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Old 02-21-2007, 07:25 PM   #1
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Can You Really Ever Completely RID You Tank of Aiptasia?

Hey all,

Abou 1.5 month's ago I bought a couple of pieces of LR, which I latar found had a couple of Aiptasia's on them. I purchased some Joe's Juice and THOUGHT I killed them.

1 of them didn't come back, the other has come back 2 times in the same place, and several other's have poped up around the tank.

The problem with Joe's Juice is that it is almost impossible to apply it unless you have a fair amount of room, and can get at them straight on. Also They need to be of a decent size, because the little tiny ones are impossible to apply the product on.

I am now wondering if it is even possible to completely rid your tank of them them? or will they just keep growing?

I also just found a couple of Bubble Algae balls on my LR. Neither Aiptasia's or Bubble Algae were present in my tank before.

It amazes me that these 'weeds' grow out of no where, but things like pods, don't grow at all? My tank has been set up for almost 1.5 years, and I have yet to find any pods in my tank at all.

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They ARE weeds. Like crabgrass (lol), they can pop up at random moments from any piece of flesh (usually not the tentacles though).

You can get rid of them totally, but you never know if you have one in waiting- or if they're living in the filter, sand etc. I have a lot of little ones coming out of the sand lately...

If you smoosh one, they can regenerate of course- and sadly sometimes they take a while to reappear. It took one of my larger aipts (kind of an experiment) a week and a half to start growing a head from the base.
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I went 9 yrs without aptisia and then I bought some zoos and then I have some on that rock and some around that. We introduce them in our tanks without even knowing. I bought this paste from my LFS and put a glob in the mouth and it disentigrates. It says .9% sodium chloride paste. It is in a syringe without the needle. I also bought a couple pepermint shrimp to get any small ones I might have missed.
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I went 9 yrs without aptisia and then I bought some zoos and then I have some on that rock and some around that. We introduce them in our tanks without even knowing. I bought this paste from my LFS and put a glob in the mouth and it disentigrates. It says .9% sodium chloride paste. It is in a syringe without the needle. I also bought a couple pepermint shrimp to get any small ones I might have missed.
I wanted to try a peppermint shrimp, but i have read they are extremely hit or miss, and I have not been able to find a fully grown peppermint shrimp at any of the LFS's. My other 2 shrimp (Skunk Cleaner, and Red Fire Shrimp) are fully grown, and I am worried that if I get a Peppermint shrimp that is small, the other 2 shrimp will kill it.


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I agree with melosu58, Peppermint Shrimp to keep new ones from appearing and Joes Juice for the larger ones.
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I don't think the shrimp you have now will harm a new comer. Both skunks and fire shrimp are relatively peaceful, and their claws are basically harmless. There may be some occasional jousting but nothing to serious.
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I don't think the shrimp you have now will harm a new comer. Both skunks and fire shrimp are relatively peaceful, and their claws are basically harmless. There may be some occasional jousting but nothing to serious.

The Fire Shrimp (Smaller of the 2) is the boss, He's also the oldest. The Cleaner roams most the tank, the Fire Shimp sticks to just the right 1/4 of the tank, from time to time the Skunk cleaner will cross paths with the Fire shrimp, and the fire shrimp quickly jousts as you said, and the skunk cleaner quickly goes the other way.

When I first introduced the Skunk cleaner, I put 2 in the tank, The Fire shrimp was not real happy about it, and the next morning 1 of the 2 was dead. The other just kind of stayed out of the Fire Shrimp's way untill he got as big, and now bigger than the Fire Shrimp.

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I would probably chalk that up to LFS/acclimation stress. FWIW I've kept peppermint shrimp w/ skunk shrimp in my 55 w/ no real issues. Having plenty of LR, wich you have, is also beneficial for them. HTH
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I added two pepps, they seem to do a little better in numbers. They demilished one (Aiptasia) and the other is still there. I will wait until it gets too big and then I'll take care of it. They do seem to like the smaller ones and a pair of pepps might keep the new ones in check.
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I use a calcium addative in my water, seems to help with coraline growth.

My LFS suggested filling a needle with a water/kalkswasser solution (ALOT of klalkswasser, at the saturation point) and inject itinto the apatsia. It worked, killed all the ones I could see in a few seconds, and it actually put less kalkswasser into the tank than I do on a normal water change.

I then got a peppermint to get rid of the small ones that I cant get a needle into or even to. I havent seen any aparsia in a couple of weeks now
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