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RayWhisperer

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  1. Yeah, nems eat whatever they can catch. My mini maxi carpet (which was more maxi maxi) often ate snails. Even got a couple of hermits, too. It would just spit out the shell a few days later.
  2. http://www.seaslugforum.net/showall/flabverr a very common species on the east coast that preys on a variety of hydroids. It does say, when food is short it will feed on “the compound ascidian.” Honestly, I don’t know what that compound is. I can only assume it is referring to something in tunicates, which are ascidians. That is, as I said before, assuming what you have are hydroids. If so, it may be worth trying to acquire a couple, assuming you have no tunicates you are intent on keeping. No guarantees that it won’t go after your rock flower anemones. However, I would assume the likelihood of that happening to be pretty slim. They normally have very specific dietary requirements. That article makes no mention of them feeding on anemones of any sort, which condylactis, rock flower, and tube anmeones, all fall into their natural range.
  3. It would kill rock anemones, given a large enough dose. Yes. I think whats important here, is the way it’s used. First off, a common sense approach. You can’t go nuking the whole tank with aptasia x, you’ll kill just about everything. Treating a section, or area at a time, then giving the system time to adjust and/or recouperate. Next is following the directions. In your case, I’d probably even include more precautions. Given that these are basically an infestation of tiny creatures, you’ll need to ensure the safety of other inhabitants. Now, I don’t have a bottle on hand, but if I remember correctly, it’s something like. Turn off flow, treat aptasia, wait x amount of time, resume normal operation. In your shoes, I’d treat individuals in a small group, wait at least an hour, maybe more, before turning anything that creates flow back on. The reason is, they are tiny, and will not draw all of the aptasia x in with them. In fact, very little will be drawn in. You may even need to implement a smaller syringe to apply it directly into the individual tubes. Due to the fact, tube worms tend to retract rather quickly to external stimulus.
  4. That's fast spreading, especially for dusters. Though they still dont look it, I suppose it could be a type of hydroid I am unfamiliar with. That would better match the spread of your specimens. As far as natural controls, if they are hydroids. There are certain species of slugs that eat them. Many are found in Florida waters. Someone like John Maloney would better be able to find a species that does. I've heard sea hares will eat hydroids, too. Though I have no experience or knowledge of that. Some skeleton shrimp eat them, but most just harvest debris off of them. All of that is assuming they are hydroids, which I still dont believe them to be. Either way, hydroid, or duster, I figure aptasia x is probably the most effective. That shit kills just about anything it touches.
  5. I've had pretty much everything clog at one time or another. Kalk lines, calcium reactor lines, even had various alkalinity supplements from all the 2 parts either settle out, or clog. It's just the nature of the beast. Fungus and bacteria can grow in some pretty extreme environments. It's not reef, but we have a 2000 gallon tank of calcium chloride at work. Once a year we have to pump it down, climb in and wash all the mold (or whatever it is) that grows all over the tank.
  6. No. You’re just seeing the “skeleton”.
  7. WV is right. It’s a flatworm of some sort. Not an exact match, but most of the larger flatworms have similar prey. http://www.melevsreef.com/critter/mollusc-eating-flatworm i had one similar to this many years ago. Couldn’t keep any snails alive for more than a few days. Couldn’t figure out why. Found a flatworm about the size of my palm when I broke the tank down out of frustration.
  8. Check out lacy bryozoan. Thats the structure I’m seeing. The baffling thing is how it grew on a snail. They grow on fixed substrates. While that part of the shell is “fixed” in that it will no longer grow, or change. A snail often moves under and through things. I would think this would prevent something like this from growing.
  9. Yes. I guess the simplest way to describe it would be a portion of any polychaete worm that separates for reproductive purposes. They swim through the water in a corkscrew manner. Understand, this is just a best guess. Positive ID, in your case is likely going to prove impossible. An epitoke is just a "most likely" ID. While not often seen, they are very common.
  10. Markings and overall shape sure do look like a blue stripe. If so, they are easy, as far as pipes care goes. Though 5 gallons isnt nearly enough room. They are not like seahorses, or grass pipefish. These are reef pipes, flow isnt a problem for them. All the flag tails do fine with plenty of flow. They are very strong swimmers.
  11. Can't make heads or tails with the blue from the LEDs. I know it's been said before, but under the LEDs, it does look like a zoa or paly. But looking back at the other pics, I just dont see it. It looks more like a nem in those pics. This one is a mystery.
  12. First picture is a digitate hydroid. I dont know what you are wondering about in the second picture.
  13. Looks like a thorny oyster, Spondylus americanus. Which, is actually a type of scallop, not an oyster at all. Filter feeder, harmless, somewhat difficult to keep alive long term, gets rather large. Cool hitchhiker, congrats.
  14. Coraline algae is the foundation of reefs. Without it, other algae would cover over hard surfaces, preventing coral eggs from establishing. So, no. It's not the reason your zoas are closed up.
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