Limpit type thing

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  1. mytank

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    I am not sure what these are, the oly thing I can think of is a limipit (*Spelling) how I use to find them when I use to live at the coast, they tiny and starting to find them in my filter socks too:

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    Yup, those are limpets...
     
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    Good bad - kill with fire?
     
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    As far as I know most are algae grazing, and those look similar to ones I have in my tank, which seem to be okay, so I think they're cool... @RiaanP?
     
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    No need to bring out the pitchforks yet :) those guys are cool , will happily munch away at algea on your glass , rocks etc
     
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    you will often find they like very turbulent and oxcygen rich water so often go into skimmers and pumps, can cause problems with propellors, but its easy enough to clean them out regularly:)
     
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    Well not actually true limpets (Patellidae). These are keyhole limpets (Fissurellidae), different family and slightly different habits. Some eat algae and detritus, though the ones you have (looks like Diodora sp. to me) are generally sponge feeders.
     
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    Good guys, I have about 30 of them on my glass at the moment!!!
    They eat algae like crazy!
     
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    Cool, how do you spot the hole in the spire in the live specimens? I see the (dead) Fissurellidae shells have the hole, but I don't see that on the live ones.
     
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    It's there if you look carefully. The live animal is also a lot bulkier. Often the shell just sits on top like a hat to protect the gills. Overall shape of the shell is very different too though, so easy to tell apart if you know what to look for.
     
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    Aha... Okay, I have noticed that between limpets... Cool, thanks!
     
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