LTA question

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    I removed a purple long tentacle anemone from our reef tank after discovering it was the culprit behind loss of over $600 fish over 6 months. I now have what looks like a viable tentacle attached to the rock the foot was under. Is it possible for a tentacle to survive after removing the anemone? I have attached a photo.
     

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    Wow, that was a vicious LTA.

    I can't think of any way a lone tentacle could survive. It has to be just hung on the rock.

    Snap a pic and post it if possible.
     
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    If you can get to the tentacle easily I would pull it out. Can't tell by the pic but it has to be hung up in there.
     
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    Thanks, I will see if we can. I will have to have my husband do it as I was stung when I took it out and still have the wound 3 weeks later.
     
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    It was a vicious sucker. Yeah definitely don't touch any part of it or any other anemone again if you react that way to them.
     
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    Hated to get rid of the anemone as it was gorgeous! It's last fish was a bicolor angel that was 3 inches long! The anemone was about 9 inches diameter when fully open and would raise up about 8 inches. Deep lavender in color. We were lucky, our fish store took it on consignment and sold it.
     
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    I have never had a LTA kill a fish. Sounds like you had a combination of an opportunistic anemone and some foolish fish that got too close. Sounds like it was a gorgeous specimen.
     
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