Found an aiptasia on my clam!

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by kinetic, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    Growing from under the mantel, I think I see an aiptasia. Got the captive born clam from Neptune Aquatics, but now it's showing a big aiptasia growing on the back. Do I need to toss the clam? Last thing I want is aiptasia in my tank, but I also want to save the clam if possible. I already tossed a bunch of corals I got that came with bubble algae =/
     
  2. Apon

    Apon Volunteer

    you should be able to kill it without hurting the clam...its on its shell right? just get the clam to close - take it out of the water and kill the aiptasia. The clam will be fine out of the water for a minute or 2.
     
  3. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    I think the aiptasia is coming from really far down into the mantel. Looks like it's growing from underneath... =/
     
  4. melly mel

    melly mel Guest

    Had the same with happen with my clam a few month back. Aiptasia was really close to the mantle but i was able to get it with some kalk paste. been gone every since without harming the clam. Do as apon says and get the clam to close, squirt the aiptasia and let it sit in a seperate container for a few minutes.
     
  5. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Why didn't you simply frag the base of the corals with bubble algae? Did you really need to throw them away? :( :( :(
     
  6. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    Yeah sorry I meant to say I fragged them and tossed the base. Though the pieces I had recently (or have) are all frags anyway, so a few I lost because it was such a small frag already. No worries, I definitely tried to save as much as possible.
     
  7. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    :) :) :) that makes me happy :D
     
  8. Apon

    Apon Volunteer

    show me a pic of the clam and aiptasia
     

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