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Old 04-22-2015, 01:28 PM   #1
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Please tell me I was right...

I am brand new to salt water (been running fresh water tanks for a couple of decades now).

I am cycling my tank now - primarily base rock and aragonite, with some live rock and sand to seed it all... and I found this hitchhiker. It looked to me like aiptasia, so needless to say, it is long gone. Please tell me I didn't evict someone we might want living in the tank...Click image for larger version

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Thanks in advance - looking forward to having it cycled and ready for official occupancy.
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Old 04-22-2015, 03:54 PM   #2
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That is aiptasia. Hopefully you didn't pull it off, as they are glass anemones and the 'shards' that break apart from such will become new anemones. Aiptasia-x, boiling lemon juice or water injected in the mouth will do the trick.
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Thanks for your response.

Don't worry, I didn't pull it off. Fortunately, the rock it was on is pretty small. I took the rock out of the tank and injected vinegar directly into it. Let it sit for an hour, then have the whole rock a hearty scrub.

If I am lucky, maybe we can call this my initiation to saltwater, and that little stinker will be the only one I have to deal with.
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I have had a tank completely over ran by those little buggers! After your tank is cycled I say get a couple peppermint shrimp just to be safe. 2 shrimp took down about 2 dozen of them in a single night for me.
(Although peppermints can be hit and miss with wheatear they will eat it or not)


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