What the heck is this??????????

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  1. mm2002

    mm2002 Feather Duster

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    The wifey was re-arranging some Fiji rock we recently used to set up her new 29gal in her office, and this little dude fell out of one of the rocks. I have never seen anything like it before. The "bulbous" body is about 3/4" long, and has a brown and white colored tentacle that extends out about 1 1/2" (also retracts completely inside the "body"). As you can see in the pics, it eventually used the tentacle to bury itself in the gravel bottom, and we haven't seen it since. It's probably something common, but we've never seen one. Whatever it is, it must be pretty tough, as this tank is in the peak of the Nitrite cycle, and this was fully cured rock.

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  3. Bruce

    Bruce Giant Squid

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  4. hitman35

    hitman35 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    wow that looks cool
     
  5. WAHMof2

    WAHMof2 Plankton

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    Bruce-
    If that's what it is,and I have to say it looks convincing to me, is it a bad thing to have in the tank? Will it harm anything?
    Thanks
    Amanda
     
  6. Kentanner11

    Kentanner11 Coral Banded Shrimp

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    Scary! Weird All the good things you get with Fiji Sand lol!
     
  7. inwall75

    inwall75 Giant Squid

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    First off....

    Karma to Bruce!!!

    Secondly, they are extremely ugly but they are great detrivores and will benefit your tank.
     
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  9. Bruce

    Bruce Giant Squid

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    Ya peanut worms are pretty cool little critters. I find it a little funny how so many things that we used to think of as pests are now thought of as helpful. I love it. Bristle worms...WE LOVE YOU!
     
  10. mm2002

    mm2002 Feather Duster

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    Cool, thanks for the info! We haven't seen him since he buried in the sand, so I'm assuming these are great sand sifters. Too bad you can't buy them anywhere, I'd like to have some in our reef tank and fuge.
     
  11. KOgle

    KOgle Zoanthid

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    Wow! I've never seen a "whole" peanut worm. I usually just see the end peeking out when I turn the lights on at night. Great picture!