Anyone using Seagrass Filefish for Aiptasia control?

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    Not an algae I know...

    I have been doing some additional research on Aiptasia control as I am very anti using CBB as I believe they are destined to die in a reef and Peppermint shrimps are hit and miss. I came accross this thread where a chap in Portugal is using a seagrass filefish (acreichthys tomentosum) for Aiptasia control

    Reef Central Online Community

    It is confirmed in a number of other sources that this fish does indeed help, and more importantly it continues feeding on other foods

    Aiptasia - ReefPedia

    Anyone using it? I am willing to try, wonder if my LFS will bring one in....
     
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    It is always risky to buy a fish for the sole purpose of using it to control a pest, what happens if it successfully clears your tank of aips? what will you do if it doesn't touch them?
     
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    Also read certain angelfish can be quite good, but they will go after corals to.
     
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    Well, it is a gorgeous little fish, and as stated they do (apparently) eat other foods, unlike the finickety CBB
     
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    well spotted Ben, they are very closely related to Triggers, Boxfish and pufferfish
     
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    i intorduced a canti (small puffer) into my brother in laws aptasia infested tank and in less than 2 weeks all traces of aptasia were gone.. the canti is still in their and being closley watched incase it persues its usual habits of fin knipping..
     
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    I agree or worse what if it clears up all the aips and turns on something else just as fleshy:arghhhh:
     
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    HHHhmmm - never heard THIS before.....

    BUT - just a thought - these reefkeepers might have just been really lucky to get individual fish that developed a LIKING for aptaisia......

    I hope that I BECOME lucky.... my regal ate a few free drifting aptaisia already.... I am HOPING that it developes a LIKING for my aptaisia.... I have MORE than enough.....
     
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