Aiptasia - Removing methods

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  1. VicZA

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    So what are the various (successful) methods used to remove small amounts of aptasia ? I have about 10 bits of various sizes throughout my tank. I DO NOT want to use any chemicals. I have had Peppermint Shrimp but they seem to die for some reason in my tank (9/9 so far). I had a Filefish that did not touch the stuff but rather picked at my snails - he is gone. I would love to have a Copperband but am afraid of what they can do to SPS and other coral. I would consider Nudi's but hear they are monsters when it comes to Monti's so that's a no no.

    So, looks like "mechanical" removal methods need to be tried ....

    I have injected vinegar with some success but as the tank gets populated, it gets more difficult to access them.

    Is it possible to just yank them out ? Grab them by the stem and pull them out ?

    Any other methods anyone ?
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    no they will release spores befor you remove it from your system.

    options for removal:
    predator ie file fish, copper band, peppermint shrimp or Nudi (these are not guaranteed)

    chemically apitacia x, vinegar, lemon, kalk slurry

    Remove the rock if possible.
     
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    I know you said no chemicals but I had one huge one and a smaller one used aptasia-x by red sea and they gone. Also very easy to use.
     
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    I love this stuff
     
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    I would consider trying another file fish i have one in both my tanks and they chomp the stuff maybe you just got a fussy one, but i would go that route before chemicals good luck
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i have a CBB, filefish and they eat it all, i had plenty golf ball size ones growing on my clams and now not one
     
  8. VicZA

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    does you CBB and Filefish pick on any other stuff ? sps ? clams ? snails ?
     
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    I had a file fish for over two months and it never touched not even one aptaisa.. I guess it's down to luck to get one that eats them.

    on aptaisa x I would recommend using it on juvenile aptaisa. if you use it on a big mature one it's almost inevitable that it will release spores... I have been using aptaisa x for about two years now and for every big aptaisa I kill 5 or more will spawn in random places in the tank... best kill them while they are young and can't release spores
     
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    Mine took about four months to decide it liked aiptasia. Then it took a week or two to remove all of them.

    It enjoys my one frogspawn. If it doesnt gets its daily dose of mysis im almost guaranteed to be short a head of frogspawn in the morning.
     
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    nope, fish are opportunistic feeders, keep them well fed and they will realise prepared foods are easier to get then eat corals
     
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    Hey bud I got a peppermint shrimp an he cleaned them all up
     
  13. VicZA

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    I had a filefish and he ate like a pig but did not touch the aiptasia ... so maybe this rule applied ?
     
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    I have had these before but they all die .... always had them in groups of 3 .... maybe I should try just getting one and see what happens
     
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    mine took a month or 2, then over a week all aiptasia disappeared
     
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    Yes get 1 it wirked for give it a try better than using chemicals in yr reef
     
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    I found kalk paste to be very effective. It just requires some delicacy in application so that you dont cover your other corals. I didn't think that kalk qualified as chemical warfare as people add it to their tanks as a Calcium and Alk supplement.
    I found that vinegar required far more per dose than the carbon dosing schedule prescribes, so this may affect my pH. I also thought the vinegar may effect my biocubes.
     
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