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Old 08-25-2004, 02:38 PM   #1
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Chronic Aiptasia

As much as I use Joe's juice and remove aiptasia it comes back in a couple weeks, any ideas on how to combat this issue?

Is there some kind of change I can make to my water chemistry or anything else to be proactive?
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Old 08-25-2004, 04:44 PM   #2
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Try a couple of Peppermint Shrimp, they are supposed to eat Aips.
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Old 08-25-2004, 05:05 PM   #3
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The juice is really the best method if you can keep up with it.. otherwise as gear-head suggested, Peppermint shrimp may eat them.. or if you can't do inverts then a Copperband butterfly.
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Your not alone on this one Sneaker. I have an agressive tank, and i am constantly killing off aips. I have killed as many as 50 in one dosing. Still they come back. The problem is, you will always miss that one that is hiding in the back of your tank, under some rocks, in your overflow, or even in your tubing. I cant have any pepermint shrimp in my tank for more than an hour. They are snacks for my other fish. I cant have a CBB either. They stress too easy, first off and secondly, its too hard to find one that is big enough to survive a few minutes in my tank without becomming lunch. I have pretty much given into the fact that this tank will always have aips in it. I just try to keep them out of the front so you cant really see them. Although i do have a couple that are HUGE, and you can see them from across the room, at night, with your eyes closed.
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try these if ya can !! they are the best but will eat a ton of them fast and then starve ! mabe someone close to you could use them when ya finish with them
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you will always miss that one that is hiding in the back of your tank

I have 10 to 12 peps in my 150, any aptasia never stood a chance, even the one that was 2 to 2 1/2. They just scurry around picking them off at will.
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try these if ya can !! they are the best but will eat a ton of them fast and then starve ! mabe someone close to you could use them when ya finish with them
Interesting. Anyone know anything further on these?
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i know they breed very very fast !! there is a guy close to me that was raising some but couldnt keep enough aptasia growing to keep up ! i cleaned my fuge once (i had a ton in it ) for him to help out !! he said they will hunt down every last one in no time
from what i gathered one will clean out a tank in a month time ! the babies alittle longer but they group up on one aptasia's at a time from what he told me !!
the issue with me from ordering was keeping a supply of food for them !! ya know aptasia grow fast but didnt know if there is a way to speed up the population ? one idea i had was to keep a 10 gallon for them use no skimmer and feed alot to try to keep food for the animal ! but thought if it was that easy alot would do it
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Thank you everyone, now one more question, I have a Banded Coral Shrimp
(Stenopus hispidus) will a Peppermint shrimp get along with it? I assume so since they are both pretty peaceful.
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