ToadStool has a hole in the middle??

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  1. elweshomayor

    elweshomayor Giant Squid

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    so i just looked at my toad stool to see where i am going to cut him so that i can remove him to my big tank and i realized he has quite a hole in the middle.... probably the size of a quarter..

    i thought it was just dust that tends to accumulate on him once in a while but when i removed it i saw the hole in there.... is he ok? or should i be worried?

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  3. Crimson Ghost

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    He will be perfectly fine, but you need to keep an eye out for a predator - perhaps a bristle worm. Looks to me as if someone nibbled on him. He will recover in no time at all with zero detriment to his health - but you do not want someone to keep munching on him either. look at the tank with the light out and see if you find the cause

    In rare instances he could be starting to split or even developing a bud to split out. I still remain leary when I see something like this and always think the worse....best to stay aleart I suppose :) just keep an eye on it and don;t worry for now.
     
  4. elweshomayor

    elweshomayor Giant Squid

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    cool, i hope i get to have 2 :D that would be awesome!
    ill keep an eye on it just to make sure...

    although what if a bristle worm got inside the hole? i try to look inside of it but i cant see anything. so im just hoping everything is fine.
     
  5. irr0001

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    That hole is the size of a quarter?? That thing is giant!
     
  6. Seano Hermano

    Seano Hermano Giant Squid

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    Just thinking the same thing! :eek:
     
  7. Corailline

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Exactly what I was going to say/post.

    Sometimes when someone is munching on the toadstool you will see something simiar to sawdust around the area.
     
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  9. elweshomayor

    elweshomayor Giant Squid

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    It's Been having that dust for awhile and today is the first time the hole appears... Also, Toadstool shrinked a bit...

    I'm looking around and I don't see anything munching it...
    Could my coral banded shrimp be the culcript? He always hangs by the toadstool but I've never seen it harm it...


    I also have a peppermint shrimp. Which I've never seen close by it either...
    What should I be looking for?
     
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    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    A yellow to cream colored nudibranch, sometimes very hard to spot.
     
  11. elweshomayor

    elweshomayor Giant Squid

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    Would that be like a zoa eating nudibranch?
    I ask because one of my zoa colony is residing but idk why..

    How can I catch it/kill it (them?)? Any tricks?
     
  12. Crimson Ghost

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    Looks like a slug with legs - google Nudibranch, I don;t know of any traps but I bet there are some tricks out there for catching them