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Old 03-07-2003, 12:56 PM   #1
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Hello, after reading another post I realized that I have aiptasia on one of my live rocks. 8O now, I have been checking out some websites and basically the negatives seem worse if you have a reef tank ( I don't) So.. Do I go out and buy a peppermint shrimp ( I think the radiant lion and or small snow flake eel will eat him, correct?) ( in that case I would not get the shrimp) DO I remove the rock and try the other methods described?
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also what are the negatives from aiptasia ( maybe I'm missing something)
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Old 03-07-2003, 01:04 PM   #2
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the real negative about aiptasia is that they multiply rather quickly and that they sting corals and such. Otherwise, I have seen them in FO aquariums and not present any danger. They are kind of ugly though; all brown and such...

I would get rid of them anyway...you really wouldn't want them to get out of hand.

From what I have seen, you can get some Kalk and a syringe and inject them with it and it will kill them...Another wild idea I have seen is, take the rock out and burn it with a bic lighter...that will kill it
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timbo2 is on the money. They will cover your LR keeping your fish from grazing. I would inject them with kalk until gone. No need to remove the rock, that would be counter productive since they will suck back into the rock when you remove it from the water. Do a few at a time so you don't spike your pH. Keep at it. Persistance pays off.
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i killed one using a syringe full of very hot water, but this method does not always work. kalk would be best should you have it.
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On some of the LR that I brought back from NY, there was a pretty good colony of aiptasia. I have been knocking off a few each day with the syringe and VERY hot water method. So far, it seems to be working well. I guess time will tell how effective it is.
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I've been told Copperband Butterflies work well and they look good too as long as you don't have corals.
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How common is aiptasia with LR?
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The only aptasia I've ever gotten was sold to me as a curly-que anemone. DUH. I was new. The LFS guy made it right when I brought him a pic. The girl was misinformed. I've never gotten any on LR. I buy some LR from the LFS and 3 times I've bought 45 pound boxes. There used to be some in the LFS coral tank, but after I told the guy I wasn't buying anything connected to these pests, he got rid of them. My advice, look closely before buying.
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