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jlehigh

Hermit D Crab
Joined
Nov 20, 2003
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Hey all,

I was examining by refugium admiring the trillion lil white star fish and stomella snails when I spotted a white Kiton about 1/16-1/8" tiny. I LOVED finding Kitons on the Oregon coast as a kid so I was VERY excited, but then I located another 6 of them on the tank wall so I dont know how many total I have.. The rock in the refugium has been in a closed system for 1.5yrs the only item added at one point (6mos ago) was macroalgae which I am sure is the source but to see so many at the same size/age raised two questions..

- Could they have bred in my system
- How can I make sure these cool lil cuties live a full life

Any help/advice is greatly appreciated
 

NaH2O

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Cool - nice to find a few free aglae eaters! I think chitons are really neat. When I was little at my Aunt's house, she took us to tide pools and I vividly remember chitons and urchins, too. If you get a chance and have good closeup ability - post a pic. I'd love to see them.

As far as breeding in you system - it is definately possible. I have trochus snails reproducing in my system, much to my surprise. What can you do to continue their life? I would say that you are probably already providing an adequate environment, if they are reproducing. Excellent!

Here are a couple of links: Welcome to Chitons

GBR Explorer - Chitons
 

aquariumdebacle

electrolyte addict
Joined
Jul 4, 2003
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Location
Seattle
chitons are cool!

chitons are excellent algae eaters. they hold the distinction of having iron in the dentition instead of calcium.
 
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