What is this thing? Looks like Aiptasia but with red base/mouth?

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Do you folks know what is that thing? It looks like Aiptasia but then why does it have a red base like that? So I'm starting to think if it is really Aiptasia after all?

I couldn't get front facing angle as it is facing towards the back of my tank.

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Do you folks know what is that thing? It looks like Aiptasia but then why does it have a red base like that? So I'm starting to think if it is really Aiptasia after all?

I couldn't get front facing angle as it is facing towards the back of my tank.

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Would need to see it to where the oral disk was shown to ID. Tons of nems out there. Can we get a little background on the rock if you cannot get a good pic? Is the rock sourced from the Gulf of Mexico?
 

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It looks like an orange tube anemone possibly which are harmless.
More than likely not a tube anemone. Does not look like enough tents and tents are not long enough. Tube nems have numerous rows of long tents when expanded. This nem appears to have no more than 2 rows of tents, maybe 3 rows from the pics.

Also, tube nems are known fish eaters, and are possibly harmful due to this.
 
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@Eagle_Steve well if it's a Nem, it be good already; I guess I was just tossing either Aiptasia or something else but then I've never seen Aiptasia like that. Most possibly the rock is sourced somewhere in Australia as I live in Australia. I did have 1x Lyretail Anthias gone missing but then he was already .... not well so not surprised if he ends up in this Nem's mouth. I could never find this Anthias anywhere (but this hobby never surprises me, as in I may even find him outside the tank in few months time).
 

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More than likely not a tube anemone. Does not look like enough tents and tents are not long enough. Tube nems have numerous rows of long tents when expanded. This nem appears to have no more than 2 rows of tents, maybe 3 rows from the pics.

Also, tube nems are known fish eaters, and are possibly harmful due to this.
I agree those tube nems tents are long this looks a lot shorter. Agree they are also fish eaters so not so fish safe.
 
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@Eagle_Steve well if it's a Nem, it be good already; I guess I was just tossing either Aiptasia or something else but then I've never seen Aiptasia like that. Most possibly the rock is sourced somewhere in Australia as I live in Australia. I did have 1x Lyretail Anthias gone missing but then he was already .... not well so not surprised if he ends up in this Nem's mouth. I could never find this Anthias anywhere (but this hobby never surprises me, as in I may even find him outside the tank in few months time).
I also refer to aips as nems, so still could be an aip or similar. Being as this is Australian rock, it could also be a nps nem. Quite a few of them and not in aip family.

As for the Anthias, if I am looking at that pic right and getting the scale/size right, doesn’t look like it could eat a fish.

If you cannot get a good pic, but can see the oral dish and count the rows of tents around the critter, I may still be able to ID.

For example, it could be something similar to the pic below. While this one was collected in FL on the Atlantic side, there are a lot of nems around the world that are very similar.

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might need to move the rock; maybe later when I got the time.
If you can get a straight on pic, 99% sure I can ID for ya or ask a few friends who 100% will be able to lol.
 

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thanks for the pointer. It does look like that from the picture, as so the other pictures from Google but when I did a youTube on Tealia, it looks different.

I know they have patterns on the bottom. Alright another question was this live ocean rock? And if so do you know where it’s from?
 
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