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LisaP
07/07/2017, 03:09 PM
Hi there, I've just discovered this tiny white limpet in my tank after almost 9 months running. I can't decide if I should just leave it be or try and remove it (to my refugium perhaps?). My tank is stocked with a mix of LPS, SPS and softies plus a clam. I understand that some species of limpet eat algae/coralline and some can have a taste for sponges, tunicates and even SPS. Can anybody advise to the best course of action here? Thanks so much!

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Regards

Lisa

matthemmings
07/08/2017, 12:51 AM
As far as I'm aware limpets are exclusively algae feeders

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pagojoe
07/08/2017, 01:03 AM
No, they're not, lol, but that one shouldn't be any problem.

LisaP
07/08/2017, 11:19 AM
Thanks for the replies. Clearly it's not a mollusc that spends any time in the light judging by the bright white shell. I did have some good sponge growth developing on that same rock but it's all gone now. I had assumed it had simply run out of food and faded away but now I wonder it it's been eaten by the limpet. I still have a good population of tunicates on there so it's not got a taste for those yet. As long as it doesn't eat any of my SPS I'll leave it be.

Regards

Lisa