Urgent help needed somethings chowing my monti

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  1. Wes

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    Basically the extent of the damage would be a lip of new growth, let's call it 2mm length of say 3 CM has been chomped. Can't see it as been broken cause it's right in the middle of a leaf of monti, similar to a new petal within a rose bud, hence you'd see left of bits and peices if it were broken.

    Within the last few days, something has started eating my monti, I've tried to take pics of the munched piece, but it's really small so no angle is really possible, it's happening at night. I have however noticed 2 3 footed star fish, white to caramel in colour, sat fairly close to the coral in question. Never seen them before, also a fairly new addition to the tank would be a cleaner shrimp, I've seen him "skower" the tank at night. and then the 3rd suspect in question is a snail, pics added:

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    Wes

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    This fella is also just hidden underneath the coral in question...

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    Wait till about an hour after lights out and go with a small light to try and find the culprit. It's hard to blame someone without catching them with a mouthful of montipora
     
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    im sure @RiaanP would be able to help with the snail ID
     
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    the snail is also a member of the Muricidae family
    They are predators on other snails.
     
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    Top picture

    Reishia clavigera

    This is not the correct one, will look in my snail books tonight and give you the species that is in South African waters.
     
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    Giant flatworm ?
     
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    U also get those in zoa eating flavor.

    Wait for lights out, spot the coral that has some on and do a freshwater dip. Works like a charm on zoas. Not sure if SPS will be able to handle it
     
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    Ouch - looks like the frag you got from me today??
     
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    Lol no. Came from google. But i did find one on the one rock
     
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    nice post riaan hehe :eek:
     
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    That snail

    Its real name is Purpura Panama
    Family muricidae
    order Neogastropoda

    The family are carnivorous.

    They are quite common in all of Natal. Max size is 60mm So a rather big snail.
     
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    yip, sometimes I get it right to completely stuff up images. Can not always use copy and paste...
     
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    I spotted a similar snail in my tank. I have some asternia stars but they never bothered my corals. Never saw one on my corals. Guess you get different ones
     

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