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Old 10-31-2012, 09:25 PM   #1
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What are this type of corals that are growing on my live rock?

I recently bought some cured live rock from a friend gave me an awesome price and even one live rock came with Xenia but this other two live rocks on the right are growing some corals that I am not familiar with one looks like a green ball and the others look like some small corals coming out. I was planning on just doing a fish only aquarium but now I guess I'll go with a small reef
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:33 PM   #2
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The stuff on the far right is aiptasia. You will want to get rid of it. They sting, are aggressive, and multiply like crazy.

The stuff on the left appears to be xenia.
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Aiptasia I see I'll have to do some research on it. So the green ball is Xenia?? Thanks for replying btw )
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:12 PM   #4
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No, not sure what the green ball is tbh.

Definitely research aiptasia. There are a few methods of removal, but you have a whole bunch of them so it will take some time to get rid of them. Don't try to just pull them off the rock or you will end up with many more. You have to kill them in the tank.
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:44 AM   #5
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Aren't there inverts that eat it?
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Peppermint shrimp do. Mine cleared my tank out
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Peppermint shrimp MIGHT eat small ones but some people don't have luck with them.

And the green ball looks like your simple run of the mill sponge. They just filter feed.

My peppermint shrimp cleaned up most of my tank but not larger aiptasia.
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Never had any peppermints but have heard they are hit or miss on eating it.

I have only see aiptasia in my tank once and I nuked it with boiling lemon juice from a medicine dropper. Worked like a champ. But with as many as the op has that wouldn't work unless it was done over several days/weeks. Otherwise it would Lower the pH with all that lemon juice they would need.
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The Aiptasia Eating Peppermint Shrimp are best known for their natural ability to manage nuisance Aiptasia, or glass anemones.
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The Aiptasia Eating Peppermint Shrimp are best known for their natural ability to manage nuisance Aiptasia, or glass anemones.
They're hit or miss. I think they may work for you since yours are small. I had some maybe 2 inches across that my peppermint shrimp wouldn't go near though.
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