List of Invasive Soft Corals to Avoid.

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  1. Nemos Janitor

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    Here is a list of soft invasive corals to avoid. Members are invited to submit a write up on the coral with a picture.
     
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    Can't see the list is there supposed to be a link?
     
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    As members post their submission I will edit the first post. I will prepare a few species and update in time. The problem is obtaining accurate pictures without using someone else's on the net. Please be patient this thread will be adequately populated.
     
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    I'll start Keith. Blue clove polyps. They are pretty but can be a pest. They also spread really fast. How about the GSP, and some species of Palys?
     
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    Yes thank you Carlos. That is exactly what I am thinking. I would like to set some form a a format where we have the common name, scientific name and a pic. Also how quick the species can grow and ideas on how to control and iridicate.

    Perhaps you would like to come up with some suggestions and give us a sample of Blue clove polyps. I am undersided on a format.

    I will follow suite with green star polyps and the other star polyps.
     
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    @dallasg any ideas on a format? Like to do an example Xenia sp for the rest to follow? :m106:
     
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    I can give you a photo of my GSP to use (if you really want it on the list) and maybe @carlosdeandrade has a photo of the blue daisy polyps from their shop display. I'm sure other members can contribute photos too.
     
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    Common name: Xenia
    Scientific name: Xeniid
    Starts off as a pretty little frag but then in the right conditions will start to take over. Eventually I sold all of it. Started off on a small rock then spread onto more rocks. It even grew on the glass.

    Controlling growth: put it onto a designated rock. As soon as it starts growing on other rocks sell the frags.
    @Nemos Janitor is this what you're looking for?
    Apologies for pic.

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    Yup great start. Would any reefer like more info included? Let's perfect this one.
     
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    Kalkwasser paste can be smeared over invasive polyps.
     
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    Briareum sp.
    (previously Clavularia viridis)

    aka Starburst Polyp, Green Star Polyps or GSP.

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    Clove polyps have various species, genus name is Clavulariasp
    Variuos genus of GSP. Briareium, and Pachyclavularia. I am sure there are many more.
    We need to remember Keith that scientific names for Paly's are very disputed.
    Even though nomenclature is a specific science, it changes all the time. Maybe we should try keep it simple for all reefers.
     
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    I was waiting for that.:biggrin: Exactly why I resorted to putting it out there for suggestions on a format. Yes we need to be carefull, and at no time should it be indicated that we are a authority on the specific coral. Just a general consensus.
     
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    my honest and humble opinion,with all due respect,saying that its coral to "avoid" is a bit harsh... maybe better to say they require proper planning or even just clever placement because of whatever reasons.. ... i personally think that lumo gsp is stunning and normally members sell frags of them or even bigger pieces successfully ,now it will look like they are conning the public by charging for a pest that is worthless and not normally wanted which isnt the case..
     
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    I love Lum GSP, and Yes, know it can take over, but isn't that what you sometimes want? It all depends on what you want in your tank and the look you are after, plus they are brilliant in water filtration to my knowledge? Just my thoughts.
     
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    My GSP, in the photo above, was sold to me with a disclaimer that I should be careful where I place it, as it is a fast grower and spreads easily. In a new tank growing fast can also be a good thing. So I gave it a dedicated rock and I love it. It doesn't grow tall, so wont shade or block the view to other corals, adds a nice splash of colour and hypnotic movement to my tank. In my tank it's somewhat of a center piece, which I'm happy to have.

    I think any coral placed without planning could create problems. I've seen plating Montipore shade and kill other coral. Pollicopora can reproduce asexually, and spread where you might not want it. In the end it's knowing what you put in your tank.
     
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    Definitely agree with this statement. I also like some of the corals listed, xenia being one of them. All the corals listed are easy to keep, excellent starter corals and are forgiving for beginners.

    Perhaps a more coral friendly title would be " Soft corals that are known to spread fast"
     
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    Welcome to change David. Not fussed on a title. Perhaps "List of corals that can be invasive". Would like to keep the "invasive" part as these corals are/can be very invasive.

    It is just that in my many years of experience these corals always become an issue. They forever over-run tanks and kill many other corals. IMO
     
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    "invasive" still makes it sound sooooooooo bad... lol
     
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