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Old 09-10-2008, 03:49 PM   #1
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Aiptasia...grrr

I all, just need some advice.

I bought some more live rock for my tank today, and have noticed that a few of the pieces have Aiptasia on them. Clearly not good, so I'm just investigating the best solution of getting this under control before it gets out of hand and they spread.

I've read that the best form of control is for Hermit Crabs to be added to clean these pests out, but can this guarantee success before they spread further?

I'd be grateful to hear advice/experiences here.

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I was told that hermit crabs won't eat them. If you can see them clearly, get a syringe and start shooting lemon juice concentrate into their stems (said to be harmless to the tank). I would advise hosting the rocks in a separate container until the infestation is gone. I had nudibranches - but they didn't really eat them either. So now I'm looking at baking the rocks in the microwave or something like that. Let's see what others will say.
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try peppermint shrimp, they got all of mine out of the tank within a few hours of being added.
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I did this:
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Very cost effective. I have found pepperments are hit or miss.
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Agree with roka... the kalk paste or Joe's Juice is the guaranteed way to go. Peppermints are hit and miss and if you only have a few chemical methods are just plain simple. Never heard of crabs dealing with it - and they won't.
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Very cost effective. I have found pepperments are hit or miss.
Number one method of removal ime. White vinegar can also be used/mixed and I normally use sw that I bring to a boil once mixed.
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This may be a stupid question, but how is it dealt with in the wild? I assume that reefs aren't taken over by them, so something must be keeping them in check other than chemical intervention?
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This may be a stupid question, but how is it dealt with in the wild? I assume that reefs aren't taken over by them, so something must be keeping them in check other than chemical intervention?
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