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Old 01-23-2006, 02:11 AM   #1
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aptasia outbreak???

I am trying to upgrade my tank right now, and I found someone on craigslist that had one set up for sale. I was planning on taking his fish (they are moving and cannot take them) and selling most. I am keeping his tank and accessories, and his sand and live rock. But here is a problem. He has a flourish of aptasia all over. Probably 30 of them. He thought they were some sort of coral. And liked them. Can I save the live rock? Is there a way to get rid of the outbreak before I put it in my tank? Or should I buy all new stuff? And if I do, there are two corals on it...will I be able to get them off the rock?

ANy help would be great. I want to make my tank increase a good experience and not ruin my lovely tank I already have going.

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You can fry them with a blow torch or inject them with a dose of Stop Aptasia. It's a special liquid that you inject into their mouth sort of like 'feeding' them. To prevent future outbreaks, get some Caribbean Peppermint Shrimp (and make sure they are Caribbean). They do great eating the little newbie nibs so they don't grow up and become a pest. Copperband butterflies are also a good aptasia eater, but not as hardy and takes up more space.
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The stop aiptasia stuff (available from drfostersmith.com for a good price) works well.. killed off 4 that I've found in my new tank..
Works instantly..and non toxic to the reef..
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I`ve heard others also talk about some stuff called Joe`s juice. and also heard about injecting with hot water. Never heard the blow torch plan though 8O
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definatly sounds more fun (blowtorchin!) then being up to your armpit in the water with a syringe going after the little weeds which are hanging upside down in the most inaccessible place.

I had one I couldn't even see from the front, had to have someone telling me which way to move...total pita... (two sided tank)
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Hot water and a turkey baster got rid of mine.
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Well make sure you get them all, because I had ONE aiptasia on a piece of LR I got from the LFS. I thought it wouldn't hurt the tank too much and I let it go for a couple of weeks. Well, low and behold it reproduced and I had about 20 in the tank. I got Joes Juice and nuked them all and it worked great. No more aiptasia (that I can see).
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I do not have any aiptasia but that got my interest. I am going out to buy a blow torch and burn something. Grilled cheese anyone? (blow torch style)
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you know what i have a couple that wont go away
so ill try the blow toucch method.
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