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    Posted: August 09 2016 at 10:13am
Horror stories abound about removing green palys from a tank.  I would love to know what other people do to keep these guys under control.  I have a section on a shelf rock that has maybe 20 heads on it.  There isn't anything else on the shelf right now that would inhibit them from growing out uncontrollably.  How do i limit their growth or remove the excess without compromising my rockscape?  Can i remove them in-tank?  Can palytoxin hurt fish and coral?  I dont want any collateral damage.  Any ideas or help is welcome, I am just interested in how people control these fast-growers.

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I would take the rock out and pressure wash it.  I know a lot of people like them, but I don't and they will take over everything with time.  Ive seen them cover people's glass, even.
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I use a shot needle and inject vinegar or Kalwasser paste into the base of the stem and that will usually take care of individual polyps. Some times I have to do it more than once to finish the job but it works. The toxin shouldn't be an issue unless you have a very small tank. Running carbon will also remove the toxin from the water and prevent problems.
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thanks!  Will pressure washing affect the other bugs and good stuff living in the rock?  can it go right back in the tank once thats done?
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Yes, pressure washing will kill most all of the bugs. The combination of exposing the rock to the dry air and spraying it at high pressure with chlorinated tap water is pretty harsh.

If your pressure washer has never been used with soap of any kind then you can just rinse the rock in RO/DI water when done and place it back in the tank.

If you have ever used soap in the pressure washer then I would soak the rock in a bucket of fresh salt water with a powerhead and carbon for a few days before returning it to the tank.


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that sounds like a good plan.  i'll soak it regardless.  thanks!
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Thanks Marcos, you too!  Your stuff looks amazing and i cant wait until i come down for some more!
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