Killing Aiptasia

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  1. yster

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    Hey guys,

    I need some help killing aiptasia. Ja i've read a lot on the Inet on all the different methods but I'm thinking of drying the rocks completely, give them a good scrub and start again. Is this a good idea? I've been using Aiptasia-X with results but its going far too slow for me and theres a million new baby aiptasias appearing everywhere. Seems like the ones that survive the aiptasia-x multiply by means.

    Theres not a single piece of LR thats free of them and some are HUGE. Nothing else in the tank at this stage except for a few mushrooms and some brown star polyps on the LR. How do i go about it? For what period of time do the rock need to be dry to effectively kill every last aiptasia? Or maybe some chemical to nuke the rocks killing all?

    Thanks
     
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    Scrubbing and drying of all your LR will also kill off all your bacteria that you need for your filtration. Do you Have any live stock in your tank?
     
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    Just a quick glimps of what it look like

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    No live stock in the tank atm.
     
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    That is bad. If you have no animals, you could do it, but then be prepared to wait again for a fw weeks for a another cycle.
     
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    This is a tank that I aquired recently in the condition it is, the live stock I moved to another tank and tried killing the aiptasias with Aiptasia-X but its a losing battle. So I'm looking for something that would actualy work. I was told the tank is running for almost 6years now. About 10cm sandbed in the display, not sure about the weight of the LR and running a NP pellet reactor.

    Any idea on the time needed for the rocks to be outside? Or would it be better to boil them?
     
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    You could boil them although another option is to get a pair of raccoon butterfly fish. They would mow through hose Aptasia in no time at all. Once they done the job you could always sell them again.

    That's the method I used with great results.
     
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    But the butterfly would not be able to reach all the anemones and after I removed them the problem would still be there?
     
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    i would get the butterflys and a peppermint shrimp or 2 and leave for 2-3 weeks then al aptasia will have vanished then sell the butterflys but keep the peppermints to make sure no aptasia will come back plus their reef safe and can go with cleaner shrimps
     
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    Get some peppermint shrimps and watch them go at it.
     
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    I did the following.

    Moved the live rock I could into my sump. This allowed me to work with a smaller amount of LR in the DT.

    I introduced the butterfly fish and after 2 days rotated the rocks in the DT and exposed potentially hidden Aptasia.

    3 days laterI moved the DT LR over to throne side of the tank and then placed the rest of the LR from the sump into the DT and followed the same process again.
     
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    but u agree with me on the peppermints pls press the agree button so that it atleast says 1 agree :)
     
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    Lol done buddy:p
     
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    The combination of butterfly and shrimp sounds good, but theres still no definate guarantee that it would rid my tank of the aiptasia? I thought it would be better while I have the time to clean the rocks properly, to do it and be sure of no more aiptasia. Peppermints are a hit and miss when it comes to eating aiptasia is it not?

    But I like the options! Sometimes one stare to just one solution when there are many.

    Who have butterflys to sell????:lol:
     
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    What about trying a Berghia nudibranch?
     
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    @yster they will be a hit and miss if you over feed in your tank. they will then go for your pellets or brine if you feed that instead of the aptasia.
     
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    Would an african red knob starfish do something about the aiptasia?
     
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    nope. to slow. you need something that when it starts to eat it, to finish it of very quickly. thats where peppermint shrimps are the best. the problem with aptasia is that the moment it gets hurt it will spread like a wild fire. a starfish wont even be on top of the aptasia and it will have already withdrawn into the rock again.
     
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