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FrightyDog 01-04-2014 08:21 PM

Parasite on Xenia
It looks like a bristle star attached to my xenia. Not only that, but things that look like webs are stringing my tank and taking shrimp. And little (aspatia looking (check edit, it could be those) tentacles are also around...what happened? Here is the creature on the xenia. Any help on what it is
Edit: Also I have barnacles. Please help

badxgillen 01-04-2014 11:31 PM

The brittle star should be of no harm to the xenia. Barnacles should be harmless filter feeders as well.

FrightyDog 01-04-2014 11:54 PM


Originally Posted by badxgillen (Post 3683546)
The brittle star should be of no harm to the xenia. Barnacles should be harmless filter feeders as well.

They have 6 arms? And there are a lot of barnacle. First corraline algae consumes my rocks, then an onslaught of bristleworms, followed by barnacles, and a few brittle stars. My white live rocks are now pink haha x) as well as the originally black back wall. I have one more concern. On one live rock, there is a a white fuzzy (brown fuzzy "hairs") oval shaped thing. It doesnt move or do anything whatsoever, but it is squishy (i poked it accidentally one day Any ideas on what it is

squishylittlefishies 01-05-2014 12:41 AM

everything described in that last post sounds good to me! corraline algae is beneficial..most people are trying to get it! mine doesnt grow are still grey:(
barnacles are harmless, bristleworms are highly beneficial, and brittle stars are great, I love the tiny ones in my tank! the squishy white thing is most likely a sponge of sorts. a picture would help, but thats what it sounds like to me. in your first post, what were you saying about like, tenacles taking your shrimps??? that sounds you want to explain a bit? eeek!

FrightyDog 01-05-2014 01:29 AM

Shrimp as In Brine Shrimp That i Feed Them haha x) and Lucky me Then. My Tank Has Great Living Conditions x)

FrightyDog 01-05-2014 04:47 PM

squishylittlefishies 01-05-2014 11:39 PM

yup:) lucky you.
Although, looking ata bigger picture im second guessing our previous analysis on the brittle star...does it ever move? two is really really tiny looking, I've never seen one that small, and usualy they spend the most time in a rock waving thier arms about. Have you ever touched it? is it outside the coral, or like, under the skin..0_O?
The stringy net stuff taking shrimp is most likely coming from a type of tube worm. The name has escaped me at the moment though..I'll have to get back to ya on that!

badxgillen 01-06-2014 12:54 AM

There are snails of the order vermatid that cast out mucus nets.

FrightyDog 01-06-2014 02:04 AM

are there inverts that destroys them?

badxgillen 01-06-2014 11:22 AM

The animals that would destroy them would most likely hurt your corals and other inverts as well. You can take tweezers,bone\coral cutters,or even toe nail clippers and snap them out.If they are vermatid snails they are not entirely bad it is the excessive mucus that can get on adjacent corals and cause some irritant. I would not feed them though and at least keep the population down.

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