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The CUC photos I didnt post

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I should really sort this out!!

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Took these the other night, just playing with my phone.
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That's a big brittle star!

I should post a picture of the massive rock I got from Tangman (as it's a huge 12KG dead coral skeleton, so it's a complete intricate lattice throughout, perfect for filtration and perfect for brittle stars, so when the lights are out, it's literally furry with brittle stars, pretty scary actually. They disappear deep into it during the day, so you don't ever see it like that unless you leave the lights off (bypassing the fade in) and then turn them on so they instantly go to a decent percentage, (catching them by surprise)...

I'll see if I can find a photo/video of it.

The biggest Asterina star I have seen in my tank is almost an inch now! It lives in the sump.
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Also that Stomatella? snail looks a bit different to mine, it's got a lot more colour to it. Mine are all pretty monochrome...  :(
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it was indeed a stomatella, it just died for some reason, it quite big and very quickly too. but found it's shell one day, it was in the old system, I also had a chiton too, but that also expired.

the Brittle was found between the flipper and the glass.

I'm glad that you have an asternia approx an inch, I have one that's pretty big and I thought I would have to research it.
all my small asternias are splitting all the time.
I have also seen a five legged star, which may actually turn out to be an unwanted guest, but I haven't seen it since and only found out two days ago it could be bad.
thanks for looking.
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Yeah, I have chitons, limpets, asterinas, you name it. Asterinas don't usually get big as when they would otherwise grow further, they split instead, so the one I have (must be 0.75 of an inch end to end) is yet to split. I've a billion of the smaller ones that split more readily.

I've also got Nassarius snails that breed all the time, I've constantly got hundreds of them. I should start selling them actually, as they fetch about a quid each!

What does the baddie starfish look like?

I could send out "Goodie bags" of CUC like that, Brittle stars, asterinas, nassarius snails, stomatella snails... That's what I like most about having a fairly nutrient rich tank, I have quite a lot of fish, and quite a lot of tricky feeders, so it's inherently a well fed tank, which leads to lots and lots of life bursting out of every orifice.

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Goody bag sounds great! I'm actually lookin for some nass snails, I have the super tongan type.
The bad one has five legs, looks just like the one in the link you've pasted of thr hitch hiker guide.
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Yeah the ordinary nass snails don't get much beyond 10mm in shell size. They are much more numerous and can get places the big super tongan ones can't.

I've literally hundreds of them, ranging from fully grown to tiny babies, which are cute, 2mm shells with their tiny breathing/sniffing tube probing around...
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Well.... if you can harvest I'd buy, I like diversity and the fact they're smaller appeals too.
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