There are hidden monsters in my tank....

Discussion in 'ID Needed' started by Christy, 17 Mar 2011.

  1. Christy

    Christy

    Joined:
    23 Jan 2011
    Posts:
    50
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Sea Point, Cape Town
    Help please!!

    Rather frustratingly I managed to get two photos of my monsters and then destroyed the media card on my camera... which is very irritating because both of my monsters are VERY ELUSIVE...

    Despite having watched my tank solidly for over a month I've only seen each once (bearing in mind that it is a small tank with only 3 rocks, and that my monsters are massive) is quite something...


    MONSTER 1: Huge crab type thingy

    From nowhere, I refocus my eyes which are straining to see a 1mm long invertebrate and notice what I can only describe as a tarantula on the other side of the rock. He then escaped into a crack where I could only see his legs. His span must be about 15cm, his legs are very thin and pointy, with bright red, black and white stripes / bands. He does not have noticeable pincers or claws and he is bloody good at hiding in tiny cracks and holes despite his enormous size. I've been stalking him since I first saw him to no avail. He must come out at night only. I've done lots of image googling, but can't see one like him. If he's going to be the biggest lifeform in my tank I feel I should try to find out a bit about him.

    In the meantime I have written him a poem:

    Last night I was staring at my tank
    And then I saw monster of great RANK
    It was a crab, a crab I saw...
    It was 9 inches long, and 9 inches tall!!

    Where did it come from...
    Where did it go???
    I confess that I really do NOT KNOW!!
    The monster sat there on my rock
    I confess that it gave me a terrible shock

    Then of to my bedroom I did run
    To get my camera and have some fun
    I galloped back I fast as I could
    I slipped and I cornered on slippery wood

    I reached the glass and let off a shot
    But that damn crab, he would not be got
    And then I spied right deep in a crack
    Spiky red legs poking out from the back

    MONSTER 2: Mysterious Black Tentacle with Electric Blue Stipes

    Suddenly noticed this 5cm long black smooth 'tentacle' or maybe someone's tail poking out of a hole in my rock. it had a colourful band near the end, white then powder blue, then white, in a zig zag, about half a centimetre from the end of the 'tentacle' ... the end of the tentable ended with a wedge, that has a slight 'v' cut into it, but was otherwise very smooth. It then went back inside and I've never seen it since. Maybe it's a fish?? Maybe it's a coral, but then why would I not see it again?

    Anyhow:

    I'm only just going through my first ever nitrogen cycle so having huge monsters in my tank was not really the plan, however my water is still testing clear for ammonia, nitrates, nitrates and PH / specific gravity remain stable... my minor algae bloom is clearing up nicely - so hopefully we're stable...

    I would be extremely grateful if anyone could help me identify what my monsters are so that I can look after them. It would be really sad if they were starving?? ...

    Thanks!!

    Christy.

     
  2. AdS Guest




    to hide all adverts.
  3. chikaboo

    chikaboo

    Joined:
    2 Jan 2009
    Posts:
    4,980
    Likes Received:
    48
    Location:
    Newcastle - KZN
    Try looking up spaghetti worms in google ..... Bristtle stars ..... BTW ... Welcome to MASA
     
    Christy likes this.
  4. Christy

    Christy Thread Starter

    Joined:
    23 Jan 2011
    Posts:
    50
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Sea Point, Cape Town
    Thanks!.... Just looked them up... and sadly nothing like my tentacle monster... there is nothing bristle-like about the tentacle, it is a completely smooth tube... more like an eel really...
     
    Last edited: 17 Mar 2011
  5. Slummies

    Slummies

    Joined:
    3 Sep 2009
    Posts:
    1,316
    Likes Received:
    4
    not this:

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Christy

    Christy Thread Starter

    Joined:
    23 Jan 2011
    Posts:
    50
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Sea Point, Cape Town
    No... not really, all smooth... I've done a bit of a diagram to try explain...

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: 17 Mar 2011
  7. archiecrain

    archiecrain

    Joined:
    23 Jun 2010
    Posts:
    1,391
    Likes Received:
    59
    Location:
    Fourways
    LOL nice poem.....I find odd things in my tank all the time....
     
  8. chikaboo

    chikaboo

    Joined:
    2 Jan 2009
    Posts:
    4,980
    Likes Received:
    48
    Location:
    Newcastle - KZN
    mmmm nice sketch .... unfortunately all I see is a red indian's teepee in the mountains:biggrin: I think even a cellphone pic might help ....
     
  9. KeeganP

    KeeganP

    Joined:
    23 Jan 2008
    Posts:
    1,880
    Likes Received:
    53
    yoh, that look pornograhpic...
     
  10. Christy

    Christy Thread Starter

    Joined:
    23 Jan 2011
    Posts:
    50
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Sea Point, Cape Town
    But it won't appear again!!! :)

    Ha Ha!! ... hadn't realised how pornographic that looked, especially once I saw the teepee!!
     
  11. 459b

    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    12 Mar 2008
    Posts:
    9,733
    Likes Received:
    785
    Location:
    Cape Town
    You guys have dirty minds!!

    Is it this:

    [​IMG]
     
  12. 459b

    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    12 Mar 2008
    Posts:
    9,733
    Likes Received:
    785
    Location:
    Cape Town
    The pic is of a Nemertea (ribbon worm)
     
    Christy likes this.
  13. chikaboo

    chikaboo

    Joined:
    2 Jan 2009
    Posts:
    4,980
    Likes Received:
    48
    Location:
    Newcastle - KZN
    Get yourself a small bottle of dried brine shrimp cubes (very cheap) and dissolve the cube in some tank water the pour onto the rock ... then sit with the cellphone ready .... Something must come out to eat .... Be thankfull you only have 3 rocks ....
     
    Last edited: 17 Mar 2011
  14. Christy

    Christy Thread Starter

    Joined:
    23 Jan 2011
    Posts:
    50
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Sea Point, Cape Town
    YES, YES, YES
    YES, YES, YES
    YES, YES, YES
    YES, YES, YES

    This is him!!!! .... Thanks very much indeed 459b!!!!

    .... will he be okay surviving my nitrogen cycle???


    Thank-you!!!!
     
  15. 459b

    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    12 Mar 2008
    Posts:
    9,733
    Likes Received:
    785
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Not a problem. You may want to consider removing it. Seems they not be the most friendly creatures, will research more and get back to you
     
  16. Christy

    Christy Thread Starter

    Joined:
    23 Jan 2011
    Posts:
    50
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Sea Point, Cape Town
    Nemertean Notospermus Tricuspidatus :)

    Yay!!!! ... Thanks that would be great... in the one article it said he preyed on little invertebrates, but was generally quite reef safe. That was quite good news I thought as there are literally thousands of little invertebrates running all over my live rock and so at least he's not starving... :)
     
    Last edited: 17 Mar 2011
  17. RiaanP

    RiaanP Moderator

    Joined:
    11 Aug 2008
    Posts:
    23,142
    Likes Received:
    1,228
    Location:
    Centurion
    I must then also have a dirty mind, but you do not leave a lot for the imagination....

    By the way, nice poem. First time I see somebody writing a poem about something they want to kill.

    Try this, take the other 2 rocks where the crab is not hiding in. Put them in your sump.
    Suspend the rock with the crab over the tank, just above the surface. And let him dry out. Yes, other things in the rock will not like it either. use two broomsticks or similar and put the rock on there. With the place the crab is in pointing downwards, so that he can see his big escape back to the tank. Let it be. At some point he have to come out and will re-enter the tank that go no other hiding spots.

    Else try the glass method. But if he is 15cm across, that is a big boy, and he will not easily be caught in a whiskey glass. Maybe try a beer mug. Put some food in the bottom, let it stand against the rock where he is hiding. And wait.


    Good luck
     
  18. Christy

    Christy Thread Starter

    Joined:
    23 Jan 2011
    Posts:
    50
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Sea Point, Cape Town
    Nooooo!!!!! ... I don't want to kill him, he's lovely!!

    Do you think he's a problem case and needs to go??? ... I was curious about whether he's likely to be reef safe / may be hungry / could destabilise the system because of his size??

    ... Wouldn't want to take the rock out because of all the other little creatures living there.... :arghhhh:
     
  19. jaquesdp08

    jaquesdp08

    Joined:
    25 May 2009
    Posts:
    960
    Likes Received:
    13
    Location:
    ladybrand
    nice porno pic with hair and everything :)
     
  20. Tobes

    Tobes Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    30 Nov 2007
    Posts:
    9,482
    Likes Received:
    118
    Location:
    A Beautiful place!

    :lol::lol:
     
  21. RiaanP

    RiaanP Moderator

    Joined:
    11 Aug 2008
    Posts:
    23,142
    Likes Received:
    1,228
    Location:
    Centurion
    Congrats on the ID. :thumbup:
     
Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - hidden monsters tank Forum Date
Hidden Overflow Help General Discussions and Advice 19 Jul 2013
Hermit stay hidden in shell Invertebrates 12 Nov 2009
Hidden Costs in Reefing, that arent related to reefing The Sump 20 Oct 2009
Norway- Hidden Secrets Technology 11 Oct 2009
NatGeoWild Norways Hidden secrets 15:00 General Discussions and Advice 6 Jul 2008