Elysia and Oxynoe
|Resides : Rocks and glass|
|Consumes : Hair Algae, Complex Macroalgae and Turf Algae|
|Max Size : 0.4" or 10mm|
|Origin : Caribbean|
|Availability: Seasonal, Available in Summer|
|Warnings : Due to their small size, they can get caught in intakes and powerheads.|
We carry a few different Elysia and Oxynoe species under this item description. They are all small sacoglossan slugs that will grow to one inch maximum. The Oxynoe species are reported to be obligate Caulerpa feeders in scientific literature but we feed them Ulva , Entereomorpha, Penicillus and hair algae here. The Elysia species will eat nearly any fleshy green algae. These species are small, they reach about an adult size of an inch long when full stretching out but are only 4mm wide at that size, and 3mm tall at their highest point.
These are not cost effective cleaners, and may require some special care from you. They are hardy in aquariums with strainers on their intakes and pumps without exposed powerheads but can get caught in pumps and that is something to be aware of. These species appear to be short lived. We think they live only a year in total, we will try our best to send sub adults to give you the longest possible time with these species. They are non toxic, and not related to nudibranchs.
We carry this species more as a curiosity than a cleaner, they make great subjects for macro photography and they are just "weird". Sarcoglossans suck the chlorophyll out of algae and use it to achieve their attractive green color, and are able to use the chlorophyll to create sugar from solar energy just like plants do. This process is called kleptoplasty, which is a pretty fitting name. Because the slugs do not produce chlorophyll on their own, they have to recharge by eating algae from time to time.
These species is small and can get caught in intakes and powerheads.