Aiptasia and Caulerpa
Unusual title for the post, but ....
I've torn down my refugium twice, each time because it has become infested with Aiptasia. I started each time with new macro-algae (once chaeto, and once grape caulerpa) and after about 3 months, some obviously "stowaway" Aiptasia has exploded and infested the entire fuge.
It's been about 3 months since the last tear down, and this morning, I found two Aiptasia in the display tank.
So... if I tear down the fuge again, is there anyway such as high-salinity dip, low salinity dip, freshwater dip etc, that would kill the Aips, but not the macro-algae??? I checked all the macro-algae last time and saw nothing, but obviously some of the buggers got in.
(3) Maxi-Jet 1200's, Wavemaker Pro
AquaC Remora Skimmer
100lbs Live Rock
(1) Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp
(1) Peppermint Shrimp
(2) False Percs
(1) Orchid Dottyback
(1) Lawnmower Blenny
(1) Flame Angel
(1) Spotted Mandarin
(1) Red Brittle Star
(1) Banded Serpent Star
"But then again, fish do tend to eat one another. I often wonder ... if fish get awfully tired of seafood? What are your thoughts Hobson?"