Is this aptasia?

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  1. Muhammad95

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    I found this on my LR...Is it aptasia?

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  3. erratiC

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    Nope, it's not - it's actually good for your tank - filters your water all day long... search Google for aptasia and you'll find loads of examples.
     
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    Thanks a lot.Was worried
     
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    Hey if its not Aptasia what is it? Just want to learn.
     
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    Commonly called feather duster worms.
     
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    THIS IS APTASIA .....


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    Aiptasia are part of the phylum Cnidaria. They are usually less than 2 inches tall, and around one half inch diameter. Aiptasia are dark brown, sometimes appearing translucent. You may think that an aiptasia infestation will go away on its own, but it won’t. Aiptasia have a higher toxin level than other corals, and will lead to eventual death in your other corals if not sorted out!.
    The first type of removal is chemical. The best mix is two parts water to one part lime and kalkwasser. The lime, kalkwasser is also known as calcium hydroxide. After you mix this solution, you will put it on the aiptasia with a syringe. The aiptasia will begin to rapidly dissolve, and can then be removed with less chance of it reproducing. Use care not to expose any of your other coals to this mixture.

    The second type of removal is biological. The copper banded butterflyfish, and the raccoon butterflyfish are some of the best natural predators (but you could have a dud that doesnt look twice at aptasia. They do not eat other coral, and will quickly diminish your aiptasia problem. Pepperment shrimp also eat aiptasia or at least should..., but they also eat other coral, and are not a good addition to a reef tank. The last choice in biological removal for the aiptasia is the Berghia verrucicornis. The down side to the Berghia verrucicornis is that they will eat nothing but aiptasia, so once that is gone, the Berghia verrucicornis will die.

    When dealing with the aptasia, the small coral that have most likely hitched a way into your hate, be sure to act fast and strongly
     
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    Thanks @Punisher , really helpful info for us newbies
     
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    I just boiled the one rock that had it on then scraped it and all the surrounding rock around it off then boiled again and left to dry in the sun is this ok to do if u are willing to spare the live rock?
     
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    Ive read you can burn them with a green laser. Sounds like lots of fun.
     
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    nope thats a feather duster worm
     
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