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Old 02-04-2004, 09:16 PM   #1
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Hi all im new here and I have a 10 gal. mini reef which i was inspecting this morning and i noticed a new critter that ive never seen before it looks like one of my astria snails but he has no shell??? i only have 3 astrias in my tank and i checked all 3 and there all in there shells still,what do u guys think this little guy is???? Sorry i dont have a digi. to take a pic with.
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Sounds like possibly a nudibranch, or a stomatella snail. Stomatellas are common hitchikers on LR, they have shells, it's just very small and difficult to see at times. FWIW, if one of your snails had left it's shell, it would be dead, the shell is a part of the snail and grows with them.
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Thanx i didnt know if snails could leave there shells or not, by the way is a nudibranch or stomatella a predator, or should i welcome him to my reef?
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Nudis are probably bad, if they are hitchikers, the stomatellas are bar none the best snails you can have for a reef, IMO.
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Here's a pic of a stomatella snail for reference...
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