Aiptasia on clam foot? Help appreciated

shim

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Oct 12, 2020
Messages
115
Reaction score
89
Location
MKE area
Hey all,
Looking for assistance to identify / confirm that this is aiptasia and not part of the clams foot. I found some other small spots in the tank of what I now believe to be aiptasia. Was fighting off a small bit of hair algae and they were blending in, CUC left them alone but GHA is now pretty well gone. Back to the point, I have some Franks F aiptasia on order, is that too caustic to use on the clam shell? What other options do I have? I think a LFS has Biota Peppermint shrimp in stock that'd I'd be willing to go grab tomorrow if it's the only clam safe option. I only hesitate on the shrimp as I saw others reporting that they went after frogspawn and hammers. Other corals are some candy canes, shrooms, torches, gonoporia and alveopora, and a few monti's.

Clam below, he's usually more open but startled when i turned the lights all the way white for photo.
Aptasia clam foot.JPG



Possible other aiptasia?

Aptasia1.JPG



Bonus question: Saw some other algae, almost looks like it's on a vine next to some Zoas. Any thoughts on id?

Bonus algae .JPG
 
Reef Chasers Aquaculture

P-Dub

The ocean is open to all, merciful to none.
View Badges
Joined
Sep 30, 2017
Messages
5,008
Reaction score
21,183
Location
West Pacific
Yup, Aiptasia. Different methods. Franks should be fine so long as it does not come in contact with the byssal threads of the foot. If it were me, I'd pull from the tank and clean it off with a pick and toothbrush and rinse well. Then q-tip on some H2O2 and let it sit for a few minutes before placing back in the tank. Be advised, you have Aiptasia and now always will so it is likely to show up on the clam again. It is next to impossible to eradicate. At this point, it will be a management game.
 

CanuckReefer

Simple...Salt, Water, LR, Lighting and Flow.
View Badges
Joined
Nov 18, 2020
Messages
1,498
Reaction score
2,210
Location
Port Perry Ontario
Yup Aiptasia.... Berghia Nudibranch is your friend. I had some in my 90g, bought just one little one (more are recommended) as an experiment. My Aiptasia 5 or 6 of them are now all of a sudden gone after a month..... now hope I can find that Berghia to re-home if it hasn't perished already from lack of food....

Nice clam BTW.
 
Fritz
OP
shim

shim

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Oct 12, 2020
Messages
115
Reaction score
89
Location
MKE area
Just a followup to all who helped, was able to clean the clam shell with dental tool pick and swabbed with hydrogen peroxide.

Bulk reef supply shipped my order of Franks F Aiptasia and I had by Saturday afternoon already. Covered the front corner of the tank in it as that is the majority of the Aiptasia that I could find and reach.

Unable to find any nudibranchs locally but did find a Biota peppermint shrimp at an LFS. There were 2 smaller Aiptasia in an area I couldn't get to easily and I think he's already ate them.

Hopefully caught this early enough to prevent a major outbreak and will be able to contain at an undetectable level hereon out.

Thanks again for the prompt and good advice.
 

code4

Valuable Member
View Badges
Joined
May 3, 2015
Messages
1,319
Reaction score
2,273
Location
wyoming
I have had mixed experience with those little devils. One tank I broke down to get rid of them. Even baked the sand. But another the peppermint shrimp killed them all. That was a number of years ago. Never had another problem with them. They did eat my tube worm though.
 

Have you ever had a reef tank with no sump and how did it go?

  • YES and it was just fine

    Votes: 387 58.1%
  • YES but it was difficult

    Votes: 114 17.1%
  • NO

    Votes: 152 22.8%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 13 2.0%

New Posts

RC
Top