Need some fragging advice: Green Button Polyps and Red Shrooms taking over

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  1. Daniel521

    Daniel521 Flamingo Tongue

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    My colony of Green Button Polyps and Red Mushrooms are getting out of control.

    Both are becoming a problem for other corals as they grow. I'm hoping I can frag them off but can't seem to figure out how.

    Sometimes I'm lucky enough The siphon the shrooms off during a water change, but most of them have a good foot hold on the rock. My LFS is usually pretty pleased when bring in a bucket full.

    The Green Palys just don't want to give. Short of taking my rock work apart and breaking it into pieces I ran out of ideas on how to get them out without killing them.

    Advice and techniques will be very appreciated!
     

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  3. barbianj

    barbianj Hammer Head Shark

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    We call those Sump Palys, because that's where they usually end up. You can squirt them with lemon juice, vinegar, AiptasiaX or whatever aiptasia killing juice you have on hand. Only do a few polyps at a time, and don't get any in your eyes.
     
  4. ivanbosk

    ivanbosk Feather Duster

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    can you place some bare rock next to them and let them colonize that piece? Then pull the piece and bring it to your LFS.
     
  5. billybaldwin3

    billybaldwin3 Skunk Shrimp

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    i'm just wondering why they would be a problem? i would love to have my rockwork covered in them....
     
  6. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    They become so invasive that they out compete other corals for real estate. Over time most hobbyist do not want just one coral in a system they put so much effort and money into. Add to that some Palys are so incredibly toxic/poisonous that you might think twice about working in the tank.
     
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    civiccars2003 Great Blue Whale

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    I dont think that looks that bad at all. You have a large tank right (90G). IMO I'd let it run its corse. You can always try to place like a hammer or frogspawn next to the polyps to discourage the quick growth.
     
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  9. Daniel521

    Daniel521 Flamingo Tongue

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    Yeh I was afraid I was gonna have to kill them off. Using aptasia x, how much toxins are released when they die? Should I be running carbon when I start this approach? I just had a bad experience with flatworms releasing toxins when I was eradicating them a few weeks back.


    I could but that just kinda promotes more growth. Kinda looking to remove 3/4 of the colony.


    I would have thought the same thing 4 years ago. It's all making sense why my LFS gave me two polyps that broke free from the colony.

    Yup, they have decimated 3 colonies of zoanthids, 2 moniporas, a Duncan coral and continue to expand. This isn't a new problem but one I can seem to conquer.


    Yup it's a 90. This was my mindset a couple years ago, but I can't let it continue. If I can't get them out I'll have to do the aphasia x route. I have a large hammer above the colony, the green Palys stay clear, but the mushrooms continue to move up the branches.





    Also, anyone have any thoughts on how to remove these mushrooms? I've tried aptasia x on them before, but it doesn't kill them. This is the bigger problem in the tank, they are worse than weeds!
     

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