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Old 11-19-2004, 12:24 PM   #1
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aptasia!

I think I might have some aptasia in my tank. I can't really tell as they are very small. I have never had any before and they seem to be on just one small rock. There is also a healthy mushroom on this rock. Would it be better to just sacrifice this rock or is there a good method to get rid of these. I have read about peppermint shrimp but have heard they aren't always hungry enough to eat these. Is this true or are peppermint shrimp the best way? TIA
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Old 11-19-2004, 12:25 PM   #2
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that's what I've been told...... the peppermint shrimp I mean......
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Old 11-19-2004, 12:27 PM   #3
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What that they are good or bad
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Old 11-19-2004, 01:03 PM   #4
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Aiptasia is bad, and you should get rid of it before it spreads. You can kill it by filling a syringe with Kalkwasser and water, then injuect the Aiptasia one at a time.
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Old 11-19-2004, 02:06 PM   #5
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I know the aptasia is bad. I was wondering about what comfort said about the pep shrimp
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Old 11-19-2004, 02:09 PM   #6
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Most Peppermint Shrimp with eat it, though some will leave it alone. The Shrimp are usally considered good by most fishkeepers. If you want the Shrimp anyway, they can be a good addition to the tank, and will likely eat the Aiptasia as well.
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will they do ok with a fire shrimp and a skunk cleaner?
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Grimlock3000, what is a double post (aside from an offensive system used in water polo)?

I had terrible aptasia problems, but bought a small raccoon butterflyfish, and it ate every one within two days of arriving home. In fact, it enjoyed eating these things so much, I am trying to grow some for it in a small tank right now!

The raccoon now eats flake food and mysis shrimp, but still hunts for food on the live rock reef in my 55. I am sure it will be very happy when I add some nice aptasia for it in a few weeks!
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you have a butterfly in your reef tank! You got bigger b#lls than I do.
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