Aptiasia - really that bad?

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  1. Raven

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    Hi,
    I have a question about Aptiasia.
    To say that I have a plague of aptiasia is an understatement.
    Hi really do have thousands of the little buggers.

    At first I've tried to get rid of them. I've used from kalk to other commerial products.
    To my frustration NOTHING worked succesfully! This little creatures are really hard to kill!.

    I think I've done more damage to the nearby corals.

    At this stage alot of the aptiasia is next to some of my corals, some even grow between my Zoa's.
    And the funny thing is - I can't see ANY ill affect on my corals.
    They still open fully, they still grow, they are happy!

    The question now is - are the aptiasia really that bad?
    I know that they are exelent filter feeders/filters.
    Must I continue to remove them, or must I leave them be?
     
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  3. brentnorm

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    Aiptaisia is actually an anemone and besides being an eyesore should not pose a threat to your corals but you will soon fins out that they multiply at a mean rate so eventually you will have an aiptasia tank. I uses Joes juice with great success. Just follow the instructions.
     
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    Thanks - I've used Joes juice before...
    Didn't really help for me... They just keep coming back.
     
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    At the End of the day it does no hard besides make your tank look like its been attacked by weeds!

    Raven i use 1/3 RO water 1/3 Slaked Lime 1/3 white vinegar. Seems to kill them :)
     
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    Hi Raven - aptaisia in itself, is not bad at all. They can indeed do a lot of good, by acting as water "Filters" as well.

    BUT, like in my case - the aptaisia growth just exploded (I think that it happened while I was away, and my cousin fed the fish - the skimmer can handle the extra feeding - he overfed by a HUGE amount - but the aptaisia got so much food, that it sparked an propagation explosion) due to overfeeding.
    So, I ended up with about 200 or 300 (I cannot count them - but, believe me - it is a HUGE amount) aptaisia in my tank.

    This amount of aptaisia then stings your corals. It is MOSTLY the corals and clams that suffer from the aptaisia explosion...... Not the fish really....

    And once you have these huge numbers of aptaisia, then you are BUGGERED! You are left with the only option - remove EVERYTHING (all the rock and sand) from the tank, and basically start over!
     
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    Damn, Jacques, I almost started crying now!!! So is there any known prevention tactic to it. I also had two or three of them, but never to such an extent that they would pose a threat.

    But how do you prevent them from spreading?
     
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    Jaco - by killing them off as soon as you see them!
    I don't think that we can EVER totally get rid of them 100%.....
     
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    The only way to prevent them from spreading is by killing them.
     
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    Brent - you will see what I mean, coming Saturday ;)
     
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    Ja well, one way I found initially was squirting boiling water over them - that kills them instantly. This however becomes impossible and stupid thing to do when they appear within your Zoa colony.

    There are also many of them that is totally unaccessable behind or below LR etc... There has to be a more scientific way of preventing them to spread.

    Has any one tried asking them nicely to stop spreading? :p
     
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    Some are even quite pretty
    [​IMG]
     
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    I agree with mudshark, they are quite pretty . . . in a friday the 13th kinda way . . . I used aiptasiaX and that stuff works like magic, sorry but the home brew way just lead to one huge explosion of them in my tank, they are strong willed little buggers. I read in Calfo about an aiptasia scrubber for nutrient export, thing is, he doesn't really explain how to contain them in the scrubber!
     
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    aptasiaX i must agree, or boiling water. they definatly sting corals , so i get rid of them as soon as i can, just resently removed three, 1 big one and 2 smallies. i hope there are none left but i'm not 100% sure. so good luck with yours. oh, if are able to keep a copper band i do believe they keep the aptasia population down
     
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    i visited a 12 year old tank in Norway the other day and was amazed at the fact that it was aptasia free, so i asked about it. The reefer simply said that he kills as soon as he can and does not let one stay. the spread can be shockingly fast and can reduce you to tears if left. simply not a risk worth taking. i really do think that they are as bad as people say.

    oh and mudshark, there are far prettier things to take pics of in your tank :)
     
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    Hi Jacques, I will definately be coming through on Saturday if its still ok. You must just pm me your address and let me know what time is convenient for you.
     
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    They are really that bad here's an example
    [​IMG]

    Dont want this do you:nono:
     
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    Damn, those are nasty. I am cutting down on those this week.
     
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    whoaw...This is bad...
    I'll try to get it under control....But they are hard to kill...
    I'll try some of the stuff you've mentioned above, but it's not always that easy!
    I've also noted if you cut back on the feeding they don' spread that fast...
     
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    Uuuhhhhggmmm - That's what mine looks like too :(
     
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    Solved the problem by removing live stock into another tank and shut it down.:(
     
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