Aiptasia eating Berghia Nudibranchs - Questions, Answers, Discussion

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  1. MarsRover

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    On the move!!!!

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    saltyfilmfolks Lights! Camera! Reef! R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Photo of the Month Award Build Thread Contributor

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    OH YEA>>> Get Video if you can!
     
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    That is some awesome packaging. Kudos!
     
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    Thank you! It's cause I told them they were going on vacation to a resort, they just got off the plane ( a little jet lag) their partying and chillin' a little....They'll get hungry once you close the bar and turn the lights out.
     
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    Took a video while they were acclimating but can't seem to figure out how to upload it to the site....


    @Reeftown wasnt kidding, they really did get off the bus and immediately find a place to bed down. They pretty much all are piled in one spot as far as I can tell with the exception of two, each just one or two frag plugs away.

    How far can they see? Curious about their colonial habits and how they know where each other are/stay together.

    I love these little guys/gals. These newbies plus my recently discovered elysia colony, I got quite a slug fest starting!
     
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    So, I was thinking they hadn't moved much....but then.... upon closer looks to pictures from yesterday and today there is a missing aiptasia on one of the frag plugs!!!

    Yesterday (aiptasia front right):
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    Just now (surface stain on frag plug where aiptasia was.... and no, it doesn't just look shriveled!)
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  8. Reeftown

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    I don't believe they can see well, just light and dark shadows etc. or if they do they are near sighted, I believe they do most all of their "seeing" by chemotaxis... I think they can sense each other that way as well.....Upon finding an Aiptasia a Berghia will take a bite of the Aiptasia then travel around the Aiptasia several times leaving, I believe a type of pheromone to attract other Berghia in the area to help them eat it. It may take another bite or two but can't eat a medium to large Aiptasia on it's own, as it needs help from other Berghia to tackle the "monster" for the kill.......This is why I don't recommend too a young of Berghia to eliminate your problem, kinda like having a bunch of Lions cubs try to bring down a deer....unlikely but possible,.adults do it better and cubs come in for the spoils.
     
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    Reeftown Active Member R2R Supporter Gold Sponsor

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    That was a poor choice of wording. I feel it is more of a scent that acts like a pheromone to attract other Berghia to Feed and Breed.
     
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    Very cool. One thing I find fascinating about reefing is there is SO LITTLE research out there about the billions of creatures....even the ones everyone has, we know so little...
     
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    Thanks for sharing the pictures. Awesome!
     
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    Will the eat corkscrew anemone ?
     
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    Sorry, NO, the ONLY diet of Berghia is Aiptasia species anemones.
     
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    Reeftown Active Member R2R Supporter Gold Sponsor

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    Corkscrew or Curly Que Anemones can be a nuisance as well as desirable especially when paired with a symbiotic Periclimenes shrimp. I should have asked before answering my last post. However, Berghia Eat ONLY AIPTASIA species anemones, whether you would like the others gone or left alone.
     
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    A new special to anyone on this tread.... From 5/2 -5/10 you will receive 1 free medium Berghia with your order for being an R2R member....just put that you are an R2R member in the comments section of your order and it will be added at time of shipment...
     
  16. 125mph

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    I'm about to order.. Will these things eradicate my aiptasia problem or will it just control it? I have a BTA and a haddoni anemone as well.. these wont harm them?
     
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    What about a nudi for hydroids?
     
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    They will eradicate them one they apps are gone they die off

    Nope. Just aptasia.
     
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    I can tell you not to bother with these critters if you have wrasses in your tank. They will become the most expensive evening meal your wrasses have had in a while.

    I bet they work well, you just need to ensure that you don't have any predators of small squishy critters.
     
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  20. 125mph

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    Hmm well, I just ordered.. I have an ornate wrasse so hope he doesnt chomp on them.. The wrasse hasn't bothered any of my crabs or snails yet.
     
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