2 questions: LPS & Mushroom compatibility and Paly or Zoa ID

Discussion in 'Coral' started by CookieJar, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. CookieJar

    CookieJar Guest

    2 questions all wrapped up into 1 picture:
    1st question:
    I'm concerned one of my prized LPS, a bowerbanki (I think) I got from IMAC, is in danger of some purple hairy mushrooms on the right side growing into its' space. I don't want the mushroom to kill or damage polyps, does anyone know if the mushrooms will damage the LPS or will the LPS be able to fend it off or be unbothered? For now I've scraped the mushrooms back to be on the safe side.

    The 2nd question is about the polyp at the bottom middle with ??? next to it. What the hell is this? It seems like a nuisance paly or zoa, like what a majano is to anemones. This polyp spreads throughout my tank, in random locations in small nooks/ crevices. Kalk and hot water can sometimes kill it, often not. Overall it's pretty small and doesn't harm anything, but just feels like it shouldn't be there. Anyone seen this before and have any ideas on ridding it?

  2. iani

    iani Guest

    Mushrooms > LPS. IME, I've never had a LPS win against a mushroom.

    Not sure what the answer to question 2 is though.
  3. phishphood

    phishphood Guest

    +1 to Ian re: the mushroom vs LPS

    About the polyp.....hard to tell from the pic w/ actinics. But if it looks good, then grow frags and start a new trend?
  4. CookieJar

    CookieJar Guest

    Phish- I can give you a frag, but you'll regret it later. :bigsmile:

    i'll move the LPS or trim mushrooms more, no need to chance losing part of a good coral to mushrooms which I regret having in the 1st place.
  5. badbread

    badbread Guest

    The ??? kind of looks like Aiptasia to me
  6. CookieJar

    CookieJar Guest

    The polyp has 2 colors and looks like a large zoa, small paly. It doesn't resemble the aptasia in my tank which is a solid red color. Maybe it's a different type of aptasia since it behaves like it.
  7. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    It is hard to tell from the picture, full light picture possible?

    And yeah it also reminds me of an aiptasia.
  8. northbay-reefer

    northbay-reefer Honorary Member

    I hate shrooms they will take over a tank in no time and they sting anything in their way ... the only thing that will beat them are bubble corals, hammer, or those types of corals.
  9. screebo

    screebo Supporting Member

    *In the voice of Grumpy Smirf. (kidding) All true, shrooms can be real stingers. I do like Ricordeas though, both Yumas and Floridas and I have a few others including Viet Nam Blues, green stripe and green hairy. I don't care much for those that lose their grip and go free swimming and have never had much luck getting them to re-attach to new rocks I try to keep shrooms at the substrate/LR zone on the bottom. They are like having a planter box of flowers at the bottom of a window and make a nice transition from substrate to LR.
  10. aalhait

    aalhait Guest

    +1 aiptasia

    I personally would not worry too much about hairy Mushrooms and this LPS... The LPS I think you have is some ACAN or Favite... But more on the ACAN side...

    I think ACANS can kill any mushrooms they come in contact with. Recordias or Hairy Mushrooms. That would be my bet since I have both! The only think killing my Mushrooms and Recordias are other Mushrooms who cover them up! Not even stinging ones!
  11. iani

    iani Guest

    Trust me, acans will always loose to mushrooms.
  12. CookieJar

    CookieJar Guest

    Got a picture in full light of the zoa/ paly/ aptasia. As aptsia goes, it's not that bad looking, but not as pretty as the 'yellow polyp aptasia'. :) If anyone has dealt with it before please chime in.

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