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Old 07-10-2006, 01:34 AM   #1
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hate to kill it

well its been a while--life as an ER nurse flies by

My new tank (6 months old) is one my highlights
just getting the new lights up and will proceed to corals after the light learning curve however I have two little problems--an aptasia and a dividing anemonia majano--what is a girl to do
I will be getting a green bubble coral, some mushroon coral, frog spawn to start and I just don't know if I can kill the aptasia
The best part of my tank is watching how things move in it--the aptasia is beautiful to watch

any down to earth tried and true advice apreciated

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Re: hate to kill it

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I have two little problems--an aptasia and a dividing anemonia majano--what is a girl to do--the aptasia is beautiful to watch
They will not be so beautiful in a couple of months when your tank and rock are covered in them....nail them with some Joe's Juice now and save a lot of headaches and loss later.
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Old 07-10-2006, 02:43 AM   #3
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I know, I hate to kill things, too, no matter how "evil"...I set up a tank for pest pond snails, for heaven's sake.

I think your only option though is to kill the aptasia (or give it its own NanoCube-you think I'm kidding!)
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I'd have to agree. When I got my tank up and running I noticed ONE aipstasia anemone. Just one. And for a a couple weeks there was only one. By the end of my cycle and setup, maybe 2 month later (I had a little delay) there were probably more than 200.

I know it sucks, but if you value the lives of your other corals (aipstasia can sting and kill them) I'd Juice it now. Joes Juice is a great product.

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It really depends on where your rock is from ... Pacific Aptaisia will reproduce like crazy, Atlantic Aptaisia will not. I have had a few in my tank near the bottom of some rocks and they have not moved or reproduced at all.
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Get a Peppermint shrimp. I had 5 spots with Aptasia, put a Peppermint in there, and viola, week later, no Aptasia.

Same thing as killing them, but at least it is part of the food chain rather than just juicing them.
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Boy, mine sure did!
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Will the juice kill other inhabitants?

Should you turn off all PH's and flow before juicing them?
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I'd avoid juicing. Depending on the size of the tank, probably one per thirty gallons, I'd get a peppermint shrimp. You have to keep in mind that the peppermints won't eat aptasia bigger than they are, so you're best bet is to just pull the aptasia off by hand, and let it reproduce. That way the shrimp will get them when they're small. Good Luck.
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Why not use Joes Juice? Its completely safe for other corals and is easy to use. Pulling the anemone off is difficult, and will cause little ones to pop up. And not all peppermint shrimp eat aipstasia. IMO, you're best to kill them right out, safely, with Joes Juice, then to take your chances on peppermint shrimp.
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