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Old 10-19-2003, 09:20 PM   #1
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Can anyone I.D. this anemone?

Bought a batch of plants today for my SW along with some other stuff. I Placed plants in tank and, lo and behold, a pea-sized jellyfish looking guy floated past, I touched it with my finger and he stuck right on my hand. It looked like an anemone upon closer examination so I gently placed the stump-end into a crevice in one of my live rocks. He crept right into the crack with his little stump, and then opened up.

Here is a pic, his tentacles or tubes appear to be banded with a darker brown.

Anyone know what he is?


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Old 10-19-2003, 09:26 PM   #2
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IMO, that looks more like an anemone than a jelly. It looks like a pest anemone, possibly of the Aiptasia species, or something similar.
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Old 10-19-2003, 09:30 PM   #3
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could it be a bubble tip?
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Old 10-19-2003, 09:37 PM   #4
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Hmm.. I looked at pics of a couple bubble tips and maybe that could be it too.. I hope it's not an aiptasia.. here are all of the charateristics that I can think of...

Twitches around a lot and moves a lot.
darker bands of brown on all tentacles.
tiny spherical tips on the end of all tentacles (I think) .
Crawled right in and made home quickly.

Is now putting out more smaller tentacles as we speak..... looks a lot fuller now than in the picture.

Total size only 1/2 stretched out.
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well what ever it is lets hope its not going too be a pain for you.
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Old 10-19-2003, 10:04 PM   #6
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Uh oh...... :|

So how do I know, later, when he grows to behemoth proportions and tears all of the powerheads off of the glass and eats the suction cups, and stings me to death when I attempt to remove it, leaving me twitching in a pool of saltwater, exactly what kind of anemone he might be?

I mean theoretically.

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Just a little saltwater humor there for you.
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If you ask me, it looks like an aiptasia
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It rode along with the caulerpa I got... should I evict it or wait...?

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Looks to me like a curlyque, which should'nt be a problem. They fair quite well in aquariums, maybe to well...they grow fast. Though, it could be an aiptasia, the pictures hard to tell. Curlyques have brown bands on clear tubes. I find my curlyque very interesting, easily accepts food by hand.
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Old 10-19-2003, 11:33 PM   #10
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P.S. ( if it is a curlycue) mines about 6 inches in height now, with it's stalk and tentacles extended and I have no problems w/ my 1" damsels, or scarlet shrimp. Only problem I see w/ curlycues is how well they fair, in effect growing rapidly. Until mine gets to big I'll keep him! If it is a curlycue, they will "root" in a DSB near a rock stretching their base into the sand and under the rock, not into the rock.
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