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Old 01/14/2007, 06:30 PM   #1
matondo
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hitch hikers: feather dusters or hydroids?

My husband recently brought home a piece of live rock for the pretty orange soft coral living on it. I've discovered two clusters of what might be either feather dusters of hydroids but I can't tell which (sorry, camera not working so no photo...)
Any easy way to tell?
They are in clusters of 6 or 8, in less than 1cm long "tubes", brown, and have wavy "tentacles" that remind me of our yellow polyps (but on a much smaller scale).
Any thoughts or references on how to tell the difference? I'd like to get them out if they're hydroids. Thanks


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Old 01/14/2007, 06:52 PM   #2
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try looking on here www.melevsreef.com/id from you discription it could be feather dusters, hydriods or maybe aptasia


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Old 01/14/2007, 08:45 PM   #3
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Sounds like aptasia or hydroids. Google aptasia and hydroids(pictures) and you'll find a ton of pictures. If in doubt, better to loose a few feather dusters than have aptasia take over. If you think they are aptasia, don't try to manually remove them or they'll spread all over the place. Use Joe's Juice, vinegar or lemon juice injected right in to them.


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Old 01/14/2007, 09:01 PM   #4
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Do they look like this? If so, you've got hydroids.




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Old 01/14/2007, 09:14 PM   #5
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Thanks for the thoughts everyone! They do look something like the photo of hydroids that drummereef posted, but do these have a (hard looking) tube at the base of each? Mine seem to be coming out of a hard tube. Definitely not aiptasia (as per many 1000's of photos after googling), thank goodness!
I might just keep an eye on these for a while and see what happens. So far they don't seem to have bothered anything else in the tank.


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Old 01/15/2007, 07:22 PM   #6
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if they have a hard tube then id say featherdusters


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