Help Id help... on this SW critter... he looks dangerous lol

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Noticed this critter lurking in my sandbed of my SW tank by the lost jewels lol... can anybody help... with his ID?!

Its grown from nothing, have never ever noticed it before, this morning was the first time... i got back home and took pics, now ive just posted them... hes bin in the same position all day.. so it may not move...

Any help is great help!!
 

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These pics were the best of the bunch!!! I took loads too lol! sorry.
 

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Aiptasia. It's a pest anemone that spreads quickly. I suggest nuking it before it gets out of hand. Joe's Juice or Aiptasia X work nicely, or you can use a syringe with lemon juice, boiling water, or kalk paste to kill it.
 
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Oh just my luck! Fort it looked bit dodgy looool.

Wait... do you have any idea wether its any good for the water quality? any idea what it feeds on?

Is their any known occasions of where they've been sumped or in refs???
 
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Water quality is pretty much irrelevant for aiptasia. It's probably the most hardy thing in your tank.

You don't want it in your sump. It will spread to the display. Reefers do not intentionally keep aiptasia. It's a pest and can sting our expensive corals.

It's feeding on light and on nutrients in the water. There's no way for you to cut off its food supply. Just nuke it.
 

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Water quality is pretty much irrelevant for aiptasia. It's probably the most hardy thing in your tank.

You don't want it in your sump. It will spread to the display. Reefers do not intentionally keep aiptasia. It's a pest and can sting our expensive corals.

It's feeding on light and on nutrients in the water. There's no way for you to cut off its food supply. Just nuke it.

yes this is a must...... KILL IT SOON
 
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awesome feed back people! I scooooooooooooooooped that muva right out of their... i left him in fresh air pahahahahah, how do yah like me now baby! Ill have to keep an eye out for any others.. Why couldnt it have been a nice coral
 

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If you find more - and they do tend to spread - get yourself a peppermint shrimp. They're good aptasia eaters. There's two kinds of peps, though - and one doesn't eat the anemone. Can't remember which of the top of my head.

Copperband butterfly eats them, too, but they're quite delicate fish and should only be introduced to an established very peaceful tank.
 
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lol@goldwing $50, hahaha!

Member i said i scooped it out? Well i did just that and left it to dry lol... but now ive gone to look for it within this dry sand... i cant find any trace of it... it is nowhere to be seen in my tank either, and im 100% sure i got it out. Because as i scooped it out the sand substrate went over it, like a land slide would a person lol!

Do they maybe.. dismember them-selfs.. or dissolve instantly or anything/something.. i find this so weird... it is nowhere to be seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Copperbands definitely not suitable for a 40 gallon. Sorry - didn't see that part. They also tend to get bullied as they have absolutely no defenses at all and require pristine water conditions.
 

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Well i did just that and left it to dry lol... but now ive gone to look for it within this dry sand... i cant find any trace of it... it is nowhere to be seen in my tank either, and im 100% sure i got it out.
I can see the headlines now!!!

Mutant Aipitasia Destroys Texas!!!

Run For Your Lives!!! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!!!!

It's probably living in your septic tank as we speak..... duh dum duh dum duh dum..... (theme from Jaws).
 
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