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Old 07-27-2012, 10:08 AM   #1
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Hey all, sorry but I don't have pics so I have to describe what I found. First off I have a torch coral that has a thin layer of its skeleton that appears to be flaking off, while looking closer I realized it actually moves which is when I noticed what appears to be a mantle. I suspect it is a type of clam and it is perfectly fitted/matched to the coral skeleton. Has anyone ever heard of or seen a clam like this? The second critter appears to be shrimp/lobster, no they are not amphipods or isopods. They are about 1/8 of inch long or smaller and like I said look like little shrimp/lobsters. They have a tail just like a shrimp/lobster and are transparent/white. They move fast and stay in or close to cover. I can't get a pic as they move so fast. Any help or suggestions are welcome and encouraged.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:22 AM   #2
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I'm guessing that shrimp looking this is a copepod. I have some that get to be about 1/8 inch long or so. As for the clam looking thing idk. I had a live rock many years ago that after quite a few months in my tank suddenly started opening and closing. Turned out there was some sort if bivalve/mollusk inside that was the rock itself. It was about 4 inches wide and 3 inches tall and it made the rock split in the middle and opened and closed and you could see the insides looked just like a scallop when it would stay open.
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It could be the mollusk you mentioned. I don't think the critters are Copepods though. I have pods in the tank and these are very different, like I say they look exactly like a shrimp or lobster. I do have shrimp (1-cleaner, 1-peppermint) and its unlikely they bred lol. It's possible these things are a type of pod but they look different from copepod, amphipod, and isopod.
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I'm guessing that shrimp looking this is a copepod. I have some that get to be about 1/8 inch long or so. As for the clam looking thing idk. I had a live rock many years ago that after quite a few months in my tank suddenly started opening and closing. Turned out there was some sort if bivalve/mollusk inside that was the rock itself. It was about 4 inches wide and 3 inches tall and it made the rock split in the middle and opened and closed and you could see the insides looked just like a scallop when it would stay open.
After another guy mentioned Copepods I looked into it, I am accustomed to seeing them as tiny white dots on my glass but I think that's what they are. Sorry to doubt you Keith.
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No worries, I didn't feel I was even doubted, lol. There are so many critters in a reef some times it's a guessing game
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Old 07-29-2012, 02:36 AM   #7
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Thought I'd post a couple pics of this pod I saw in my fuge filter pad tonight. It's about 1/4 inch or so.
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