Green Slug

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  1. belindamotion

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    Ok...this morning I got a nice surprise..100% view of my mystery "green worm"...crawling on my glass...turns out to be a "slug" and not a worm..? Can someone ID please...is it harmless or will it eat my Corals..?
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  3. KeeganP

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    :whistling: I knew it was a slug :p If it were me, I'd remove it you can never be to sure...
    But wait to see what the others think....
     
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    the waterless wondergirl would be the one to ask for a positive id. @shiya any ideas
     
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    It's long gone again...wow wonder if I'll ever see it again..:(
     
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    LOL Riiightt... well, I would say it's definitely a nudibranch. There are two good websites you can go to if you want take a stab at a proper ID.

    The Sea Slug Forum - Home Page

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    Nudi Pixel: Nudibranch and Sea Slug Identification with Photographs

    Oddly enough, it seems that most the people involved in these sites aren't aquarists. Apparently there's a community of nudibranch-obsessed divers. I met one of these people once, in California. He enjoyed bragging about how many different species of nudibranch he'd taken pictures of. It was kinda funny actually.
     
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    Thanks...I went on a few Nudibranch Sites but all seem to have the "ruffles" and mine was smooth, like a worm...anyway, he's gone again and I wonder if I'll see him again...sigh.. he's going to eat my Coral isn't he...:(
     
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    Maybe @RiaanP can help.. He has a snail lady , perhaps she can ID this one ? Bit of a wild card, but you never know?
     
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    Your little guy does have the rhinophores though (the things at the head that look like bunny ears). The "ruffles" on nudibranchs are the gills, and they come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. Sometimes the gills aren't very prominant.
     
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    Had a look on the Sea Slug Forum...don't think I have enough MB to go thru all those pictures..:lol:..hope to narrow it down to a Family or two..
     
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    He was crawling on my front glass..he's white at the bottom and from what I could see, I noticed no gills...
     
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    If I had to venture a guess, I'd say it's in the Arminidae family.
     
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    It has gills, they're just not as prominent as they are in other nudibranchs. Look at exampls of nudibranchs in the Arminidae family... you don't see the gills in most of them.
     
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    They turn toxic when they die, a lesson learnt by example.
     
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    :whistling: But everything turns toxic when they die...
     
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    Well, to some extent, anything that dies in your tank becomes "toxic." Some things are more toxic than others, and it depends on the size of your aquarium and the water volume, as well as the species/type of animal that is dead. For example, one small dead Arminidae nudibranch in 500L of water probably isn't going to cause a problem. 200 dead flat worms in 150L of water and you've got a bad situation. And things like "sea apples" are particularly toxic when they die.
     
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    Haha, beat me to it...
     
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    That does look like a nudibranch.
    My snail auntie like all those with shells. She will not be of great help on this one.

    If it wonders around, then most likely its hungry. Looking for food. So whatever it feeds on, is not any more where it used to be. Looks like an algae eating nudibranch, but you do need a proper ID to be sure.
     
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    I was actually thinking that maybe it was an algae eating snail...hence him still being in my Tank..as I will hand feed the bugger myself, 3 times a day, if he is..:lol: But as he is now walking around, maybe looking for food...guess he can't be an algae eater as my Tank is still green from my RO episode...:(..saw him again this morning when I switched the lights on...he slowly crawled underneath my Aragonite..do "snails" do that..?:confused1:
     
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    Wow do you look that bad in the morning.... :whistling::lol::lol:
     

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