What is this? And is it dead or alive?

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  1. NewbiePta

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    Hi everyone.

    My name says it all and sorry for the epic title! :lol:

    I bought some LR from the LFS just to put in some water to cycle a small tank for now. The tank has no lights on it and a simple filter. So now on the live rock I have these things. No idea what they are???

    LR 1.jpg

    LR2.jpg

    I honestly cant remember if they were there at the start. If they were dead would they not have decomposed or something in 4 weeks time?

    If they are pests what do I do?

    LR 1.jpg

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  3. 459b

    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    They are pests. Inject them with Aiptasia-X
     
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    You want those dead. :m12:
     
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    You need to get rid of them before they spread to other rocks, very much an unwanted pest in aquariums.
     
  6. NewbiePta

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    Thanks guys. I found this...

    Will it work?

     
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  7. mikebike

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    time to buy a peppermint shrimp
     
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    Are there only two?
    Might be easiest to take the rock out and scrape them off.
     
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    There is nothing in the tank apart from the 2 rocks hehe. So was just getting stuff off the rock and letting the tank cycle.
     
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    You could also hammer and chisel off the bits of rock they are attached to. If you leave any remnants of them on the rock they are likely to grow again. :(
     
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    Thanks for all the help. Will end their life!!!
     
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    I think that boiling water way is brilliant I have a few that I am gona sort out over the weekend
     
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    Aiptasia X has worked best for me. Tried other methods and by far had the best results with Aiptasia x. You can also use lemon juice.
     
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    I recently got an Aiptasia Wand.
    Must admit, it is the most fun way to get rid of them. Feels so.... lekker.
     
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    I also use Aiptasia-X, but I have to say, this looks most enjoyable

     
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    Injecting with vinegar has a 95% kill rate IME. And they don't seem to fall apart and spread if you do that.
     
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    its frustrating to see how many things we buy that have these pests attached to them
     
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    Ok I tried the boiling water way and it worked pretty well i have to say
     
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    Leave the AiptasiaX... I used it and it burned my zoas... Lets just say my zoas wasnt bullet proof any more...:(
     
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    did you switch your powerheads off?

    Aiptasia-X works on all anemone like animals. I used it to control a colonial anemone I had a while back.
     
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    Yes power heads was off ,but when the aiptasia(Between my zoas) exploded the AiptasiaX got on my zoas
     
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