View Full Version : Elegance coral hitchhikers ID?

03/26/2017, 08:41 AM
Sorry, I wasn't sure where to post this, but I wanted to check whether anyone could ID this, and whether they are harmful to my tank.

My elegance was in my QT for about 2 months now, I thought there were aiptasia growing on it, but ended up being harmless tubeworms (blue circles).

I moved the elegance to my DT 2 days ago.

After browsing the LPS forums here, I saw that there may actually be another hitchhiker on the skeleton. I was thinking whether it is Spirorbidae? Or perhaps Hydroids (i was look at that post when it scared the hell out of me).

I quickly moved it back to the QT.

I got some pictures using my phone, the quality isn't that great.

You can only barely see it against a darker background, and invisible when looking straight at it. It's like transparent hair, a little bendy...

Actually now that I think about it, I've had a few incidents of transparent spikes lodged in my hands over these few weeks, I've been super confused where they came from, but now I suspect it could have been from handling the elegance and touching unidentified hitchhiker?

Any advice is much appreciated!


03/26/2017, 05:40 PM
It looks like a cluster of Spionid worms IMO. In most cases these are harmless, but they have been known to irritate certain corals.

03/31/2017, 07:40 PM
My elegance has the same thing on it. I would leave it IMO. I took mine out of the tank to kill those things and the coral slimed and wouldn't open for a few days after. It opens now but still doesn't look too good. If the elegance is still opening up during the day I wouldn't be too worried. Trying to kill them only made my problem worse. If they start to multiply I would remove the coral and try to kill them. You could also reduce feeding and hope that starves them

04/05/2017, 08:41 AM
I've moved it back to QT for the time being. My fingers have been pricked like crazy from handling them without gloves. It sticks into my fingers (usually 1 or 2), and a b**** to get out, even with tweezers.

I'll be using gloves when handling anything in my tank from now on!

04/05/2017, 09:28 AM
I use cheap kitchen gloves whenever I do anything in my aquarium. It's better to be safe than sorry.

04/21/2017, 05:51 PM
I had them and they took over my sand bed in a few years . I am tearing my tank down now. get them off now if you can. in the sand bed I have in my 125 you can pull them out by the hand full. there not good long term.