Advice needed on Pepperment Shrimp

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  1. Tiger eye

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    I've got a plage of aptaisia, before I tried to nuke them with Aptaisia-X but now there are more. What are your thouts on me getting a Pepperment Shrimp to eat the aptaisia. The aptaishia is stil small at the moment.
     
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    Its pretty much a hit and miss. Sometimes you get a aptasia eater sometimes you don't. And from what I've read on the forum, its mostly not a eater.

    A copperband I believe it was, has a better ratio of eating vs not eating aptasia.

    @gMAN will probably have more info on that.
     
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    I've onley got a 900 x 300 X 450 Tank would a Copperband be ok?
    And what do they cost?
     
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    I can not comment here, still a newb.

    Google a bit, quite a few "guides" to almost every fish out there.

    In my opinion IF it fits, it'll probably only be until a certain age/size is reached.

    I believe Idol had them for R450, could be wrong though.
     
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    copper bands are also a hit n miss, peppermint shrimps might be a better option but 2 or 3 of them would be better. what you might want to do is get a small tank just to hold the biggest piece of LR that you have, stick the shrimps in there with the aiptasia rock so they will only have the aiptasia to eat and nothing else...sorta like a cleaning station
     
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    No matter what "aptasia eater" you buy, none are guaranteed to solve your problem. The only sure way is to take care of the problem yourself with kalk mix, lemon juice, aptasiaX etc. Copperbands are notoriously hard to keep and WILL probably die within a year. There are plenty of threads already open with solutions. I advise that you do a bit more searching and understand the enemy a little better.
     
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    Get yourself some liquate calcium a 5ml syringe and inject straight from the top a few millilitres maybe 2ml in to it ....it’s a sure way to kill and prevent it from releasing offspring..These creatures are the same as jellyfish if threatened they release sperm/babies and a few weeks later from one you could now have 10...calcium calcify the sperm and kill the mother..You have to start injecting before you push the needle in to it...you have to be quick as they pull back quick..
     
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    Done some reading and decided on a pepperment shrimp so here goes. Wish me luck.
     
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    1 or 2 peppermints will not do the trick. At least 5 or more. You need an army...
     
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    Or riaans aptasia/car wash/strike force tank.
     
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    I got a peppermint shrimp in my nano. Had 3 aptasia growing on LR that I stocked the tank with and within three weeks after getting the shrimp 2 of those were gone, with the third one being wedged between two rocks still there, but since it seems to have disappeared as well.
     
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