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Old 08-27-2003, 07:54 AM   #1
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Help with coral identification

I have a small coral, I think,... growing out of a piece of bleached dead coral that came with my LR. It is translucent or whitish but you can see through it. Very small, about a 1/4 inch tall, it has a stem or tube like bottom and the top has about 20 small tentacles that are always open. Today I took a plastic syring and sucked up a mysis shrimp and hand fed it to the tentacles...to my suprise it immediatly wraped around the shrimp and proceeded to "swallow" the shrimp. Now I can see the shrimp in the tube...WOW!

So what is this venus fly trap kind of clear, small coral, or is it a coral at all?

BTW my tank is only three weeks old so thats why all the enthusiasm for such a small thing!

Thanks for any suggestions!
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Old 08-27-2003, 10:35 AM   #2
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in response it sounds like more of an anenmoe type. With this general description, and the fact it is such a young tank, makes me suspicious it may be aptasia but you say it's "whitish" which puts doubt to that assumption.

Any chance you could get us a snapshot?
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Old 08-27-2003, 05:03 PM   #3
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Almost certainly aptaisia from the behavior and the description. Don't go by color, I have seen them translucent, green, brown and white..ish.

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is that from your tank Kevin?
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I agree with the Aiptasia ID, with just one question ... does it have a solid skeleton? If so, it may be a "hidden cup coral" - Astrangia sp. or Phyllangia americana. These are non-photosynthetic corals, often seen as hitchhikers.

If you can see a distinct "tube", though - I'd stick with the Aiptasia ID. Aiptaisa are often called "Glass anemones" because of their translucency.

Kevin - fantastic pic!
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It was Injection with lemon juice cured that though.
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yea it works good for me also.
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Thanks for the quick replies mates!

I will try to post a pic in this thread in the next couple of days.

So if it is Aptasia, or not, what should I do? It sounds like you don't want these things around? Whats up with lemon juice injection?

Kevin's pic looks almost exactly like mine, except mine is more white-clear, and maybe a little smaller. There is definatly a tube like stem though, and it seems to be growing a little larger everyday.

Thanks for all the help!

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thats how you get rid of it. and trust me you do. there little nastys
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i boiled about 8 of them on one rock last weekend....nasty buggers
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