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I am fully aware that the environment that I have is far less than optimal for the fish/clams/inverts/corals I have presently in the tank. This tank was setup as an emergency temporary holding tank because the friend who was holding the surviving corals/fish/inverts from my old tank crash decided to get out of the hobby and no one else had room for my stuff. I test twice a day and they have been 0 across the board. I will move things to their proper home as soon as possible. I also do not condone or encourage others to do what I have done and I flagellate myself nightly as penance. Now please go piss off.
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Odd question but... It looks like I have both bryopsis and Gelidium on a huge (12") squamosa clam. Both infestations are about 1" square. My normal action would be to pull the infested rock/coral/etc out and perform a radical algaeectomy or sacrifice the whole piece but with such a big clam it isn't really an option for me.
What I am thinking to do is to go the Mg route for the bryopsis overall and take a dremmel to the shell area of the clam to take off both infestations. Good idea or bad? I would be using a grinding stone in the dremmel and the clam would be out of water for about 30 to 50 seconds max. My worries are that since its a deep water clam I am concerned about air exposure and stress. Were this guy to go South I would end up crashing the whole tank because its only a 33 gallon* with a very small clean up crew of 1 large Mexican turbo, 1 tuxedo urchin, 1 small Mexican turbo, 4 blue leg hermits.
Or would it be better to leave things as they are until the new tank is on line, move non-infested pieces out to the new tank, manually remove/scrub the clam until its clean, then keep in QT for 3ish weeks?
Or is there something else I could try?
New tank is between 2 and 8 weeks from being on line and soft cycled and I am worried about further infestation on healthy rock/coral in the holding tank thus exacerbating the problem.
Edit: So far it is not spreading beyond its present location.
Edited by Urchinhead, 18 March 2009 - 08:44 AM.