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Old 09-13-2009, 01:16 AM   #1
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my peppermint shrimps keep eating my nass snails?

Alrite, I bought my peppermint shrimps to kill aiptasia, but I m unlucky, almost 5days and they haven't kill one, but they do kill one of my bottom polyp, and 6 nass snails.

the first 2, I would assume the snails were dead, but everyday they kept rolling my nass snails over and over again trying to eat them.

what's going on? should I remove the peppermints?
why r they trying to eat my snails, ain't they coral and invert safe?
or just another way the store get us to buy their stuff....
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Old 09-13-2009, 01:32 AM   #2
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100% sure that they are peps? I think it was Innovator that told me that if they get hungary and decide to munch, it may not be something you like. Them eating the Aiptasia is a hit or miss as well. I suggest that you remove them and move them to the sump (I think you had one if I remeber correctly) and try the pickling lime method.
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100% sure that they are peps? I think it was Innovator that told me that if they get hungary and decide to munch, it may not be something you like. Them eating the Aiptasia is a hit or miss as well. I suggest that you remove them and move them to the sump (I think you had one if I remeber correctly) and try the pickling lime method.
they r at my refugium already, I remove the rock that has aips and put it in the refu with the shrimps.
will the boiling fresh water method work as well?
I m sure they r peps, they r actually the same as the picture I saw in most of the online store. i know they r similar to carmal shrimps, but I m sure they r peps(is it how u spell? LOL).
one of my thought on why they don't eat aips is they get used to pelles and other food from the FS that I got them from. they r more interested to my fingers than the aip that sit right infront of my finger LMAO
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Boiling should work. I just use the pickling lime method as I bought 2 1lb. bags not to long ago....
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but heard the lime juice will reduce pH?
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If you have a bad aiptasia problem, then it will mess with your params, but so will most methods, boiling water will raise temp., lemon juice/Joe's juice will mess with PH, etc... Pickling lime is actually a powder, not a liquid. If you have less than aiptasia nems, you should be fine param wise. If more than that, you may want hit them batch by batch.
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If you have a bad aiptasia problem, then it will mess with your params, but so will most methods, boiling water will raise temp., lemon juice/Joe's juice will mess with PH, etc... Pickling lime is actually a powder, not a liquid. If you have less than aiptasia nems, you should be fine param wise. If more than that, you may want hit them batch by batch.
after a month of checking at night.
I only see 3 aips on the rock
one actually disappear after I put it in the refugium, one is closing day and night, not moving at all.
and the last one is the one I asked for ID before, it didn't come out for 2night.
I hope is the pepps di their work, or else if they keep eating my snails, I might feed them to my puffer >.>
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I would just hit them with the pickling lime, if you use boiling water and it fails, you will be in for a treat of more aiptasia.
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hmm where can I get pickling lime?
and do I just mix it with the SW and feed on the aips mouth?
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Alrite, I bought my peppermint shrimps to kill aiptasia, but I m unlucky, almost 5days and they haven't kill one, but they do kill one of my bottom polyp, and 6 nass snails.....
You probably have camel back shrimp not peppermints. They look very similar but have vastly different feeding habbits.
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