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Old 02/12/2009, 09:29 PM   #1
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what fish will eat mushrooms but not SPS?

Like the title say's, I'm looking for a fish to eat every mushroom in my tank but will leave LPS & SPS alone, any suggestions? I'm really tired of cutting shrooms of the rocks only to have them reapear a few weeks later.


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Old 02/13/2009, 04:21 AM   #2
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Good luck with that; none that I know of. I just performed an exorcism with a scissors with some good effect. Did not get all of them, but got a lot. In two weeks, I will do it again.


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Old 02/13/2009, 05:09 AM   #3
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"what fish will eat mushrooms but not SPS?"

- a magic one that you could sell for one million dollars

Seriously though, none that I have ever heard of or tried. IME zoas and some LPS at least will also be toast.

After scraping and cutting the shrooms... basically mangling them as much as possible, THEN cover them with kalk paste/joe's juice/etc.... let sit for at least 20 minutes. Repeat as needed. Worked for me.

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Old 02/13/2009, 06:10 AM   #4
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If you're looking for something to eat shrooms you might not even be looking for a fish but rather, an invertebrate that would like the taste of softies and shrooms. There might be some nudis out there but I'd say just manually remove them as nudis are very food-specific creatures.


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Old 02/13/2009, 07:34 AM   #5
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"what fish will eat mushrooms but not SPS?"

- a magic one that you could sell for one million dollars

Seriously though, none that I have ever heard of or tried. IME zoas and some LPS at least will also be toast.

After scraping and cutting the shrooms... basically mangling them as much as possible, THEN cover them with kalk paste/joe's juice/etc.... let sit for at least 20 minutes. Repeat as needed. Worked for me.

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I am in the process right now. Phase one complete. Good progresss but not complete. Phase II coming up. Peter's recipe is a good one.


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Old 02/13/2009, 08:03 AM   #6
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This is one of those "individual fish personality" experiences, but I had a Pterois volitans (Volitan Lionfish) that went around and literally sucked all of the red mushrooms off of my rocks. They were the only mushrooms I had, and he didn't touch any other corals. It was the weirdest/funniest thing I'd seen to date.

With that said by no means do I recommend you adding a Lionfish to have them hopefully suck mushrooms off your rocks, but I wanted to share my odd experience.


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Old 02/13/2009, 08:20 AM   #7
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I've tried all other methods to get rid of them only to have them pop back up. I was thinking of adding this guy but I don't know how well he'll get along with my falme angle that been in there for 2 years

http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...448&pcatid=448

I don't have a problem moving my clams or zoa's to another tank as long as I can get rid of thease shrooms once and for all.

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Old 02/13/2009, 08:32 AM   #8
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Mushrooms are a curse! I will never put another mushroom in my tanks agains. My Regal angel will occasionally nip at my mushrooms but not enough to make any difference. I need to go on a mushroom eradication campaign one of these days.


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Old 02/13/2009, 08:44 AM   #9
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Mushrooms are a curse! I will never put another mushroom in my tanks agains. My Regal angel will occasionally nip at my mushrooms but not enough to make any difference. I need to go on a mushroom eradication campaign one of these days.

I feel the exact same way


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Old 02/13/2009, 10:31 AM   #10
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I have 2 peppermint shrimp that ate every aptasia in my coral QT and then went on to eat every mushroom in there also. They havn't bothered anything else but I don't trust them enough tp put them in my DT.


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Old 02/13/2009, 10:36 AM   #11
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Old 02/13/2009, 11:50 AM   #12
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I have 2 peppermint shrimp that ate every aptasia in my coral QT and then went on to eat every mushroom in there also. They havn't bothered anything else but I don't trust them enough tp put them in my DT.
Peppermints never touch the shrooms and I have 6 in there.


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Old 02/13/2009, 01:20 PM   #13
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IME i had a pakistan butterfly in my 400 gallon sps reef i had to remove it when he developed a taste for my expensive ricordias,yumas, and Mushrooms he never bothered any sps or lps.... that said its not a shure thing as someone above stated every fish has its own taste buds and personality


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I had a majestic angel that chomped on my shrooms but also nipped at my clam. If you don't mind moving the clams it might work. My friend kept one with his sps.


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Old 02/14/2009, 06:31 AM   #15
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Tom I had the same problem, tank over run with shrooms and polyps. Finally got sick of them and gutted the whole tank. Any rock that had something on it is outside in the rubbermaid now. A bit extreme but it gave me a chance to reaquascape and start new, corals were getting to big anyways. :-) I'm gonna have to go thru the tank again cause there are still straglers ppping up, NEVER again will I put shrooms or polyps in my tanks, there like Xenia. LOL


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Amen to that!!!!


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Old 02/14/2009, 06:48 AM   #17
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Re: what fish will eat mushrooms but not SPS?

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Like the title say's, I'm looking for a fish to eat every mushroom in my tank but will leave LPS & SPS alone, any suggestions?
get a starfish . Chocolate chip stars will eat mushrooms (Discosoma Rhodactis etc.).
Easy to catch and remove if it's misbehaving, too

Nice aquarium, mott.

Racoon Butterfly (and many other Butterflies) will eat mushrooms but (also) anything else that's fleshy like LPS corals...


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NEVER again will I put shrooms or polyps in my tanks, there like Xenia. LOL
I would like to suggest that just like any other coral or anemone, if it thrives in your tank it *can* become a pest. I personally consider Idaho grape monti to be that. But that's another story...

Point is, if you have a tank completely overrun by nutrient rich water loving corals, you may want to consider some husbandry changes in addition to being more conscientious about what corals you place in your tank.


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Point is, if you have a tank completely overrun by nutrient rich water loving corals, you may want to consider some husbandry changes in addition to being more conscientious about what corals you place in your tank.
definitely worth looking into as a means of control.

Shrooms and Xenia won't thrive in my aquarium the way that I'm running it right now (nutrient poor).


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Old 02/14/2009, 09:42 AM   #20
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Tom I had the same problem, tank over run with shrooms and polyps. Finally got sick of them and gutted the whole tank. Any rock that had something on it is outside in the rubbermaid now. A bit extreme but it gave me a chance to reaquascape and start new, corals were getting to big anyways. :-) I'm gonna have to go thru the tank again cause there are still straglers ppping up, NEVER again will I put shrooms or polyps in my tanks, there like Xenia. LOL
Hey Tony...I hear you, man that must of been a huge job considering how big your tank is and the amount of rock you have my problem is just with shrooms, luckily when I had Xenia it just melted away and have never been able to keep it since. I've really grown to hate shrooms and hope to get rid of them without removing the rock, someone suggested to use a piece of pond liner and cover them with it, so I'm going to try that, but something tells me it's not going to work, I'm leaning towards a angle or a butterfly but not sure which one yet.


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I would like to suggest that just like any other coral or anemone, if it thrives in your tank it *can* become a pest. I personally consider Idaho grape monti to be that. But that's another story...

Point is, if you have a tank completely overrun by nutrient rich water loving corals, you may want to consider some husbandry changes in addition to being more conscientious about what corals you place in your tank.

Phos .002 on a clorimeter
nitrates 0

don't know how much cleaner the tank can get...lol


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Old 02/15/2009, 08:37 PM   #22
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I've tried all other methods to get rid of them only to have them pop back up. I was thinking of adding this guy but I don't know how well he'll get along with my falme angle that been in there for 2 years

http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...448&pcatid=448

I don't have a problem moving my clams or zoa's to another tank as long as I can get rid of thease shrooms once and for all.

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what shrooms? Sorry, but your tank looks very nice! I don't see an overabundance of mushrooms anywhere, but maybe I'm just not looking correctly!

I'm happy to see a mushroom here or there grow in my 55 gallon. Plus I have xenia. Maybe I'm wishing for the wrong things here????

Anyway, aren't there other corals that'll outgrow the mushrooms or kill them when too close to the mushrooms?


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I wish my shrooms would grow. The only thing that grows in my tank well are green polyp stars and aiptasia.


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Old 02/16/2009, 08:08 AM   #24
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Phos .002 on a clorimeter
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don't know how much cleaner the tank can get...lol
My post was for tony13... your tank doesn't appear to be overrun by mushrooms at all


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Good luck with that; none that I know of. I just performed an exorcism with a scissors with some good effect. Did not get all of them, but got a lot. In two weeks, I will do it again.

I am using hemostats and bleaching base rock to rid my tank of the 1000s, I also have a majano wand that turns them to white goo


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