Sun coral on bivalve

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Hey Guys

I was staring at my Sun last night and suddenly it moved! Just such a fright. Then for the first time I noticed that most of the live rock the coral is on is more alive tha I thought! Half the thing is a bivalve of some sort.

Is this good or bad? I am worried than the bivalve might die of starvation eventually like most bivalves...what do I do then? It has been going for more than 6 months now in the nano.

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That is pretty cool, i hade a similar experience when a rock with mushrooms on it opened up:lol:

As you target feed the syncoral the oyster should get a feed too, so it should be ok
 

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Ditto on what Wee-Man said. Only on other thing I would want to suggest:
Perhaps just use your turkey baster and create a "snowstorm" every now and again in your tank. Blow on/around all your live rock, and "dirty" the tank for a while. This should blow enough detritus, and possibly other forms of plakton, into the water column for all your filter feeders (including your bi-valve) to have a feast....
 
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Great Stuff. Thanks Guys :)

I think I noticed another smaller one further down the rock...

So you think It is an oyster Wee-man?

The same live rock emmits puffs of "smoke" now and then. Is this related to the oyster or more hitch-hickers?
 

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Google spiney oyster, i had one very simialr to yours and spiney oyster was the nearest match, but they do seem to get covered in something which makes it difficult to properly ID
 

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Hi LappiesReef - that "puff of smoke" is most likely something else INSIDE the live rock (possibly another bi-valve) cleaning out it's "hole" from detritus by squirting out a water jet-stream.
 

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Sorry i missed that, the puff of smoke could well be stomatella releasing eggs/sperm into the water column
 
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Nice :) J the puff seems a bit too slimy to be just detritus...but who know.

All these little UPO's (unidentified-puffing-organisms) make the tank so intersting ;)
 

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