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Old 04-03-2011, 05:48 AM   #31
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Thanks, I have heard peppermint shrimp are good exterminators of aiptasia?
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Old 04-03-2011, 02:02 PM   #32
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Just like every animal the peppermint shrimp is hit or miss. You could get one that will take care of it without a problem (if it isn't too big) or it may just ignore them all.

First, I don't like the idea of buying an animal specifically to get rid of a problem (be it alga or whatever). What happens when that specific problem is gone? Many times the animal dies because that is what it eats. Second, you wouldn't want to get anything like that during your cycle anyway because the ammonia could very well kill it.

Getting rid of the aiptasia is pretty easy. It would be even easier right now because you are cycling and you don't have to worry about causing an ammonia spike by killing too many of them because you want ammonia right now!
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Old 04-03-2011, 03:11 PM   #33
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Thanks smitty, wise words, look at the cane toad as a good example!
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Old 04-04-2011, 12:00 PM   #34
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Is it worth buying a refractometer? I get my water already mixed from the aquatics?
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Old 04-04-2011, 12:14 PM   #35
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I would. I'm going to get one. Getting pre mixed water is great but if you ever had an aquatic emergency or ever needed to adjust your salinity you would be out of luck!
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:41 PM   #36
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This tank is packed full of bugs! It looks like I now have a crab, I'm sure I saw a claw nibbling at the rock, I tried to take a picture in the dark but it shot off! I guess these little Gits are bad news too??? Quite cool though!
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I have now id the little critter and it's a crab for sure, you can just make put the claw in this pic. This recent batch of LR sure was live, how do it get rid of him?
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You should try to ID it first before outing it. Google crabs and look through pics, see if you can find it!
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He/ she is small with a larger claw which is black tipped. Anything with a large claw is not really welcome?????
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Old 04-04-2011, 07:33 PM   #40
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I think it may be one of the xanthid crab family. How the **** do I catch a critter like this? I guess he must be helping with the cycle?
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