[wtd] Aptaisa eating Copperband

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  1. HOT SAUCE

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    hi all

    im slowly loosing the aptaisa battle using Aptaisa X so i have decided to move on to more natural and long term methods of dealing with this pest..

    so if anyone has a copperband that they are willing to sell please let me know. i will be in Joburg / Pretoria on Friday the 26th and can collect then.
     
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    That is difficult to ask someone to part with their copperband. :tt2: Maybe try aiptasia eating filefish? I know of an obscure lfs in jhb that has a few, not sure about price though, probably R300-R400. Else try a copperband from an lfs, but IME the small ones don't really eat aiptasia until they are much bigger.
     
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    I've got a file fish. PM me closer to the time, I may be willing to part with him. I paid R450. You can have him for that price.

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    Hi- im desperately looking for a solution to kill my aiptasia. Is ur fish still available? Im in jhb and wud be really glad if u cud help. Willing to collect


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    I had to get rid of it, it was nipping at my Kenyan tree. WOP had a few, please check with them.

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    Some filefish are naughty. It differs from one fish to the next. I had one that loved pulsing xenia. But it took out aiptasia big time.

    The one I got now is a model citizen. Only taking on aiptasia but not as enthusiastic as the previous one.
     
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    Yes, and some I've heard will nip normal anemones too like RBTA's. Any fish that will eat aiptasia will be a risk to corals too, even copperbands sometimes go rogue.
     
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    I would rather have that than the filefish, I was scared to put my hand in the tank, its one ugly looking bugger. I think the racoon butterfuly is also an aptasia muncher, but it looks good.
     
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    the most riskiest option out of a Copperband, Filefish and Racoon, would be the Racoon.

    The smaller the filefish, the less likely it will be to eat other corals. Well fed and it will be happy.
    Copperband is a lot more difficult to sustain in a smaller tank as well. Getting it to eat frozen food or flakes is a challenge. Where the filefish would not have an issue accepting flakes.

    My filefish is in a tank with 3 inferno anemones, lots of button polyps, some mushrooms, zoa and ricordia. He does not bother any of those corals.
     
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    My filefish ate my zoas, BIG no no. was not happy at all.
     
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    You can also try a fw scat, apparently also eats aiptasia. Even some larger Pomacanthus angels as well as a banner fish have eaten my aiptasia before. I currently have a filefish in a smaller tank and a copperband in a bigger tank, both do a great job to keep aiptasia under control.
     
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    I wont mind trying a Scat, if I can find one.
    For now I am zapping them with Aptasia-X
     
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    I've seen spotted scats in the FW section of a few random lfs's, like the fw pet shop across from Impala fruiterers on Beyers Naude by Northcliff Corner. You just have to acclimate them to saltwater over a week or 2.
     
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    I believe Peppermint Shrimp also eats Aiptasia.
     
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    Yes, but you need quite a few, one or 2 does not really make a dent at all, and some of them also eat corals.
     
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    I have a silver scat and he looooovvvvveeeessss aiptasia. Since I have had him I have no aiptasia issues. They do tend to get big over time but you can always trade them in on a smaller one at your LFS. Mine is the same size as my foxface. Got him now just over 2 years.
     
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    ive heard of peppermint shrimp doing the trick?
     
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    If anyone knows where one could get peppermint shrimps, that would awesome. Please let me know


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    Try wild on pets, even jungle aquatics had some

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    Thanks. Will def give them a shout. Been looking for a while now.


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