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Old 08-18-2003, 05:14 AM   #1
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Anemone hitchhiker?

Please can someone identify this hitchhiker on my new live rock. I am pretty sure it is an anemone but is it a pest variety? He is very beautiful! Approx 1/2" in diameter and when touched he can retract his tentacles and form a dome shape. ( Sorry about the photo quality! )

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Old 08-18-2003, 09:21 AM   #2
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Hmmm, looks kinda like an aiptasia anemone to me, however, I'm not certain, would like a better pic, if possible.
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That photo was the best one out of about 100 lol! Any suggetions on how I can improve it? Every time I get close enough to take a decent pic my camera seems to lose focus. I will try again and post back.

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What camera are you using? Does it have a macro mode?
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Camera does have macro mode, I am just useless at taking pics I think.

Is this any better?
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Whoops! I think the last two are the same. The anemone is very similar in colour to the photos. He sits flat to the rock and doesn't stick outwards at all. The tentacles are quite curly and there appears to be two distinct rows. I hope this helps!

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Hmm, well I'm not sure on aoiptasia, but if it isn't then I don't have a clue.
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Oh dear! I will go away and read the instructions which came with my camera and see if i can get a good close up pic. In the mean time I will keep a close eye on the little fella, I am sure he's grown already and I have only had him a week.............

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I think what you have there is a form of Flower or rock anemone. May not be aiptasia, but, none the less a hitchhiker,,, I would leave it there and keep an eye on it. If you see any more pop up around it, kill them.. If they reproduce quickly, they could take over your tank and sting anything it gets close to... If it does not multiply, chances are it is just a rock anemone orflower anemone.. Then it will prolly not move around and stay put...
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Does it look similar to this one below only smaller and a different color?

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