aptasia plague


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Filefish, Peppermint shrimp or copperband.
If you have a few then vinegar, kalk or aiptasia X will work.
I've also heard of a few guys having success with a fish called a silver scat. It's a brackish fish.
 
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joes juice or lemon juice and small injection needle.....just zap them but be carefull doing it in your tank as they can release spores into the water.
 
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There quite a few. My fish will eat the shrimps so thats a no go... is the file fish guaranteed to eat them? I havr other softies and brains so copperband might irritate those?
 
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I've heard filefish can eat Zoas. But mostly when they get older and smaller ones are reef safe.
Not sure about the copperband. I want to try one to sort out my aiptasia problem.
 

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is the file fish guaranteed to eat them?
note, not all filefish eat aiptasia. And even if it is the right type, they can go after some other corals like pulsing xenia.

I got a pair that cleans out aiptasia very quickly. In the holding system. I move rocks to them when needed. And they do tank visits now and then.
 

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In my previous tank I had a fully grown Aiptasia eating filefish. Did not bother the corals at all. Or I did not notices if it took a bite here or there.

The pair I do have now, they do go after some corals if that is placed in the holding tank. I think it might be something to do with them never having any corals. They are well fed and might eventually leave corals alone after getting used to them. Like a kid and sweets. Will eat them all in one go, or try to eat them all, but once used to them and knowing that its an unlimited supply, then maybe eat one or 2 sweets throughout the day. Or then again, keep on eating sweets all day long.
 
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A copperband is tough to find. Make sure it is eating! And they're still no guarantee. Nail as many as you can with kalkwasser in a syringe. Good luck.
 
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I had one aptasia that came in on some live rock that I clearly should have boiled... I injected it with vinegar - instantly the problem was solved.
 
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Never boil Liverock @DrewZA
Yah - sorry, I used the term loosely - I meant 'cooking' them with a bit of bleach and water in a sealed container (no light) but in the sun for a few days with a pump circulating the water, then change water several times over a couple of weeks to flush all the nasties, then drying out.

Guess I should have explained better ;-)
 
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