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Nina51
09/23/2015, 07:08 PM
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these darn palys are popping up all over the place in my tank. noticed them on the clam a few weeks ago but now they are inching toward his mantle. his foot is firmly planted on the bottom glass so i don't dare move him. is there an easy way to scrape these off? are they harmful to the clam? i've had this clam for almost 2 years, it's about 7" and i sure don't want to lose it!

thanks!

icy1155
09/24/2015, 06:43 AM
Those palys are the bane of my existence. I just pulled out about a gallon of them the other day. I would try carefully peeling them away with a pair of tweezers. If you peel in the opposite direction and are careful, you can usually get all of the tissue. Let me know if you find any good way of killing those.

Art13
09/24/2015, 07:19 AM
You can probably put superglue or epoxy on top of them and it should work, they shouldn't bother the clam though.

Nina51
09/24/2015, 07:53 AM
Those palys are the bane of my existence

mine, too. i brought 2 of them in on a coco worm tube and they are everywhere now. i have one huge rock completely covered with them and they've popped up in numerous other places. they aren't even pretty!! :headwallblue:

i'll try the tweezers. thanks for the tip.

icy1155
09/24/2015, 12:59 PM
Just be careful with how you dispose of them, I'm pretty sure these guys contain a relatively large amount of palytoxin (part of why nothing eats them). Wash your hands when you are done, dispose of them somewhere pets/kids wont get them, etc. That's also why I only peel them underwater... a local club member had these squirt him in the eye. He recovered vision in that eye... about 6 months later.

stravo71
09/25/2015, 05:08 AM
I usually make them close up and use a narrow chisle to scrape them off by the foot. Just turn off power heads so they don't blow around. Good luck

Nina51
09/25/2015, 08:14 AM
yeah, i'm aware of the toxins and that's the main reason i haven't dared to deal with these things so far. i have a bunch of RC loungers coming next week so maybe i can talk a couple of the guys into helping me out. johnike usually can't tell me 'no'. LOL

Giovanni
09/26/2015, 05:59 PM
If you do not want them on there, take a bucket of tank water, put your clam in there and get him to close. Now pull them off and scrub the shell with a nylon brush and put him back in your tank.

Reef Frog
10/07/2015, 05:55 PM
I wonder if a product like Aptasia-X or similar would nuke em?

ca1ore
10/07/2015, 10:36 PM
I seem to recall some folks reporting success with the majano wand on plays. BTW, you sure there is still a foot/byssal threads? None of my deresa had them past about 4".

Nina51
10/16/2015, 08:21 AM
i managed to snip off the ones that were growing close to the mantle. i know they'll come back so i'll just have to keep snipping.

no way i can take the clam out to scrub the shell, he is firmly attached to the bottom glass. the sand is not deep at the front of my tank. i've had this guy for a long time and don't want to take a chance on killing him so i'll just leave him where he's happy. :)
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icy1155
10/16/2015, 09:04 AM
I would suggest snipping them all back, not just the ones by the mantle. The ones further down the shell will spread out down there, and then there are more to divide and spread up the shell later in the future. IF you can, pull them all off and do weekly inspections until you get them all and all of their tissue. I've been doing this to my clam for the past few weeks so that when I set up a new tank with all new live rock, I'm not moving ANY of these things into it.

And yes, a large part of the reason I'm buying all new rock is these [email protected]&# palys.

Nina51
10/16/2015, 11:30 AM
yeah, i was new to corals and had no idea they would spread like this. had i known.....

i'll keep at it and do snipping when i do my weekly w/c.

Wonton Soup
10/19/2015, 09:50 AM
Aside from those palys suck, they don't really cause any harm to the clam.
Did you witness the mantle retracting from the palys?

I have palys, zoas, aiptasia, sps, and mushrooms all growing on different clams and none of them are negatively affected.

In my experience, it is definitely not a problem.

Nina51
10/19/2015, 10:18 AM
that's good to hear! no, i never noticed any retraction and i had been watching closely to make sure the clam wasn't being irritated.

m0nkie
10/19/2015, 03:31 PM
I have a 3" maxima with a green birdnest growing out of it... the birdnest is about 1" big now. kinda weird but I never fragged it off. LOL..

Giovanni
10/20/2015, 12:38 PM
I have a 3" maxima with a green birdnest growing out of it... the birdnest is about 1" big now. kinda weird but I never fragged it off. LOL..

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e048
10/21/2015, 10:37 AM
I have shrooms on my clam they don't bother it

I would take a syringe with a needle, fill with vinegar. Inject into the base of the palys