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Old 11-17-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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Montipora pest?

Being a beginner. I did not dip my new montipora that i brought home from reefaplalooza. Ever since it has slowly deteriorated. Developing a white line that looks bleached. Today i saw this little bugger. It retracted when a clown fish swam nearby. It has a sort of lid, and has 2 tentacles sticking out. Any advice on what this may be? I will get a picture as soon as i can.
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:36 PM   #2
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There is no picture but it doesn't sound like a pest. What type of lighting do you have? Did you light acclimate it? What are your nitrates, phosphate, calcium, alkalinity and magnesium at?
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lighting- Radion
light acclimate- yes
nitrates- under .85 ppm
phosphates- about .16 ppm
calcium- .375-.400 ppm
alkalinity- unstable 7.7 -9.2
magnesium- between 11 and 12 hundred
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lighting- Radion
light acclimate- yes
nitrates- under .85 ppm
phosphates- about .16 ppm
calcium- .375-.400 ppm
alkalinity- unstable 7.7 -9.2
magnesium- between 11 and 12 hundred
Hmm the alk swings could be causing it to bleach. Does it change like that daily? Magnesium seems low as well, I try to keep mine between 1350 and 1450.
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It could be the pest too but from your description, it doesn't sound like anything I know of that would feed on a monti.
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Sounds like a young vermitid snail to me. Smash him...or post a picture for a positive ID.
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for some reason it wont let me post a picture... but the alkilinity swings have been daily. i looked up vermetid snail it looks a lot like what i have
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Good...but alk swings aren't going to help matters any. Either way, smash that white tube before it gets bigger. They shoot out webs to filter feed that really hurts SPS corals. It won't kill them if they are large enough, but it will irritate large areas to tissue death.
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Good...but alk swings aren't going to help matters any. Either way, smash that white tube before it gets bigger. They shoot out webs to filter feed that really hurts SPS corals. It won't kill them if they are large enough, but it will irritate large areas to tissue death.
I disagree about the vermetid snails, I have a bunch and some have mucous nets that go right on some of my sps. I have never seen tissue death or even loss of polyp extension. The alk swings are your main culprit here. My monti cap seems to bleach some if I ever have a big change in alk.
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ok. that would really explain the poor health of my montipora. thanks for your help! anyways to smash it without hurting the montipora?
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