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Old 07-13-2012, 07:29 PM   #1
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Aptasia on rock w sun coral

THe rock isn't big so I'm thinking about ditching it all together and my sun coral is pretty much just a frag. I want to save the coral so how do I move it?
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:07 PM   #2
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If you can just take the rock out and hit the aiptasia with a small torch being careful not to get the coral. Or you could place the rock beside another small rock on the sand bed and put another small piece of ruble or shell against the aiptasia to irritate it into moving and with luck it will move onto the other rock allowing you remove it and kill it.
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I would just inject it with hot, fresh-squeezed lemon juice or Aptasia x. Or, my favorite, get 2 Peppermint shrimp, if your stocking allows. I put two in a 135g, and they worked great for me.
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I had no luck with my peppermint, also had no luck with aiptasia-x they just kept coming back like some sort of aquatic zombie.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:49 PM   #5
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I had no luck with my peppermint, also had no luck with aiptasia-x they just kept coming back like some sort of aquatic zombie.
That's a drag, the shrimp are by far the easiest method!
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I was hoping for luck there but no dice, haven't fed the tank in a month and it still hasn't touched it. Fish are not in the tank by the way I am not starving them.
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I was hoping for luck there but no dice, haven't fed the tank in a month and it still hasn't touched it. Fish are not in the tank by the way I am not starving them.
I think it has to do with where the shrimp are collected, as to if it will eat Aptasia or not. Most of the people I've talked to here, on the gulf coast of Florida, have had good luck with them. These I'm almost positive, are collected in the gulf. Just a thought though...
Maybe try the hot, fresh-squeezed lemon juice injection method. I've never tried it, but I've read it works.
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I'm doing a water change tonight so I may pull the rocks and blast em with the butane torch.
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I just want to move the coral. Forget about the aptasia, I know there a pain so can anyone just tell me how to move the coral please?
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If you can see where the coral starts and rock stops, you can just pry it off with a flathead screwdriver. But be careful, Sun corals have a skeleton that looks like rock, with holes on it, where each polyp head comes out. It's possible that the whole piece, is the coral.
Could you post a pic, so we could see what your dealing with?
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