View Full Version : Has anyone had creatures in their live rock?

01-13-2007, 1:42 AM
I was just enquiring if anyone has had creatures like feather dusters, mini starfish, crabs etc. Please post your opinions back to me, because i am very interested in purchasing live rock.
Thanks, Kano5003

01-13-2007, 5:05 AM
I always get fan/feather duster worms the odd clam looking shell that opens & tentacles come out lots of worms & often the odd bad/good crab got a sally light foot & he is still here today & loads of pods then the odd mushroom/star polyps growing red/green sea weed i`ve always got indinesion live rock its cheap colourful........

live rock makes marine/reefing for me its always different every so often something new great stuff

01-13-2007, 4:37 PM
I have a starfish hiding inside my one rock. A large orange crab in my other (who will have to be removed), lots of fan worms, a couple snails, many pods, and eventually more as time goes on. A lot of animals come out over time, and I have only had my rock in for a little less than 3 weeks.

01-13-2007, 4:38 PM
Have a pistol shrimp in there too. :)

01-14-2007, 4:51 PM
Have a pistol shrimp in there too. :)

Doh! :devil:

01-16-2007, 9:23 PM
Recently started my first SW tank and when i bought my live rock i found, fan feather duster, about 6 small crabs, some brain coral, and even a very small anemone, turbo snails and a clam. I guess i got REALLY REALLY lucky.

01-18-2007, 12:24 AM
I have about 90+lbs of live rock in my tank and it's definatly the way to go. I love the corals and other obvious critters in my tank, but I also love to get face to face with the glass and observe all of the tiny life that flourishes in there as well. I hand picked 4 or 5 of my rocks because of the star polyps, mushrooms, and zoas that they had. But a couple of them came with extras I didn't know about, mostly red sponges. Though as my tank cycled, other critters from deep in the rocks began to spread. I have several small colonies of feather dusters, brissle worms, and other small shrimp-like animals that I honestly don't know much about. The live rock definatly adds some personality to the tank.

01-22-2007, 10:07 AM
Ive had that many critters come out of my live rock, it was amazing...and still 3 months down the track Im discovering new things...its totally worth getting...I dont understand why anyone would scrub the rock clean with bleach...

starfish, abalone, crabs, dusters to name a few...


05-04-2009, 10:51 PM
It's been two months with my live rock. I noticed when I first purchased one of the rocks that there was something pink in one of the holes. Didn't think much of it....I recently did some rearranging and had it facing up. One night i turned the lights on to see some lil creatures and the pink thing was open for sec then slammed shut. When it is shut you can see no sign of it being able to open...it feels like a rock and I have no idea what it is....anyone????

05-10-2009, 8:53 PM
i bought some live rock the other day and so far i have had a small star fish with in it.. i see little tentickle looking things wiggling around on it once in a while not sure what it is..aslo had a bristle worm but i removed it cause i heard they are bad.. not sure why but i was told they will cause a nasty sting if you touch it...

05-11-2009, 8:22 AM
I bought a very small piece of live rock recently because of what it had growing on it, a little zoa colony. I could see three little polyps. But when I got it home I discovered that there were closer to eight on there they just didn't like the water at the LFS. Once it got settled they opened all the way up, beautiful. I think started seeing the various worms coming out. Since then I have made it a point to watch it carefully once the lights go out. No stat fish, but there is a really cool looking little feather duster.