Removal of Aiptasia infestation! any ideas?

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  1. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Im so bummed , almost all the coral i asked my brother in law to keep has been swarmed with aptasia..

    either way i need to help him get out of this situation and your thoughts and advice are needed..

    Options that i am considering

    A)totally drying out all the LR washing and seeding with new (the tank would be pulled down scrubbed and re aquascaped aswell)
    B) exposing the LR to ultraviolet light and see if it wont cause some die back.. removing the fish will be the problem and nor all aptasia will be illuminated by the UV light..

    Joes Juice/ lemon juice / and pratleys putty are not an option. the tank is too badly infested...

    advice?
     
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  3. scubaninja

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    borrow a copperband? or blast it all with viniger, 2-3cm cubed should be ok for each aptasia:(
     
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    not the vinegar if you got mushrooms!!!

    get a copperband dude it'll definitely start eating away at them....
     
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    serious? vinegar and mushrooms dont mix? mine didnt mind
     
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    leslie hempel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    copper band and peppermint shrimp are in an ineffective..

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    leslie hempel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i will post close ups tomorrow..
     
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    give it some time. CBBs are hectic. looks cool les, nice kenya tree
     
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    Temporarely trade the 3 YT's for 3 CB's - maybe you lucky?
     
  10. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    the yellow are mine coming out soon but the only coral i could salvage was a piece of plating monty...
     
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    I should lend you my copperband. He/she will devour all aiptasia within 2 weeks. The only effective way I know against aiptasia is copperbands or racoons butterflies
     
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    leslie hempel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    considering filling the tank with butterflies this season..
     
  13. Falcon

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    nice scaping looks like the reef top:)very diff to everyone elses walls etc.
     
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    I've probably nuked about 100 in the last month with Joes, it does work but a pain in the arse.
     
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    leslie hempel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    will pass the comment on.. i scaped the right he scaped the left... have a few cinder bricks in as base rock.. all covered in corraline....and aptasia....
     
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    i like the right more! but it looks balanced with the right hand side having a bit more height,it seems like you and your brother in law work nicely as a team;)
     
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    leslie hempel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    ja we do get along well.. i scrape and syphon and he sucks on the pipe to get the syphon goingand takes the buckets out.. its a match made in heavan ;)
     
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    leslie hempel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    well im giving him the mushrooms back.. super upset as i know have to start over with all my coral purchases again...
     
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    I use KALK to kill mine. It really works well.
    I am convinced it is the same as joe's juice!
     
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    in my limited experience of havinga CBB that fed on aptasia they dont eat to kill, the aptasia just slip back deep into their hole and come back at you a few weeks later:(
     
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    leslie hempel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    some pics apologies for the quality

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