Alien Egg in Sand?

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  1. ryn_keeto

    ryn_keeto New Member

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    Hi all,

    I’ve been running my Evo 13.5 for almost 2 months now. My Rainford’s Goby dug a lair out beneath part of my rock work and currently spends 95% of his time staring at me from inside. During one of our staring contests I noticed what looked like a smooth, ovular, egg-shaped thing with occasional pink bumps on it protruding from the sand. I have NO idea what it is. Here’s a picture.

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    The green thing is his face poking out. It’s unfortunately the best picture I have been able to get...

    My tank is captive-bred only, as I was hoping to minimize any hitchhiking. Here’s what I’ve got:

    CaribSea Live Sand
    CaribSea LifeRock
    2 ORA clowns
    1 Biota Rainford’s Goby
    1 Biota Green Finger Leather
    1 Biota Ultra Green Polyp Leather
    1 WWC Aquacultured Xenia

    Any ideas what the heck it could be? The Goby rubs up against it in an uncomfortable, he-should-probably-ask-permission sort of way. Here’s a pick of the whole tank, for fun.

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    It looks like an alien is going to pop out of the thing, so thanks for all your help!
     
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    KJ Road Warrior R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award ETRC Member Hospitality Award

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    Welcome to R2R!!! Hard to tel from the picture!
     
  3. ryn_keeto

    ryn_keeto New Member

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    Right?! There’s not much more to it than that. It’s hard to get a good look at it, much less get my phone to focus on it...

    And thanks!
     
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    ryn_keeto New Member

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    Here are a few more pics from today, if they help!

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    Does it move? I'm very curious.
     
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    Just grab a hold of it and pull it out. I can't tell based on the pictures.
     
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    Zakery Murray Active Member

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    ITS A BUBBLE!!! Sorry just kidding, I have no clue what it is,some people might get that reference on here.
     
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    Is it a horse shoe crab? Or stingray? Can't tell from pics.
     
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    half of a clam shell?
     
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    Mastiffsrule Valuable Member R2R Supporter Hospitality Award

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    Welcome to R2R. Great question right out of the box. I have no idea but very nice tank set up.

    And what ever you do don’t stick your hand in there ;Nailbiting

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    ryn_keeto New Member

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    Thanks for the suggestions! After uploading the pictures I decided to just remove it. i Lifted the rock and scooped it out with some sand in a net, then put it in a ziploc with some tank water.

    As far as I can tell, it was some sort of membrane holding what looked like a mass of brownish, greenish goop. Maybe my goby found a way to poop into a bag of sorts, or maybe he has been stashing algae wafers... he did always act super protective whenever I shone a light on it.

    I have no idea, though. I should’ve taken more pics but couldn’t resist seeing what was inside - it didn’t take much squeezing or prodding to release whatever it was.

    I’m interested to see if it comes back, or if it’s a one-time thing.

    Super weird, though!
     
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  13. ThePurple12

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    o_Othat's disgusting!
     
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