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Old 12/23/2007, 07:08 PM   #1
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Sea Hare

So I got a Sea Hare for free from my LFS, Any thing I should know about this thing? They said it is non toxic, and eats algae.
Is this true? It's light brown w some white, @ 4".
I did a Google search and found some info, one site says they only live for a year, is this true?
Any way it's kinda cool and I hope my fish dont bother it.
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Old 12/23/2007, 07:33 PM   #2
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My LFS gets these things. They eat hair algae. And yes on the life span, as they live for about a year or until the food(algae) runs out. Ugly looking creatures though.


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Old 12/23/2007, 08:07 PM   #3
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Mine lived for about 4 months. Never saw it eat hair algae or Byropsis, only Coraline. R


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Old 12/23/2007, 08:57 PM   #4
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Mine only eats film algae and never touches hair algae. There are many species of them and some do eat hair algae. You need to do your research before buying or ask your LFS to show you one grazing on hair algae before buying.


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Old 12/23/2007, 08:57 PM   #5
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There are lots of species of sea hare. Their diets are all different. Most live for a year or less, but a few may live as long as 5. The big thing to know about them is that most of them get pretty big. For the most part they aren't reef animals either, so in a reef tank they can be very clumsy and knock stuff over. They also seem to have a knack for getting sucked into pump intakes.


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Old 12/23/2007, 09:59 PM   #6
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I added one to my tank to battle my HA .

When the lights went out, I wanted to show him
to my wife. I turned on flashlight to find my peppermint
shrimp(s) swarming on it. (muderous %#^$# shrimp)
I scooped him out to the safety of my nano, but it was
too late. He lived about two days more. They excrete
some truly nasty "ink like" stuff when under attack.
All over my tile floor


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Old 12/24/2007, 06:56 AM   #7
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Well it looks nasty, but it's really almost entirely made up of amino acids with a tiny little bit of pee mixed in.


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