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post #1 of 13 Old 04-29-2010, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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Arrow Can someone ID this??

Hello....

I just set up my tank 2 days ago. This morning, I woke up to what I think is some kind of polyp??

There are 2 .... I have arrows on them in the 1st pic. I only have a filter on the tank right now, my protein skimmer is coming UPS (should b here tomorrow) and I am going to get a powerhead at noon when the LFS opens. Tank is 10g. Live rock & live sand are the only things in there!!

Sorry I didn't get any pics from the side. They do stick out a little from the rock, like they have a stem that is skinnier than the "head"

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post #2 of 13 Old 04-29-2010, 12:35 PM
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Looks like aiptasia or mojave anenome. They are both considered a pest and have a tendency to take over aquariums if left unattended. You might want to get a syringe with 1-2 ml of pure lemon juice and squirt it straight into the mouth of the anenome.

I'm not 100% on this, can you get a closer pic?



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Thanks Wake. I am going to take the pics to the LFS too in a few mins and see what they say.

They are super tiny, I took those pics on macro. Bout as close up as I can get.

Darn and I thought I might have had more free hitchhikers! LOL

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post #4 of 13 Old 04-29-2010, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, you were completely right. I took my blackberry and showed them the pics I posted and told them what you said, and you were right on!! Then they proceeded to try to sell me the $15 aiptasia "medicine"... I told 'em you suggested lemon juice, they said they never heard of that... but I'm going to give the lemon juice a twirl first!

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post #5 of 13 Old 04-29-2010, 09:05 PM
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You might want to get a syringe with 1-2 ml of pure lemon juice and squirt it straight into the mouth of the anenome.
That's neat -- I'd never heard of lemon juice. I always used either Kalkwasser or sodium hydroxide.

But, wake is definitely right about one thing -- if you don't get rid of pest anemones quick, your work will be cut out for you. Heh. I've seen tanks become swaying masses of tentacles before you could say aiptasia.

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post #6 of 13 Old 04-29-2010, 11:22 PM
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i did lemon juice on them and they are all gone, just take em out with tweezers once they come out of thier little hole.

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post #7 of 13 Old 04-29-2010, 11:55 PM
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if you use tweezers and dont get all of the foot out of the rock then a new one will re-grow in its place. there almost always is a small piece of foot left behind that you cant even see that will re-grow a new one so i suggest the lemon juice method.

looks like aiptasia to me but it also reminds me of a brown flower/rock anemone.
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post #8 of 13 Old 04-30-2010, 09:19 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone!

& Super thanks Wake!

I turned off all my circulating stuff, & did just like you said, took a syringe & touched em with it, squirted it right in the mouth. The lemon juice made those lil things suck themselves right up and turned into a tiny brown raisin LOL! I didn't think the dead ones could multiply... I'll get them outta there with some tweezers this morning.

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Yeah, you were completely right. I took my blackberry and showed them the pics I posted and told them what you said, and you were right on!! Then they proceeded to try to sell me the $15 aiptasia "medicine"... I told 'em you suggested lemon juice, they said they never heard of that... but I'm going to give the lemon juice a twirl first!
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post #10 of 13 Old 05-02-2010, 10:06 AM
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but it also reminds me of a brown flower/rock anemone.
That is what I thought it was when I saw the picture. I defer to Wake though. :)

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