Aiptasia sp. anemones, also referred to as rock or glass anemones can be a real scourge on any marine tank. They multiply like rabbits, damage or kill other marine inhabitants, and are difficult to get rid of. Intense lighting is one reason these hardy pests to do so well in a captive environment. They also multiply significantly in aquariums with poor water quality and tanks that are over fed. If these anemones are not removed or destroyed, they will overrun an aquarium in a very short period of time. You cannot just pull or scrape them off because any little piece that is left behind will just re-grow. So what do you do?
Brown Acoel flatworms with a
OUR LATEST RESEARCH ON FLATWORM ERADICATION
There is a white flatworm that is harmless - it's the brown ones that are bad news.
PSUDOCOLOCHIRUS VIOLACEUS / VIOLET SEA APPLE
PSUDOCOLOCHIRUS AXIOLOGUS / COMMON SEA APPLE
PSUDOCOLOCHIRUS TRICOLOR / TRICOLOR SEA APPLE
There are also worm-like cucumbers called Medusa worms. These legless sea cucumbers are members of the family Synaptidae (Order: Apodida). They all look quite similar with soft and flaccid bodies with rounded knobs. They project their tentacles directly into the substrate to collect organic coated particles. They are relatively nontoxic when compared to the Sea Apple BUT THEY SHOULDN'T BE CONSIDERED SAFE. The most common genera are Euapta, Synapta and Synaptula from the Indo Pacific. Those from the Caribbean are usually Euapta lappa or Synaptula hydriformis.
The Sea Apple is a beautiful somewhat anemone-shaped cucumber, and has rows of tube feet along the vertical length of the body. Its head area has a ring of feathery tentacles, which it uses for collecting phytoplankton. They range in size up to about 6 inches (15 cm), and when they find a spot to their liking, may remain there for years.
THEY ARE EXTREMELY TOXIC AND DO NOT HAVE TO DIE TO POISON A TANK .
EUAPTA LAPPA / BEADED WORM CUCUMBER
EUAPTA GODEFFROYI / GODEFFROYS WORM CUCUMBER
This is one to watch out for. They are extremely hard to kill. "Joe's Juice" fails completely (for aptasia too). AIPTASI CONTROL by Blue Life works great. Just follow directions. We have this for sale in our shop. One customer has reported that Heniochus (bannerfish) will eat these pests - but be aware they are not safe for other corals.
Below is a POLYCHAETE worm--specifically a
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Aiptasia- A Brief View
ACROPORA EATING FLATWORMS
RED BUGS - AN SPS CORAL PROBLEM
MONTIPORA EATING NUDIBRANCH
TREAT WITH FLARWORM EXIT -DOUBLE OR TRIPLE THE DOSAGE FOR 4 TO 6 HOURS. CHANGE WATER AND USE YOUR SKIMMER AND CARBON TO CLEAN UP THE WATER.
TRY VARIOUS CORAL DIPS - I'M NOT SURE WHICH ONE TO USE BECAUSE I HAVEN'T HAD THE LITTLE CRITTERS TO GET RID OF. IF YOU FIND A DIP PLEASE EMAIL ME.
"INTERCEPTOR" IS A PRESCRIPTION ANIMAL MEDICINE THAT WORKS. I'M TOLD CANADIAN ANIMAL PHARMACIES DISPENSE IT WITHOUT A PRESCRIPTION.
ACROPORA EATING CRAB
THIS GUY WAS PULLED FROM AN ACRO COLONY AFTER 3 ADJACENT COLONIES (DIFFERENT SPECIES) HAD
SHOWN WHITE PATCHES AND WHITE TIPS.
PHOTOS FROM DOMINIC
LESS THAN 1/2" AND
VERY DIFFICULT TO SEE
THE Dreaded Majano Anemones
The greatest cause is not changing filters 2 to 3 times per week, feeding more than once a day, feeding flake food, dry food, "gumbo" foods. Also not doing 1 time per month very large water changes. You will find other reasons in my website. SEA HARES are great for eating hair algae, we often have them in the shop.