Help! What is this on my corals? Worms?

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  1. wubbawubba

    wubbawubba Plankton

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    Hi All,

    A couple weeks ago, I noticed two green mushrooms I have shrinking considerable and appearing to be eaten away leaving some kind of curly, spaghetting like filamentous stuff.


    Yesterday I noticed my metallic green torch had a small ball of the same stuff near the mouth on one of the heads. Today it looks like it has expanded into the mouth/insides of this head.

    I found a photo online of a torch that has the same stuff on it.
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    What is it? What can I do about it?

    Thanks much!

    T
     
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  3. phoenixhieghts

    phoenixhieghts Panda Puffer

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    did the photo you found not say what it was?? i dunno have a clue but im sure one of the experts will have, could be a parasite?
     
  4. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Looks like mesenterial filaments to me. It's part of a corals natural defense system so something might be irritating your coral if it's spitting those filments out.
     
  5. wubbawubba

    wubbawubba Plankton

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    The photo made some reference to "worms", but I have not been able to get any confirmation/identification of this.

    Mesenterial filaments? Would they look the same on a torch as on a mushroom? When it appeared on my torch, it presented as a small ball about 3/16" in diameter about 1/4" away from the mouth on one of the heads.

    At first I thought it might have broken off the mushrooms and landed there.

    If indeed this is cause by an irritation, what should look for as to a cause/remedy.
     
  6. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Mesenterial filaments pretty much all look the same to me but I'm not an expert :) What corals are near or around the torch? Could be a reaction to chemical warfare in the water column. Do you run carbon?
     
  7. wubbawubba

    wubbawubba Plankton

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    I am not sure what you consider near, but within 6-8 inches:

    Small Rose BTA (she was recently injured) ?!?
    SunPolyps

    Star Polyps
    Kenya Branch

    And and open brain about 12" away.

    I have not been running carbon for a month or so.
     
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  9. reef_guru

    reef_guru Humpback Whale

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    doctored your pic, is this what your talking about

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    i can see it just fine on my computer, but im not running winblows. added an attachment for ya
     
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  10. wubbawubba

    wubbawubba Plankton

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    Sorry reef-guru. I do not see your doctored photo.