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Old 01/11/2008, 09:26 PM   #1
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help with an id of something odd.... from a 5.5 gal thats almost 2 years old.

no pictures, But imagine a large 1.5 inch long by .75 inch wide slug/flatworm and oval in shape. About the size of a quarter if it got squished on the traintracks. dark gray with green and brown almost leopard print to it. Very flat. Moved not in a line, but almost sideways up into the rocks like an octopus (but looked nothing like one physically). I could not get a good look at it, but this tank is almost 2 years old and has had no rockwork or frags added for more than 1.5 years and never seen it before. It actually creeped me out because i thought one of my mushrooms was moving on the rock. I could not get a picture of it and looked at melves guide and could not find anything. I am assuming its reef safe because nothing has ever been eaten in the tank, but it also does not look like anything I have seen on the board.


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Old 01/11/2008, 09:31 PM   #2
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I just looked again on melves and found this picture:



it says preditory flatworm, but what could this thing be eating if its been in there all this time and nothing got eaten?


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Old 01/11/2008, 09:35 PM   #3
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Evidently ok in your tank: predatory flatworm means it will eat certain things many people want to keep---but if you like it as a curiosity and it hasn't eaten anything you value in 2 years, it's no different than keeping, say, a trigger, which would wreak devastation in my tank.


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Old 01/11/2008, 10:04 PM   #4
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It's a polyclad flatworm. I've had a couple and they preyed on mollusks.


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Old 01/12/2008, 04:50 PM   #5
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I am still just amazed that something this big could be in my tank for that long and i have never seen it before. I mean dang, the tank is ONLY 5 GALLONS and my first tank so I have looked very closely at it for a long time!


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Anyone else notice that anthelia smells like fresh cut water chestnuts?

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Old 01/12/2008, 05:02 PM   #6
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I've got one of those guys in my 90 that I see at night sometimes. I'd take it out if I could catch it but it's always in a hole in a rock and I've never noticed any damage from it. 2 clams in the tank are fine. It moves surprisingly fast!


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