Sumping rock with apitasia...your thoughts

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  1. flamming angel

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    Howzit guys and gals

    Just wanted to know how safe is it to place rocks that have apitasia in your sump.
    Will it transfer to the DT?

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    they will eventually spread everywhere.
    Rather get rid of them.
     
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    Perhaps you should dry the rock out, wash in ro water and boil it, cycle in a drum of sw for a while b4 using
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    Okay boil it?
     
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    sorry i disagree with everyone saying to kill them etc

    they are very beneficial! yes unsightly etc but if left alone in the sump they will be fine, just dont directly feed them, especially brine
     
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    that sounds a little drastic, although i do agree that aptasia is best killed earlier rather than later, boiling the rock would kill everything.

    if the rock is very infested and the aptasia spreading like wild fire then id go to that extend, but of its just 20 odd aptasia id rather remove the infested areas, inject the aptasia and kill then that way. No real point in ruining good lr unless you have to.

    sumping the aptasia may well lead to it spreading back to DT eventually, rather controll the problem now before it exploded on you.
     
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    i agree that they are benificial to filtration and a few people use aptasia scrubbers as part of their biological filtration, especially in europe. however they run a high risk of aptasia spreading back into DT and or overtaking certain compartments in sump.


    i just feel there are better and easier managed forms of biological filtration without the risk of spreading, and thuis would rather use macro algaes etc rather than aptasia to achieve the same results. Kill the suckers I say:p
     
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    Yes, boil...it sounds a bit too much but its the only way to destroy the eggs that get into the pores of the rock
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    okay the LR has some, possibly less then 20. It has lotsa beneficial stuff as its been in a tank that has been running for a long time. I will try and get rid of them using chemicals before adding it to the sump. Just hope that any doesnt get left behind and goes into the DT.
     
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    Omg...we got aptasia lovers :) why not donate it to them :)
    Just kidding, if you wanna use them then build a cryptic tank and place them in it. They will destroy your lovely corals in time...
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    Nah i rather not take that chance and suffer the burden later on.
     
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    i have 2-3 in my tank, the largest is 8cm, and inthe middle of my cabbage leather and plating monti, no damage at all, its been 18months or so

    i have more damage from my hermits then aiptasia.. in fact i feed him the left overs from my anemone
     
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    Okay some mixed info. I have taken a rock out and left it out in the sun for a few weeks. It seems that all have died, do you there still may be some left over inside the rock?

    I will try getting a fish to eat them. My peppermints dont seem to eat them. Like a hit and mis with them. Guess the same will be with a fish.
     
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    Do not disturb them in your tank, they will go into defense mode and release their spores/egss/wateva, bag the rock in your tank then place in bucket and zap them :)
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    I have three Aptesia sp. in my tank, never get bigger than they are, but I also have Peppermint shrimps, they always get the new ones.
    Love all things alive.
     
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    so did i untill i saw what hell aptasia can cause when they get out of hand. Have a look at JacquesB tank as an idea and there is NO comming back once its that bad!

    have no mercy with them in a closed system....kill the buggers before they sting and kill your corals, and they will....give them time and they will :p
     
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    I used Aiptasia-X, just squirt a tiny drop on the aiptasia and it shrivels up and almost disappears. It doesn't harm anything else in the tank. Boiling is silly, why destroy your rock and all the healthy bacteria and critters that are breeding inside it??
     
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    Just buy one or two peppermint shrimp if you want them removed without worrying about babies sprouting up all over the place ;)

    According to a few sites they love eating Aiptasia.
     
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    sounds like his peppermint shrimps arent that interested in them, sometimes they arent.
     
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    ooops i messed up yet another multiquote...advanced forum usage this!:blush:
     
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