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Old 07-15-2004, 05:04 PM   #1
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Limpets gone wild...

Recently, about 2 months ago, I saw my first limpet. Now there are about 10-15 of them of various sizes(upto 1/8 inch across) around were I saw the first. They are white w/ occasional brown spots/patterns. Anyone ever have a similar outbreak of these? I have not seen any coral damage yet, but I'm getting alarmed by the growing numbers!
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Old 07-17-2004, 02:28 AM   #2
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Most true Limpets are herbivores so your corals are probably safe. I'll take that back if you're talking about Keyhole Limpets though (not true Limpets).
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No key holes, but I'm still wary. The population grew so fast!! I got some info and they seem to be some what common and not problematic. Thanks bang guy.
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Old 07-17-2004, 01:06 PM   #4
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I've had a similar event with my 27 gal just after it was set up several years ago and I added the LR. There have been numerous small limpets in the tank since. None have ever grown beyond about ¬ľ" that I have noticed and as yet no corals have been adversely affected.

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Steve - Check out the inside of your plumbing. That's where the larger ones live in my system especially on the overflow. They must live off the accumulated bacteria there.
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Started doing that after first seeing them but to date have not seen anything of a larger size. I still regularly check after lights out as well. I do not have a sump just a skimmer and Fluval so very little in the way of plumbing. I thought it rather odd there could be so many without a larger "parent" but mabye that's just normal for the type of species.

Thanks for the suggestion though 8)

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