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Marine4life 05-09-2012 04:50 PM

What is this on my live rock
 
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Im new to saltwater and bought some live rock from a guy. What is this on my rock is it a coral or something bad?

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Flreefer 05-09-2012 04:56 PM

That is Aptasia, a pest anemone that will reproduce quickly, and can sting fish and coral. You def want to remove it. If you can remove the rock, burn it with a lighter. If you can't remove the rock, there are many approaches. Inject with lemon juice, inject with boiling water, inject with product called Aptasia x. If not too large of an anemone, I've personally had luck with Peppermint shrimp, they will eat it. Sometimes shrimp work and sometimes they dont, think it has to do with where the shrimp are collected.
Whichever way you chose, you need to kill it!

Marine4life 05-09-2012 05:10 PM

Noooooo thats Bad news!!!! Im gonna go crazy cos ive just seen really tiny few more in the tank!!!! Its hard to take these rocks out.

carried 05-09-2012 05:13 PM

They multiply pretty quick. I didn't have any luck with the lemon juice. I'd try the aptasia x IMO.

Flreefer 05-09-2012 05:51 PM

First thing I would try is a couple Peppermints. I only had a couple Aptasia, but they were gone in a day.

Marine4life 05-09-2012 06:09 PM

I've injected hot water on the big one about ten min ago lets see if i see him again. Do they move from place like moving from that rock to another?

Flreefer 05-09-2012 06:25 PM

They probably could, being a Nem, but not usually.
Wow, that was quick! I commend your haste!
If you see more I'd try the shrimp, like 8 bucks at LFS, and good to have anyway, good scavenger.
Good luck!

Marine4life 05-09-2012 06:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Flreefer
They probably could, being a Nem, but not usually.
Wow, that was quick! I commend your haste!
If you see more I'd try the shrimp, like 8 bucks at LFS, and good to have anyway, good scavenger.
Good luck!

Cant put shrimp in now cos i just started the cycle on tank on monday. Sucks!

Flreefer 05-09-2012 06:36 PM

Right. Well, you may have gotten them. Keep them in check manually for now and if you still see them after the cycle, then add a couple. Saw mine About 2 years ago, added the shrimp... Gone since.
Best of luck in the future!

Marine4life 05-09-2012 06:50 PM

Parentally copperband butterfly are good to get rid of them? If so once the tank is cycled i will buy one of them as i like them anyway. I'm in UK and LFS around here are crap and dont know jack all! Looked on ebay to see if Aptasia x is available or not well its not!!!

Marine4life 05-09-2012 06:51 PM

Oh and shrimps are like 15 pound here so its like 25dollar for one!

Flreefer 05-09-2012 07:10 PM

Ouch!! I find them here in the grass flats in the bay! If shipping wasn't so much I'd offer to mail you a couple.
On another note, Copperbands are a notoriously hard fish to keep. This wouldn't be a good choice for Aptasia control. Tanks need to be established reefs, with a lot of live rock, and a lot of pods. I've had mine for 6 months, with 3 other fish in a 180g. It has ravaged my DT's pods. I have a refugium so I still have pods, but not nearly as many. This Copperband was eating frozen at the Lfs, but he still prefers live pods! This fish does best if pampered in a reef setting.

Sniperhank 05-09-2012 07:15 PM

Being honest, the only ways that I have successfully removed aiptasia is with a lighter or with aiptasia-x. Boiled water/lemon juice just didn't cut it for me even though they were small.

Marine4life 05-09-2012 07:17 PM

You wont believe how the prices are in uk Lfs. Example: percula clowns like 20pound each, copperbands around 3inch like 40pound and regal tangs around 3-4 inch 40pound.
Well i guess copperband not gonna be a option as im doing FOWLR tank. My system is just shot of 200gallon.

Marine4life 05-09-2012 07:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Sniperhank
Being honest, the only ways that I have successfully removed aiptasia is with a lighter or with aiptasia-x. Boiled water/lemon juice just didn't cut it for me even though they were small.

What i did is places my siphoning pipe over it and dropped boiling water on it through the pipe. Lets see if i see them alive tomorrow. I hope NOT!


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