Urgent help needed Plate Coral Snail Parasite?

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  1. Reinard

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    Hi,

    Just purchased a very healthy looking plate coral from Sam's Aquarium(thanks!). It looked beautiful in the shop, and when I put it in my tank after acclimatizing, it was obviously retracted, and so I noticed what I believe to be one of those snails that live in tubes on it(not sure what they are called now).

    It appears to have been there for a long time, as the plate coral's flesh almost completely grew over it(except for where the snail's mouth is).

    I could also see the "snail" scooping up food from the water column with a "fan" as seen in a pic below.

    Should I try and carefully kill the snail with a needle or remove it in some way? Or leave it alone?

    Thanks in advance

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    Leave it. Looks like its been there for a while anyway. Coral will just grow around it.
     
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