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post #1 of 4 Old 01-09-2011, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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Critters in Fiji rock

Being new to salt water I'm a little freaked out after taking a flashlight to my tank just now. I added 11 pounds of Fiji live rock today and decided to do a night time look.

It seems there are a large number of bristle worms that are black/white striped. Not that large at all, but there are quite a few. Should I be worried about them?

As I'm poking around with the light I suddenly see something else in a closed in hole in the rock.. Its body kind of resembles a slug and it has what appears to be eyes on stalks like a snail but it also appears to have a number of small legs like a shrimp. It's maybe 1/2" long and has very tiny green spots on the body.

It pokes out into the light and then darts back in so I can't get get a really good look at it. Any ideas what it might be?

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post #2 of 4 Old 01-09-2011, 11:47 PM
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hmmm

the bristle worms you describe are probably actualy tiny brittle starfish..and the shrimp could be many things without a pic to ID ..something like a little mantis shrimp,a larger copapod maybe.

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post #3 of 4 Old 01-10-2011, 07:56 AM
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Watching critters like this show up is the best part! check out this website if you want to try to match some pictures to what you are seeing

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post #4 of 4 Old 01-16-2011, 08:18 AM
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Watching critters like this show up is the best part! check out this website if you want to try to match some pictures to what you are seeing

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What an awesome link! This just goes to show that it is 100% useless to even consider giving a description to identify a hitch hiker. There are just far to many that appear similar to one another. Great link. I'm sure it will be used here frequently.
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