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04-25-2011, 01:08 AM #1
How do you control them?
Does Joes Juice or Aiptaisia X work on other corals?
I had to remove some blue shrooms today - they were making a bid for world-tank domination - and I'd sure like another way of removing them other than trying to scrape them off the rock.
04-25-2011, 01:11 AM #2
I have no idea if Joes Juice works on them or not. Scraping them off the rock may not work because the little bits left may turn inot new shrooms. I use Kalkwasser paste on aiptasia and have been succesful killing unwanted mushrooms with it as well. Also other soft polyps I didn't want. Another option is some superglue gel over them or IC gel.
04-25-2011, 02:53 AM #3
WOW, your tank must be doing great.
Sounds like a good problem to have
The only time I've removed a coral from a rock, I scrapped it off the rock. I kind off scrapped the rock rather than the coralIf you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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04-25-2011, 12:19 PM #4
Mushrooms are pretty indestructible. I've got one that irritates my sunset monti that I scrape off every month or so and it grows back in short time, since its so close to the sunset I can't use any chemicals, but every time I scrape it, the sunset grows over it more and more, lol. Some day soon it will completely cover it.
As far as killing soft coral, I haven't really found anything that works too well other then killing the rock. When I had a 29 gallon I had a bad outbreak of clove polyps and I tried joes juice, kalkpaste and even lemon juice, and neither would kill them. When we upgraded to the 75 I just put the rocks with the clove polyps near our BTA and that eventually killed all of them
29 gallon-planted community
20 long frag tank
75 gal-planted goldfish
75 gallon mixed reef with 20 gallon sump
04-25-2011, 02:38 PM #5
@gem - yeah, I know, thats why I was asking about alternative means. Its pretty much impossible to get all the goo off live rock, its porousity and the slime factor guarantees that some will remain on the rock.
@Cliff - well, mushrooms aren't hard to grow, lol. Nothing else in my tank is doing as well. My Pulsing Xenia seems to be dying, not sure why. It declined while I was away on vacation but I hoped now I was back it would make a come back, but it's not. :(
@lab - lol, if I'd known a BTA was the surefire way of killing shrooms I mighta kept mine!
04-25-2011, 08:12 PM #6
DISCLAIMER: This is coming from a TOTAL SW newb but: Has anyone ever tried painting over the unwanted corals or aptaisia with aquarium safe paints? Seems to me that would suffocate the little buggers and be really easy to scrape off after treatment.FW: 1 45gal, 1 40gal, 3 10gal, 3 30gal all community tanks of different species
Sw: 1 55gal, 1 30gal show, 1 29gal show, 1 20gal and 2 10's
04-27-2011, 03:46 PM #7
0Originally Posted by sheamurai
I've always had the same problem with Pulsing Xenia. Can't seem to keep it. Everyone else I know can't seem to get rid of it. Wish I could say that I have nailed down why, in my case, it died.
04-28-2011, 02:50 AM #8
0Originally Posted by Sandz
I left the hardened gel where it was and didn't pull it off (eventually becoming covered by coraline algae and other corals in some cases).
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04-29-2011, 01:33 AM #9
lol I know its not the same, but the thought of purposely putting anything with "cyano" in it's name in my tank gives me the willies.
I'll keep these ideas in mind when next the shrooms begin to take over...