Aiptasia

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  1. brentnorm

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    Is it possible or probable that an Aiptasia would attach itself to the glass of the tank ?
     
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    Alan Admin MASA Contributor

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    Very much so, glass even in the substrate at the bottom of the tank. Have had them attaching to my sea weed to get to the light.
     
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    Very muchly, the weirs in my last tank had hundreds of the little darlings, didn't get to the display tank though.
     
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    Then I might have an infestation. Whats the best way to tackle them ? Have found another 2 but I am sure there will be more yet undetected.
     
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    Brentnorm. I got some Elimi aptaia from SIMS and an injection. One by one you zap them in the centre. It works well and they dont come back again.Bit of a pain to do but it works [​IMG]
     
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    Elimi aptaia ! Is that something you could buy at your LFS ?
     
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    Joe's juice or the the traditional needle and super concentration kalk solution
     
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    Yip you can,but Warr is right about the other stuff. I've heard that joes juice is pretty potent. Either way its a one by one job. [​IMG]
     
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    Don't peppermint shrimp work, had about six in my display and aiptasia was about the only thing I didn't have a problem with.
     
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    If they are on the glass i would just scrape them off with a blade, catch them in a net and throw them away.
     
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    Howzit Alan

    Do peppermint shrimps eat aiptasia ?
     
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    True peppermints can eat aptasia, but not always, mine ate all my star polyps and left the aips to grow into oak trees:lol:
     
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    Ha Ha so its the luck of the draw.

    Cool thanks
     
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    Stupid Q....but why is this Aiptasia considered a nuisance and why dont ppl like it?
     
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    It spreads very quickly and has a potent sting.
     
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    Aptasia's are very good if used/grown in a remote vessel connected to the tank. They are good for filtering water, but bad for other corals ;)
     
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    Yep, as long as you have a very efficient UV on the return, there is no way the Aips can get into your display tank.
     
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    So I would need to remove all the rock and serch and destroy
     
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    I would, or failing that, try a true peppermint shrimp first.
     
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    Is the pepermint shrimp harmless to other shrimp?
     
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