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Old 03-13-2012, 05:58 PM   #1
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Quarantine question

So, this might be a basic question, but I am relatively new to the hobby. I know the rules about quarantine for fish, but what about inverts? I am particularly interested in the answer to this question with regard to peppermint shrimp. I am dealing with an Aiptasia problem and I want to get 10-12 peppermints in there as biological control. Do I need to quarantine the shrimp?

Also interested in rules procedure for quarantining other inverts like corals and anemones if you have any experience with that.
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Old 03-13-2012, 06:02 PM   #2
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No, no quarantine needed for inverts\anemones or corals. Some folks dip corals to remove any parasites; but not necessary.
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:38 PM   #3
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Wow 10 peppermints i had 1 and he took care of it in like 3ish days and my prob was bad but its a 37g how bigs yours?
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Wow 10 peppermints i had 1 and he took care of it in like 3ish days and my prob was bad but its a 37g how bigs yours?
I have 125 gal. The guy as the lfs suggested 10-12 peppermints. I hope it's not overkill. I have 2 brittle stars and a what I think is a reef lobster. Also a 4-5 inch maroon clown. Anyone see any compatability issues?
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So far lemon juice in a syringe has worked pretty well but it is a constant battle and a lot of wet arm pits. Also, I can't get in between the nooks and crannies of the live rock chunks. Hopefully, these pepps will make my life easier.
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Our one Peppermint has certainly done the job.
Although you won't need to QT like with fish, you want to be careful you don't bring ANY of their water into your tank.
Drip acclimate, then net transfer to a separate container of just your tank water. Then after a bit net transfer to the tank. Sounds OCD until you've been burned & learned.

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Our one Peppermint has certainly done the job.
Although you won't need to QT like with fish, you want to be careful you don't bring ANY of their water into your tank.
Drip acclimate, then net transfer to a separate container of just your tank water. Then after a bit net transfer to the tank. Sounds OCD until you've been burned & learned.

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Thanks, that is really helpful. So, you only have 1 peppermint. How big is your tank?
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Here's another question. Do the peppermint shrimp actively climb in/around/up the live rock, or do they just hang around the sand bed?
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They go all around the rock.
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:09 PM   #10
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Only 36G. No more aiptasia to eat so it makes due with food scraps. Quite the thief actually - will steal stuff right out of a polyp's mouth.

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