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Old 01/07/2008, 01:21 PM   #1
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Mysterious slug/snail creature??

I flipped the lights on last night and noticed a 1 inch slug thing booking around the walls of my tank....I have never seen it before, and haven't added anything to the tank in months! It's now disappeared again.

The only thing I can think is that it is one of my snails that lost his shell- I had four snails in the tank when it had a crazy algae bloom and they all died- I thought I determined that there were snails in the shells that I threw out but maybe I was wrong...

Anyway, whatever it is- hopefully it's a good thing- but should I get some empty shells for it? Or could it be anything bad?

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Old 01/07/2008, 01:38 PM   #2
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Was it white and move pretty quick and have a partial shell?? If so you will have major problems!!!!!!!!!!! JJ

It is more than likely a stomatella snail. They are actually good and you should have nothing to worry about


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Old 01/07/2008, 01:58 PM   #3
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Did it look like this?
Stomatella Snail


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Old 01/07/2008, 02:32 PM   #4
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Hmmm...it's hard to tell totally from that video, but it does definitely resemble that. It was really dark brown, and didn't seem to have a partial shell, so let's hope it's the stomatella snail.
I'm going to have to research them- where the heck did it come from??

Actually though, this is one of my favorite things about the reef tank- I love that every time I look at it something is different, and every once in a while I find some crazy new inhabitant.

Thanks everyone!


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Old 01/07/2008, 02:34 PM   #5
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they come in the life rock.. You normally only see them at night, or when the lights first come on.

I believe the shell is internal, but I could be wrong.


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Old 01/07/2008, 04:47 PM   #6
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They seem to breed quickly if those are them. They came on my rocks and are reproducing quickly. I think they laid several hundred eggs on my glass cleaner.

http://www.thewuf.com/reef/images/in...stomatella.jpg

http://www.bluering.org.au/Prosobranchia-3732.htm

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Old 01/07/2008, 05:14 PM   #7
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Stomatellas don't lay eggs.

They are broadcast spawners.


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