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Old 08-01-2003, 12:09 PM   #1
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Godzilla Pod???

How big do pods get?? I looked in my reef tank this morning and my eyes were immediately drawn to the biggest pod I have ever seen. This guy was at least 1/2 to 3/4 inches long and dark brown in color. After further review it appeared that this was a shed skin as it did not move. Kind of like the leftover skin form a locust you find haning on a tree. Do pods normally get this big? Do they shed their skin as they grow? Is there a website or a book that has some definitive info on pods?

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Sure it was a pod? It could be a Mantis Shrimp growing
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Any way you could post a photo of the shead skin?

I have not seen a pod larger than 1/4"

Could be a shrimp of some type. If its a mantis then its good to know now so you can try to get it out.
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Old 08-01-2003, 02:15 PM   #4
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How big do pods get?
This big....?

It sounds as if it might be a Parasitic Isopod. One of these sometimes found in reef aquaria is the Cirolanid Isopod. Here is a pic of one (courtesy, Reefs.org):

And here are some articles on Isopods:

Isopods, Rollie-Pollies that aren't much fun, Order Isopoda

Cirolanid Isopods

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Old 08-01-2003, 08:28 PM   #5
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By the "moult" i would also suggest looking into amphipods. I have seen many the are ˝" or larger.

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