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When To Go Hunting For Pests In Your Reef Tank

If you think the cling-ons have arrived, here’s when to go looking for the jerks.

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Comments for this article (14)

  • Bob Johnson says:

    Mark, wouldn’t this process even more effectively apply to the initial inspection of corals after purchase and while in quarantine? Thanks for the tips.

  • Greg Faw says:

    Thanks mark great tip enjoy these vids every Friday morning

  • Kelly Judd says:

    Try a black light flashlight, it helps the pests to glow

  • Babak sorooshkia says:

    Thank you for quick tips
    It is always helpful.
    Your tips is making my rod to a
    Happy happy reefer keeper and lighting
    My way to be a successful
    Reef kippers.
    Happy Friday

  • Chris Johnson says:

    What did he say?

  • Mark S says:

    What do you do when you find one?

  • Daryl Ducholke says:

    Awesome tip:)! But what doe we do when we spot them?

  • James Day says:

    Mark, keep up the good work, love the Friday morning quick tips glad you brought them back!

  • James Day says:

    Mark, talking about pest. I had messaged you about a week ago, about an anenome out break. I had accidentally bought a green bubble tip anenome, thought I was buying a green bubble coral. Well I put it in my system but ended up only a few days later, getting rid of it and shortly after, there were little anenomes popping up all over. Now these sprouts have a green base with kinda brownish tentacles. No matter what, I’ve tried to no avail, now there’s thousands. Any suggestions, anyone?

  • steve dodd says:

    Mark are there no fish that eat all these pests so we can do things the natural way, Also, were do you get your fab tee shirts

  • steve…no fish that eat the pests off the corals. Plenty of fish will eat them once they are dislodged from the coral and in the water column.

    Shirts come from this place

  • Sounds like a Majano anemone, not a bubble tip. Majanos are bad. Remove any rock you can that has them on it.

  • Debby Goldman says:

    I’ve used time-lapse photography to find pests. Set up your camera on a tripod, set the timer to 30 second intervals and then, review the shots in something like Lightroom or similar. you can page from pic to pic and spot things like AEFW, Zoa eating Nudis etc. I even found a GIANT snail-eating flatworm (4″) this way. Don’t ask about getting the flatworm out. Let’s just say that timing and a long, thin siphon tube worked – but not on the first try!

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