Tell Me About Monti Eating Nudibranchs

Discussion in 'Coral Health' started by Matt Rogers, Aug 1, 2005.

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  1. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    I was telling a guy at the LFS about my recent problem with my Montipora corals and how in a matter of days they all became patchy (the digitatas) and the cap. was nearly wiped out over night. I thought it was RTN, but he said since my other coral is fine it is probably 'Monti eating nudis.' :eek:

    Anyone have some pics of these? I hear they are really small and there is not much you can do. :p
     
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    Great picture! .5mm, man thats tiny. Any ideas on how to elimnate them?
     
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    Thanks for the info.
    Looks like I have to stay up late and go hunting with tweezers. :p I have a sixline wrasse but they recommend a Coris as a natural predator of these nudis. hmm..

    This sucks! :p :worried:
     
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    It's not just the nudis that you have to worry about, it's also their eggs :( Good luck to ya Matt!
     
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    How many montis do you have Matt, and are they able to be taken out of the tank to be inspected?
     
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    I have a lot of Digis.. I could definitely pull a piece out to take a look. But these nudis are nocturnal, right? What are ya thinking G?
     
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    Well, the way I got rid of them, was by dipping in lugols bath, scrubbing the eggs off and manual removal with a baby ear dropper (like a small turkey baster, but with a small openning). If we could have at them, I know I could tell you if you had them and definitly help to get rid of them if you indeed had them. Just taking a few "infected" colonies out would prove their existance or not. Once you see them, you reconize them in a drop of a hat :D
     
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    Huh.. well here's another angle.. I just saw one of the asterina stars I have mow across the base of some digitata. :dozey: