Flatworm...good or bad? Help ID please

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    SO I'm pretty sure this is a flatworm of some sort butI can't find anything online to give me a positive ID. Anyone know anything about flatworms (if that's what it is)? I do have corals and want to make sure he is reef safe.
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    I don't know which one are you reffering to.
     
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    It's the same rock and the same worm... there's only one
     
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    What part of the rock the orange part or the green part
     
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    I don't know what we're supposed to be looking at on that rock either, but flat worms look just like they sound. Flat and maybe 1/4" long. Some are white, some clear and some red. You would really need to zoom in on that rock to see a flatworm.
     
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    i think hes talking about this
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    What JC is pointing to is a sponge. The orange thing doesn't look like a flatworm. Flatworms are symmetrical and usually found on the glass before you can see them on rocks.
     
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    ok, to clarify...yes the blue thing is a sponge, the green thing is a small piece of caulerpa, and the big orange thing is what I can't identify. I think it's a flatworm...it has 2 little eyes near one end, it molds and shrinks to fit in any hole/crevice. It is about 3in long by 1.5 in wide in those photos. It's a rusty color orange. It felt slimy and retracted when I touched it. Seems to prefer the dark too. It did seem symmetrical too, but the rock in this photo was kinda bumpy. Everything I read on flatworms seems to lead toward tiny things on the glass that reproduce quickly. Only thing new i added was a piece or LR about 1 month ago. No others have been seen. Thanks to everyone for taking a look :)
     
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    Can you pull it off? Better safe than sorry. It may be some sort of nudibranch too. But if it has eyes, that's definitely weird looking.
     
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    I'm betting that its some kind of nudibranch.
    But I wouldnt toss it just yet.I'd watch it for a while.It may be safe,and if it is.Then got a cool critter that most of us will never see.
     
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