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Old 03-07-2004, 10:49 AM   #1
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Feather Duster or Aiptasia????

I've tried to get a picture of it but the zoom from my camera just comes out fuzzy!
I just put in LR in my tank about 3 days ago. Upon examination I saw that on some branched pieces of rock that there are small white/clear stalks with a crown of tentacles. They are really really TINY! Is there a good way to test to see what I have?

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If the crown retracts into a the tube extremly fast when disturbed then its feather dusters.

The retraction will be very quick. Faster than an eye blink basicly.
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****, they didn't hide! I just have LR, 12 astraea snails, 12 blue legged hermits, an emerald crab, and a peppermint shrimp. I'm kind of worried that I haven't seen my shrimp in a few days. I hear that they can be wonderful at getting rid of aptasia. Anything else I could do at this early stage?

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It actually sounds like hydroids, to me, without a pic.

Here are a couple of pics of hydroids in my tank.





Common small tube worm on LR



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Wow Kevin, those are amazing pictures. What are you using to take your pictures. They are truly beautiful!

They look a little more like the tube worm picture. The bottom of the stalk appears to be brown. Although I didn't see the many color bands that appear in your pictures. (also very frustrated that I can't find my magnifying glass!). Do I have anything to worry about if they are tube worms? Do they need any extra care?
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Wow Kevin, those are amazing pictures. What are you using to take your pictures. They are truly beautiful!
Thankyou, I use a Nikon CoolPix 995 digital camera.

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No they are filter feeders, I never do anything special for mine.
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