A new creature showed up...

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by Don Herrick, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. Don Herrick

    Don Herrick Guest

    ...in my 29G JBJ nano reef tank. I restarted this tank in October, (one anemone and clown, a bunch of zoas, palys, mushrooms, a coco worm, a mandarin gobi, and a bunch of snails, hermit crabs, etc.). Today a new creature showed up. Head and behavior similar to a snail, but the shell doesn't look like one. Here are a few pictures I took of it:
    http://www.donherrick.com/Creature1.jpg
    http://www.donherrick.com/Creature2.jpg
    http://www.donherrick.com/Creature3.jpg

    In the 3rd shot you can see the mottled flesh in the lower part part of the picture with an oval 'carapace' on top.
    The 'carapace' is less than a centimeter but it appears that the creature is larger than a centimeter.

    I'm wondering if maybe some of my snails procreated to produce this? Can anyone identify this? Hopefully it isn't a dangerous hitchhiker.

    Thanks,
    Don Herrick
     
  2. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Looks like a stomatella snail.


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  3. dswong01

    dswong01 Supporting Member

    Yup looks like stomata snail
     
  4. Don Herrick

    Don Herrick Guest

    Yes, I've checked a bunch of pictures of stomatella snails and they look like what I have. Thanks Vincent and DS. It looks like these aren't dangerous to the reef aquarium so I'll keep him or her around.

    Don
     
  5. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Very good hitch hiker. It helps eat algae!

    I actually bought and added like 10 stomatella snails to my tank. But I didn't have enough algae or something and they mostly died. Only have like 1 left.
     

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