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Old 09-07-2003, 06:48 PM   #1
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Purple Nudibranch???

I got this the other day at the LFS, and the guy told me that it was a purple sea slug, and that it was an algae eater.

Last night before I went to bed, he was all wrapped up in a spiral on the glass.

When I got up this morning, this was in his place, and he had moved to another location in the tank and has not moved since.

This website has a similar picture and calls it "Purple Nudibranch and Eggs" Are these eggs??

http://www.cityseahorse.com/prints.html

I read that nudibranch eat hydroids. What are those?

Thanks, there should be two pics. One of the critter, and one of the spiral of unknown stuff.

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Old 09-07-2003, 06:52 PM   #2
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Yup,,, yous a gonna be a daddy...

That is so cool,,, if they make it,,,there are going to be lots of them and you can sell them...
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Old 09-07-2003, 07:09 PM   #3
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Most nudis are specialized feeders, different species will eat only certain things, I do not believe the purple nudi is an algae eater.
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Old 09-07-2003, 07:41 PM   #4
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As far as I know this guy is a sponge eater. The species is Hypselodoris apolegma, not sure how much if any info you'll find on them though.

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What are hydroids? I read somewhere that they eat that.

How long till these little guys hatch, you think? They are very close to the top of the tank which will inhibit me from doing water changes since that would expose them to air while the water is being changed. I assume that is bad . . .

Info on them is hard to find, to say the least. . .

Anybody else have one of these?

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Old 09-07-2003, 08:59 PM   #6
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The chances of the eggs being fertile and hatching are not that great . After a few days, snails and the fish will most likely scatter the roe. They will probabely take about a week or so to hatch if they're going to.

The term hydroid is a very general phrase but you can read about the many types >>here<<

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Thanks for everyone's help. I would imagine that the eggs probably will not hatch - I imagine they weren't fertalized.

As for the purple nudibranch, she is currently perched on the main tank powerhead. It is hooked to a 500 gph pump.

should I move her? Or will she know to stay away from the stream of water?

I hate to screw with nature - I try to let my tank take it's natural course. Am I just a worry-wart?

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As for the purple nudibranch, she is currently perched on the main tank powerhead. It is hooked to a 500 gph pump.

should I move her? Or will she know to stay away from the stream of water?
You need to get something to cover the intakes of your PH. Nudibranc's are prone to becomeing "blender mush"

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Eggs

I must say that that is so neat! I hope they hatch for you, your nudibranch is very pretty! Is that kind of nudibranch reef safe? I would love to have one, I've not seen that color before on them. =)
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Yeah, that is a beautiful creature! I hope they do hatch for you, PLEASE keep us updated! If you dont mind me asking, how much did he run you? Looks expensive!
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