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Old 07-07-2012, 10:16 PM   #1
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Why is Aiptasia bad for my tank?

I know Aiptasia is a plague because it can hurt or even kill fishes and corals, but I would like to know more about it.

Why and How can it hurt my fishes?
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:27 PM   #2
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I think the main reason Aptasia are a bad thing in a tank is because they reproduce quickly. If left unchecked, pretty soon the tank is full of them.
They are anemone, with stinging cells in the tentacles, which can injure any fish, and possibly overtake smaller ones, if the Aptasia were large enough. They can also irritate and possibly kill nearby corals, so anyone investing money in corals is best served to kill them on site.
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:00 AM   #3
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Thanks for the information Im trying to get rid off the aiptasia in my tank.
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Old 07-10-2012, 05:02 PM   #4
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I used lemmon juice in a needle and it worked great. You just gotta poke them before they shrink up. Good luck...
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:32 PM   #5
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Peppermint shrimp eat the hell out them. I got three in my 55 and as soon as I put them in there they went straight to it and ganged up on it and picked it to death was pretty awesome to watch
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Peppermint shrimp eat the hell out them. I got three in my 55 and as soon as I put them in there they went straight to it and ganged up on it and picked it to death was pretty awesome to watch
I agree, Peppermints worked for me as well. Only had like 5 Aptasia, but they were gone in 2 days! Never seen one since, and that was years ago.
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Not sure yet on what effects the shrimp have on the rest of my reef yet but they serve their purpose. And on the other hand I've been told injected lemon juice does work
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After aiptasias are gonne how do I feed the peppermint shrimp?

Are they reef safe?
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After aiptasias are gonne how do I feed the peppermint shrimp?

Are they reef safe?
Yes, they are reef safe. They will just grab a little of the fish food, you don't need to feed them specially. They are great scavengers!
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Not sure but I'll find out and let u know. I was told they were reef safe. I guess that's one thing I didn't ask I just assumed they would feed off the tank.
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