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Old 02-22-2007, 01:09 AM   #11
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From what I can tell of my 72 I don't have any aptasia in it anymore. When I moved my tank a couple of weeks ago I removed the one rock that had a few on it and put it into the 10g QT tank and have since JJ the hell out of the rock. I have 4 peps in my tank with a CBS and a Skunk with no problems. I would like to get a fire shrimp for my wife...she just loves the color...of course I don't mind it either...lol
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Another vote for the peppermint shrimp!

About a month after I started up my tank (46g), I spotted a little aptasia and tried plucking it out. Yeah... I didn't know better. About three weeks later when I noted TWO little aptasia sprouting out this time, I went to my LFS store for Joe's Juice, but ended up with Blue Life Aiptasia Control instead. This stuff...

http://www.marinedepot.com/md_viewIt...product=BL2111

The gal at the LFS personally vouched for it, so I gave it a try. Great stuff. Just squirt the goo over the thing, and it's gone. I think all it is kalk paste, but I'm not sure. Whatever it is, it works.

After nuking three of them with the stuff, I decided to get a peppermint shrimp. Ever since, I haven't had to nuke any. In fact, I've never even seen any since. It could be coincidental I suppose, but it seems odd that as soon as I got it, the little aptasia explosion stopped.

When I added the peppermint, I already had a skunk in there. They get along fine and stay at opposite ends of the tank. I've got a little cave that opens to the back of the tank that the peppermint quickly adopted as his home. Every once in a while, the two shrimp cross paths and the skunk usuaully chases the peppermint a bit but the peppermint is definitely the shyer of the two and goes scurrying back to his cave.

I'd get a peppermint - it couldn't hurt. They're pretty funny to watch, staggering around the tank like they've had too much to drink!
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Old 02-22-2007, 01:54 AM   #13
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LOL they are funny to watch!....Like I said I have 4 in my tank...you should see it when they line up after lights out and sway together....next time they do it I'll grab the video cam and get some vid of it and post it....it is soooooo funny looking!!! Like they are little drunken sailors singing....
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Just wanted to add, when I first got my tank setup I had a maaaaad amount of aipstasia. They were everywhere! I got me some Joe Juice and 3 peppermint shrimp (back when they were super cheap!) and went about 2 years with no aipstasia. I added 2 new cleaner shrimp last month and I was bending down, looking through a rock to see them(just a few days ago!), and I found one. Aipstasia! It hung out for 2 years now out of sight. Then of course I moved all the rock and can't find it now, but that's my story.
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Add another vote for the Pepp Shrimp...I had about 4 aiptasia stalks in my 45, varying in size. I added one small/medium sized Peppermint Shrimp and lo-and-behold, days later the aiptasia were all gone. Granted, the largest stalk was the last one to go, but did disappear one night.

And prior to adding the Pepp, I have one medium sized Cleaner and smaller sized Fire Shrimp in tank. And considering my tank is a hex (tall and narrow), all the shrimp get along fine.

But the best was when I first added the Peppermint...he did about 50 laps sprinting around the tank in a circle, "hurdling" over any hermits or snails that were in his way!
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But the best was when I first added the Peppermint...he did about 50 laps sprinting around the tank in a circle, "hurdling" over any hermits or snails that were in his way!

LOL.

I purchased 2 small one's yesterday, and I put the 1st one in the tank, and coulnd't find it. I looked for 10 minutes, when I finally found him, he was running around my Hydor Spinning powerhead, As it was spinning, he was just running, like a tread mill.

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