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Old 09-11-2014, 03:19 AM   #1
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Aptasia outbreak in sump

in my 12 gallon nano, I've had a pretty massive outbreak of aptasia in the 20 gallon sump over the last 2-3 months. I'll remove 10-20 every water change with a razor blade on the glass, but they keep coming back stronger than ever.

I'm annoyed, as I haven't added anything to that tank in over 6 months.

At this point, the largest concentration is in the baffles where I can't get to them.

Any suggestions on getting rid of these pests? I feel like taking a weekend and just clearing the whole thing out. Dropping rock, good critters, etc in buckets and cleaning the whole thing with vinegar and RO. I did a terrible job with the plumbing (my first tank with a sump) so I wouldn't mind fixing that at the same time.

I haven't dealt with this before, so is this just a nuclear option and there are easier ways to go about it?

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Old 09-11-2014, 07:34 AM   #2
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Get yourself some peppermint shrimp. They'll eat em.
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Old 09-11-2014, 08:59 AM   #3
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Get a needle and syringe and inject the base with lemon juice. I found just squirting lemon juice on them works too.
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Get a needle and syringe and inject the base with lemon juice. I found just squirting lemon juice on them works too.

You need to get it in the oral disc not just the base or they'll just come back. Same thing with using a razor. Op if they're in a to tough a spot, the drain/clean might be your best bet.
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Drain the sump and dump a pan of boiling water down there. That'll hit the mouth of the buggers...
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Thanks everyone,

I think I'll just end up tearing the sump down and fixing my terrible plumbing while I"m at it
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You need to get it in the oral disc not just the base or they'll just come back. Same thing with using a razor. Op if they're in a to tough a spot, the drain/clean might be your best bet.
Injecting into the base is supposed to be more effective. The anemone closes up and holds the lemon juice inside.
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Aptasia outbreak in sump

I make my own concoction. I liked Joes Juice and tried to make something like it.

One teaspoon of kalkwasser (lime)
1/4 teaspoon of corn starch to thicken the mixture and make it stick. Add water to the consistency that will come out of a hypo. Glue consistency. Then just lay this stuff in or on the aptaisia.


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Aphasia X works really well. Shake, draw into syringe, place near mouth so the skirt wraps around syringe. Press down on plunger and watch the Aptasia melt.


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Old 09-13-2014, 02:34 AM   #10
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yeah, my problem is they are so far down the baffles I'll never be able to reach them unless I can find a 12" needle. But that recipe is a good call, Greg. i'm totally stealing that!

Do you think it works better than just super gluing if you can get the piece out of the tank to do it?
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