Found this bugger in my Zoas

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  1. pXius

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    Snapped a pic on my way out tonight and lights were already off when I got home.

    Here it is,

    PS. Excuse the regal, impossible to get a pic without him, he thinks he's a model or something. :p

    Is it a crab, snail, zoa with a white helmet?


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  3. saaid

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    I found the exact same thing on my zoas. Had it in my hand for about 5secs then Piccasso pecked at it,looked like a snail.
     
  4. HenkHugo

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    I dare say its a Zoa eating snail?
     
  5. gMAN

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    They harmless to your zoa's, cant remember the scientific name but they part of your CUC.... I have a few in my setup as well
     
  6. ShaunSwindon

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    Yeah I second that. I have a couple in my tank as well and I never see them on my corals. I guess he was between your ZOA's to get to the left overs between them. They are snails which come with your live rock :)
     
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    looks like a cerith snail
     
  8. rakabos

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    No zoa eating snail ive researched looks like that, just keep an eye on him
     
  9. Kunhardt

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    well I dont know if you guys are thinking of something different or I am, but the ones like that I have found on my zoas have definately looked like zoa eaters...firstly the zoas where they were found were eaten away and dead and it has a...hmmm...how do I put it...the base of the snail is almost like a drill bit shape for boring into the flesh or its "victims" definately carnivirous looking.
     
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    Agree Mark, those are nasty buggers, I lost quite a few zoa colonies because of them, thankfully I found all of them over a period of two months.
     
  11. pXius

    pXius Thread Starter

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    Thanks everyone, I'll catch and sump him when I see him again.

    From what I can tell there is no damage to the any of the zoas he was, but won't take the chance.
     
  12. KeeganP

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    Hi,
    When you pulled it off, did it seem to have a "string like" thingy stuck on the zoas,
    or did the zoas seems to be pulled towards it when you were taking it off?
    Anything that sits between my zoas for longer than 10mins I remove :biggrin: because if they not eating it, what on earth will they just be sitting there for :lol:
     
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  14. pXius

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    lol good point, I didn't remove it, I was on my way out and just snapped the pick. I haven't seen it since and the Zoas look undamaged as far as I can tell.
     
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