Zoanthid parasite?? ID help please

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  1. Jonathan Presseau

    Jonathan Presseau Well-Known Member

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    Do they move? You said it doesn't come off with a turkey baster right? Have we ruled out some type of algae?

    I see you have some green bubble algae right at the base. There is also some black sponge or bubble algae.

    I also see the small red dots all over the rock. I am on the subway so cannot google at the moment, but I'd google red bubble algae or something like that.
     
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  2. jenreefer

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    following. new one on me. send me a sample and I will investigate under the scope.
     
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    I would dip asap
     
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    +1
     
  5. nelson.jdautobody

    nelson.jdautobody Well-Known Member

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    It does.look like the zoas are bothered by it a bit...only the ones that have more on them tho. But at the same time they don't appear really unhealthy over it? Wierd.
     
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    I dipped a cpupke of the frags last night so I can check today asunder see if it made a difference (the lights were already to dark to tell after I dipped last night). I havnt totally ruled out algae but the dots seem to uniformed...what do I know tho :) also there is no movement that I can see at all. I took a frag out and wiped it with a q tip. Here is a close up 20170110_201013.jpg 20170110_200526.jpg 20170110_201013.jpg
     
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    almost looks like baby asterina stars????
     
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    I was going to say starfish earlier but ive never seen any that small before. I do see the 5 points, in just about all the pics.
     
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    I never seen stars that small before either but maybe? I'm considering just treating the tank for flatworm to start with (after I dip all the frags)....any thoughts on wether I shold treat the tank? If yes then what's the best product that won't effect coral health? Also I'm thinking about just heading to the fish store today to get a couple of natural predators for stars and flatworms...best options???
     
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    Halicoris genus of wrasses,,yellow or green are my best performers,,the halicoris strains of wrasses are non stop bug hunting in my tanks..also ,,Springeri Damsels are known to eat flat worms and other bugs too..I have all them in my tanks..dont over stock the springeri damsels because of territory issues..but these are my best bug hunters I have found..get smaller sized wrasses,,so they will go after smaller bugs too
     
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    Space spiders!!! IMG_2466.JPG IMG_2467.JPG
     
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    I think you nailed it!
     
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    Definitely look like flatworms to me.
     
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    I think these are baby planaria (flatworms).
     
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    I've never seen them look like this. Just sayin'! SPACE SPIDERS
     
  17. nelson.jdautobody

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    I'm gona treat them as such for now. Best suggestions on how to handle??
     
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    Would be nice to get a microscope shot of these.
     
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  19. SandJ

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    @nelson.jdautobody Do you happen to have an iphone? There are some neat magnifying apps that allow you to take up close pictures with your phone. I have Mag. Light and it works awesome for stuff like this.
     
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    Flatworm exit, and if you dont get them with that a Halichoeres wrasse.
     
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