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saltym3
05/20/2007, 06:47 PM
I have had quite a few of these giant looking pods in my tank recently. At least thats what I think they are. I have never seen any this large until recently. They are about 1/4" in size Do I have anything to worry about?

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y35/dsheir/DSCN3943_resize.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y35/dsheir/DSCN3941_resize.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y35/dsheir/DSCN3940_resize.jpg

csb
05/20/2007, 06:54 PM
snail... or something closely related to a snail.

clutch
05/20/2007, 06:56 PM
I think there Limpids Snails there good too have

theop
05/20/2007, 07:38 PM
It's hard to tell without seeing the other side, but they look like either a limpet, stomatella snail, slipper shell, or chiton. All are essentially harmless.

reefsbeforehoz
05/20/2007, 07:54 PM
no. people. they're alien gods sent down to earth to take over the aquarium world. beware!

MTB
05/20/2007, 08:07 PM
Snail. I want to say limpet. We need more pics to ID species.

saltym3
05/20/2007, 08:28 PM
they are very thin in diameter. its hard to get a clear shot but here you can see also the reflection. I don't know where they came from but have noticed quite a few in the past several months. are they algae eaters?

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y35/dsheir/DSCN3944_resize.jpg

spleen93
05/20/2007, 09:44 PM
Looks like a limpet. Algae eaters, good hitchhikers.

Spleen

scottfarcuz
05/20/2007, 10:19 PM
This is what a giant pod looks like

http://blogs.acceleration.net//images/blogs_acceleration_net/russ/6/r_Giant_isopod.jpg

giantxtc
05/20/2007, 10:26 PM
Urrr....is that a slipper lobster?

Icefire
05/20/2007, 10:57 PM
look like a astrea snail

jenajet
05/20/2007, 11:05 PM
limpet
see here http://www.xtalworld.com/Aquarium/hitchfaq.htm

spleen93
05/21/2007, 12:42 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=9982169#post9982169 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by giantxtc
Urrr....is that a slipper lobster?

Nope, giant deep sea isopod. :)

Spleen

theop
05/21/2007, 06:55 AM
Definitely a limpet. It looks like it may be a keyhole, which according to this article (http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2004-06/rs/index.php) could eat some soft corals. But in general, limpets are considered ok and I have them in my softie tank and have not noticed any problems with them.

sjfishguy
05/21/2007, 08:18 AM
That thing is disgusting.

pagojoe
05/21/2007, 06:04 PM
The snail is a keyhole limpet. Some of them eat algae, some eat sponges, and some eat other things. It takes some really good pics of the shell sculpture, profile, outline, and sometimes the interior to ID it to the species level, unless it's one of a few unique species. They generally don't do much damage in a reef tank.

Cheers,



Don