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Old 03-29-2012, 12:47 PM   #1
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What is this? looks like some kind of nudibranch but I dont know if its good or should be terminated...

*I dont know why the photobucket pictures keep coming up like that but if you click on the title of each pic it will redirect you.

http://s1107.photobucket.com/albums/h385/bpatterson617/Aquarium/Random%20Tank%20Stuff/?action=view&current=IMAG0206.jpg
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:51 PM   #2
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Zoa eating nudibranch. Bad, bad, bad.

Get rid of it and look to see if it has any friends.

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Old 03-29-2012, 12:54 PM   #3
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thanks, I will nuke him! Are there any identifying features that distinguish the good ones from the bad ones?

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Old 03-29-2012, 12:58 PM   #4
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Check your tank carefully because it probably has friends. Also, check the zoas for eggs.

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Old 03-29-2012, 1:00 PM   #5
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any dips that will kill the nudis? eggs? both?

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Coral Rx works on the nudis, but I am not sure how affective it is on the eggs.

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Old 03-29-2012, 1:11 PM   #7
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Dear Lord those pics give me nightmares! The best thing to do if you have an infestation is to patrol at night (when you can see them better) and hand remove, plus freshwater dip your zoas and, using a lighted magnifying glass, scrape off the eggs. Unfortunately the process of ridding your tank of them can take months and the freshwater dips are extremely hard on your colonies. These buggers will only attack zoas, which fortunately will handle the fw dip, but it is harsh on them after you do it several times.

I once had a bad infection in my 90 which took months of dedicated night patrols and many fw dips and the loss of around 50% of each zoa colony, give or take a bit.

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Old 03-29-2012, 1:17 PM   #8
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Do you have the ability to pull your zoas into a quarantine tank?

CoralRX has approximately what I would do:

http://www.coralrx.com/index.php?opt...d=11&Itemid=23

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Old 03-29-2012, 1:23 PM   #9
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Alright.....well I have a colony that got added this past weekend that I am going to start with, as I have never seen them before now....with a freshwater dip, how long should I keep them in there? and will the freshwater dip be enough to kill them? The reason I ask is I can only find Coral RX a few places online and they are all like $30 shipped....If I have to I will buy it but that is money that I really dont have in the reef budget right now....

Edit: I cant do a quarantine tank, but I can stick them in the empty refugium section of my sump that I added last weekend.....good idea or waste of time?

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Two Little Fishies Revive is the same stuff. Half the price.

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Old 03-29-2012, 1:50 PM   #11
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Great!! Thanks Jenn!!!

Edit: Is this the stuff? I just didnt see anything about pest removal on the description...
http://www.amazon.com/Little-Fishies-ReVive-Coral-Cleaner/dp/B001EUG7Y8/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1333047019&sr=1-1

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Old 03-30-2012, 8:49 AM   #12
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FW dip will kill the nudis but not the eggs. You will have to manually remove the eggs no matter what you dip them in. Get a magnifying glass (if you don't have good eyes) and a good light, and inspect each polyp. You will know if you see eggs. They are white (if I remember correctly) and look sorta like sandy grains. They will be in a sac, but it's hard to see the sac. If you scrape most of the eggs off, you will break the sac. Swish the coral around again in the FW (or coral dip) after breaking the eggs. It would be best to move them to a QT tank until you have eradicated the infestation. I wish I had done that; I probably wouldn't have had the problem as long.

Don't give up hope! You can get rid of them even though they are pretty stubborn. I successfully did it a few years back.

Oh, sorry, I forgot to add, the FW dip for 5-10 minutes max. Any more than that is way harsh on the colony. But the longer you leave them, the more likely you'll kill the nudis. You'll still need to manually remove some adults (even if they look dead).

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Old 03-30-2012, 8:57 AM   #13
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lmk if u wanna meet me in forsyth at my other school and ill give u a bit of coral rx.. i dont have much, but it will hold u over til u get your own stuff..
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:04 AM   #14
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That would be great Mike! I am not sure if I will have time today, but are you gonna be around this weekend by any chance?

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