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Old 07-24-2002, 07:46 PM   #11
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looks like an aiptasia to me..... I tweaked the pic a little is this closer to the color?
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Old 07-24-2002, 08:53 PM   #12
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Kevin, closer, but not quite right either. It's lighter tan and the stem has a pink cast to it. I am about convinced it is Aiptasia. Should I simply remove the rock before it spreads any further or does it spread from small pieces that might already have broken off? Should I leave the rock in and get the Peppermint Shrimp. I really don't want to try doing any lethal injection. or medication. If it hasn't spread, it isn't worth it to me. I'll simply remove the rock.
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I fed it a chunk of brine shrimp and it collapsed in upon itself.
100% sure it's Aiptasia then. I would remove the rock and scrub off the spot with a stiff brush. Then rinse the rock in some tank water. You can then discard the tank water and replace the rock.

It's possible there are more that are too small to see. You might want to try Peppermint shrimp if you see more starting to grow.
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http://images.google.com/images?q=Ai...oe=UTF-8&hl=en

Do any of these images look like what you have? I have always thought Aiptasia was more of a brownish clearish color and had longer tenticles with a smaller center disk than what you have pictured but then again I could be very wrong.
There are a lot of different species of Aiptasia. I've seen Purple, pink, red, brown, yellow and white... and... this baby I call "Monstro":

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Old 07-24-2002, 11:06 PM   #15
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Old 10-22-2002, 12:18 AM   #16
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Are they bad for the aquarium?
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It looks to me like an anemone. Based on looks and behavior. Check out this link for more info on Aiptasia.
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Are they bad for the aquarium?
They are considered pests in a reef aquarium. They have a tendency to breed like rabbits (or worse) and your aquarium can be over run with them. They also have a fairly potent sting and will encroach on and harm your other inverts. It is generally considered a good idea to remove them at first sight. Removal can be problematic, due to numbers as well as they fact that they dn't die easy, if you just try to rip it off, you may end up with several, if any is left on the rock it will regrow.
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We had very good luck with the scalding water method....They never came back. (have to admit that I felt rather bad about doing it tho)
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aiptasia is an anenome. i have a 100% success rate with pulling the rock from the tank and drilling a hole in the rock where the aiptasia is. It is best to do it know before it reproduces. You especially dont want these if you got corals.
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