What is this creature

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  1. Oopkrane

    Oopkrane

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    Hi.
    Discovered two of these in my tank. Can someone please ID?
    Are they reef safe?
    Many thanks

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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    looks like an abalone species.....
     
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    Stomatella snails.
    Good guys

    and yes, @leslie hempel they are part of the abelone family.
     
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    Oopkrane Thread Starter

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    Thanks guys!
    One evening I was observing my pets when I saw a fine 'dust/powder' like substance being 'shot' into the water from a live rock. Initially I though it was some coral spawning. The Clowns loved it and went crazy to eat as much as possible. When it happened again I discovered it was expelled from this snail.
    Any idea what it is and why they do it?
     
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    It either spawned or farted :blush:
     
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    Maybe the snail was spawning?
     
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    Sheeez snail farts... What next...LOL
     
  9. Oopkrane

    Oopkrane Thread Starter

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    According to the interweb they are good algea eaters and reproduce easily. The 'dust' like substance they shoot into the water is eggs and sperm. Interesting.
    Also not easy to get hold of as they are difficult to ship.
    If they do reproduce I will dish some out :)
     
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    1st dibs... LOL That's would be awesome & yes if you dish some out please give me a shout as I would love to get some... They do like to stay in dark areas as they are night dwellers...
     
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    They are quite fast and difficult to spot. It took 5 days before I managed to get these photographs.
     
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    Just becareful if you do decide to catch them as they tend to loose their tail if they feel threatened...
     
  13. Gary Roebuck

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    it's not so un-common in the marine world.... just look at masa.... how many times have read a post n thought.... brain fart..? :lol:
     
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    :lol::lol::lol: Too often...
     
  15. Braco

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    Just some info:
    Stomatella snails are beneficial for reef aquariums as they are herbivores that will help control micro algae growth. They should not be kept with wrasses such as the four and six line wrasse or certain shrimps like the peppermint shrimp as these predators might eat the snails and be able to quickly decimate a population.
    Stomatella snails are just like all other snails very sensitive towards copper and you should not use copper based medications in an aquarium containing these or other snails.


    I have both the Greyish and black specie...seldom seen during the day but very active after lights out...the owls of the reef..in my DT
     
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    Pity they stay so small...:blush:
     
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    nope.. i've seen some immense brain farts here...!
    oops.. u meant the snail... sorry!
    :rofl:
     
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    oops.. u meant the snail... sorry!
    :rofl:[/QUOTE]

    You're forgiven...:lol:
     
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