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Old 10-22-2005, 02:39 PM   #1
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bug like thing on the zoos

there is this weird bug like thing that came on my zoos.. looks like tiny porcupine bug. brown color like a tiny snail with spikes.. does anybody know what this is?
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Old 10-22-2005, 04:10 PM   #2
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Hmm. The are a couple zoo preditors. Heliacus sp. snails, there is a pic of one here http://www.reefs.org/hhfaq/pages/mai.../faq_rock2.htm
but they aren't spiney.
I got sea spiders with one of my zoos. Perhaps that's what you are seeing. They feed on zoos. Colors may vary... http://divegallery.com/sea_spider.htm
Any chance of getting a picture?
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maybe a baby urchin? a pic would help
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maybe a baby urchin? a pic would help
Good one, never gave that a thought.
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sorry, but it's too small and my camera wouldn't pick it up. i did find one of those Heliacus sp. snails in my tank so i'll remove it as soon as i can.
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Sounds like a nudibranch. They can actually take the color of the zoo they are feeding on. They lay eggs and spread If so, you will need to dip them in FW and Lugols Iodine. Check out the zoo forum on Reef central for the recipe.

That see spider was weird. Never seen one of those.
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lol They are wierd. I got some zoos that came with two of them on it.
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Re: bug like thing on the zoos

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looks like tiny porcupine bug. brown color like a tiny snail with spikes..
The nudibranch do not have spines, do they? The ones I have seen don't have them. I'm sticking with an urchin
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The ones I have seen have little spikes or hairs that resemble the skirt of the zoo. Kind of reminds me of a porcupine. They are very hard to distinguish due to the way they can blend in.
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yes they are the color of the zoos.. ellisz i think you're right what do i need to do?
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