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Old 07-25-2003, 12:06 PM   #1
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Little pod eating ghosty things in my reef tank !!!

I have several of these little critters in my reef tank that look like a little ghost. The are semi transparent, white in color with a forked tail and a oval shaped head. The front end of the head opens up wider than the body when hunting. I thought these guys were pretty cool looking until I caught them eating the little shrimp looking pods. Does anybody know what these are? Should I try to get rid of them and how to do it. I watched one laying about 40 eggs last night. I am concerned as one of the large ones had about 5 pods in it last night. They are very small so it is pretty hard to get a good picture of them. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-25-2003, 12:12 PM   #2
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Sound like Mantis Shrimp to me... Bad critters,,, they will decimate things in the tank...even can kill your fish and crabs...
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They can also get rather large...Did you add LR to your tank recently? This could be where they came from.. Or, LS added could have introduced eggs into the tank and then they hatched...
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They are not mantis shrimp, I have experienced those the hard way.. OUCH !!! These guys are some type of copepod or arthopod, they are about 1/16 of an icnh at largest.. and they can change shape. The mainly crawl along the glass, but I noticed the larger ones crawling onto the substrate ( I assume looking for stuff to eat)... They are bizarre, very cool looking, but if they are eating my pods (which are very beneficial) then I need to know if I need to get rid of them. Thanks for the reply though.
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Cool, I want to know what they are too....
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The front side of the head area opens up real wide and surrounds its victim. You can see the pods inside of them wiggling around, I saw one escape when it opened its mouth to attack another one....
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Does it look like this?

I'm not sure whether or not these are good, but I have some in my pod pile.
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all i know, is it is some sort of flat worm. I'd be interested in whatever you find out, though.
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From the outline of the animal (dark pic?) it does resemble a flatworm/planaria.

See if this >>link<< has anything similar.

The only other suggestion would be an >>ampipod<<.

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I finally shot some pics of the little beasties.. Any clues???
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I have those in my tank also. I think my previous pic is the same thing, just alot worse quality. I think they are flat worms. I'm not sure if they are parasitic or not.
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