Species query

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  1. Propnut

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    Went down to the local rock pools recently and noticed a dozen of this type of fish swimming about in a shoal. So now I have three of them in the tank, but have no clue as to what they are. :( I call on your kind assistance.

    The thee have appeared to have adapted well to tank life, and have joined the rest of the rat pack at feeding time.

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  3. Jaco Schoeman

    Jaco Schoeman MASA Contributor

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    I think it is a great white shark? :lol::lol::lol:

    Sorry... No idea bud... I've seen them before, but I will keep an eye in this thread.
     
  4. Propnut

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    So the puzzle gets worse. Also netted was this crazy crayfish tailed, lobster fronted scary monster around 4cm. It is brown with two claws in front, one much larger (and stronger) than the other. Since it has been introduced it has started a huge mining operation under my only piece of live rock. The mining operation is so big the live rock has begun to sink deeper into the DSB.

    Now I have no clue what it is, and I have two options, keep it or return it to the big blue sea. Part of its diet appears to be limpit's, as all my limpits have been eaten by something, and there are not even any shells to see that they were once in the tank. The cracking of the shells sounds as loud as a glass cracking.

    Any idea as to what this is?

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  5. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Sounds like a pistol shrimp.
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Hi Propnut - I can assist with the fish - this is commonly called a "Flagtail". They are a local shoaling fish.
    Great to have in our tanks. I too caught a few, and have 2 in my fish only tank (the small 300 litre). They were skinny when I got them - but now, they are even more "Fat" than the one in your pic!

    The second pic I can unfortunately not make out - a wee bit out of focus! ;)

    Please see if you can get a more clear picture of this critter?

    It is possible that it is a mantis shrimp, or a pistol shrimp.....
     
  7. Propnut

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    I will try again but it is quite elusive and only apperars usually at night. I was very suprised to see it half out today, when the digging or mining, caught my eye.
     
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    Thank you J you are spot on! I used Google and found images of the critter. It is a Pistol Shrimp and is of the sand burrowing variety. Also quoted was the relationship that they build up with a Goby, and I have two of those that do hang around the shrimps burrow.

    I will at the next water change lift up the live rock for repositioning it and stir up the DSB so that I can get ready to add another rock into the tank.
     
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    Flagtail, nice fish my brother in-law has a few and they even chow his green hair algae.
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Those Flagtail's are common but awsome guys. Use to keep them back in the FOWLR days :)
     
  11. riyadhessa

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    So this Flagtails are they reef safe?
     
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    Yip they are reef safe
     
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    mantis shrimp
     
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    Does it look like This???

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    I was waiting for that 3rd picture Sean...lucky you still have a finger!
     
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