A new creature showed up...

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

  1. Don Herrick

    Don Herrick Guest

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    ...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

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    Looks like a stomatella snail.


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  3. dswong01

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    Yup looks like stomata snail
     
  4. Don Herrick

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    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

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    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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