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Old 04-15-2014, 10:44 AM   #1
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I think I might be having my first experience with aiptasia . It is attached to the skeleton of a meat coral, just at the sand line (coral is on the bottom). I have had this coral about 6 weeks, and just this morning happened to walk by and see this little bugger sticking out of the sand. It has a stalk to it and retracts fully into the coral skeleton when touched. So...is this aiptasia? Is there a way to kill this one without harming the coral? What are the odds there's only one? And should I implement a tank-wide treatment now or only if I see more? And what has been the best treatment in your experience - nudibranchs, chemicals, etc?
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:14 AM   #2
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Yes, its aptasia, and there is no tank-wide treatment for it.
You could scrape away some of the skeleton that the aptasia is attached to, or you could put some kalkwasser paste on it, a glob of crazy glue gel over it, inject it with something acidic like lemon juice or maybe vinegar, or you could buy something like "aptasia-x" or "joes juice"...

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Great, thanks! I think with the location crazy glue might work well - I'll give it a go.
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We had a huge outbreak of aptasia. Now we have none. 4 Caribbean peppermint shrimp ate them all in two nights.
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