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  1. Floyd

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    I've seen some if these creatures on the glass in the morning. Are they safe?

    What is it?

    Their purpose?

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    Need a clearer pic...
     
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    could be a cowry snail. they are algae eaters. reef save. what does the shell look like? is it smooth or when those tenticles are out are they over the shell as well?
     
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    Sorry bud, that's the only pic I have.
     
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    If you find it eating your lps then get rid of it otherwise leave it.
     
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    nah this snail will not chow down on LPS. it definitely looks like it could be a cowry. they only eat the algae. just check for other snails smaller in size that might be destroying your corals. like sundial snails. or something like this. i have one of these cowrys in my tank and it doesnt come close to my corals.. here is mine. still in old system

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    Remove from the tank and post a pic of the shell if you can. Some cowries are ok, some will eat coral. There are hundreds of species.
     
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    Will do once I see another one. At this point I just want to play it safe. I lost 2 Hammers that were very happy for a few moths.
     
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    Does anyone have a link for snails? :)
     
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    need a better picture.

    But it does look like a cowrie.
    Does it have a mantle that retracts when you touch it. And that would show the shell under it.

    If yes, then take a picture from the top and the bottom
     
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    It retracted when I touched it, shell is smooth. The shell is 'blueish' or 'greenish'....

    I will check f I can spot more.
     
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