underwater transparent spiders all over dead sps. WTF is it

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  1. JRocha

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    I was removing all the dead snails and dead frags and when I pulled out a dead sps frag plug there was over 10 tiny transparent spiders all over it. they are about the size of a small pinhead. are they bad? I have never seen anything like it. they have 8 legs and walk like a spider. I have no idea where they came from and if they eat coral. does anybody have any ideas?
     
  2. JRocha

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    oh yeah the frag plug was under some rocks so they were in no light.
     
  3. JAR

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    Holy crap!
    I hope you didn't touch them!
    Once they get in your bloodstream your a goner!
     
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    OH NO! NOT YOUR BABY!
    the things we sacrifice for the hobby...
     
  6. JAR

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    There is a clue here.
    Your dead for sure.
    Don't worry though... I'm sure some of us can take some of your stuff before your gone.
    I figure you have around 24 hours.
     
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    New avatar ftw!
     
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    thats NSFW >.>
     
  10. JRocha

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    Nice. I was getting a chalice frag that fell through some rocks and I found the sps frag and a couple snail shells so I was removing them. I found the little guys and figured I try to find out what they were, but I will see if I keep finding them. So far all my other corals are doing just fine. So we'll see what happens now that I know they are there.
     
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    Try searching "pycnogonids". These are sea spiders ( not really Arachnida. )
     
  12. JRocha

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    That looks exaclty like what I found just the really small version and different color. maybe this explains the random snail death, since they can eat small inverts. I wonder what wrasse hunts these down. thanks
     

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