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Old 12-10-2004, 05:17 AM   #1
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Aiptasia removal!!!

*SIGH* yes , yes, I have some too. Well at least I think I do. So now the question is, how do I get rid of it. I tried using one of those long pincher things used in aquariums to move around rock and stuff, but no luck. Are these guys like feather dusters in the sense that they have cat-like reflexes and quickly retract into the rock? One second it was there, and the next it was gone. I've been cycling my tank for almost a week now, being extremely observant of everything going on in the tank. Then all of a sudden there's this gigantic anemone looking thing in my tank. My first reaction was like, "Sweet, I got an anemone!" Then I realized that in a tank being cycled, the only anemone looking thing that could survive these water parameters must be aiptasia.

Well any pointers and tips I should follow in it's removal? My first set-back.....a lot earlier than I expected. Lucky me, huh??
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Old 12-10-2004, 06:55 AM   #2
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Of you rip one off the rock, you will get a lot more of them. They can reproduce from a small fragment of the stalk that you will miss.

Use Joe's Juice

Works great.
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Old 12-10-2004, 09:36 AM   #3
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just sit another rock on top of it so it can't get any light
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Old 12-10-2004, 10:45 AM   #4
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They'll move and reproduce. Covering them won't work.
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Old 12-10-2004, 11:01 AM   #5
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joes Juice took care of the problem for me.
I only had a few Aiptasia and they are long gone
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I'm an avid supporter of the peppermint shrimp. Joes juice works well but it is very tough to inject them without having them retract. My peppermint shrimp took care of about 10 aptasia overnight.

If you only have one joes juice will work fine but i'm gussing more will show up...they reproduce pretty fast
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Yup, peps work well. Took care of mine.
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Old 12-10-2004, 02:12 PM   #8
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I've had peps in my tank since it was up and running. Never seen aptasia.
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Seriously, Joes Juice. I got some yesterday, and literally in seconds my aipasia was gone. It ate the stuff, and then kinda just dissolved. It was so weird.

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My aptasia infestation was solved by the addition of a Racoon Butterflyfish.

This is not a reef safe fish, but in my 55 gal FOWLR tank, it is great. It ate all of the aptasia, big and small, within 3 days. The minute the racoon was loose in my tank, it began attacking the aptasia and did not stop until they were all gone. This fish is beautiful and friendly, and now eats Mysis shrimp and flake food heartily.

The Butterflyfish enjoyed eating aptasia so much that I am now growing some in another tank for it!
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