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Berghia Nudibranchs

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I've seen a few posts recently from people looking for berghia.  FYI, they are on sale for 50% off with free shipping for orders over $75 at SaltyUnderground today.  Usually the shipping cost is what puts people off buying them online.  See https://saltyunderground.com/product/1-4-inch-berghia-nudibranch

I gave up on using my laser to eliminate aiptasia since I can't get to the ones hiding behind rocks or in my sump.  I still zap the ones I can see - just for the pure gratification - but I ordered a dozen berghia to hopefully control the rest.  

Maybe someone should put together a quick group buy if you don't want to spend $75.

Just wanted to give everyone the heads-up on this deal!

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I’ve only got a few aiptasia, but would happily take a single berghia to get rid of them. They are hidden in rock work where zapping them is tricky. I’m in Salem, but would grab one on a group buy if we could work out transportation logistics so I’m not driving an hour for a $5-10 nudibranch. Thanks for post, great idea. Would be awesome if someone had an aiptasia tank to breed them in for the locals. 

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My nudibranchs arrived shortly after I posted above.  (I ordered mine on Sunday night)

They arrived alive and healthy.  The packaging included a heat packet inside of a styrofoam lined box, then a sealed plastic tub with the water bag inside:

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Everyone always says they never see their nudibranchs after putting them in the tank.  Here's why...watch how they can disappear in a tiny hole:

 

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7 minutes ago, Snappy said:

I’ve only got a few aiptasia, but would happily take a single berghia to get rid of them. They are hidden in rock work where zapping them is tricky. I’m in Salem, but would grab one on a group buy if we could work out transportation logistics so I’m not driving an hour for a $5-10 nudibranch. Thanks for post, great idea. Would be awesome if someone had an aiptasia tank to breed them in for the locals. 

You will need more than one berghia nudibranch.  They need to breed in order to effectively hunt and feed.  They actually work in "packs" to attack aiptasia.

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45 minutes ago, Manny Tavan said:

I only have aiptasia in my overflow box. Will they work if I put them in the overflow?

They need something to hold onto, so not sure how that would work out.  They normally crawl along rocks.

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Today I noticed for the first time that the nudibranchs are working.  One particular aiptasia has been nagging me for months because I could see it on the side of a rock, but couldn't get a direct enough angle with the laser to kill it.  Today, it's gone!

I might try to look for them tonight with a flashlight to see if I can catch them feeding.

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18 minutes ago, viper55 said:

Are there any natural predators to the Nudibranchs?

I’m sure pretty much any wrasse would make short work of them if they show themselves in the light 😳

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17 minutes ago, albertareef said:

I’m sure pretty much any wrasse would make short work of them if they show themselves in the light 😳

The acclimation instructions that came with the nudibranchs said to feed your fish, then turn off the lights and pumps and carefully place the nudibranchs on the rocks.  I assume this is so the fish have hopefully lost their appetite.   They went into hiding places immediately.

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48 minutes ago, SuncrestReef said:

The acclimation instructions that came with the nudibranchs said to feed your fish, then turn off the lights and pumps and carefully place the nudibranchs on the rocks.  I assume this is so the fish have hopefully lost their appetite.   They went into hiding places immediately.

Survival instinct for the win!

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I spotted one of my nudibranchs tonight for the first time since introducing them into my tank in February.  It has really grown!  It's at least 4x larger than when I got them, so obviously they've been eating well.  I still have aiptasia, but I've noticed some of them magically disappearing overnight.

Glad to know they're still alive!

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I was actually wondering about this thread a day or two ago, thanks for the update. Glad to hear the ninja nudibranchs are still doing their job!


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