Best aiptasia control

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Best aiptasia control

  1. 5 peppermint shrimp

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  2. Small filefish

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  3. Small copperband

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  4. Manual removal

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  5. None of the above

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  1. TaahirS

    TaahirS MASA Contributor

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    What do you think will be the best for aiptasia control?
    I have a 225l mixed reef. In terms of how reef safe it is, looks and aiptasia control.

    5 peppermint shrimp
    Small copperband
    Small filefish
    None of the above, post your suggestion.
    Manual removal.(It will be an effort though as many if them are small and there are lots of them.)
     
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  3. JS

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    Ive heard good things about the peppermint shrimps...
     
  4. TaahirS

    TaahirS Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Will a small copperband survive in my tank. Or is my tank too small?
    Will filefish eat my zoas?
    So far I'm also leaning towards the peppermint shrimp. 5 of them will be expensive though.
     
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    You won't need five to be honest...il put in one or two n see what they do..then add more.i had one n it sorted out any aptasia quickly
     
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    Ok cool, I think I'll add 2 or 3 in that case and see what happens.
    Do copperbands eat pods?
     
  7. Jason

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    With Peppermints its a gamble. Some will eat aptasia some dont. What does work is starving them out, they normally then go and scavenge for food and your chances is much better then. A fellow reefer has a few and they didnt touch the aptasia and now since he started starving them they are going after the aptasia but at a very slow pace, some claimed that a hand full cleared there tank in a matter of days but i dont believe they do it that fast.
     
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    Copperband is a hit or miss option.

    Filefish is an almost guaranteed option, but they tend not to be reef safe as they grow older.

    Peppermints do work, but more than one. They tend to disappear as well. Can be taken out by certain fish as food.

    Berhia Nudibranch work, but best in a separate system with no predatory fish around. But you need to keep the population going.

    Manual removal, depending on the tactic used is the best option sometimes. Just nuke them, and then re-do the nerw ones that pop up before they reach sexual maturity. According to the guys from Red Sea it is 43 days. After that they will re spawn again.
     
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    TaahirS Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Thanks @RiaanP.
    What fish can take out a peppermint shrimp?
     
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    Hi,
    The file fish will work. BUT is probably not reef safe. Mine chowed my Zoa's as well. Did a great job on the Aptiasia.
    But after I've removed the filefish, the aptiasia returned within days... :-(
     
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    I saw some tiny filefish last weekend at a few lfs. Maybe I should go with that?
    I'm undecided between filefish and peppermint shrimp.
     
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    Peppermint shrimps work for me.
    But my Hermit crab ate 2 of them:m33:
     
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    My filefish worked. Provided I keep it fed it doesn't touch my corals.
     
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    Ate two aiptasia or two peppermint shrimp?
    I'm starting to lean towards the filefish.
     
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    If you do get Peppermints make sure they are decent sized. Like 3cm and up. Small once do go missing... I introduced 5 Glass Shrimps in my Cube a few weeks back and was eaten within minutes and was around 1.5cm... I did notice with most lfs they get small peppermint shrimps in...
     
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    Triggers.
    or any other meat lover.
     
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    Ok cool, won't be keeping anything of the sort.
     
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    I have used lemon juice with success in the past, but lemon juice cant be used on the smaller aptasia, so id personally use lemon juice on the larger aptasia with Peppermint shrimp/Filefish to take care of the smaller ones etc. Another method i have used (not sure if this is a good method, but it gets rid the aptasia) is to take out a heavily aptasia infested rock, throw boiling water on it and leave it in the sun for a day. I would be hesitant to use the last method if you have many living things/hitchhikers in your rocks that you dont want to get rid of.

    On a side not, something that removed 100% of the aptasia for me was to put the rock into a tank dosed with chroloquine. I wouldnt recommend this method though as it will kill beneficial bacteria, as well as have some other negative side effects. It is an excellent aptasia, algae and parasite controller though
     
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    Chemical removal using Aiptasia X.
    And then once all are killed using proper quarantine methods to prevent introduction of more spores or anemones being introduced into the tank.
     
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    I also use aiptasia x with great success - have never had any return before zapping them. my only isue is finding the ones in the deep dark places that you only pick up when they are a bit bigger and have inevitably spawned. As far as I am concerned aiptasia is very manageable manually - unless you have a serious outbreak. in my case I have the odd one or 3 pop up every so often which doesnt bother me.
     
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