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    Is this the most awesome hitchhiker or what?

    About four months ago I received 200 lbs of live rock direct from the LR farmer delivered in 7 1/2 gal buckets filled with SW and aerated. Itís the best way to get LR as it never leaves the water. Divers fill the buckets on site underwater and hoist them into the boat. Airstones are inserted to the bottom of each bucket and it aerates the rock through delivery. Itís expensive this way but the rock is awesome and carries lots of critters. My rock arrived at 1 am in the morning delivered by the owner/diver himself and his daughter. We moved it from his specially built trailer to my holding tanks. Things began to appear, five urchins, numerous emerald crabs, a Sally Lightfoot crab, a tiny fish, several larval shrimp and lots of coraline in several colors. Then yesterday while changing filter socks, I was saving the dozens of copepods when I noticed something strange looking. I pulled it out and placed it in a plastic top. Then got my camera. I was pleasantly shocked to find this...



    A bright red Nudibranch. It could only have come off the LR in that system. After taking pictures, I released him back to the LR.



    Where he slowly slide along looking for...



    the abyss. Well, all 12Ē of the abyss.

    I just thought this was one of the coolest hitchhiker finds.
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    Amblyeleotris randalli commonly, Randall's Goby.

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    Dick that looks awesome! Looks far better than the nudibrach's that I have had from my corals. That thing would look awesome in a pico tank. Great find, and thanks for the pics.

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    Neat. I just looked through a nudi gallery and couldn't find one like it. I'm sure there are thousands of varietys. If you're finding all these hikers with the lights on I can only imagine whats crawling around in there in the dark.

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    That would have scared the *^&^% outta me! How big is it?

    It's cool looking but I would have thought it was definately a "get it outta my tank!" thingy.

    Cool beans!!
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    Dick, that is an awesome looking nudibranch and LR!! I can defiantly say it is way worth it to buy LR like that, makes me want to buy that rock for my next tank!!
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    Very cool! Thanks for sharing the pix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rostr02 View Post
    Dick that looks awesome! Looks far better than the nudibrach's that I have had from my corals. That thing would look awesome in a pico tank. Great find, and thanks for the pics.
    I doubt it would live in a pico tank. Iíll be lucky if it lives in this system.

    Quote Originally Posted by Saltydawg
    If you're finding all these hikers with the lights on I can only imagine whats crawling around in there in the dark.
    Iím afraid to go out there in the dark. LOL.

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    That would have scared the *^&^% outta me! How big is it?
    Sissy. Itís oval, about the size of a quarter.

    Quote Originally Posted by rayme07
    that is an awesome looking nudibranch and LR!!
    You are right on Raymond. I hope it finds enough to eat.

    Thanks Mitch!
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    Amblyeleotris randalli commonly, Randall's Goby.

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    Sweet find Dick!

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    Yesterday, as the Red Nudi slide out of sight, I figured that would be the last I saw of him for awhile. Not true. He surprised me today at the surface of the water.



    Here you can see the foot clearly attached and the ďflapĒ of skin that normally covers the foot is laid out on the surface.



    A different angle. Iíve witnessed snails at the surface skimming. That seems to be what this Nudi was doing.



    A shot from underwater. The upper image is reflection off the surface. Pretty cool stuff.
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    Amblyeleotris randalli commonly, Randall's Goby.

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    That is some cool looking pics! I like the one where you can see its reflection. I sure do hope he lives and finds what he needs for food.
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    That is very cool. Great shots too!
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    If you need to feed it, you could send him my way... He'd be fat as your thumb after a week in my tank!
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    Great pics Dick, keep them coming. He dosen't appear to be camera shy

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    Thanks everyone. Didn’t see him yesterday. Hopefully he’s in the rock work. I’ll take pics when I get a glimpse.
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    You're right I think that has to be the coolest hitchhiker I have seen or heard of! Thank you for sharing the awesome pictures Dick!
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    He showed up on the side wall today.

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    Hope he stays alive in there for you. Did you ever get the exact ID? Wonder of like the university of Florida would help you?

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    There are so many species of Nudibranch, many un-named, it would be doubtful to find a positive ID. He must be finding enough to eat because he had to come in on the LR I bought in June. There’s no other option, the LR is isolated in one system with no possible crossover between systems for a Nudi. Time will tell if he’s getting enough to eat.

    Thanks for everyone’s interest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amphibious View Post
    There are so many species of Nudibranch, many un-named, it would be doubtful to find a positive ID. He must be finding enough to eat because he had to come in on the LR I bought in June. Thereís no other option, the LR is isolated in one system with no possible crossover between systems for a Nudi. Time will tell if heís getting enough to eat.

    Thanks for everyoneís interest.
    Since it is an un-named species you should name it "NudiDick". Be sure and get "rights" on the name so no one can steal it.

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    I was thinking the same thing. Why not take a chance at INFAMY!!
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    Infamy, noun of the adjective Infamous:

    infamous |ˈinfəməs|
    adjective
    1. well known for some bad quality or deed : wicked; abominable, public infamy: notoriety, disrepute, ill fame, disgrace, discredit, shame, dishonor, ignominy, scandal, censure, blame, disapprobation, condemnation.
    2 he was punished for his alleged infamy: wickedness, evil, vileness, iniquity, depravity, degeneracy, immorality; sin, wrongdoing, offense, abuse; formal turpitude.
    While I like the name, ďNudiDickĒ I think Iíll refrain from submitting it. Someone on TR would already testify to my infamous stature.

    Too much infamy is not a good thing.
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    Well Dick... I didn't check my Webster's. I never meant to put your fantastic find in a negative light.

    My Grandmother was an english professor, I'm sure she is rolling her eyes at my infamous blunder!
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    I know that Matt. I was just having some fun with it.
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    OH MY - I didn't mean to cause a stir!! I just thought

    "NUDIDICK" sounded like a good name!!!!!

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    And now Rhonda is having fun with it. Iím surprised you didnít match the color of the font with the Nudi.
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