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Old 12-13-2004, 01:08 PM   #1
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HELP Aptasia!!!!!

Ok i have a horrible aptasia problem. I have tried joes juice and does not seem to be working. It makes them dissapear for a while then it seems like 5 grow back in it's place. What do i do to get rid of them. I bet there are 100 in my tank or more.
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Old 12-13-2004, 01:31 PM   #2
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Hook up some peppermint shrimp.... from what I hear they eat it like candy... are pretty cheap too.
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Old 12-13-2004, 01:35 PM   #3
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Another vote for pepps--- buy from a reliable source...

I had a few (not 100s...) and bought 5 pepps - now aptaisia is all gone.
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Old 12-13-2004, 02:06 PM   #4
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i did that they don't seem to be eating them
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Old 12-13-2004, 02:11 PM   #5
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Joe's juice is most likely kiling the ones you squirt it on, the problem is they multiply so most likely new ones are popping up all over. I'd try to hit them with joe's juice everytime you see one pop up giving it less of a chance to throw off a few new ones.
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Old 12-13-2004, 02:17 PM   #6
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I have use a thick Kalkwasser mix in a syringe, works great at killing the critters. Most people already have the Kalk, and syringes are about 25 cents each at any pharmacy (just ask, they are behind the counter).
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I too did the kalk thing for most, then Joe's for the rest. Now have peps for maintenance and all gone. I had 150 easy. Heat up the kalk mixture for added results. Peps are hit and miss for eating the aptasia, usually only eat the smaller ones. They don't call these guys a pests for nothing.

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Old 12-13-2004, 03:49 PM   #8
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Well I have the pickling lime stuff. Now what do i need to do? Just add it to the aps like i would if i were using joes or what. Need details. Don't want to messup and kill all the coral in my tank and everything else. Thanks
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Here is what I did:

1) Mix up Kalk and water in a small container. Try to thicken up the mixture to the point where you can just barely get it into the syringe.

2) Turn off powerheads in tank. This prevent the stuff from getting blown around.

3) Now toss the Kalk mixture in the microwave for a few seconds. Once it all bubbles up, you have reached killing temp.

4) Quickly inject a small ammount of mix into each Aiptasia. I squirt a tiny bit on the oral disc at first. They usually try eating it at first, then I try to stab it with the needle with more injection, then follow the thing into its hole and squirt more in the hole.

5) Repeat killing as needed.

6) Vacuum leftover Kalk out of tank.

7) Turn powerheads back on.
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and the kalk in the tank is not going to raise any levels in my tank to the point that it can hurt anything?
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