Who are these guys?

Discussion in 'ID Needed' started by Hannesco, 29 Mar 2011.

  1. Hannesco

    Hannesco Hannes

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    Who are these guys? They only come out at night and spend most of their time on the glass. I don't think they are harmful? I have enlarge the pics, but they are about max 10 mm in length.

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  3. brandonb

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    do they have a small flatish shell?
     
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  4. Hannesco

    Hannesco Thread Starter Hannes

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    No not at all, see the second last pic looks like they have small tentacles on their back, or at least on the sides. Unfortunately I could not get a pic from their other side.
     
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    they look like Nudies to me...they should be easy to ID there only around 1000 known species :p
     
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    one o missing
     
  7. chikaboo

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    I thought this forum was a decent family forum and here's a member posting pics of "soft" porn:eek: .... pardon the pun .... NAKED SNAILS!:lol: ...... BTW these probably are stomatella snails and are good critters ... excellent algae grazers........ just hope they not nudi's .... then they would be "nude" nudi's ........
     
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    I agree, they do look more like one of the smaller stomatella species to me. Check closely to see if they have a highly reduced shell - basically just a small plate on their back.

    See the might googleporium of images.
    stomatella - Google Search
     
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    they look like nudies to me
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i agree with Dane, stometella sp.
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    +1 on stometella sp.
     
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    Looks like stometella,
    but this pic? what is that fussy stuff pointing downward.

    Must take one out and take a pic from other side,
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    very difficult and alot of guessing going on with this angle. im sure if you took a pic from the top of it it would help us offer more accurate info. :)
     
  14. JsPLAYn

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    They look like nasarius snails, sand sifters, the live under ur gravel an come out for food at night.....
     
  15. Hannesco

    Hannesco Thread Starter Hannes

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    Thank you all for the effort.

    Indeed they are stometella's

    Look at this pic, from somebody else, the same thing!

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    More info about them.

    Stomatella snails are small fast-moving snails that look more like slugs than regular snails, although they do have small flat shells. There are several species available in the aquarium trade among which Stomatella varia is the most common. Stomatella snails can be bought in fish stores, but are also frequently brought into the aquarium with live rock. It can be hard to know exactly which species one keep if they have been introduced with live rock. They are 100% reef safe. Stomatella snails grow to be less than an inch (2.5 cm), and Stomatella varia will typically stay smaller than ¾ inch (1.9 cm). Stomatella snails come in a wide variety of colors from darker color such as grey, black and green to softer color such as orange and pinkish.

    Stomatella snails are mainly night active but can be out and about in the day time as well. The best time to observe them is during the night using a flashlight. When your snails are most active depends on the exact species of Stomatella snail you keep in your aquarium.

    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. There is a large risk that the snails will die and pollute the water.

    Breeding Stomatella snails

    Stomatella snails are easy to breed and will spawn spontaneously if they are kept in a well established marine tank. All Stomatella snails of the same species will spawn at the same time. They usually spawn during the day when they crawl to a high point in the aquarium. They then release egg and milt directly into the water were fertilization takes place. You can sometime see how the water suddenly becomes cloudy in a tank containing Stomatella snails as a result of their spawning. This is nothing to worry about and will clear up relatively quickly. Some fish and filter feeders will eat the milt and eggs. Stomatella snails only very seldom multiply enough to become a nuisance. Established populations can be taxed hard without a lasting impact on the population if you want to sell some of your excess snails. PS. For sale Stomatella snails!!!
     
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    I agree
     
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    Hannesco Thread Starter Hannes

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    Thanks guys you were all right.

    I managed to get a picture of one from the back and yes they do have a small shell plate.

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    def stomatella, nice ;little freedbies:)
     
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