Laser killing of Aptasia

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  1. JacoD01

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    how would you then zap them ? remove rock or in tank as is ? would be concerned about fish swimming across the beam !!
     
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    This a quote from the link above.
     
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    This seems like a lot of work (depending on what type and size tank you have)

    Protecting Tank Inhabitants
    Failure to protect tank inhabitants from repeated viewing the beam endpoint will likely result in blindness to your livestock. Ideally, all livestock should be removed and held in quarantine in a tank protected (covered) from stray laser light until laser treatment is completed. Alternative methods(s) to protect livestock from encountering the beam or end-point include,
    Physical Barriers - Use of physical barriers to prevent inhabitants from accessing an area being lased and to prevent any laser energy (beam pass-through or reflections) from entering any areas containing livestock.
    Endpoint Shield - If physically blocking off the area being lased is impractical due to tank features, an end-point shield should be used to prevent inhabitants from viewing the end-beam. In this case, extreme diligence is required to extinguish the beam should any inhabitants approach. This is likely, due to curiosity over the “sizzling” sound created by the operating laser. The endpoint shield can be created by simply as a short section of opaque acrylic (such as painted or frosted.) PVC should not be used as it emits toxins when heated.
     
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    May be a lot of work, but what comes easy and inexpensive in this hobby that is worth the effort?

    Don't knock it if you haven't tried it...:tt2:
     
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    Sure ... but I had to basically pull 1/2 my 4-foot tank apart in order to catch a Catalina Goby, so don't particularly look forward to that prospect again.

    My peppermint shrimps kept the aptasia completely at bay .... now have a few small ones again because unfortunately all my PS died :(
     
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    @Handy has one of them wicked lazers wonder how it worked out for him?

    The only problem is when using the lazer the reflection can harm someone standing close by when it hits their eye... Something to think about...
     
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    That's bad.

    I am also looking for some PS...

    But I like the gadgety side of the laser...

    I there must be a quicker way to to prevent livestock from being injured... Place the rock in a container or QT... Otherwise just prevent the the livestock from getting to the firing line...
     
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    Just buy an aptasia eating fish its safer for all!
     
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    Wild on pets has peppermint shrimps,got mine last Friday, I didn't have much aptaisia but its all gone...
    That PS is a machine.
     
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    @sergio
    Also got mine from there ... but alas they died ... but the aiptasia was gone !!

    Were they quite small or large ? The shrimp ?
     
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    nothing is cheaper than a R10 syringe & needle and 2ml vineger, worst case R12 and it works well
     
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    they can eat LPS, especially the Euphillia family
     
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    By the reactions, I take it that nobody has tried it.
    @dallasg

    What effect does the vinegar have on your ph and other parameters?
     
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    none, using 2ml doesnt do a thing unless you killing 1000 aiptasia...
     
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    to waste several $$$ on a laser to use maybe 2 times a year, rather buy corals and shrimps
     
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    Works a treat- but it all depends on the angle how how the bugger is wedged - Only recommended for extreme responsible use and outside the tank if you have mobile livestock. Tried yesterday in a reefers overflow, however was difficult due to where the aiptasia was attached vs the angle I could hold the beam. Only effective if the main beam concentrated onto the aiptasia.

    As mentioned its $$$ and I would not recommend it for the average reefer.
     
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    @VicZA they are medium @dallasg I injected a couple with lemon juice using an insulin syringe (nice thin needle) but I thought it would have an effect on Alkalinity eventually
     
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