Slug ID

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  1. KeeganP

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    Hi,

    Please help ID this slug,
    It has a small hard shell on the top, I know it's reef safe, as it just cleans the glass
    and cayno, hasn't worried any coral.

    But last night I saw it squirt some liquid stuff from like a tube protruding from under
    it's shell... So got me worried..

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    Stomatella

    Good guy, mostly active at night.

    Shell looks like a mini abalone.
     
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    KeeganP Thread Starter

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    Sweet thanks Riaan,

    Do you know what they squirt out? Or are they just taking a crap... :whistling:

    I just read up on them,
    Seems like they release sperm and eggs into the water...
     
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    Its one of the few snails that will slowly multiply in your tank. but then again they all just disappear again for no reason. mostly active at night and due to their color they are difficult to see.

    Normally it is guys with smaller tanks that are lucky to spot them. Large tanks and you tend to overlook the,.
     
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    Shouldn't be a problem in my tank :biggrin:

    But with soo much flow and stuff, I wonder if their spawning will be successful.
    Will just have to wait and see.
     
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    :biggrin: Baby Stomatella's everywhere lol,:thumbup: spotted about 6 last night...

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    I think I have a Stomatella outbreak,

    Should I be concerned?

    They are only out when the lights go out...

    During the day they are under rocks and in the substrate, cannot see them at all.

    This was just after the lights came on in the morning.

    There are about 50-60 of them.

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    I get quite a lot come out at night as well, although not as many as you have there, but I don't think they cause any harm as they are herbivores so only feed on algae. Not sure if it's my imagination or not but my tank seems to go through 'blooms' of them, sometimes I will have loads, other times there will just be a few noticeable, probably depends on how much algae is on my front glass. :p
     
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    lol, Thanks Dean,

    Yeah, I noticed that as well, on a glass with no algae there are not on it.

    I just hope they don't over populate the tank.
     
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