Critter in my tank a centipede ?

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  1. Gesiggie

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    Can anyone please shed light on this one? Saw it last night for the first time in my tank.
    It is currently in the return chamber. It is about 1.5 cm long.


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    dont know what it is but it looks cool
     
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    id also go with a mantis shrimp from that pic.

    lovely pic too
     
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    Thanks @Len, @crispin.

    I sure do not hope so! I just started to relax after the previous one finally "disappeared" from the return chamber..

    thanks for the compliment Crispin :)
     
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    Interesting photo, I think Len may be on to something, the head and tail section certainly do remind you of a Mantis shrimp.
     
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    @Viper,
    The thing that confuses me, is that the Mantis shrimp does not appear to have long legs all the way down to the last segment at the tail, like the critter in my tank?
     
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    Yip, just the head and tail are similar in resemblance, the middle section is confusing, I don't really know.
     
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    It is still on its larva "format", there was a article in the Coral magazine last year on them, will try to find it, sure there was pictures in on their growth stages.
     
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    Thanks Len, will appreciate that.
     
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    Too few pleopods and lack of tail for a mantis?
     
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    the body looks like a tiger mantis shrimp, long, slender
     
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    Ok, so if this IS some kind of shrimp, should I try to remove it, or just let it be?
     
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    i always say let them be, place them on your dsb or sump, they are all beneficial in some way
     
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    Ok, Just one problem... It is a standard 3 compartment 24G nano, thus no sump or DSB.

    It is currently in my return chamber (last chamber). So can I leave him there?
     
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    cant hurt there, and when he is bigger, prob easier to identify
     
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    Thanks dallasg.

    That is 1 of three sorted... :)
     
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    I'm going with amphipod. You get quite a few slender ones like that, such as caprellids.
     
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    id say at 1.5cm long its a touch big for an amphipod, or do you get some macro pod species?
     
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    i agree with the amphipod id - we have a similar local variety with darker markings
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    sorry the one i'm thinking of is actually an ISOpod - Mesanthura catenula

    similar species pics:
    Catalogue of Organisms: March 2011
     
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