Check out lacy bryozoan. Thats the structure I’m seeing. The baffling thing is how it grew on a snail. They grow on fixed substrates. While that part of the shell is “fixed” in that it will no longer grow, or change. A snail often moves under and through things. I would think this would prevent something like this from growing.
  4. Yes. I guess the simplest way to describe it would be a portion of any polychaete worm that separates for reproductive purposes. They swim through the water in a corkscrew manner. Understand, this is just a best guess. Positive ID, in your case is likely going to prove impossible. An epitoke is just a "most likely" ID. While not often seen, they are very common.
  5. Markings and overall shape sure do look like a blue stripe. If so, they are easy, as far as pipes care goes. Though 5 gallons isnt nearly enough room. They are not like seahorses, or grass pipefish. These are reef pipes, flow isnt a problem for them. All the flag tails do fine with plenty of flow. They are very strong swimmers.
  6. Can't make heads or tails with the blue from the LEDs. I know it's been said before, but under the LEDs, it does look like a zoa or paly. But looking back at the other pics, I just dont see it. It looks more like a nem in those pics. This one is a mystery.
  7. First picture is a digitate hydroid. I dont know what you are wondering about in the second picture.
  8. Looks like a thorny oyster, Spondylus americanus. Which, is actually a type of scallop, not an oyster at all. Filter feeder, harmless, somewhat difficult to keep alive long term, gets rather large. Cool hitchhiker, congrats.
  9. Coraline algae is the foundation of reefs. Without it, other algae would cover over hard surfaces, preventing coral eggs from establishing. So, no. It's not the reason your zoas are closed up.
  10. As I said, these are all M. manhattensis. Yours may be a different species, or it may have morphed due to current, or as you said, space constraints. Even the first pic is M. manhattensis, and that has no tubes whatsoever. I dont know what dictates the form of these animals. It could even be simply geographic variants. Sometimes an animal from one area looks completely different from the same species in another area.
  11. Stupid post screw up. Both pics were supposed to be on one post. Plus, I've got another one I think you'll be able to use for an ID. Lemme find it. These are all M. manhattensis. I'm not sure you've even got a Molgula species, but it seems like a good match. If you do have a Molgula, it may, or may not be manhattensis. I'd bet not, in fact. But these pics with the drawing should give you some visual markers to look for.
  12. But looky what I've found. It's a pretty good match, I think, given the siphons you pointed out. It's a Molgula species tunicate. Yours looks fairly similar to some I've found. In fact, Molgula manhattensis is quite similar, right down to the visible gonads. External body structure is a bit different. But that could be due to conditions it grew in.
  13. Sturgeon, surgeon, tunicate, tourniquet, potato, potatoe. It's all just words.