Jewel anemones

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  1. 459b

    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Found a bright pink blob on a piece of live rock a while back. I assumed it was some sort of sponge and left it there. After a couple weeks the blob split in two. I moved the rock out of sight and forgot about it. Yesterday, while rescaping i found the blob and discovered it had now sprouted tentacles and is in fact a jewel anemone (Corynactis spp). Picture below is not of mine, as it doesnt like light and closes if i move it.

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    Has anyone had these before? I now have three of them and would like to know if they going to cause any damage or become a pest (not that i mind, maybe they will out compete my #@$%# aptasia!).

    Another prettier picture of them:

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    If it becomes a pest.........Atleast its a pretty pest.:lol:
     
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    459b Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    they are pretty. A pity they so small.
     
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    how small is the one in ur tank?urs the same pink colouration.
     
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    459b Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    thanks for the link.

    they are about 3cm across. They have the same opaque pink tentacles as the top picture, and a pale pihnk mouth like the bottom picture.
     
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    Quick update...

    Last night, while target feeding them, i accidently brushed aginst the larger of the two. It immediatly stuck to the tip of my thumb and forefinger. The pain wasnt instantaneous and also wasnt particularly severe. It took some effort to remove the tentacles from my fingers, the only evidence of a sting being two small pink dots. The slight pain subsided and was replaced by a rather peculiar tingling sensation. This odd feeling began to migrate up my finger and was soon joined by the feeling of light headedness and tightening of my chest. About an hour later the tingling in my finger turned into intense itching. After contemplating a trip to the hospital, my symptoms slowly began to subside. Who would have thought that such a small innocent looking pink anemone could do that to me. If thats what touching two tentacles can do, i think its best i avoid getting a proper sting!
     
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    eish....
     
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    eish, you sensitive to it, becareful the next time u could have a severe reaction to it, use gloves from now on, the most i get is a wierd tingly feeling in the area that got stung which goes away after a few mins,
     
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    459b Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i was using surgical tongs to feed it and somehow it got stuck to those...some other stuff happened..and it got stuck to me.

    either sensitive or its not a jewel anemone. Need to get a definite ID on it.
     
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    459b Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    im always super careful when handling things..this time was a series of unfortunate events that led to me getting stung.

    It has its own tank so i will just stop putting my hands in.
     
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    459b Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Finally managed to get a picture of the offending anemones.
    I decided not to discard the little anemones (even though it caused me much pain/stress/panic. They have been living rather happily in their tank bur I have stopped feeding them to avoid another incident. The one has started splitting. I struggle to get decent pics of them casue they only usually open at night.

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    Hey 459b..

    I can help you on this one mate..
    they are Orange Ball Anemone's .. ive had them before
    15+- years ago. still remember them, bad stings. and they hate the light.
    But they should be fine. they die when they come into high light areas.
    thats if you wanna get rid of them :)
     
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