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Old 12-19-2010, 02:57 PM   #1
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Any other way to get rid of these things?

I got a bunch of these little enemones growing everywhere in my tank. At first it was fine, there werent enough of them to cause any problems. Now they are growing on my coral, in my sump, I even got one inside my featherduster. He dosent seem to mind as it dosent stop him from coming out. I was wondering if there was an easy way to rid my tank of them before I start plucking away? There are so many I may be picking at rock for weeks
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Old 12-19-2010, 03:05 PM   #2
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Some have had luck with peppermint shrimp. Just make certain its a true peppermint shrimp, I believe theres another one that looks like a peppermint....(maybe called a camel shrimp) that doesnt eat the apstasia. There is other ways to get rid of them but with the amount you have it would take awhile. I wouldnt recommend plucking them off either I believe that will cause them to spread. Do a search on here for them.
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peppermint shrimp aren't going to take down that colony! do you have a syringe? one that you can remove the steel tip from?
the best method i have found was using kalkwasser. kalkwasser can be purchased at the LFS for a lot less than the aptasia cures at the LFS.
all you do is mix it up into a thick paste, almost like toothpaste. suck it up in a syringe(without the steel tip) and squirt a generous glob on the mouth of each anemone. when they close up and shrivel down, squirt another glob on the shriveled leftovers. i would turn off all flow while you are doing this.

i would do about 10 anemones every few days, until they are gone. a large amount of kalkwasser in the tank can effect parameters.

redneck is correct, ripping them off of the rocks will exacerbate the problem.
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btw, what is that brilliant red stuff in the 3rd pic?
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Thats what I thought, picking them wasnt the right choice. Im going to try the kalkwasser. Though I do not have a syringe. Where can I get one of these your talking about, with the removable tip? Would something like a spot feeder work? Maybe with a modified thin tip?

That is a red ridge sponge. I was amazed with the color and how well he faired through shipment. There avalible through reefs2go.com, not sure how many they have left. Hes aclimating very well getting a more robust red everyday
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IMO peppermint shrimp will eat the small ones, the bigger ones are probably too tough. After taking down all the one's you can see, you may find more behind and under your rocks.
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i could mail you a syringe. pm me your mailing address. otherwise you can find them online very easily, on medical supply sites or even fosters and smith i believe.
also, what i was thinking of trying was an aptasia eating filefish. a "so ugly it's amazing" type of creature....
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would a meat injector do the trick... without the steel tip? Those are like $3 at grocery stores
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Or you can order some Joe's Juice. It's about $8 and comes with the syringe. Works great.
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