What is this?!?!?!

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  1. David Reiche

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    We are new to the saltwater arena, and during our third week this little creature appeared. Does anyone know what this is?

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    We have nassarius snails, ninja snails, periwinkle snails, emerald crabs, red leg hermit crabs, real reef live rock , three type of coral, and two clown fish.
     
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    I believe that's a nudibranch.....get it out! Let's check with @Lionfish Lair
     
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    It's a nudibranch, what type of corals do you have specifically?
     
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    I agree to remove it.
     
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    I wasn't very diligent about writing down the names. Here are pictures.
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    That is definitely a nudibranch. Remove it!
     
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    Zoanthids/looks like it could be Green Bay Packers or Radioactive Dragon eyes.
    Clavularia/clove polyps.
    Briareum/Green Star Polyps.

    Agreed remove the nudibranch, but not sure what corals or algae it might be eating.
     
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    It has gone into hiding for now. We will remove it next time we see it.

    I am just curious, why does it need to be removed?
     
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    Nudibrachs all have very specific diets. This one is on more than likely a zoa eating one. You will have to dip your corals or keep an eye out for more.
     
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    a lot of them eat corals for a living. They are very difficult to identify so unless you know where it came from and what kind it is chuck it. I had some come in on a soft coral once and didn't see them until they hatched and ate half the colony. Better safe than sorry.
     
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    OH MAN!!!! I guess I need to go to my LFS. We bought those three corals last weekend....
     
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    WOW!! Sorry to hear about your colony.
     
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    Any suggestions on how to remove it? Just use a net?
     
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    Just judging by the corals you showed to be zoa eating. Dipping repeatedly over time will get all the hatchlings. Search for Bayer dip or use flatworm exit. Good luck. I found one once too. I added a new zoa colony, so just made sure to treat tank with flatworm exit repeatedly. No issues. This is only a 6g tank though and is filled with zoa and rock nems.
     
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    Tweezers, net, fingers, any way you can. :)
     
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    Oky doky......;););)
     
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    Thanks for the information. We will make a trip to the fish store today.
     
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    I would inspect the Zoanthid piece for others, look at night after lights off as well. I would not treat the tank yet, but I would dip the coral in Bayer (please google specific type of Bayer and dipping protocal). Inspect the piece for eggs with which are a spiral formation. Manually remove eggs with a Q-tip and recheck frag again for eggs or nudibranch in a couple days.
     
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    This thing likes to hang by the Zoanthid piece, and that is where he has reappeared. My wife is attempting to extract it now.
     
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    Does it look like there are more eggs on here? She didn't get the nudibranch...
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