Newbie Trying To Figure Out Pests!

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  1. Fmxchick

    Fmxchick Member

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    Could anyone tell me what is on my elegance coral?
    Sorry for the quality of the pic but quickly noticed it and took a pic with my phone.
    I have also noticed this on 1 of the snails but much smaller. Is this aiptasia?

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  2. lukusis

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    Hard to tell from those pics..... fan worm?
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    Charging the camera so I can take another shot.
    It is a pale pink colour and the top of it looks to have many bristles on it which seem to retract now and again. The snail also has 2 of these although they seem to only be the heads, no body.
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    Bristleworm?

    awww.lhimuseum.com_images_species_img_3_Dscn81451278497820.jpg

    I thought it may have been a variety of feather duster worm.... but probably not from your description.



    Aiptasia generally looks like this:

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    A: Sponge
    B: Pineapple Sponge
    C: Crown of a fan worm?
    D: Tube of the fan worm in C

    It's hard to ID what C is, but given there are lots of sponges in the photo, it's probably another filter feeder rather than photosynthetic.
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    Doesn't look like either of these.
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    Thank you.
    Are these harmful?
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    After googling fan worms, it does look like 1. Hopefully I can get a better picture of it.
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    Not at all - they're all harmless filter feeders :)
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    I take them as an indicator of health :)

    My first feather duster worm was (and is) one of my fav things in my nano!
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    Feather dusters are good to have, my Copperband and Kleini butterflys LOVE them to death, literally, lol.
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    I'm at ease with them in there since being told what they were.

    I absolutely love Copperbands but have been told they are very difficult to keep and not reefsafe.
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    Never had an issue with a Copperband or Kleini in a reef tank nor an Emporer, Regal or 6 Bar angel, now those little bastard Centropyges make me wanna set kittens on fire in a reef tank. Copperbands need to be able to graze throughout the day, they love feather dusters.

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