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Help . . . Nudibranch (or Slug) ID and Question

Discussion in 'Marine Invertebrates' started by spiker_man, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. spiker_man

    spiker_man Registered Member

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    Was checking out my reef tank like I do every evening and saw what looked like a piece of dying coral on some live rock. Looked closer and saw that it was moving. Dang . . . I've got a nudibranch (or maybe some type of slug). Thought it would be so easy to identify . . . I didn't realize how many there are. Any one have any experience with them? What do they eat?

    Here's some background on my tank. It's been up and running for almost 2 years. I've got live rock, inverts, fish, etc. Evidently he (or she) hitch-hiked in on some live rock or coral. I haven't added any live rock or corals to the tank in about 3-4 months. Everything I've read says that nudibranchs are short-lived and will probably starve in an aquarium. That may be so, but this thing had to come from somewhere and she's definitely been in the tank for a while. She doesn't look like she's starving to me. So what is she eating???

    As the image shows, she's white with small bumpy protrusions. She's about 2-3" long and maybe 1/2-3/4" of an inch wide.

    Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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  2. Arakkis

    Arakkis AC Members

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    yes that's a nudi.. dunno if that's a sponge eater or a coral eater.. it's not a lettuce nudi or bhergia..those are the two i'd only let in my tank
    take it out anyways.
    When in doubt, take it out
     
    #2 Arakkis, Sep 3, 2011
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  3. Khemul

    Khemul Sea Bunny

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    Tritoniopsis elegans maybe?

    If so, removal would probably be a good idea.
     
  4. Arakkis

    Arakkis AC Members

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    I think you're right.. found this excerpt about them:
    "It was fascinating to see them lay eggs, have them hatch and then observe the babies crawling on the glass. The fascination ended when my largest soft coral started to decline and then completely disappeared"
     
  5. thakur80

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    hi Monika thakur
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