Aiptasia - nuke with Ca(OH)

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    Hi all,
    Just my 2pennies on the whole aiptasia thing. At the two oceans aquarium, we just use a calcium hydroxideCa(OH)2 solution made with RO, suck up the white kalk and give the anemone a shot in the mouth. Does anyone else do this??? it works like a dream and it doesnt harm any tank inhabitants. As I understand redsea's aiptasia-x is just calcium hydoxide with a preservative.
    Any thoughts?
     
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    There are lots of suggestions going around, I personally used lemon juice, the secret is to inject them into their oral disc, they are pretty quick. Also heard that one can starve them in a ULNS system, or add kalk wasser as a bolus into your tank every evening (think this will be controversial though, and can cause some unwanted swings in parameters). I have CB and LNS, so not sure if a LNS helps.
     
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    lemon juice?? i believe puncturing the anemone makes it release eggs or spores or whatever.
     
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    i thought u meant injecting it with a needle, and lime juice being acidic is not really something i would want around other coral.
     
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    yeah I did, and you don't more than 0.5ml at a time, Calcium hydroxide is just as strong as, except its a base instead of a acid, opposite ends of the pH scale. How do you give a shot in the mouth at two oceans, using what?
     
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    I use white vinegar and a diabetic syringe.
    Acidic base and inject it into the disc or around the foot. It dissolves the aptasia. Use about 1ml per big aptasia and do it slowly. The needle is so thin, that some times as you go though the oral disc it does not even retract.

    But take note, vinegar is another method of sugar dosing, like vodka. So only do 1ml per 100L total system volume.
     
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    I use 1:1 calcium hydroxide to sodium hydroxide. I find that straight kalk only has a 50% success rate...if that. Just be careful with the sodium hydroxide and don't get it on other livestock.
     
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    interesting, dont like the sodium hydroxide though, sounds risky, and i use a syringe to dose the kalk right in the mouth
     
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