Sea hare

Discussion in 'Invertebrates' started by williet, 23 Jan 2011.

  1. williet

    williet Look at the shiny LEDs!!!

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    Hey guys

    I just caught a sea hare on my one favia coral
    I don't know if he was feeding on it but I have been able to ID it as a sea hare

    The question is - good or bad? I have it in a test tube (very tiny).

    Dunno what to do with it?
     
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  3. Ross

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    There are 2 sides of the fence on this one.
    They are amazing algae eaters and I have a very large on that does this.
    As far as I know they have no interest in your corals.

    The bad thing is apparently if they die, they will release quite a bad toxin into the water that could be catastrophic.
    They are also big as I mentioned and can knock things over as they plod along.
     
  4. RiaanP

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    if it is that small, are you sure its a seahare?
    And not a nudibranch of some sorts.

    Seahare eats algae, very nice clean-up crew. But can release purple dye when in stress.

    I found a big one in a rockpool in Margate. Gave it to my dad to have a look. It released purple all over his hand :) He walked around with a purple hand for a couple of days.... :biggrin: (I did put it back)
     
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