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Old 08-24-2012, 04:33 AM   #1
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Aiptasia Infestion!

This Stuff is All over the biggest chunk of LR i have im my tank atm. This rock has ALOT of Spots for the aiptasia to be hiding. So for a Start i Qt the rock in a 5 gallon bucket. I figure im gonna Kalk Nuke the rock itself. Ive noticed a few tiny aiptasia on some of the other live rock, and tank wall. Only 2 tiny ones. I figure im gonna try to get a few Pep. Shrimps to clean the other LR and Tank. back to the 7lb chunk of rock... Its Infested with this crap. Any tips or Ideas?
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Old 08-24-2012, 04:36 AM   #2
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I have one pep shrimp and still have one aiptasiA so idk if they really work I tried to tooth brush him off and that really didn't work either
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This rock is bad... probly 50+ stalks on it the sucker. I didnt think nothing of it(Noob mistake)... But im sure learning from it now.
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Yeah it supposed to spread like a wild fire so i bought a pep shrimp but he is not taking care of it that well
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You can also nuke them with lemon juice or boiling water. Thankfully I have never had this problem
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:12 AM   #7
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I have plenty of Aptasia in my Refugium and overflow boxes and NONE in my display. I keep several peppermint shrimp & even though they are well fed they keep my display free of them.
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:02 AM   #8
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You can also nuke them with lemon juice or boiling water. Thankfully I have never had this problem
Boiling rocks can cause them to explode, plus if any zoas or plays, could be toxic. I've heard of injecting them with aiptasia-x, boiling water or lemon juice. Also heard if you can remove the rock you can burn them with a cigarette lighter.

Sorry, I read it as boiling the whole rock.
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Yeah it supposed to spread like a wild fire so i bought a pep shrimp but he is not taking care of it that well
The way I understand it, the best way to get peps to eat aiptasia are to get several of them for them to hunt in a pack (like in nature) then it brings out their natural tendencies to hunt aiptasia
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Gonna have to give that a try then
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