October 1, 1999
From: Michele Brown
I wanted to let the readers know that I live in Ohio, USA and I have purchased 1 pair of Berghia from Inland Aquatics located In Terra Haute IN. that David Behrens has previously mentioned on Sept. 23, 99. They are about 1/2" to 3/4" long and so beautiful. We have now had 4 pairs in our tanks and are sharing them with a local saltwater shop.
Now for the funny part. We need Aiptasia badly. I don't want to let these beautiful creatures die from starvation. I called Inland Aquatic and they do not have any to ship. Any suggestions from any of you out there? Shy of starting a refugium or small tank for Aiptasia culturing, which is where we are headed, I need a supplier now for them. I have no idea how well they ship. I have just about run out of room for more live rock which is what I have been purchasing.
For those who are interested in adding Berghia to their tanks. Be advised that you may not see them for a couple of weeks after introducing them to your tank. They are, I find, more of an evening roaming creature at first and make it to the daylight after some time in their new home. They mate quickly and have a spiral egg mass present to behold.
Any comments are welcome and remember I am wanting your Aiptasia.
email@example.comBrown , M., 1999 (Oct 1) Re: Berghia verrucicornis v. Aiptasia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/1390
Thanks for the wonderful story, I've been smiling all day. The use of biological control methods have caused disasters in many parts of the world - Cane Toads in Australia, Mongoose in Hawaii, the carnivorous snail Euglandina in the Pacific. In all cases they never ate the animal they were supposed to and became much greater pests in their own right. At least Berghia does the job it was asked to do - just too well. I was going to say try some local anemones, but I guess in Ohio you don't have any 'local' marine anemones.
I guess growing your own anemones may be the only way to go. Have a look at Michael Phan's
message where I give a reference to an article by Carroll & Kempf on growing both Aiptasia and Berghia in inland aquaria.
I don't know if you have the facilities, but if you do, I would love photos of some commercial Berghia.
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