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Old 07-10-2006, 04:47 PM   #11
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I've been adding a lot of rock from the LFS lately, and there's always aiptasia's on them.

What I've found works miracles is concentrated lemon juice. Nail them in the stem with a couple CC's of that stuff, and they'll retract and never come back out.

I've killed a dozen or so in the last month with lemon juice, and never seen them come back or new ones appear (except on new rocks).

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Use the JJ and nuke those SOB before its too late, this method is 100% effective. using the Pep shrimp method is not 100%, some eat them and some don't. JJ will not hurt the tank, I use it all the time in my 125 to nuke Majano anemonies, I kill off 20-30 at a time with no effects. You don't want to directly get it in any corals or anwmonies because it could hurt them. It some gets on a coral just brush it off and it should be fine. Again aptasia are a PEST and if left in a tank can take over and sting corals.
Pulling off the aptasia IMO is not good either, I have read that doing this can help spread them? Not sure how true it is but why try it.

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Old 07-10-2006, 07:54 PM   #13
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I agree that Joe`s juice is the way to go. I know when Brenden was here he would use boiling water with good results. What ever you do you need to get rid of them or you`ll be in trouble.


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I agree with everyone who is telling you to use the Joe's Juice. Aptasia really has no place in a reef tank if you want it to thrive. Sad as it may be, they really are as terrible as they say. Joe's Juice is a tried and true method that is completely safe when used correctly. Peppermint shrimp are a crap shoot and may or may not eat the aptasia. The only true consumer of them are specific butterfly fish and a small nudibranch called Berghia Verrucicornis (if you can find them). The butterfly fish are somewhat large (not sure on your tank size) and some are hard to get eating other foods. They will eat the aptasia and your feather duster worms, then may starve once the aptasia is gone. The nudibranch will eat nothing but the aptasia and will starve once they are gone.

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