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Hayek

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I spotted this little bugger after turning the lights on this morning. What do you think it is? Could it be harmful to other fish/inverts/coral?

 

Hayek

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That sounds like an accurate description. Thanks for the quick ID! It was quite a surprise to see it for the first time after having the live rock in there for weeks.
 

Nancy

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Live rock is amazing - creatures keep coming out even years after you put the rock in the tank! I suppose some are so small it takes a long time for them to grow large enough for you to see, and other arrive in the form of eggs.

Nancy
 

Mr Blobby

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chitons eat diatoms too, but they will also eat coralline algae, so make sure it doesn't run out of algae and diatoms to eat!
 

DWhatley

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I actually put got three to PUT in my tanks to see how they would fair. Unfortunately, two died within two weeks and the remaining one only lived a few months. Haggs tried a couple in his tank as well with better success but did note that the glass was scratched where the larger one stayed for a long period of time (he discovered the scratched at the bottom of the tank after the critter died). This being the case, I suspect they could be a problem with acrylic tanks. Mine, However, would not go on the clear section of the tank, only on the black sides and tubing.
 

spinycheek

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I remember learning about these guys in my Marine Biology course. If I remeber correctly they make a depression in a rock that becomes their home, they only leave their spot to eat. They have some kind of homing device where they always find their spot again, really cool.
 

sedna

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Sounds like you got a lucky "freebe!" I can't believe the stuff that I still find YEARS after my LR has been in the tank.
 

Hayek

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It came from live rock in a 7 year old tank of an experienced reef keeper. At 2-2.5", I imagine the chiton has been in a tank environment for quite some time. I have another piece of live rock that came from the same tank with more than 100 feather dusters on it. I have seen other pieces on which there are 1-2mm corals.

 

Jean

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