thanks for the offer explosive, but I am not collecting aiptasia right now... I am only interested in Alpha. As for you nem, please kalk, lemon juice, joes, or peppermint the little bugger and share you experience. I guess it would be good for the experiment to have more "third party" results!
Ok i will give it a try i have another guy i want to describe to you and see if you can tell me what it is. It has a ruby red base, clear tentacles with a little white ball at the end its really small base is about the size as a crushed coral
The nem has moved since the last report... but I have not seen any new buds or lacerations. Still it has had a meal tonight and I will keep waiting.
Considering how "fast" I have heard these spreading, I am wondering if some reports only see "one" but there many hiding and thus a report of massive splitting... but my experiment is not generalizable... so...
Well, I want to promote healthy aiptasia reproduction I know that stress may prompt splitting, but this is not really "reproduction" of a growing specimen population. The goal is not just for the nem to split or bud, it is to grow a nice furry rock of aiptasia!
Since aiptasia is much more hearty than the average coral specimen, stressing an aiptasia would kill other corals... if they were in the tank. I don't want to force poor tank conditions because this would not be a "normal" situation for those trying to keep a tank. Afterall, many new hobbyist feed the nems by mistake and other overfeed to provide an abundant food source.
Finally, I am really doubting the reported reproduction rate of these nems. It seems that a single nem (at least this nem) can not turn into a plague as quickly as I initially thought. So I am really going to doubt the other reports of "one" anemone turned into "thousands". I think there were already multiple nems that just were not observed.