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Old 03-02-2011, 11:44 PM   #1
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aiptasia control

Has anyone had any success with Berghia Verrucicornis for aiptasia control?
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you need a lot of them and they die when they run out of food. a manual method is much better. joes juice, kalkwasser paste...etc.
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I've watched videos on YouTube about joes juice. Amazing stuff!
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Lemon juice injection worked for me.
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Joe's Juice is just kalkwasser
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I was kind of hoping to stay away from chemical
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I agree. Unless you have tons of aiptasia, you wouldn't need the Berghia. Manual methods mentioned above will do wonders.

I understand you want to stay away from chemical solutions, but the lemon juice/kalkwasser methods are natural methods. They work effectively and as long as you use them in controlled doses it won't cause any harm to your tank. However, i must say that if you have tons of these aiptasia i would recommend spacing out the doses you use. Only kill a few a day if you have a decent amount of them. You don't want to kill a lot of them in one shot otherwise your water chemistry could take a turn on you.

I'm sure others would recommend a Berghia nudi, but the problem is, after they have devoured all of the aiptasia, they no longer have a food source and it could be a real pain to try and relocate them to a better home, let alone removing them from your tank. Only use the Berghia if it's your last hope.

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Peppermint Shrimp; it doesn't always work though.
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How about a well behaved Copperband Butterflyfish? Anyone have success with that type of fish? They're supposed to be great in controlling aiptasia, or glass anemones, in the reef aquarium.
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CBB can be hard to keep because they are hard to train on prepared foods. Some don't even eat Aiptasia. Its a toss up. There are several methods people use to get them to eat, but you must be prepared to deal with the potential situation where they don't eat and starve.

I am getting one and i am simply going to make sure it's eating in the store. If you can get a tank raised one, you've got to be fine, right?

They are gorgeous fish.
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