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Old 02-20-2015, 05:46 PM   #1
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huge aipastia infestation!

Hey guys an' gals!

As mentioned in the title I have a huge problem with aipastia. I can currently see about 80 without looking to hard...

Really I'm after some nudibranch berghia to add to my tank but got no idea where to get them from.

Any advice on this would be massively appreciated!

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Old 02-20-2015, 06:22 PM   #2
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Why aren't you doing peppermint shrimp?


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Old 02-20-2015, 07:15 PM   #3
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The natural consumers of aiptasia are extremely hit or miss. I'd go on a massive killing spree with aiptasia-x or joe's juice. It will look daunting for sure, but it is the only guarantee. I fought a similar battle with vermetid snails using super glue to glue their door shut.
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Old 02-20-2015, 07:22 PM   #4
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Peppermint shrimp aren't reliable.

If the aiptasia aren't crowding any corals and you can reach them just turn off your pumps and cover them in kalk paste for a while. Or use joes juice.
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Personally I'm 2 for to with peppermint shrimp. Worked both times and the aipastasia never came back.
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Aiptasia X did wonders for me.


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Old 02-21-2015, 07:57 AM   #7
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Peppermints work for me as well. Had to many aptasias to count and put 2 peppermint shrimp in and within a week maybe 2 they where gone and have never come back.


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If its as bad as it can be. then peppermints wont do the trick. I had a tank fullof them, some as big as a fist. lol I ended up nuking the rock and starting over. If you can I would start going after them with joes juice, kalk paste or aipastia x. Even better, see if you can borrow a zapper from a reef club member if you are in a club, or maybe check with your lfs. I borrowed one from a fellow reefer and it did wonders for that particular tank. It just melts them away to nothing. My 60g was too far gone even for a zapper though. :-(
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I would try peppermints before nudibranches. I have seen them work on occasion. I would also manually kill whatever I could reach. Just kill a few each time you do a water change. You'll be under control before you know it. There are worse things in this hobby!
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I understand not every peppermint shrimp works but when you get a small group of them it brings your chances way up!


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