Aptasia.. Slight little problem

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  1. Jeann1

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    Hello.

    Ok, I have read up about this, and have tried a lot of the remedies.. but with no success.. Problem is, Aptasia is poping up everywhere. Guess I have counted about 50+ at the moment.

    So, do I go try and get "true Wurdimani" or do I get a Copperband?

    Copperband will be a risky option, as it might munch on coral polyps.. so it will be put in DT, left to chow Aptasia, and if it starts munching corals, taken out..

    Wurdimani's will work, but are really difficult to find at the moment..

    Suggestions?
     
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    Which remedies have you tried?
     
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    Peppermints shrimps do work. But not one or two. Must have a few together. At least 5 in my opinion. And they can also take on Zoa, So yes, even they can be tricky.
     
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    Lemon Juice, take the rock out, small neelde, directly in aptasia.

    Knife, tried cutting the buggers out. Built a Zapper, some died, i think some spawned..
     
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    You should try one of the commercial products. Aptasia-X worked wonders for me. Cutting them off will casue them to multiply.
    It also takes a few weeks to get rid of all of them.
     
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    Ok, Aiptasia-X.

    So Copperband is not a good idea?
    I see Hennie gave some advice in another thread, maybe I should try that.

    Eish, have to take out every bit of LR i have to do this.. sucks.

    Thats why I tought of a tank mate to help with this.
     
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    if you have only a few i found boiling the buggers works well eg:taking out rock and using a nice big syringe with boiling water to use on affected part of a rock or if on a corner of a rock i just fill the sink with boiling water (my wife loves that) and dip the affected part (so as to not sterilise the whole rock) in for about a minute

    when it gets in between corals like star polyps and such i still haven't found the remedy for that

    but the key here in my experience is to treat it the moment you see it before the 20's, 30's stage
     
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    Yeah, having to deal with over 50 and all of your rock is not cool, if it was me I would try a tank mate first. Copperbands, as you say are hit and miss, first thing you need to do is try and find one that is eating prepared foods, otherwise, IF he eats the aiptaisa and then doesn't eat normal fish food then he'll die. My copperband is in a tank with LPS, SPS and soft corals and I have never seen him show interest in any of the corals, but then he does get fed very well. If I was you I would try get 2 peppermint shrimp to start off with. I'm sure I saw someone advertising them the other day.
     
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    I've been trying to get my hands on some peppermints for days now, no one has stock.

    As for the copperband, IF they eat prepared food they can actually be trained to eat aptasia by placing the food on/next to the aptasia but its a lengthy on hard process. I'll try to find the article.

    Viper do you have any open brains? This is the only reason I haven't gotten one yet... Too many horror stories. :whistling:
     
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    Nope, never had one of those.
     
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    i def agree with the copperband or peppermint shrimp method if you have loads of them
     
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    damn... its like the one coral angels and butterflies are most likely to nip :(
    choices....
     
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    i still prefer the chemical route - perhaps its from my science background.

    Nothing wrong with adding a copperband or pepermints, but you must make sure they have enough food once the aiptasia are gone.
     
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    I say try the peppermint shrimp! I also need a couple as this aiptasia crap is still carrying on with me
     
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    Lemon Juice, take the rock out, small neelde, directly in aptasi

    This method works for me as well as a six line wrasse...the only thing is six line wrasse competes for food with the Mandarin if you should have one.
     
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    Best part of this story is.. Aptasia started on figi LR ..


    I think im going to do both.

    Getting a copperband, and some peppermints.. between the 2 they should get rid of this.

    If that doesnt work, Take out rocks, kill-em by what ever means it takes, and put back rocks.
     
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    That's what I would've done ;)

    Give it a try, if that doesn't work, buy some beer and we tackle the buggers :yeahdude:
     
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    I am of the feeling all those rememdies people use only make things worse...go with the CBB, they do definately eat them and I have myself never heard of anyone having issues with a CBB eating any of their corals. I Think peppermint shrimps work if u have like a zillion of them in a closed system like Riaan otherwise dont think they do much. :)
     
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