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

Discussion in 'Saltwater Beginners' started by ibiaquariums, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. i

    ibiaquariums Valued Member Member

    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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  2. OP
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    ibiaquariums Valued Member Member

    These pics were the best of the bunch!!! I took loads too lol! sorry.
     
  3. harpua2002

    harpua2002 Fishlore VIP Member

    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.
     




  4. OP
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    ibiaquariums Valued Member Member

    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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  5. harpua2002

    harpua2002 Fishlore VIP Member

    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. :p
     
  6. Morgan111

    Morgan111 Well Known Member Member


    yes this is a must...... KILL IT SOON
     
  7. N

    Naeusu Valued Member Member

    it looks like it's in the substrate so maybe you can just scoop it out of the tank?
     
  8. OP
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    ibiaquariums Valued Member Member

    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 :(
     
  9. Morgan111

    Morgan111 Well Known Member Member

  10. Goldwing_Don

    Goldwing_Don Well Known Member Member

    if it was it would have been $50.00 .....LOL
     
  11. zeeter

    zeeter Well Known Member Member

    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.
     
  12. Goldwing_Don

    Goldwing_Don Well Known Member Member

    Copperband butterfly fish are not reef safe fish be very carefull when adding to a tank
     
  13. Morgan111

    Morgan111 Well Known Member Member

    my CBB never touches my corals but he loves COCO WORMS and Feather Dusters
     
  14. harpua2002

    harpua2002 Fishlore VIP Member

    A CBB is not suitable for a 40 gallon IMO. Peppermint shrimp are a good choice.
     
  15. Goldwing_Don

    Goldwing_Don Well Known Member Member

    Mine thought Mushrooms were good food, thats why he does not live here anymore..lol
     
  16. Morgan111

    Morgan111 Well Known Member Member

    didnt see the 40 gal tank size... very true
     
  17. OP
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    ibiaquariums Valued Member Member

    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  18. zeeter

    zeeter Well Known Member Member

    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.
     
  19. LyndaB

    LyndaB Fishlore Legend Member

    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). :;laughing
     
  20. OP
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    ibiaquariums Valued Member Member

    loooooooool.

    Ok im scared now.. jokes over lol!
     




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