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Old 01-15-2003, 09:05 PM   #1
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What are they?

Ok, they move much too fast for snails, they like to hide, they have small hard shells, kind of purple and whitish waves on it, and a long body with long antennas. Nope did't buy these in a store. Did just put some new live rock in about a couple weeks ago after curing it so if it came from their they survived no light for quite a few weeks. Right now they are in a dixie cup because I have some plant growth on my live rocks and noticed some have been eaten a bit, not sure if they are the culprits. One of them just remained up by my thermometer for the last couple days.

For a while we thought it might be a sick snail, but all the snails are accounted for. We have 3 turbos, 6 Astrea, 5 tigers. Should have gone the turbos all the way, but live and learn. Anyways, I don't want something that is going to destroy the life on my live rock, can anyone identify these, I don't want to flush or destroy anything that is beneficial either.

They do like to hide so I don't know if that helps.

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I have a couple of those, but sorry I forget what they are called. I believe it was Kevin that identified it for me. It's a type of slug (I think) if I'm not mistaken and I was told beneficial to my tank. That little purplish area is its shell, although it looks like part of it.
I find them on the glass at night and in my rock during the day.
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Old 01-15-2003, 10:11 PM   #4
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They are stomatella snails (Cap snails), beneficial algae and detritus grazers. Excellent addition to an aquarium and common hitchhikers on LR. IMO, they are the best cleaners I have, best thing is all mine were hitchhikers and came free on the rock
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Old 01-16-2003, 10:03 AM   #5
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Wow this quick reply is new, cool, Thanks Kevin, I would hate to get rid of something period, but didn't want it to hurt anything, boy they sure are fast though. I released them back in last night and they really moved.

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