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Old 05-26-2010, 07:28 PM   #1
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Best way to kill aiptasia?

I have aiptasia in my tank and it's growing out of control. I have hear of people injecting lemon juice into them using a needle. Is this right? I need to do something fast before it gets even worse. Any help is appreciated. Thanks

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Old 05-26-2010, 07:41 PM   #2
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Flame thrower is the preferred method.

Lemon juice, hot water, or kalk paste (best IMO) will kill them if applied correctly.

BUT.... those don't look like aiptasia. I think you have a happy, free hitch-hiker.
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HN1 is correct. My first thought was "Those don't look like aiptasia. I think you got some nice Zoas or Palytoas.
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Top one looks like aiptasia the rest are definitely not.
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Agree that the majority of those don't look like aiptasia. But if they're spreading quick, they're most likely not friendly hitchikers. I thought they kind of had a Majano anemone look to them - which would be dealt with the same as Aiptasia.
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I agree with Kurt. I thought Manjo before Aiptasia. Check out this site for all your ID's: Xtalreef
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They look like palys to me and unlike any majano I've seen. Other than the top circled one in the first pic.
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Ok I updated the first post with high quality pictures. The best I can take with my iPhone.

And yes, they are growing quickly, only on that spot/ area of my tank.

Edit: I looked at the Xtalreef site and they say

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If you aren't sure if something is aiptasia, poke it with something. If it sucks into the rock, it is likely aiptasia. If it just folds up, it is probably a harmless polyp.
When I poke it, it does suck itself into the rock.
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I would be more concern with that bubble algae then what still looks like palytoas. How fast growing are you talking about?
If they came in for free, then it would be best (for peace of mind ) to just remove them.
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I havent added anything to my tank for almost 2 years. They stated popping up about a month ago and just keep getting bigger and spreading faster than my zoas. I am going to remove them using a syringe. Whats a safe marine substance to use?
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