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Old 07-24-2002, 08:19 AM   #1
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Hi, Turned over a LR yesterday and something popped out of a crevice on the underside that I think is a Feather Duster. Attaching pic. Am I right? How do I take care of it?
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Old 07-24-2002, 09:03 AM   #2
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Looks kind of like a polyp from that photo.

If something disturbs it does it shoot back into the rock or a tube structure? Or does it just colasp the "head" upon itself?

Featherdusters live in a tube and can disapear into that tube if disturbed.
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Old 07-24-2002, 09:37 AM   #3
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Has not done either so far. Will let you know. Is there any special diet it likes or do I need to know what it is in order to feed. Should I simply leave alone and feed my fish the usual?
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Feather dusters are filter feeders. You dont have to supply them any food if you dont want but if you have a powerful skimmer and external filtration then I suggest you add some filter feeder food into the tank and shut the skimmer and filters down for a few hours to allow the feather duster to feed.

Maybe if you could get some clear pics. dont be so worried about getting way zoomed in. A good clear pic from a distance will be just as good. maybe one under normal lights. that pic seems kind of blue.
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Looks like an Aiptasia to me. But it's difficult to tell without knowing its habbits. Give it a piece of meaty food and see if it grabs it and quickly withdrawls, ignores it, or slowly collapses around the food.

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Does it look at all like this?

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When I try feeding a piece of meaty food, does it have to be seafood or will something else like chicken do. Checking out my fridge
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For a test go ahead with the bologna or whatever. Pay close attention to the animals behavior and report back to us. We should be able to give you a general class of animal then.
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I fed it a chunk of brine shrimp and it collapsed in upon itself.
Does that tell us something and if so what? Thanks. Attached is another picture, but I still can't get the color right. It is not as dark as it appears in the pic -- more med tan.
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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.
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