Tiger cowrie a Natural predator for Zanclea Hydroids

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In past I had 3 outbreaks of these hydroids, they just to hard to kill 3 times I’ve nuked the tank with febenzadole but somehow they always get back stronger. There isn’t any known predator available in the hobby right until now, only a few nudibranches eat them but not available for us.

I kinda stumbled to it as I had one tiger cowrie living in my sump for over two years, I always questioned myself to why the hydroids never spread to the refugium. Now I know this amazing cuc do eat hydroids I’ve learned it wend I’ve passed the cowrie from the sump to the DT. The cowrie got to work straight away and now am almost fully hydroid free. Just sharing this on here as many other reefers might struggle with the same. Definitely worth giving this guys a go before the chemical warfare.

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I just wished I had taken a before pic from this area of the tank, there was literally hundreds of zanclea hydroids a couple weeks ago, now just a hand full remain. Definitely recommended to try one of these animals before the chemical warfare option. I may add that so far my tiger haven’t touched any of my corals just the hydroids.

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This might be the answer to my problems:). I have a huge out break of these branching hydriods in my softie tank and i will try the tiger cowries before pulling my hair out.

Any update on if the tiger will munch on my zoas?
 
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This might be the answer to my problems:). I have a huge out break of these branching hydriods in my softie tank and i will try the tiger cowries before pulling my hair out.

Any update on if the tiger will munch on my zoas?

mine hasn’t touched any coral yet,I have 3 zoa frags and they all still here, just keep a close eye on the tiger just in case, good luck:)
 

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This might be the answer to my problems:). I have a huge out break of these branching hydriods in my softie tank and i will try the tiger cowries before pulling my hair out.

Any update on if the tiger will munch on my zoas?

I had a tiger cowry in the past that ate zoas.
 
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