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  1. CW

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    Hi PPL

    Id on this little one please.

    Thanx

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    Looks like a sea hare of some sorts ... Is it mowing algae away?
     
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    Ja it looks like it.

    Thanx man.
     
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    That is a spotted sea hare.
    Did you get it locally?
    They are amazing algae eaters, but you have to provide it with LOTS of algae otherwise they wont last very long before starving!
     
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    Just don't bump it or upset it too much or it will ink itself which isn't good for the tank.
     
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    Jip localy. But dident take it yet. Fist wanna make sure

    Thanx
     
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    Cool, ill make sure i dont.

    Thanx
     
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    They aren't as sensitive as most believe... I've had mine for more than a year, & ive handled him with my hands no less than 30 times over that period when I moved them between tanks to make sure he always had enough algae & he never inked the whole time I had it!.
    He even once got sucked into the intake of my return pump after he somehow made it down my return pipe, & I had to cut the entire intake grid apart with a sidecutter to get him out & even then did he not Ink!
    Amazing little creatures indeed, & definitely one of very few inverts with character!

    They are also the only marine creature that ive ever seen that sleeps about 10-14 hours every day!
    They usually bury themselves completely under substrate with only their "bottom" sticking out for more than half a day on a daily schedule, lol!
     
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    Very first one I came accross I found when starting to remove sand- didn't appreciate that and it inked itself- luckily it was the last in the tank to be removed. Guess each one is different though :)
     
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    Oh, yes, sorry, forgot to mention that mine hated to be disturbed when sleeping, lol. He never inked when I did disturb him, but he definitely didn't look very happy!

    Here is a massive sea hare I found in a tide pool in the eastern cape this past december.
    This one looked like it had "wings" on its back.

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    HOLY CRAPERS.
    Man that one is huge. Im gona get a small one.
    Dont want him to suffer. Got some leke algea for him in the sump.

    Thanx for all the info ppl.
    Mutch apriciated.:thumbup:
     
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    The Kei is full of those giant buggers. I think they're a subtropical species though, so probably not ideal for our tanks.
     
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    True ... Mine used to think they in a spa bath jaccuzzi coz I used to find them sitting in the lounge more than in the tank ... Water was too warm for them ....
     
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    I found one in a rockpool once. Put it in a tub to show my sons and old man, he took it out holding it in his hand. And it inked his hand. He was standing there while the seahare was inking his hand asking: what must I do, what must I do?
    My response, hey, just put it back in the water...

    I laughed so hard I could not snorkel further.
    His fingers was purple for a couple of days... He did not think it was funny.
     
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    Dollabella Auricularia?
     
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