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LPS or Aptasia?? 5/12/08 http://www.drekster.com/myrescues/whatamI.htm Yesterday I found some Aptasia which made me start digging for anymore and I found this pinkish stuff in the refugium. There were no live corals in the refugium, just skeletons, so this is a complete surprise.  I went ahead and put this in the tank, where I can watch it closely, flushed the aptasia. As I was studying this stuff it is different, both mouth and base are different than the aptasia. I seriously hesitate to flush it without knowing what exactly it is. Kinda looks like some type of LPS to me?? <It looks like some type of bleached-out hitchhiker anemone (maybe not aptasia, but likely not anything you want in your tank-- just my opinion). If it doesn't retract into a skeleton when you poke it, then it's not a stony coral.> Thank you for any help, hate to leave it in the tank for long if it's trouble, hate to flush it too. Bridget <Best, Sara M.>

Re: LPS or Aptasia?? 5/13/08 This stuff did move which rules out LPS. Later in the day I fed it a piece of brine shrimp. After it was fed it kinda curled it's tentacles, hard to describe, it also is starting to develop kinks in the tentacles and possibly white tips starting to show. I do have a long tentacle anemone in the tank and I was reading somewhere that they reproduce 2 ways depending on location gathered. One is spawning, which creates smaller babies, the other is splitting which leaves behind 2 larger babies. <Interesting, thanks for sharing. I think more observation will help with IDing. But do keep it in quarantine just in case it is Aiptasia.> Bridget <Best, Sara M.>

Unknown Critter in my tank -05/11/08 I have sent this picture to many people in the aquarium stores and biology classes and nobody seems to know what the name of it is. I captured it in the Florida Keys over 7 years ago and it has outlived everything in the tank, even when I had a disastrous crash from somebody dripping dish soap in the tank killing everything, including the bio filter, thing monster lived through it'¦.lol. I can feed it up to 5 full sized silver sides and it still would want more. When it is extended, it is approx 2 inches in diameter and 4-6 inches long. It doesn't like to be in direct light and prefers to hang upside down from a cave I made from the live rock. It is currently in a 120 gallon FOWLR system. When something in the tank disappears I usually look at it because he has eaten every type of fish that gets too close. His last meals were two medium Blue Tangs. I would really appreciate knowing what to call it'¦.it is really gathering interest around the local shops. Picture is below. Thanks, Chip <Well, I do believe it's an anemone of some sort... that's somewhere to start. Please see our pages on anemone IDs: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/anemoneidfaqs.htm Best,
Sara M.>
<<Probably a flower or rock anemone -Sara M.>>
Malu or crispa? 4/13/08 Evening folks! <And a good day to you! Mike I here with you> Great site! (You know this already J) <We do, but we always like to hear your feedback too!> I'm a long time reader. Thanks to your site, various books written by WWM authors, and other media outlets my friends consider me to be the most reputable person to ask about a saltwater situation. I try to educate as much as I can because the animals in our systems deserve the best care we can offer. <Kudos to you for that as well!> Thanks for everything you all do for us; the enthusiasts <Our pleasure, Steve> On to the anemone.. <Yes, indeed> This is my Heteractis malu (99.9% sure - at least that's what I've called it for the last several years) that I've had in the 120G reef for 3 years now. I wanted to share and get a positive/definitive identification from the experts. Based on the tentacle length and rings on the tentacles I'd say this is a Heteractis Malu but a few others have seen it think it's a crispa. What do you think? <I agree with you> A little about him: I acquired the specimen from a LFS in the city in early 2005. The clowns that use him as a host I've had even longer. Back then, his max expansion was maybe 3 inches. He lived with me for a while then I moved residences and had to break down the 120 and move it across town. Luckily all was well after the reconstruction of the system. During the day he can expand to 15 inches in size. I feed him every few days with mysis, Cyclopeeze and I stir the sand in the tank every few days until there's a fine cloud of stuff in the water. Many corals in the tank have seemed to benefit from this stirring of sand. Thanks for your time and dedication to our hobby and passion. Steve Wright <As I said above, Steve, I agree with you that is Heteractis Malu. Tentacle structure, variety of length, markings etc, all lend to this species. Looks like you're doing a great job keeping him happy, and long may it last. Good job! Mike I>

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