Aiptasia - Course of action?

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A couple months after I started up my tank from dry rock, my buddy gave me a piece of his rock from his established tank of 2.5 years for diversity. I had recently noticed 3-4 aiptasia pop up on that specific rock and no where else. It has been there for 6-7 months. It has a ton of feather dusters on it as well. I bought a peppermint shrimp to try to combat this naturally but I know there is only a chance it will eat the aiptasia. My tank is a 180g so I know I need more than one peppermint shrimp likely to increase odds but that is all my LFS had at the moment. They said it was the correct variety of peppermint shrimp too.

Is there any chance that the Aiptasia is currently contained on that rock?

Should I toss the rock?

Suggestions?

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Get aiptasia file fish and it will be over

How about after the Aiptasia is gone? Are they going to bother corals?

Keep the rock. I too have a 180 g tank. A perfect size for a Copper Banded Butterfly fish. Mine devoured about 8 aptasia. That was 3 or so years ago. Beautiful fish, very thorough. Good luck. :)

So, not to begin a debate because I am not interested in debating lol, I have 5 tangs in my tank. Adding another decently sized fish like a copper band makes me cautious as I am already pushing past limits/recommendations. It has crossed my mind though.

Copper bands and peppermint shrimp worked for me in the past.

bergdia nudibrach if your inclined.

or of coarse joes juice or aptasia x

How many peppermint shrimp do you think I should have in my tank to help with this problem? Are you hesitant to using Berghia nudibranch?
 
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How about after the Aiptasia is gone? Are they going to bother corals?



So, not to begin a debate because I am not interested in debating lol, I have 5 tangs in my tank. Adding another decently sized fish like a copper band makes me cautious as I am already pushing past limits/recommendations. It has crossed my mind though.



How many peppermint shrimp do you think I should have in my tank to help with this problem? Are you hesitant to using Berghia nudibranch?
I hear you! I’ve got 3 large Tangs with the Copper Banded Butterfly. 5 might be too many.
 
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So just as an update, the peppermint shrimp don't seem to be doing crap. I am pretty sure they are the correct subspecies too. Also, now, I noticed a little bit of bubble algae only on the rock with Aiptasia which happens to be the rock I got from my buddy's established system. Should I toss this rock at this point? Or should I go the nudibranch method for the Aiptasia and buy an emerald or two for the algae?
 

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I just watched a BRS video on this topic. Do you have high flow in your system? Does the peppermint hang out on the rock with aiptasia? The video said that if you have a higher flow tank, peppermints wont travel much. They suggested to turn your flow down at night for a little bit to see if that would tempt the peppermint to travel.
 
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No, I currently have low flow in my tank. I actually need more as I start to add sps to my tank soon. He comes out at night all over the place but never seen him him near the aiptasia.
 
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The berghia absolutely demolished the aiptasia in our dwarf seahorse tank. We didn't want to dose anything and superglue hadn't been effective in maintaining them. In a 180 you'd need to put them pretty much right at the base of the aiptasia (note not ON the nems as the poor guys would get eaten by them...)
 
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The berghia absolutely demolished the aiptasia in our dwarf seahorse tank. We didn't want to dose anything and superglue hadn't been effective in maintaining them. In a 180 you'd need to put them pretty much right at the base of the aiptasia (note not ON the nems as the poor guys would get eaten by them...)
Do I need more than one? And anywhere reliable to get them online?
 

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Do I need more than one? And anywhere reliable to get them online?
They hunt in packs, so get at least 3. More if your aiptasia problem gets out of hand. They will starve to death unless you are able to find more aiptasia for them to eat though. I got mine from SaltyUnderground (free shipping over $75.) They restock pretty quickly.
 

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