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Old 11-08-2011, 11:27 PM   #1
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white blotches on live rock

So I have been into saltwater for about a year now. I have a 25 Gallon tank with about fifteen lbs of live rock and I recently went reef. And quickly I might add (two months from fowlr) I now have four rose anenomes a condy a leather coral star polyp and zooanthid colony but I've noticed small white splotches almost the size of a small pea showing up on my live rock. Mostly in darker areas of the tank. I was told its bleached coraline but I'm afraid its beginning aiptaisia outbreak..... any thoughts guys... I'm new to this forum as well.
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Old 11-08-2011, 11:40 PM   #2
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Apitaisia looks like little Anenomes.
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Do you have any photos?
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All the pics I can get of it are kinda hard to see for others because they don't know where too look.... I got some other thing in there that I have no idea what it is... ll post those pics now..
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I can't figure out how to put the pic on this thread so I'm just gonna post them in my album.
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:40 PM   #6
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Also sharpie... I did cichlids for a decade and the best way to set up a tank is using a mix of lace rock an coral. Gets the ph high enough and cichlids thrive in high ph 8.0-8.3.. also if u wanna try breeding get peices of flat slate or clay pots. I bred electric blue jack dempseys and yellow labs successfully for years with this strategy.
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Cool! - Will do some investigating on the cichlids!
I had a look at your photos, and you are right - it's hard to distinguish.

On this photo: it looks like the white dots are little snails. I can't see any aptasia on your rocks. Aptasia are evil!

Living in Australia, I get all different types of hitchhikers. Someone who has been around longer may need to ID this.

If it were me, I'd wait a little to see if anyone ID's on this thread. At the moment it doesn't look dangerous IMO. If you do start to get more concerned, take a piece of your rock into your LFS and see if they can ID. (Bring it in a bucket of saltwater with an airstone).

Here are some links to help you ID:

Hitch Hiker FAQ
Hitch Hikers Guide to the Reef

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I work at my local fish store lol but thanks for the advice. Its definately not snails. They are almost a transparent hue like a smoky glass color.
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Is it circular inside the circle or a single solid dot? Might be a type of worm casing which is ok.
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No they are like a circle with a circle inside of them. Some even have what look like small ovals on them. The only things I have in there are snails and a six line wrasse. But I've noticed its not sprouting near any hair algae or my inverts for the most part.
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