Ok... about a month ago I posted here about my Open Brain (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi) eating a shrimp molt, then spending the day deciding it didn't like it and spitting it back out. Well...
I look at my tank this morning to see this:
Exact words that went through my head: "Now what have you gone and eaten NOW?!!"
I did a quick inventory of the tank and didn't find anything obvious missing. All fish were present. Couldn't quite figure out what was making that obvious bulge. So I figure I'll eventually find out and keep an eye on it.
A few hours later, it looks like this:
Hmm... that sure looks like the shape of a trochus snail. Naw... couldn't be. How could it snare one of those?
So after a bit more, it then reveals the mystery:
Yup. Trochus snail. Wow. Not thinking it's going to come out alive. And here's the latest shot with the biggest portion finally out of its mouth. Things should be going quicker now that the "big stretch" is over.
Still blows me away that the thing would ingest a trochus snail! Only thing I can think of is that the snail toppled off my rock above the open brain coral, and fell upside down onto the open brain early in the morning when the lights were out and its tentacles were in full show. Then since it couldn't right itself, or retreated into its shell because of the tentacles stinging it, the coral just decided to sample it.
I can't imagine the snail's going to come out and just walk away. I'm guessing it's dead by now. But who knows! I'll update this when the story is finally over!
Here's the latest photo. It didn't take long for it to completely rid itself of it once it got "over the hump."
I've moved the snail off to the side now and will see if there's any sign of life!