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mattsilvester
07/20/2013, 10:01 PM
Hi All,

So I have a colony of star polyps which is (typically) thriving, and has taken over the corner of my reef. In the centre of the attached picture you can see the rock which the colony originated from. I could easily pull that out, creating a 5"x3" shelf / gap. I would like to place a coral into that gap and then let the star polyps infill around it.

http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w218/mattsilvester/StarPolyps.jpg (http://s177.photobucket.com/user/mattsilvester/media/StarPolyps.jpg.html)

My coral choices would be:
1. An appropriate sized Lobophyllia or Euphyllia coral.
The idea here being that the stinging ability of the LPS will keep the star polyps at bay, and allow it to gradually expand to fill the area.

2. A medium sized sacrophyton or lobophytum
Hardy corals that will rise above the carpet and generally not be overwhelmed by the star polyps.

Will either or these options work?

Misled
07/20/2013, 10:17 PM
The only two things I've seen wipe out GSP is the foot of a nem as it walked over them and majanos. If I had to choose from what you have I'd go with stinging LPS, but I can't say I've ever seen it work.

mattsilvester
07/20/2013, 10:22 PM
The only two things I've seen wipe out GSP is the foot of a nem as it walked over them and majanos. If I had to choose from what you have I'd go with stinging LPS, but I can't say I've ever seen it work.

Jesse,

Thanks - yes I've seen a 'nem plough through fields of GSP too. :blown:

I am not as such looking to annihilate the polyps as I am looking to put something in there that will not be overwhelmed by them.

If the polyps are going to continue to spread, and invade / kill other life then I will "surgically remove" them entirely (although that will be hard).

Misled
07/20/2013, 10:33 PM
I can't say I've ever seen anything hold them back. I'm about to do something similar. I have a colony of blue clove polyps. I'm putting it in a nano, but I'm also putting some zoas ond shrooms in it. I can't say for sure what will happen, but the clove polyps will probably take over the tank given time. I have seen a tank entirely covered with star polyps in the past. Glass and all. It really was something to behold.

johnike
07/21/2013, 06:36 AM
http://i345.photobucket.com/albums/p361/john_eichwedel/015-10.jpg (http://s345.photobucket.com/user/john_eichwedel/media/015-10.jpg.html)

jmeehan
07/21/2013, 09:02 AM
Lobophyllia and Euphyllia both have strong stinging cells, but the star polyps will start to grow around the base of these corals and will be able to attack/smother the soft tissue of the base where there are no stinging cells.
I suggest removing all star polyps from surrounding rocks and leave them on a stand alone island so they can't continue to spread. Otherwise, they will envelope everything in their path.

mattsilvester
07/21/2013, 10:44 AM
OK - so I decided to deal now with what would be a bigger problem later.

I managed to slip the rocks out of the reef structure and then I poured boiler water of the affected areas - scrubbed with a brush - then poured more boiling water over the area again.

Should do the trick - I hope!!!

I fragged a bit out so the colony will go on ..... in isolation..... on an island.

Misled
07/21/2013, 11:36 AM
Should do the trick - I hope!!!



Napalm will if that doesn't. Just sayin. Good luck.

johnike
07/21/2013, 11:39 AM
Sometimes if you get lucky, you can find a spot and peel big hunks of it off as well.
I peeled a bunch off that rock around the Chalice the other day.

cloak
07/21/2013, 12:02 PM
You might want to try using some epoxy and smother some of those polyps. It's real easy, and the epoxy you can get at most hardware stores is not that expensive. I've done this to GSP, zoanthids, hydroids, clove polyps, etc without any problems. GL.