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As I was getting ready to leave for the airport, I get a message from my eife telling me something bad has happened...the copper band that was eating mussel like no business suddenly died. From the photo I could not see any wounds or signs of bacterial infection, no obvious reasons for it to die. From the photo you can also see that it was not starving.

Then I flew home...

Came back in the evening and the tank was basically asleep,I had a quick inspection and only noticed great growth and colouration of the corals, a completely algae free display and very well fed fish. Well done to the missus!

I changed out my dual T5's and have gone for the more blue look, installed a blue plus and actinic. It really brings out the colour of the corals but also the fish.

I have bought 3 peppermint shrimp. They are enclosed with the aiptaisia ridden clam, lets let what happens.

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Any advise on aiptasia?
Best advice I can give you is to have a small QT tank and monitor the corals for 30 days.

If that is not an option or you already have aiptasia then you can try using kalk, aiptaisia X or lemon juice and inject the base of the bugger with a surringe. This is hit and miss and has not at all worked for me, they tend to die but come back in a small cluster.

The natural method will be to hire creatures to do the job. Copperbands have a track record for eating it but it is a fish that does not readily eat food we provide so the mortality rate is high.

Peppermint shrimps can also do the trick but again, it is not guarantee. Another shrimp that looks like a peppermint shrimp is called a dancing shrimp, be careful as they can cause problems.

Berghia nudibranchs are a sure way to solve the problem but they only eat aiptasia, they will starve if they eat it all. A good idea would be to sell them once they have done the job.
 

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What temp do you run your tank at?
I have tried keeping the teardrop clams before but they have always died a few months later. I suspect that it has something to do with the tank temp.

That tennenti is stunning btw. The more I look at it, the more I am considering starting another tank for one :lol:
 
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What temp do you run your tank at?
I have tried keeping the teardrop clams before but they have always died a few months later. I suspect that it has something to do with the tank temp.

That tennenti is stunning btw. The more I look at it, the more I am considering starting another tank for one :lol:
Thank you for your kind words, I love this tang too much :lol:

I have my temp hooked up to an STC1000 and the temp ranges from 24.7 to 25.3 celcius.
 
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I bought 3 peppermint shrimp and have been holding them captive with my clam. 7 large aiptasias, 2 have been bothered so much they have walked off the clam and 3 have been devoured.

The right side of the clam had 4 big nennies on, there are none left

Life is good!

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I bought 3 peppermint shrimp and have been holding them captive with my clam. 7 large aiptasias, 2 have been bothered so much they have walked off the clam and 3 have been devoured.

The right side of the clam had 4 big nennies on, there are none left

Life is good!

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Awesome tank bud. Nice meeting you yesterday at the lfs. Would love to awing past and check your tank out.
 
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Awesome tank bud. Nice meeting you yesterday at the lfs. Would love to awing past and check your tank out.
Awe, great to meet you yesterday, if you can brave the southern suburbs I welcome you. It would be cool. Drop me a pm.
 
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Sad news about CCB buddy - gonna try another one ?
 

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Thank you for your kind words, I love this tang too much :lol:

I have my temp hooked up to an STC1000 and the temp ranges from 24.7 to 25.3 celcius.
Thanks for this, mine run between 26 to 27 dc so could be the reason why those don't last. :(

Glad to see the shrimp earning their keep, have the killed all of the aiptasia now?
 
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Thanks for this, mine run between 26 to 27 dc so could be the reason why those don't last. :(

Glad to see the shrimp earning their keep, have the killed all of the aiptasia now?
Noooooooo...these are goliath aiptasia's, also one of the 3 peppermints have escaped into my DT :m38: whooooops. It might take a while but it is happening :thumbup1:
 
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:lol: :lol: :lol:
They probably got scared of the size of the aipatsias and went to look for help :p
 
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By my count, I only have 1 aiptasia left. So these little critters have done a great job.

Well...my wrasse family has grown by another stunner this week. Cirrhilabrus cyanogularis. Not much too say right now other than he is eating flakes and frozens, he is still extremely shy and has been keeping my eyes glued against my tanks glass all weekend.

Thank you Andrew for the stellar live stock.

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My tanks nitrates and phosphateshave been climbing above wanted levels. The refugium has been optimized and the phosphates are about to get ninja chopped. My PO4 was 0.39, taken with a hanna checker last weekend.

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Good morning everyone. I have been taking horrible pics and this thread looks terrible on pc but hey...I have no decent camera so what can you do.

Here is a photo of the tank on morning mode, before the T5's kick in. This is the zetlight with burnt out leds leds replaced and I have stripped the red and green leds for 410nm actinics. The ATI bulbs have not kicked in yet.

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