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  1. Hello everybody. I have been strolling around a couple of hundreds of forum posts, youtube videos or scientific papers and wanted to talk about one, if not the worst pest you can have in your reef tank. The vermetid snail. I have my experience with aiptasia, flatworms, coral eating asterina starfish and bristle worms, sea spiders eating zoas etc., but not a single animal comes close to the vermetid snail. The biggest difference between these kind of pests and others is that vermetid snails have no known predator. There are rumours that bumblebee snails eat them, melanurus wrasses pick at them (which is not true no single wrasse eats them as their hardy shell protects them from outside force), emerald crabs should eat them (which has never been proven). Some scientific papers say that Muricid snail eat them, but keep in mind that muricid snails are predators that hunt big molluscs and other parts of your cleanup crew. Bumblebee snails are too small to hurt bigger snails, but their reliability as vermetid eaters is questionable. What makes them so horrible: - Vermetid snails grow in every part of your tank. Your rocks, between your corals, inside your sump, on your powerheads etc. No place is save of them. Getting every single one of them out of your system without nuking your tank and basicly starting from scratch is impossible. - The lack of natural predators makes them a trouble to deal with on your own. You need to remove them manually, but as I said before, if they are growing behind your reef or in places you cant reach where you have no chance in getting rid of them. - They multiple insanely fast and grow really quick. One single snail can produce hundreds of eggs. - They steal calcium out of your water that other corals need in order to build their tubes. - Here comes the worst part: They destroy your corals...by spitting out a net made out of mucus. Small particles get traped inside that net and they retract it back to their mouths, eating it. The problem however is that this net is irritating other corals. They irritate the corals to the point where they refuse to open up and wither away or bail out. You would have to manually check every single corals day after day to make sure there are no snails next to them. - Their calcified shells are very sharp able to cut your skin and making your bleed. Annoying when working on your tank. What you are able to do: - Bad news first: You will never get rid of them. Either give up your tank and start from scratch or accept that they are inside your tank now. Sounds hard, but you need to be prepared for the worst. - Take pliers or any kind of sharp object, locate the snail and smash it until nothing remains of her. You need to make sure to completly destroy the shell. Dont give it a haircut by cutting off the top you need to completly destroy the snail otherwise it will come back. - Glueing the opening of the snails tube shut will make it starve to death. Similar to the option above you still to manually find every single snail and close them off. If you have smaller kinds of vermetids, this will be a pain in the butt. - If you are able to remove parts of your liferock where they are on, do it and completly kill that rock using bleach, hydrochloric acid or vinegar. Its the fastest way of dealing with them. They are immune to dips so giving them a freshwater bath or using hydrogen peroxid is completly useless. - If you are keeping sps corals like pocillopora or acros get yourself a coral crab! They are keeping your coral healthy by cleaning off the snails mucus from your coral. That way the snail will not harass the coral and you dont have to deal with them. The crabs will not eat the snails, they only keep the coral clean and healthy. Studies have shown that coral crabs completly negate the negative effect of vermetid snails (NOTE: This only works for sps corals that are able to host coral crabs. Zoas, lps or softies that dont have similar protector animals are not safe) Feel free to add anything to this post if I have missed important informations. Also feel free to add your knowledge or ways of getting rid of them to the discussion. Im sorry if I made any spelling errors. English is not my first language lol
  2. Broseff

    Pest Tank

    Alright, so I'm trying to figure out how to setup a saltwater "tank" that is as little maintance as possible. I have another thread up where I'm trying to use macros similar to how FW tanks use plants, but this tank is just for things that people can't seem to get rid of. I'm hoping that pests and nuissance algae will survive me taking little to care of them. For the last month I've been using a Gelato container (less than 16oz) to house aiptasia and valonia. So far everything has been fine: The valnia does need dosing though. Aiptasia goes through sad periods where it doesn't open up. I don't test anything other than water salinity. I tried adding amphipods, I don't know where they are anymore (probably eaten?). I'll be updating the "tank" to be a little less than a quarter of a gallon. I post pics when the water clears. I would love to get some majano anemone and ball-tip anemone. I'll try adding asterina starfish and maybe some detravores too (most likely bristle worms? they might get too big though). Pest suggestions are welcome!
  3. undertheseaquarium

    What... is... THIS!?

    I have a video LSS: I cleaned my bedroom nano tank of algae, with a water change and in the morning I found this interesting lil guy. Idk what it is, has anyone else ever seen one. Any identification?
  4. I just noticed these a few months back. Have searched for pictures but have not found any. The closest resemblance is a tunicate. They are small approx. 1/8", jelly like, very invasive, spread like aptasia, close up when touched like an aptasia, soft jelly like, I find them on the underside of frag plugs and shaded areas of rock. I've used aptasia x to get rid of them
  5. Iamdasauce

    Algae I.D. Needed

    Good Afternoon, I went on a vacation for a week and when I came back, my tank was covered in this Algae. It sways in the water which makes me think it is some sort of Hair Algae. Could someone please confirm and give some advice on what to do to remove it? I have been reducing light and majorly reducing feeding to little or no effect. Thank you,
  6. cadroved18

    Tiny black/brown worms in tank

    I am pretty new to this. my tank in cycled ammonia, Nitrite, 0. and Nitrate 1-5. I had tiny black worms in my tank, they looked as if they were just sitting on the sand maybe dead. They were a bit thick and only about a 1/4 long. I am not sure what they were I just vacuumed them all out so I dont have a picture. Any idea what they are?
  7. Gravity

    ID: Ball Anemone

    Found a few of these throughout my tank. They look like an anemone or some sort of mushroom. Any ideas?
  8. Hi everybody, I’ve recently started my very first saltwater tank and purchased live rock through KP Aquatics. So far I’ve been very happy with the rock’s shape and the amount of life that came on the rock. However, during a water change I spotted what seems to be a cirolanid isopod alive and well on the filter sock. Although this is the only one I’ve seen, I want to assume there is more of them in the tank to be on the safe side. At the moment I have added 0 livestock to the tank as it’s still cycling (added live rock and sand 4 days ago), so I’m thinking I could starve them out if I wait quite a while to add any livestock (longer than the cycle)...? I’m wondering if anyone has any experience in this situation, how long starving them out would take (if possible) or if they feed off anything else in the tank that would sustain them even if there’s no fish in the tank. Also wondering if I’d be safe adding members of a cleanup crew once the tank is finished cycling or if these would feed of all snails or hermit crabs? Thanks everyone.
  9. undertheseaquarium

    Vermatid snail(s)???

    For the past couple of weeks, I noticed this thing on my coral that seems to have gotten bigger. When I first got it, I thought it was apart of the coral. I'm guessing this is a vermatid snail with possibly another. Could anyone confirm this, so I can begin the removal process.
  10. Hay reefers! Can anyone help identify this? I know it's a bristleworm but can't tell if it's a goodie or a baddie? Second is should I remove it, it doesn't seem to be causing any damage to corals or tank mates. I ask as some of the other BW's in the tank look similar but not as red/pink?
  11. RebeccaAnnBaselice

    Ball or Ghost anemone/coral? Tiny!!

    So at first I thought aptasia, but upon more research, this may be a tiny coral or ball/ghost anemone....IDK. When I say small, this thing is about 1/8” in diameter. Any thoughts? I don’t want to kill it if it’s harmless. 😑
  12. These little anemone looking things with white dots at the center and little fingers around it popped up all over my new live rock on the coralline algae. Anyone got an id? I can’t find anything online.
  13. These little anemone looking things with white dots at the center and little fingers around it popped up all over my new live rock on the coralline algae. Anyone got an id? I can’t find anything online.
  14. Saw this thing in my tank today, does anyone know what it is and should I be concerned...... also found a couple of aptasias on my sand bed😵🤬
  15. photofemme5

    Unknown invert in zoa

    I am a new reefer as of December 2018. I have a 16 gal BioCube that was cycled with live rock, live sand, and some crabs. I now have assorted softies, LPS and two seahorses. In the live rock I have seen a bristleworm (yuck!), I think a mini brittle star, and a few snails. I bought the zoa 2 weeks ago. About one week ago the zoa closed up never to reopen. At the same time I started to see little leg-like hairs coming from the zoa. After a week it looks like this! (See photo) I have done much research and finally found what it may be...aiptasia! What do you think. I have read horrible things about this guy (pest). Please advise.
  16. CoralStorm

    Bristle Worm or fire worm?

    i found this worm its really tiny about less than 2 inches which is too small right now to cause much harm so i will ask now i uploaded a photo its mostly grey-black with a bit of a grey-orange stripe what is it? should i remove it? and what should i do if i need to remove it? and is it safe with inverts?
  17. Anyone know what this could be? It looks like some kind of shrimp and I see 4 of them in my tank. They are super small and I first noticed them months ago when I would turn off all my pumps and they would just be floating on the surface until I poked at them. I do have a cleaner shrimp in my tank but I’m not sure if these could be the babies or something else. Hope it’s not a bunch of mantis shrimp.
  18. M*ther F**ki*g G*d D**Mit! abjkfdsakjf! MEN are is the worst. I have a montipora eating nudibranch infestation which I have been battling for over a month. I am losing the war. First they ruined a white polyp monti, but now they are attacking my prized center piece red shelving monti. Its been with me since I started my tank a year ago :( I thought I was safe when I removed the invested white polyp, but alas, they spread. For you experience reefs are monti eating nudis the herpes of reefing? Are they forever? If i strip ALL my montis out of the tank and dispose of them, how long will I have to wait to starve these F@@kers out? Do their eggs last forever? It seems little is known about there life cycle other than dips don't kill eggs.
  19. What the HECK is this thing? Is it nice? Is it mean? What do I do!? Bristle wrongs are no big but I have never seen anything like this guy, though I am very new to this community! Please help a girl out!
  20. Was able to get a decent shot of this tiny creature on my glass using a magnifying glass. Anyone seen one of those or know what it is? Looks like it has a bunch of legs
  21. Horsey_Cat

    WTB: Aiptasia Mutabilis

    Im interested to see if anyone has any "pest" or hardy anemones that will stay small and be suitable for a pico. I came across this video and it looks like exactly what Im looking for. Apparently its a Aiptasia Mutabilis but when you look it up, they don't look nearly as good as it does in that video. I won't be ready to purchase one immediately, Im just interested to see if anyone has anemones they are willing to sell that look similar to the one in the video and/or are equally as hardy and beautiful. Thanks Edit: or Aiptasia Pallida Bartholomea annulata Arachnanthus nocturnus
  22. MultipleTankSyndrome

    Pest Identification

    I have been noticing these small worms the size of copepods but longer..... Should I be worried or hold off on adding livestock? Thank you in advance for any information or advice :)
  23. Hi my tanks been up for about 3 months. Today I noticed these little spots on my rocks. Anybody know what they are
  24. coryscritch

    what is this little thing?

    hi guys. i found this tiny guy in my refugium just now. i sucked him up with a dropper, not sure what he is
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