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bwyoung
09/05/2011, 08:39 PM
I was surprised to find this in my overflow tonight. I have no idea where this came from beside growing up in my LR. My reef tank has been up for about 3.5 years.

I searched a bit and found out it is a Chiton about 3-4". New to me.

Sorry for the picture quality. I had to take many of the pictures at a 45 degree angle through the glass so they are not in true focus.

http://www.sonicmach1.com/images/reef/chiton/chiton1.jpg

http://www.sonicmach1.com/images/reef/chiton/chiton2.jpg

http://www.sonicmach1.com/images/reef/chiton/chiton4.jpg

http://www.sonicmach1.com/images/reef/chiton/chiton_hand1.jpg

NanoReefWanabe
09/05/2011, 09:01 PM
now that is awesome...i thought i had it made last week when i found 1" fuzzy chiton in my tank...but yours is a real score...that thing must be an algae eating monster

IridescentLily
09/06/2011, 12:30 AM
cool! i found a limpet in mine last week. nowhere near as large as your chiton. But i know what you mean when you notice something you haven't seen,then you're like :-0

Ron Reefman
09/06/2011, 06:02 AM
I tried a local chiton (Florida Keys) in my refugium as an experiment and it climbed out of the tank, twice. I put it back in the first time, it got lost for a week the 2nd time. I was really hoping I could keep it. Unfortunately, the local one I had is a tidal chiton and although it can live out of the water a good long while, a week is too long.

Soopabruva1
09/06/2011, 06:17 AM
I have a tiny one that hitch hiked on a coral last year. I have seen that thing in my sump, overflow, everywhere. I recently saw it one night in my display.

Korrine
09/06/2011, 07:23 AM
wow!! That's awesome :) Thanks for sharing it

ravenmore
09/06/2011, 09:51 AM
very cool!

Sugar Magnolia
09/06/2011, 10:12 AM
Nice find! It's pretty amazing how things seemingly just show up. I had a stalk of neomeris appear a few days ago. The tank has been running for over 8 years.

Scribe
09/06/2011, 11:35 AM
Always cool to see what finds its way into the tank. I would imagine it was pretty shocking to see at first.

bwyoung
09/06/2011, 07:04 PM
Yes, this was a bit startling to find and it was basically in a ball when I pulled out the algae from my overflow. I felt something moving in the algae ball.

I saw it crawl into a rock hole about an hour after these pictures. I will keep a look out for it now though.

williamjhitchcock
09/06/2011, 07:07 PM
freaking cool!

SushiGirl
09/06/2011, 07:53 PM
That's a nice (big) hitchhiker!

bwyoung
09/08/2011, 10:15 PM
Indeed it is big.

Perhaps it has left all the algae eating scrapes on the glass I have always noticed since I only have a few turbo snails left.