PDA

View Full Version : Some ID's - for peace of mind


Laura Moon
02/13/2004, 01:10 PM
Don't think this is aptasia - any ideas?
http://reefcentral.com/gallery/data/500/43869P2120002.JPG

Tube or cup coral, maybe?
http://reefcentral.com/gallery/data/500/43869tube_coral.JPG

How bout this one?
http://reefcentral.com/gallery/data/500/43869polyps.JPG

Brittle star - I got at least 4 of these, probably more :D
http://reefcentral.com/gallery/data/500/43869P2120006.JPG

Lesser starlit coral and orange ball sponge. Will either of these survive?
http://reefcentral.com/gallery/data/500/43869coral_n_sponge.JPG

Bivalve - I have about 5-6 of these, all about 3". Anything I need to do to care for/feed these?
http://reefcentral.com/gallery/data/500/43869bivalve.JPG

Thanks in advance for your help!!!

ReefRob
02/13/2004, 01:18 PM
I have had my first TBS shipment for a week now and I've got some of those too. They look different than the aiptasia that I have seen in the LFS (ours have shorter, stockier stalks and they appear more "delicate"). I've been feeding mine fish bits actually ... if it turns out to be aiptasia I'm going to feel like a real stooge ...

Also, one of mine relocated itself to another are of the tank last night after I fed it. Not sure what that means.

Laura Moon
02/13/2004, 01:21 PM
Well, according to Richard, there are no aptasia in the Caribbean. In the slim chance that it is, I'm sure my peppermint shrimp will take care of it. Just wondering what kind it actually was.

ReefRob
02/13/2004, 01:40 PM
Have you seen this hitchhiker site:

http://reefs.org/hhfaq/

There is a picture on the following page that looks suspiciously like our little friends:

http://www.reefs.org/hhfaq/pages/main_pages/faq_rock1.htm

Even there it says it is "probably" an aiptasia. I guess they are tough to ID.

hdtran
02/13/2004, 04:09 PM
First picture is most likely a curlicue (or spelling variants) anemone.

Next photo is a tube coral, probably a Cladacora.

Next is the same, but with an encrusting sponge or tunicate.

The lesser starlet coral (Siderastrea radians) will most likely survive or thrive. The sponge may or may not.

The clams will be happy as clams. Throw some DT's into the tank once in a while.

liverock
02/13/2004, 04:17 PM
Originally posted by hdtran
First picture is most likely a curlicue (or spelling variants) anemone.

Next photo is a tube coral, probably a Cladacora.

Next is the same, but with an encrusting sponge or tunicate.

The lesser starlet coral (Siderastrea radians) will most likely survive or thrive. The sponge may or may not.

The clams will be happy as clams. Throw some DT's into the tank once in a while.





Correct, on all counts!


Richard TBS
www.tbsaltwater.com:rollface: :rollface: :rollface:

Laura Moon
02/13/2004, 06:37 PM
I hate not knowing what something is or how to care for it. Sounds like these should be easy.

Anyway, thought I'd show ya'll how my water chem. has been since adding the TBS:


I think everything is going famously :D Only problem is, I have 2 gorilla crabs :mad2:

Laura Moon
02/13/2004, 06:39 PM
The file isn't working and I don't know hardly any html code, so here's the simple version:

ammonia from 0 to .15 to .02
NO2 from 0 to .5 to 1
NO3 from 5 to 5 to 30
ph 8.0
alk 5.5 meq/l
cal 600
SG 1.026

Seems like it's going well to me. One question though - should I do a water change due to the high NO3? Don't know how sensitive any of this stuff is to it.

Thanks!

Laura Moon
02/13/2004, 07:12 PM
Here's my aquascaping!
http://www.moon.multibrowser.org/laura/Reef/P2130025.JPG

Whaddya think?

Laura Moon
02/13/2004, 07:25 PM
One of my emerald crabs:
http://www.moon.multibrowser.org/laura/Reef/emerald.JPG

Cup coral:
http://www.moon.multibrowser.org/laura/Reef/cup coral.JPG

My fighting conch cleaning up diatoms:
http://www.moon.multibrowser.org/laura/Reef/fighting conch.JPG

Is this a bristle worm:
http://www.moon.multibrowser.org/laura/Reef/bristle worm.JPG

Any idea what these two are:
The whole thing, including tentacles, is about the size of a dime.
http://www.moon.multibrowser.org/laura/Reef/ID_1.JPG

These are only about 1/4" long and a lavender color:
http://www.moon.multibrowser.org/laura/Reef/ID_2.JPG

Thanks for all your help!!!

Slatts
02/13/2004, 07:28 PM
Very nice Laura. Time to update your "current tanks" it's nice to have TBS on your resume.

hdtran
02/13/2004, 08:05 PM
Water chemistry looks good. I wouldn't worry too much about 30ppm nitrate. Just let it ride until your next regularly scheduled water change.

Bristleworm looking guy looks too fat to be a bristleworm. Unless he's moving quickly, I'd vote against bristleworm. Bristleworms move pretty quickly. If I had to guess, I'd say brittle star arm.

Can't help with the anemone, sorry.

boyooso
02/13/2004, 08:08 PM
Hi Laura,

It is difficult to tell from your photo, but it looks like you have a sideastrea star coral towards the top of the tank, right in the middle? If I am wrong just ignore me, you might want to ignore me anyway...haha

For me, and my lighting and everything, these worked better towards the bottom. I don't know if that is the general rule, but it has worked better in my case.

Just MY experience.

Laura Moon
02/13/2004, 08:49 PM
Originally posted by boyooso
Hi Laura,

It is difficult to tell from your photo, but it looks like you have a sideastrea star coral towards the top of the tank, right in the middle? If I am wrong just ignore me, you might want to ignore me anyway...haha

For me, and my lighting and everything, these worked better towards the bottom. I don't know if that is the general rule, but it has worked better in my case.

Just MY experience.

I was wondering about the placement of that one myself. I currently only have a NO light (hubby still needs to build my T5 retro hood), so it will stay put for now. I'll move it when the new lights go on, tho. Thanks!

akula
02/14/2004, 04:53 PM
my "orange ball" sponge looks fine so far, all other sponges except the "chicken liver" sponge have died. my ball sponge is more yellow than orange.

draper4312
02/21/2004, 09:39 PM
You may read about the curly cue anemone here http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/prod_Display.cfm?siteid=23&pCatId=1703

I removed mine from my tank using Joes Juice, it took a couple of hits but finally died. That anemone will not work in my tank, especially if it multiplies as fast as aiptasia--the bad kind.