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Old 10-27-2004, 01:21 PM   #1
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Aiptasia plague

I have injected my Aiptasis now three times and I cant seem to get control of them. I have 40-50lbs LR (20 +/- indiv. rocks). There is nothing else in the tank, other than LS, pods and worms. Is there anything I can do to take care of this plague, other than treating the whole tank? Can I just take out the individual rocks and soak in lemon juice for a short time, rinse and put back in tank? I can shake the rocks a bit in tank to disloge and loose pods and worms first. Next step is to get some Pep. shrimp, but the tank is still new and I don't know if the shrimps would fare well. All parameters are zero, but just not that mature. 2 mos old.
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Old 10-27-2004, 01:41 PM   #2
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What did you inject them with? I'm in the same boat. I tried boiling water but that didn't really work.
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Old 10-27-2004, 02:08 PM   #3
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if u can i would try an aptsia eating invert, i have hag luck with true peppermint shrimp, i haven't tried the aptasia eating nudy, but a recent article (this month) on coral magazine praises them as easy to care for easily breed to, i might look into those options
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I've heard Joes Juice works very well
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How big is the tank? I would try about 6 peppermint shrimp to see if that helps.
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Old 10-27-2004, 02:59 PM   #6
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I had quite a few popping up. I added 3 pep. shrimp to my 75g, and bye, bye aptasia!
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Old 10-27-2004, 03:23 PM   #7
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I tried this stuff called "Stop Aptasia" from a LFS and this is what they use in house.
Basically the same process as Joe's. Did the kalk thing too, and got a few that way.
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These guys are usually sold tiny, and I have 4 PH in tank, not a happy place for small nudy.
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How big is the tank? I would try about 6 peppermint shrimp to see if that helps
90gal. Looks like PepShrimp my next step.
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I had quite a few popping up. I added 3 pep. shrimp to my 75g, and bye, bye aptasia!
Are they pretty quick about it?

SO I GUESS THE LEMON JUICE THING IS OUT?
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Joe's Juice. Works like a champ!
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I had a teribble aptasia problem. I got a Raccoon Butterflyfish two weeks ago and it ate all of the aptasia, even the big ones!
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Got some stuff from my LFS called "Stop Aptasia", the bigger ones seemed to eat it for lunch. I injected 75+ with KALK and seemed to get them little by little. Got it down to 20+/-, got two peppermint shrimp and the did a heck of a job, down to just 5 or so and their the bigger ones. A friend got me some Joe's and I will zap them tonight.

next question: What will the peppermints eat once the Aptasia is all gone. I know they are carnivorous scavengers, but will they eat coral polyps?
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