Copperband eating aiptasia


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I took a short video clip of my copperband eating some aiptasia that I purposely put in the tank. Murphy's law I sat there for a good 20 minutes with my finger on the record button waiting for him to swim towards it but but nothing, I got up, went out of the room, came back and he was busy chowing :lol: so I rushed to switch the camera on, lol. But at least I caught a bit of it. It's in HD, I think. :p

 
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Been looking for these guys but they seem to rather scarce at the moment.
Got myself a couple of small peppermint shrimps and my yellow wrasse loved me for it. :blush:

There is also talk on other forums of getting filefish to eat aiptasia but believe that is also a hit and miss scenario.
 

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Got myself a couple of small peppermint shrimps and my yellow wrasse loved me for it.
:lol::lol::lol: I bought 2 peppermint shrimps, not sure if they are nocturnal or what but I haven't seen them since I put them in the tank. :(

There is also talk on other forums of getting filefish to eat aiptasia but believe that is also a hit and miss scenario.
Yes I've seen them, but apparently there's a chance they can take a liking to coral polyps as well.
 
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You guys reckon he will fit in with my multitude of Tangs or shall I just keep on using the aiptasia X?
i think if you want to rid yourself of aptasia then a direct injection is the best way to go. Its great to see a CBB smashing aptasia like deans does, but those aptasia are on a hard plastic pipe, if they are in LR the aptasia tend to retract and wait till the coast is clear before comming out again. CBB are NOT a cure for aptasia, they will controll them but NOT kill them outright. Nudibranches could be a better option for you, although those tile fish are pretty funky looking fish too, although like a CBB they wont kill them.
 
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Great vid though viper, and with it being in the middle of the afternoon you managed well with the focus, thank goodness it wasnt after a couple of :peroni:
 
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Have you tried Bergia nudibranches Q
I know some of the sponsors are selling them and you gonna need about 10 of them but @ R250 a pop... :whistling:

I dont have loads of the little buggers in my tank but the odd one or two big ones that I zapped and obviously a couple smaller ones that came for free from the LFS when you buy coral and rock. :lol::lol:

I think the CBB is more for show that anything else and on my wanna have list but having something to feed the guy in your tank is always good.
 
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That's going to be a tricky one, I introduced my CB after my yellow tang, my CB was bullied for three days, eventually sumped the tang, re-intoduced him, and it still didn't work, tried the mirror trick, eventually I gave up and swapped him for a Naso at Idol Marine.
 
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Unfortunately a copperband is not guaranteed to eat aiptasia. Its a gamble and one of the main reasons why its very important to make sure it eats prepared foods before buying. I was fortunate enough to get one that eats both.
 
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I had some aptaisia popping up on some coral pieces and afer i introduced an old woman juvi i havent seen any aptaisia in my tank since. He doesnt touch any other coral not even the zoas.
 
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I heard that they tend to nip at some corals, and I am very hesitant to buy one. How true is it that they will nip at corals?
 
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I think my copperband nipped at a organ pipe coral but I am not sure. It has not nipped at any other corals and I have a wide variety.
 

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Some angels are more likely to eat aiptasia than copperbands.

Copperbands are not guaranteed to eat aiptasia. Most likely you will struggle more to get it too feed.
 
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Some angels are more likely to eat aiptasia than copperbands.

Copperbands are not guaranteed to eat aiptasia. Most likely you will struggle more to get it too feed.
Which angels?
 
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my doublesash butterfly flattened all the aptasia i had within a week or 2 of me putting him ... never saw aptasia again
Reefsafe?
 
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