Aptasia X

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  1. allenhocking

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    Hi there guys
    Can I use Aptasia X in my tank with clover polyps ? :thumbup:
     
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    I used aptasia x with no success

    Was desperate and sceptical cos of mixed reviews I read but tried peppermint shrimp and the beauty wacked all the aptasia within a week

    Swear by them
     
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    I too have tried apstasia x with no success. I bought 2 peppermint shrimp it took them about a week and the eradicated my apstasia problem in just a few days.
     
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    Note
    If you kill adult aiptasia, they spawn. See that white stuff the squirt out. That's the new babies in the making.

    Need to do another round of aiptasia killing before they reach maturity. And according to the Red Sea guys they take 43 days to reach maturity. If you kill them thereafter, they will spawn again. So you need to kill them before day 43.

    Else, whatever method you use, will not work.
     
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    Is there a dip one can use when intruducing a new coral that has aiptasia on?
     
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    Thanks guys !!! where can I get those peppermint shrimp and will my other lps corals be ok ?
     
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    Thanks for that info, will the shrimp leave my other corals alone and what do you think of a sawed ? I can get one for around R400.
     
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    I personally have not had any issues with peppermint shrimp eating or damaging any of my coral. As for price I am from Canada and here they cost about 10 to 15 dollars.
     
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    I heard that you could kill them with small amounts of white vinegar, siringe and small needle... is it effective and would anyone reccomend it?:m111:
     
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    It works but be careful how much you add. Vinigar is a carbon source and can easily bring about a bacterial bloom
     
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    yes you can.
    Use a diabetic syringe. Cheap and the needle is extremely thin.

    Trick is to do it very slowly so that the vinegar gets time to dissolve the aiptasia before the vinegar get washed away. If you can get to the foot or base, then target that part.

    Remember that vinegar is a form of sugar dosing, same as Vodka. So do not overdo it.
    Best is 1ml per 100ml total system volume, basically the same as promoted with Vodka. Then you know you did not overdose.

    Unless you can remove the rock and do it outside in a tub. Then you can go overboard. Just rinse the rock in another bucket thereafter before replacing it in your tank.

    Note that aiptasia takes about 45 days to be matured. So you HAVE to do another round of killing before then. Failure to do that and they will keep on reappearing. you will see that when you inject them, the big ones, blow out a puff of smoke. That is them spawning while you are killing them.
     
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    Hi, Sorry that I hijacked your thread with my question but I thought it might be benificial to us both...:biggrin:

    Lucky I just started running my tank on Friday so its still cycling, I got some of these little critters on some of the live rock that I got for free from @CW so I'm not really complaining, but thanx for the heads-up.

    My Whole System is about 100L so i'll have to do this over the cource of several days then, how often can I use this 1ml? once a day or week or...:m106:
     
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    once a day

    1ml is enough for 2 small or 1 large.

    Alternative is to do it outside your system and then you do not have this limitation.
     
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    Thanx, I think I'll opt for that out of tank option... You know us beginners, we want everything to be done as quick as possible.:biggrin: But wisdom and patiance will come along as we go along.

    Cheers
     
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    Ja just zap them louis

    Enjoy the azpping. hehe:thumbup:
     
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    I bought a Copperband Butterfly fish for my 1500x600x600 DT. Aptasia problem solved....
     
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    they definitely work..i just didn't now they so expensive now..call around..our sponsors also get them in
     
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    Thanks Riaan, im going to rather try removing the aptasia by natural predators. I will have to get a peppermint shrimp as my two tallow tailed damsels will take out any fish predator I ad...Your thoughts ? :whistling:
     
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