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Can someone help please? I've was sitting in my tank just looking today and noticed this guy on my heater. Thoughts?? I know its not the best picture but its the best I've got. Its moving around and I'm not sure if I should yank it out or not.

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Maybe an asterina star?

 

Also, you were sitting in your tank :P LOL

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LOL! Sitting in front of. I'm special today, go with it! It has like...wavy arms.

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Please somebody correct me if I'm wrong(which i probably am but) maybe a very small anemone?

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I tried to get a couple more pics...at least one looks a little clearer...

 

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I think it's an anemone. But don't just go on my input.

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Thanks. I'll wait for someone to confirm what you are thinking!

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Thanks. I'll wait for someone to confirm what you are thinking!

 

THat's an anemone. I'd get rid of it as it doesn't look friendly. Either a majano or Aiptasia

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Thanks. Safe to touch with gloves on or should I use something else to pull it out?

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I think just to be safe use gloves or tweezers to take it out.

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Thanks! I'm pulling my heater out to take him off. Tweezers it is!

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Just make sure you do it out of the tank. When they're stressed, they can release planula and they'll colonize your entire tank.

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Aiptasia, I haven't heard about them spreading spores around when they're stressed, though there are plenty of sea creatures that do. I've taken care of mine with a shot of highly concentrated kalkwasser, but there are commercial treatments and such available as well. You could probably even get it off with an algae scraper and catch it in your hand or a net.

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Yeah, you should get rid of it. Once aptasia gets all over your tank its hard to get rid of.

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I unplugged my heater to cool down (florida is nice and hot and my heater doesn't run too much right now) and when I went to pull the heater out it actually fell right off the heater and floated around so I netted him out and tossed him. He is gone! YAY! I'll keep my eye out for more of them.

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I unplugged my heater to cool down (florida is nice and hot and my heater doesn't run too much right now) and when I went to pull the heater out it actually fell right off the heater and floated around so I netted him out and tossed him. He is gone! YAY! I'll keep my eye out for more of them.

 

NOOOO!!!!! I would have adopted him just throw him in an envelope and send him to me XD i only live like an hour away from palm coast

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Sorry James. I'll keep you in mind if I find anymore.

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