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    Posted: May 05 2016 at 7:39pm


Is this safe to keep as long as you give it ample space or should I believe the other forums online that say this is "yellow aptasia" and a pest to avoid at all costs? Does anyone have any experience with this coexisting with other palys? And will it reproduce/spread by budding or is it like aptasia where it can pop up everywhere in your tank even if you keep the main colony isolated?

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It's wonderful!  I'd love to buy that rock.

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They will spread. They will also sting LPs and Sps. I have had them for years. I kill them with kalk. They are really bright when they are small but wash out the bigger they get. IMO get rid of them.
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In the early days, when there was little we could keep for long, we kept them and loved them. We called them simply Yellow Polyps. Adam and I still love them. If allowed, they would grow onto other rocks. They do have a strong sting so it's best to keep them apart from the other rock work as it appears in the pic that they are.

Rather than being a Palythoa, I'm pretty sure they are Parazoanthus gracilis, a colonial anemone. Enjoy Smile

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Thanks for all the feedback, I love the look and motion they add especially during daylight spectrums when my other zoas and palys don't pop as much. I was just worried that they would be able to spawn off the rock I have them isolated on. Thanks mark for the clarification. It does look different than other palys now that I look at it up close.
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I have a softball size rock completely covered in yellow polyps. Free to anyone who wants it. I don't care much for them.
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Good question.  If you're interested I can shoot you a PM whenever it does happen. Probably months, not weeks.
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As a colonial anemone (just like Aiptasia and Majano) they can release and move to other rocks in the tank and spread without touching other rocks. Keep at your own risk. I do agree they make great movement in the tank but just make sure you know what you are getting into.
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