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Old 09-12-2012, 01:07 PM   #11
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These are the things growing off the live rock I bought last night.

What is it??
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Old 09-12-2012, 01:28 PM   #12
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Looking good but unfortunately that is aiptasia. Need to get rid of that ASAP! When I bought some live rock it had some on it and I thought I got a bonus. Boy way I wrong. Its a bad anemone that spreads like wildfire and can kill corals and anything else it can catch. I used a syringe and aiptasia x. It cast 20 bucks but worked instantly. There are other ways to get rid of the so do some research on it. You can't simply remove it it will grow back full force. Good luck and let us know how it goes
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Old 09-12-2012, 01:33 PM   #13
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Def aiptasia. Welcome to officially being a reefer, aren't one without having to battle this little pest! I just had some pop up in my reef tank on one of my powerheads, round 3! But, like stated above, aiptasia-x is a great product that will do the job as long as the instructions are followed. Others have found success with boiling lemon juice or boiling water...but I had no such luck personally.
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Awesome thats what I get for straying from my lfs
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Old 09-12-2012, 02:03 PM   #15
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Yea when. I got mine I got it from the not so good LFS instead of my trusted place. You could always call them up and say you want a refund. They know its there and they know exactly what it is. Some places actually sell aiptasia infested rock for more to newbies and call it 'coral incrusted rock'! I'm not sure if a freshwater dip will release them or not. Just research it. I tried a few things then I just bought the aiptasia killer with syringe and injected each one and it died instantly. It last a good while too if it ever happens again in the future you will have it. Good investment. I only had about 4 of them in my tank so I didn't use but a few drops of it
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You can also try peppermint shrimp. They are known to eat aiptasia but mine didn't. Some have better luck
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Those are too big for a peppermint shrimp. They have to just be starting to grow for them to be interested.
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So if I was to remove the one rock with the aptasia would that fix my problem?? Or is my tank permanently tainted??
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I'm in the brea Anaheim area. My favorite store is called fish collection but that might be a drive for you. As for the aptasia I would use the aptasia x on what you can see and then get 2 peppermint shrimp. I have a 55g tank with a refug. The fuge is full of aptasia but my two peppermint shrimp keep the tank clean.
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You could do that. But by the time that aiptasia died the rock wouldn't be live rock anymore. No guarantee on the aiptasia isn't on the other rocks you got from there either since it was in their system. Possibility a couple could spring up down the road but you are still in good standings. Your not overrun with it and the tank is still cycling anyway.
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