HELP, Aiptasia ?

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  1. birkettN

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    Hi please can somebody tell me if this is aiptasia or not ?
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    By the looks of it, it is. But nothing to worry about if it's not spreading hectic. I have the odd one in my tanks, with no harm done. I also like adding them in my sump. They are nature's cleaners
     
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    birkettN Thread Starter Nathan

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    I have 2 that literally popped up in the past day, scared its gna get out of control quickly
     
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    I honestly have never had an issue with them, but I know some people have. Let's wait to hear from the others. Just make sure you don't try to remove it in.a harsh way and break it in any way. They can grow from a single cell
     
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    Rather sort it out now while your tank is still relatively empty. Once stock is in it gets more difficult to remove and can spread with livestock bumping into it.
    You can use kalk paste to get rid of it, just make sure that the mouth is covered so it doesn't spit out spores.
     
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    The easiest way to get rid of it is to buy vinegar and a syringe and inject into its stem. 1/5 a ml of vinegar will do the job.
     
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    yes, but inject very slowly.

    Once they are matured, they spread like wildfire.
    If you attack them then, they will release spores. And pop up everywhere.

    One thing I found interesting from the recent Red Sea events. They guy when asked why they return, said that you have to use Aiptasia-X for a second round on the new heads, before day 43. They take 43 days to mature. If done in time, they do not have spores in them and do not spawn as they die.

    You will see the larger ones puffs out a last breath if you put Aiptasia-X on them. Well that last puff is them releasing spores.

    If you use vinegar, inject them slowly. Let the vinegar dissolve them as you inject them.
     
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    Also, what if I remove the rocks they are on and just scrape them off / or inject them outside of the tank? Wont that eliminate the problem of then releasing spores into the water column
     
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    White vinegar.

    And yes, it is better if you do the dead in a tub with water outside the tank

    Put the rock in it, let it stand a bit so that it comes out again.

    That size you got there, do not worry too much about spores. Those are not matured yet
     
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    They will probably shrink and become too small to inject once they are out the water.
     
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    That doesn't look like Aiptasia to me. They are normally a lot lighter and have longer sharper tentacles. than that.
    It could be a hitchhiker common anemone. I have a few that came in with some Zoas I collected.
    They do no harm.
     
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    Could be correct as well. Though there are many types of aptasia too.

    Aiptasia Anemone - Information and Control Methods
     
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    @Gareth0508 I don't know what your hitch-hiker looks like so i can't comment on yours but the one in the above photo definitely looks like aptesia. Aptesia can also grow on Zoas, it happened to me once.
     
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    birkettN Thread Starter Nathan

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    Do you mind posting a pic here of what yours look like ?
     
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    Get rid of them while you can. Those rocks seem easy enough to lift out? Use a blow torch on them, a creme brule' gun chefs use or one of those butane torches that plumbers use.
    Under no circumstances try and scrape off the rock...
    Google pedal laceration.... You'll help them achieve that...
    The damage to microbes on the rock will be minimal compared to the damage and irritation when there buggers get out of control.
    Rock out, burn it good, put rock back...
    Your filter bacteria should handle the slight nutrient load.
    Strangely, my flame angel loves roasted aiptasia, wont touch the live ones...
     
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    birkettN Thread Starter Nathan

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    Hmm dnt have one of those. I read about injecting them with boiling water
     
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    I used a fire lighter and burned mine for a few min each. Its the most cost effective way to get rid of them. Aiptasia in a tank will become a pest that once out of control will cost you loads of cash to get sorted.
     
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