Vermatid snails?

Discussion in 'Coral' started by Gablami, Feb 5, 2017.

  1. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    I've got a few of these things growing, usually around corals. This is a photo of a bird of paradise, these tubes grew out from around the fragged edges. At first I thought they were just how the coral was healing itself. But now I'm wondering whether they are vermatid snails. I don't see any snail like shell at the base, however. Just wanted to confirm before I start crushing the base of the tubes. I've never seen any mucous or anything coming out of the tubes.

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  2. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Looks like vermatids.


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  3. MolaMola

    MolaMola Supporting Member

    Snails? They stay in the tubes? I thought vermatids were something else. Gotta look that up!
     
  4. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    Kill it immediately
     
  5. RandyC

    RandyC Guest

    I take them off with a pair of small frag cutters. Pops right off.
     
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  6. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    So I can't just cut the base of the tube, I gotta find some sort of snail under it all? All I see are tubes...


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  7. RandyC

    RandyC Guest

    Mine usually look like a pile of poo. Roundish mound with a tube sticking out of it. I pop it off right under the mound. If you just pop the tube off, snail can/will just continue to grow.
     
  8. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    Thanks I'll try that. Hope I don't dislodge my corals. Time to go snail killing!


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  9. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    kill, die, bad!!
     
  10. Vincerama2

    Vincerama2 Evil Overlord

    Really that bad? I'm sure I've had them before and they did nothing (in my old tank, where stuff actually grew).

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  11. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    The webbing that they throw out causes lesions and recessions. There's one in the tank that I have to get rid of soon after having clipped and dipped the rock.

    This is what the inside of one looks like if you've ever clipped them before.
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    This is the loner that I have to deal with next time I do the water change. Didn't clip this guy. Tough guy that survived a 30 minute RO dip (the hitchhiking coral on the right didn't make it). You can zoom in on the vermetid to see the web that he casted.
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  12. Vincerama2

    Vincerama2 Evil Overlord

    I've seen them and thought they were cool. Didn't know about the mucus causing problems though!

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  13. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

  14. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    These all came from one. Now I've been very cautious with the new tank. Now that I know what to look for. IMG_4058.JPG
     
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  15. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    What??? I'm on a mission now


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  16. RandyC

    RandyC Guest

    Web fairies please add a "burn that @*!&$-' tank now" button next to the like button.
     
  17. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    So many things to look out for lol. I stalk my tank crevices every night looking for new developments.
     
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  18. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    I used a tonsil clamp and went after these guys this evening. I basically crushed their poop-like shells beneath the tubes, and it crunched and disintegrated into a cloud of mucous and shell and other crap. I only fully removed a few. Wondering if this was like others experience. It seemed impossible to remove some of them without crushing them into oblivion.


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  19. RandyC

    RandyC Guest

    My tool of of choice. Gets under the shell and slides under it as you cut. Pops off easily for me usually.

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    http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/brs-5-sps-coral-bone-cutter.html



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  20. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    Yeah I've got that tool, came with a frag kit I got for secret Santa :). The snails were around my corals though so it was kinda risky. I think crushing them still kills them though.


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