Green Star polyps taking over

Discussion in 'Soft Corals' started by Charl_Stanhope, 16 Jan 2013.

  1. Charl_Stanhope

    Charl_Stanhope

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    Hi Guys.

    I have a little problem. I have this beautiful green star polyps colony,but unfortunatley it has somehow spread to a few rocks I dont want them to grow on. I shouldve done something when i saw them growing there, but left it too late. Now its growing at the speed of light where i dont want them to. How to get rid of the gsp on the rocks. I have tried pulling it off the rock. Problem is , I cant take the rocks out of the tank. Any ideas?
     
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    Cant you scrape it off with a blade in the tank?
     
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    Cover it with plastic so it starves?
     
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    I have tried,sulks for a day or two,the rock is very porous so its difficult to get everything,plus I feel bad scraping the coral of the rock.Maybe i should start thinking of it like a pest. sounds horrible

    should I use clear plastic or dark? How would you do it and for how long?
     
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    NO idea whether it would even work. Clear plastic would be my bet so you can see the effects, if any.

    Post pics!
     
  7. Nur

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    Then all life in the rock will die too. I would say try Aiptaiser X, i killed some GSP by mistake when nuken some Aips.
     
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    maunual removal would be your best bet but they will grow back just as fast
     
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    That depends on whether you wrap the whole rock or just cover the area with gsp.
     
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    Ill take some pics tonight. Its insane how tough these things are.

    ill have to use a whole bottle of Aiptasia X. Was hoping to find a way of pulling it off the rocks,but I am getting desperate here. They are growing over some zoas as if the zoas arent even there.:eek:
     
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    1 of the 2 corals I would never add in my tank, pulsing xenia being the 2nd .... Goodluck bru,removal would be easy if rock was out of water,but that being imposible... I think try to zap them like @Nur said,may be your best bet
     
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    Try putting a hammer or galaxea on top of it :D
     
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    They look awesome,but they spread like wildifire. Somehow , it spread to 3 other rock in my tank,growing up against my glass(that i dont mind,easy to frag) think when i tried pulling the gsp off the rock, the pieces floated around and attached itself to a different rock. Its important to put them on an isolated rock to stop the gsp from spreading,then its an awesome softy to have.

    Here is a closeup of the polyps.not the best pic but you can see the colours.
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    Maybe I should, i have a couple of hammer frags:lol:
     
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    I agree, but the plan is to manually remove them somehow and then isolate the rock so it does not spread to areas i dont want them on.
     
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    Charl, If you wanna get rid of some GSP please let me know. im looking for some. Problem is im in the Durbanville CT area
     
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    If you are ever in the Hermanus area or I am in the cape town area,i will give you some. no problem. I need to get them of the rocks first:( Ill try again this weekend.
     
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    manual removal is the only safe way
     
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    Place smaller rocks in growth path. Rip off once encrusted, give away / sell and place another small rock in growth path.
    As mentioned a strategically placed euphyllia, caralaphyllia, symphyllia, or lobophyllia or even lemnalia (kenya tree) will make for interesting allelopathic control and entertainment... Just go heavy on skimming, carbon and water changes when using these to push back growtH..
     
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    I agree, if i use aiptasia x, it will cause a couple of parameter swings in the boyu.

    I like the idea of placing rocks in the path of growth and then ripping them off, it would be interesting to see the allelopathic control of gsp but i would rather try get it off the rock than kill the gsp.
     
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    Thanx dude, my parents will be heading to kleinbaai in the next few weeks, maybe on the way back they can pop in by you.
     
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