killing aiptasia

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  1. Furbz

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    hi guys.

    i have read that aptasia can be killed by removing the problem rock and putting it directly into a salt water mix of 1.010

    the sudden change in pressure causes them to die

    has anyone ever tried this? and did it work??

    how long would you have to keep the rocks in the water for? 2 weeks? more? less?
     
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    let them get to a size where you can inject them with concentrated lemon juice from a very small syringe. One shot = one dead and it won't shock the tank if done in moderation.
     
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    there are to many of them for that to be an option...
     
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    Sorry Furbz - BUT NO. I can prove that this does not work. Aptaisia are like cockroaches. They survive NEARLY EVERYTHING.....
     
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    I have to agree with you there, they certainly do survive anything, try peppermint shrimps, they eat the aiptasia.
     
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    Joes Juice also works well. But make sure you follow up a few days later and do a scub of the area. I found I had nuked one in a crevice, but not gotten all of him and after 3 weeks it had grown all the way back.
    Cockroach is the best way to describe them
     
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    yip I have used the pepermint shrimp before and although its not a guarantee that they will eat the Aiptasia they did for me, there is another product called AiptasiaX. that also is an excellent product.
     
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    ive also got a few aptasia that I want to zap. tank is still relatively new (5weeks) so im reluctant to start adding stuff to an unstable system when I don't know what the side effects might be. ive also heard that although aptasia in itself is not harmful (they are filter feeders and quite beneficial) they spread rapidly and can become an eyesore in no time... personally, im more enclined to introduce a natural predator, and i can think of plenty worse things to put in your tank than a peppermint shrimp :)
     
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    would cooking the LR kill the aptasia?
     
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    yes it will along with everything else on that rock, if its a large piece of rock too it'll upset your biological filter, i wouldn't recommend it, try the Joes juice or AptasiaX if you can't get a Peppermint Shrimp somewhere.
     
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    Aptaisia are nasty buggers...
    I just bought a copperband and within two weeks, my tank is free from aptaisia...Even the small ones are all gone...
     
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    i'm looking for a long term cure for this mess. some rocks have only 1 or 2. those will stay in the tank and i will kill with lemon concerntrate. the rest of the rocks where the aptasia is out of control i am going to put into a bucket and cook.

    how long will i need to cook these rocks for?
    and at what temp?

    if i am doing this i want to be damn sure these guys all die
     
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    my issue with a copperband is that, once it has eaten everything i will struggle to keep it alive as i go away fairly often.
    all my fish are flake eaters so it is easy to entrust someone to feed the fish whilst i'm gone.
    and its a really big issue if i buy a copperband and it decides its not interested in aptasia...

    however, if someone has and is willing to sell a copperband that is eating aptasia, then i will be happy to buy it from you!
     
  16. Slummies

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    why dont you get the shrimp dude?? less hassle then getting the butterfly
     
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    added 4 of them and they did nothing to help...
     
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