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Old 02-26-2011, 06:36 PM   #11
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Usually pink ones are just bristle worms. They are harmless janitors.
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Old 02-26-2011, 06:42 PM   #12
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If that's the case then great! Unusual that it would come from the tank I got the feather duster from. How fast do they grow? I know they can get pretty big
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I have several in my tank and they dont bother a thing.
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Old 02-26-2011, 07:46 PM   #14
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i wouldn't worry about the worm. fireworms are very rare, and not pink, but very red. it's most likely a common bristleworm. a detritus eater. harmless.

i'd also like to say that you could not buy enough pods for that mandarin. it will probably eat about a bottle of pods a day. not cost effective.
you should return it, and if it was the employee at the LFS that told you it was a great starter fish, they should give you a refund, not credit.
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Well, I took the advice given. I took the mandarin back but couldn't get anything but store credit. The biggest problem I'm facing right now is that I'm in northern Nevada so needless to say, the pickings for livestock suppliers is very slim. Thank you for all the helpful info!
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Ok so this little guy popped out of one of my live rocks today. What is it? Anyone know? Sorry the pic isn't that great. I'm taking it from my phone!
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aptasia anemone. it's a pest, because they reproduce rapidly and spread to biblical proportions. in a fish only tank they wont do much harm but in a reef they will take up valuable real estate, sting corals, and just be plain ugly.

the good news is they are fairly easy to kill.
inject them with vinegar
inject them with boiling water
squirt kalkwasser paste on them
use a commercial product called "joes juice"
take the rock out and burn it with a lighter.

just don't smash it in the tank or try to cut it. that will only help it spread.
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ok well Im slowly building a reef tank so should I just pull it? Or should I monitor it and try to keep it under control? As I said this is all very new to me and its people like you that could greatly help in my cause to forge a beauty of a reef!
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no monitoring is necessary. i already told you what you have to look forward to...lol.
these are something you are going to see from time to time. if you are going to be keeping corals, you'll be introducing things from other tanks, and the chances of seeing more aptasia or other pests are good. i would buy some joes juice. it comes with an applicator, and good instructions.
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Fantastic! Thank you
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