New Specimens and Parasites
Parasites etc... afflicting invertebrates or fishes form an intricate bond in nature... That's the way it is... From Nudibranches to Flatworms and an astonishing array of anaerobic microbes to name just these... Anything coming from the wild is bound to harbour one or the other; someday or the other... What ultimately ends in the consumer's tanks also shows up in the wholesaler's and distributor's !! Unless your supplier is grossly negligent and systematically sells infected Marine Specimens; no one really is to blame for the occasional mishaps !! All those dreaded invaders live in water and start their life cycles in a pelagic form (free floating or swimming) so they are in reality microspic and undetectable until they grab a hold somewhere and start growing... Many are experts at stealth camouflages so as to go unnoticed on their hosts: Nudibranches and Flatworms are expert at this...
So it's up to everyone involved in the hobby to be vigilant and make sure: - these darn critters never propagate -
Some nudibranches found on Acropora, for example, are so resilient that absolutely no treatment will overcome the invasion !! In those dramatic cases it is best to remove and destroy the Corals in question.
As one of Canada's leading Botanist's often reminded us decades ago (about the invasion of shrubs and trees by Legionary Caterpillars): - No pesticide will ever overcome this plague; the only solution is to uproot and burn the whole plants, shrubs or trees... The same sound advice applies to Marine resilient pests...
This applies to Specimens that are either Aquacultured or Maricultured (in the wild or in captivity) since breeders must all get their stock specimens somewhere... from the wild mostly..
Notes on frag shipments and an array of dazzling invertebrates who gladly found their new home in one of our main tanks.
ICICLE (above) - Mespillia Globulus - has a twin named AVENT and you will find them along with
- Muriceopsis flavida - Sinularia (various sp.) - Briareum violacea