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i saw aptasia pics on the site but not sure i have things that look similar but is still much to small to be sure. should i get rid of it before it becomes a bigger problem or should i wait and till its bigger so i can see what it is
 

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i saw aptasia pics on the site but not sure i have things that look similar but is still much to small to be sure. should i get rid of it before it becomes a bigger problem or should i wait and till its bigger so i can see what it is
Johan, is it just the one? if it is can you remove the rock? if yes then use a lighter or soldering iron to burn it or if not then use Joes Juice or Kalk paste as above.
 
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is still much to small to be sure. should i get rid of it before it becomes a bigger problem or should i wait and till its bigger so i can see what it is
I normally advise to consider creatures as "innocent until proven guilty", but if it even just looks like an aiptasia or a bubble algae I say: Nuke it, rather be safe than sorry.

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there are two on the one rock that i have found. just the top shows tho the rest of it is in what looks like a fossalized tunnel of a worm a small white tube might describe it. I would love to give you a photo too but unfortunately it is to small. there is something else wich also looks the same except it is rad
 

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there are two on the one rock that i have found. just the top shows tho the rest of it is in what looks like a fossalized tunnel of a worm a small white tube might describe it. I would love to give you a photo too but unfortunately it is to small. there is something else wich also looks the same except it is rad
That sounds like a feather duster worm, are the tentacles like skinny worms or hairs?
 

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yes it is very small tentacles
 
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Aiptasia has soft tissue. There is no solid tube like structure around them.
 
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there are two on the one rock that i have found. just the top shows tho the rest of it is in what looks like a fossalized tunnel of a worm a small white tube might describe it.
OK, in that case, DON'T KILL IT - as Hill and Mike said, it's probably a small feather duster worm, and quite harmless.

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yeah i think that is it. is it safe then? i took pics but its very difficoult taking photos of it as it is soooo small there is another thing in the tank that i got nice photo of and will post the pics tomorrow as my internet seems to struggle
 

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yeah i think that is it. is it safe then? i took pics but its very difficoult taking photos of it as it is soooo small there is another thing in the tank that i got nice photo of and will post the pics tomorrow as my internet seems to struggle
These are great little guys, harmless filter feeders and a free clean up crew member:)
 

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Have alook at the link, the first pic looks like a sponge, the second a feather worm, aptasia looks more like skinny anemonies


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good to be catious but those pics do not represent aptasia.. i have the same fuzzy little creatures popping up on my malaysian rock.. what rock is yours?
 

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no idee what rock it is baught it at northern aqautics in bothasig, and baught it before iknew to even ask qeustions like that
 

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Hi Johan - I just saw your pics....

Here you are:
Pic 1) hairy sponge - VERY good for your tank!
Pic 2) tiny fan worm - AWESOME so have in your tank
Pic 3) and Pic 5) Looks like a sponge as well - but cannot see that clearly - a bit out of focus
Pic 4) another feather/fan worm - VERY GOOD!

Cheers mate!
 

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