hear some clicking but see nothing

pokechop1980

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so I hear this clicking sound coming from my tank, but when go and look, there is nothing. I know its not equipment or anything. i'm sure I got hidden hitch hiker, but what could it be? anyone have any ideas?
 

Butterfly

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Could it be one of your fish or other inhabitants of your tank?
Carol
 

Chris123

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Probaly one of the inhabinants like butterfly said
 

midthought

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My heater makes a clicking noise, I've found...I'm not sure why. I was worried it was because it wasn't fully submerged, so I just keep trying to readjust it when I hear it. Can't confirm that that's the issue though.
 

platy ben

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It could be a pistol shrimp, they make loud clicking noises with their claws. Do some research on them
 

Elodea

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How are the clicks sequenced?

Are they in twos, like "click-click...click-click.." or ones, like "click...click..." (pistol shrimp) or multiple random clicks, like "click-click-click-click...click-click..click-click-click..." (mantis shrimp)?

Pistol shrimp click with their claws, mantis shrimp do that when hitting the glass with their claws. Look for any missing fish or inverts in the tank.
 
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Lucy

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Elodea said:
How are the clicks sequenced?

Are they in twos, like "click-click...click-click.." or ones, like "click...click..." (pistol shrimp) or multiple random clicks, like "click-click-click-click...click-click..click-click-click..." (mantis shrimp)?

Pistol shrimp click with their claws, mantis shrimp do that when hitting the glass with their claws. Look for any missing fish or inverts in the tank.
Yikes, I've never heard of Pistol Shrimp, but Mantis Shrimp are scary!!!
 

Elodea

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Aww, Lucy, what makes you think that mantis shrimp are scary? They're the coolest crustaceans (I didn't say shrimp because mantis shrimp are stomapods) around! Some peacocks can command up to $30.00 for sale.

If you ask me, they're about as fierce as Lake MalawI cichlids (ask BB).
 
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Lucy

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Oh, yeah, they're way cool, but scarey! lol
I've read they can break glass?
 

Elodea

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That's only the big mantis shrimp (peacock, etc.) with very thin glass. Also they have to be "baited" or lured (like wiggling a finger or something) first. Another way this happens is when they are digging a burrow and hit the bottom of the tank. In nature, the first response is to bash it apart, whether coral or rock, so they do that. Just in case, I'd go with an acrylic tank.
 
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Lucy

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Thanks Elodea.

pokechop1980, sorry for the hi-jack. ops:
 
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pokechop1980

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I know its not my heater clicking.....all my live stock is accounted for......all I have is 2 fish, an emerald crab, a snail and a star. do emerald crabs click like that? I also have some sorta worm like critter in there as well. it has 3 hair-like things on its head and what looks to be like tons of legs...I know its not a bristle worm, I know what they look like....it seems to come out at feeding time...but if u try to look at it, it darts back in the rock...any ideas as to what it is? I tryed to get a pic but wasn't fast enough
 

Elodea

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Emerald crabs shouldn't click like that. I don't know what the worm-thingy is, it would be helpful if you post a picture.

Did you add any live rock? It could harbour quite a few hitchhikers.
 
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pokechop1980

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I managed to get a picture of some of the worm thing I got in my tank....how do I put the pictures up?
 

Elodea

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Click on "Go Advanced" at the bottom of the "Quick Reply" box. Then, scroll down to "Manage Attachments" near the bottom of the page, and upload the photo.

Remember that it has to be 2400 pixels wide or less: here's the link to an resizer:

picresize.com
 

ibiaquariums

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Still sounds like a young mantis or pistol shrimp lol!

"sorta WORM LIKE critter in there as well. it has 3 hair-like things on its head and what looks to be like TONS OF LEGS...I know its not a bristle worm, I know what they look like....it seems to come out at FEEDING TIME...but if u try to look at it, it DARTS back in the ROCK"....

Seems to be sharing similarities associated with a
shrimp I must say. PIC PIC PIC... try at night time.. with night-light, some bate, and recordable media at the ready
 

Elodea

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Just don't kill it, please. Mantis shrimp make amazing pets.
 
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pokechop1980

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here is that worm thing I talked about before....what is it?
 

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nemo addict

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looks very much like a fire worm
 

Elodea

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Yep, maybe some kind of bristleworm or fireworm. Anyways, I doubt that it's the cause of the clicking noise. I see that your tank has live rock in it...could it maybe be a hitchhiker? Try to identify where the noise is coming from.
 
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pokechop1980

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unknow hitchhiker

well I was looking at my tank today and saw some hairy leg looking things. so I decided to shuffle around the sand to get a good picture. so if some one could please help me to identify this thing, and tell me if its good or bad.
also if its bad how to remove it
thanks


it came out from hiding a lil bit more and resembles a crab or something
 

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carlos413

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Not sure but try goggle peanut worm. If it is is safe.
 
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pokechop1980

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its not a worm I don't think....its more crab like
 

Elodea

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This is hard...to lure it completely out, tie a piece of fish or shrimp on the end of a string, and put it in front of where the "crab" is supposedly hiding. Maybe take a really long string and tie the other end to something heavy on the other side of the glass (the dry side, lol). Wait for an hour or so and sneak up on the tank to see what you've got.
 

Mcalpine

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bristle worm some say there beneficial for stirring sand bed some say nuisance personally id get a wrasse or and get rid of it ...them there's never just one they can take over LR
 

kipkapst7

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that worm looks scary...lol like its gunna attach its face to you and never leave.... bahahahah I'm curious to know what that is also!
 
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