Aiptasia eating filefish

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  1. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Anybody ever seen any of these for sale anywhere, or got any experience with them?

    Aiptasia eating filefish - Acreichthys tomentosus

    Pictures and full write-up here - Reefkeeping Magazine - Fish Profile

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  3. crispin

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    fairly common here in norway in fact
     
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    ive never brought one though as i dont have aptasia, but they (the fish) stay relativley small but are not powerful swimmers so one needs to moderate the flow inside the tank a liitle to medium flow rates which some guys with SPS dominated systems have found hard to do
     
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    there are 3 available at animal-kingdom in atterbury valuemart, i looked at buying one over the weekend
     
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    viper357 Thread Starter Admin MASA Contributor

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    So they are available then, could these be the answer we need instead of finnicky copperbands and hit and miss peppermint shrimps? Who's got lots of aiptaisa, please go and buy one and test it out for us. :p
     
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    i would have thought youd be more interested ina massive algae eater :)
     
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    viper357 Thread Starter Admin MASA Contributor

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    Majano's too. :)
     
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    viper357 Thread Starter Admin MASA Contributor

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    Green is my favourite colour. :p
     
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    i have one of those, great fish, but need to suppliment with live foods in the beginning then wean on to frozen etc, mine ate a bit of aiptasia before he challenged my trigger
     
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    could i perhaps draw your attention to green plating montipora, or perhaps a deep green acropora, far prettier than your current stocking of green sea weeds! :p
     
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    viper357 Thread Starter Admin MASA Contributor

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    I take it you don't have the fish anymore then? :p
     
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    he is in my FOWLR, no aiptasia there yet
     
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    viper357 Thread Starter Admin MASA Contributor

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    I got one of them, it's colourchanging because it was red but died so now it's covered in green algae.
     
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    viper357 Thread Starter Admin MASA Contributor

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    So would you recommend one of these for aiptaisa control? I see the article says they can take up to 2 weeks to start chowing.
     
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    I would be carefull of an anemone eating fish like this. Its coral after all. From the article:

    In my experience, I have had no issues with compatibility, however A. tomentosus will eat pods in the aquarium and may reduce the local population below that able to sustain a healthy Mandarinfish. Another fact the potential owner should be aware of is that there are several reports of these fish nipping on other things in the tank besides aptasia. I have seen rare occurrences of zoanthids, LPS, fan worms, yellow polyps and other small sessile invertebrates being nipped.
     
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    if u willing to use livefoods to make sure he eats then yes, very cool fish
     
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    Crap,one of these literally swam into my net in umhlanga-durban last year when i was trying to catch a racoon butterfly.

    Poor buggers top spines got stuck in my net and it wasn't looking too good when i released it after trying to gently coax the spines out the net...wish i had a knife could've rather cut the net.

    But yes they are poor swimmers as he was battling in the rock pools current a few seconds before he landed up in my net.

    Needless to say the racoon got away:whistling:
     
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    I got one for some time now. Cool fish, and it does change colour rapidly when in feeding mode or not. Weird looking fish and a slow swimmer. Keeps to the lower parts of the tank close by the rocks. It does not eat my aiptasia that is on the top rocks at all, he never swims there.

    Very shy fish, and will move in behind the rock work whenever you move around in the room. But due to its uniqueness I do like it.

    Animal Kingdom got that aiptasia farm tank at their entrance. They put in 4 of these, and it seems that they paired off into two groups. Each group stay to their side of the tank. But the aiptasia is gone.

    As in other fish, not all do eat aiptasia. And apparently, those that do, is more likely the ones that will nibble at SPS when matured. I do not have SPS so I can not say.
     
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    Getting some berghia soon hopefully they will get rid of my aptasia as my copperband ignores it
     
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    @ jumbo did you get your berghia yet
    i have huge aiptasia farm lol
     
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