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Aiptasia-eating Nudibranch - Berghia sp.

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Berghia Nudibranchs are specialized feeders that prey on the nuisance anemone Aiptasia. They need a constant Aiptasia food source but can help control populations of this nuisance anemone in reef aquariums. They are typically very small in size, usually around 1/4" at the time of purchase.  

The term "nudibranch" means "naked gill" and refers to the fringy, tassel-like gills visible on many species. This group include animals that we commonly refer to as "sea slugs" as well as the sea hares popular for algae control. As a group, there is not much known about many species of nudibranch and more are being discovered and reclassified continuously. While some like the sea hares are well studied and we know enough about their lif cycles and diets for them to be maintained, the diet and requirements of most nudibranchs is largely unknown. Most are thought to feed on sponges, polyps, tunicates. Some of the most colorful nudibranchs are actively collected and sold for aquariums but many more come as "hitchhikers" on rock and corals, for better or for worse.

Use caution when placing any nudibranch in your reef system if its diet is an unknown. Nudibranchs in aquariums are generally shortlived, both due to their natural short lifespans as well as the difficulty of meeting their dietary requirements.
Common NameAiptasia-eating Nudibranch
Scientific NameBerghia sp.
Reef SafeYes, with caution
Invert SafeYes, with caution
Community SafeYes
Max Size (in inches)0.5
Min Tank Size (in gallons)2
DietAiptasia anemones
Specific Gravity Range1.022-1.026
pH Range8.0-8.4
Temperature Range75-82
ToxicYes, if stressed or eaten

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