Just so we are clear here, you did not solve the problem. It's not really a "win win" when you could add kalkwasser without the aiptasia.I've had great success with a high concentration calcium hydroxide solution. I use Kalkwasser in my top off, so always have some around. I'll use ~1 teaspoon in ~half a baster filled with tank water, mix well, and put into a syringe with a needle (buyable on Amazon, if that's an option). Inject the heads and they'll not only die instantly, but it prevents the spawning problem you had. Plus it'll raise your pH, if anything, so win win. I still get one or two popping up on occasion, but they're rare and easily dealt with.
True, they're not all gone, but having 1 pop up every 2 or 3 months (admittedly, that I see) is preferred to a mass outbreak covering the whole thing.Just so we are clear here, you did not solve the problem. It's not really a "win win" when you could add kalkwasser without the aiptasia.
It does not prevent the spawning heads from popping up because admittedly you "still get one or two popping up on occasion". If left unchecked the population would explode. Plus there is at least 2 or 3 really large ones in your rockwork that you can't even see.
For lime, kalk or aiptasia X to work, (actually eliminate aiptasia) you have to cover the whole anemone first time, within a reasonably short period from introduction to the tank.
Removing the rock is good advice, except I would use something other then boiling water due to safety concerns especially with the potential for palytoxin.I had some in a relatively new tank. The rock didn't have anything on it yet so I took it out and hit all the aiptasia with boiling water. Don't know if it is feasible for your tank but it worked great.
Great article. +1Please read for better understanding. By the way I have a massive colony of these that I can't remove from main rock until I decide to remove the whole rock from the display one day. I don't mess with mine and they don't mess with me, all is well but if I could go back to when I onlyhad a few like you, I'd take more action and probably toss the whole rock in the back yard under a lot of dirt.
There are different types of peppermint shrimps. I believe the one that eats aiptasia is referred to as a US peppermint. And supposedly they’re quite hard to find at the moment. I personally don’t know how to tell them apart. But some do eat corals. So I’m not going there.I was hoping the peppermint shrimp would have at least helped. But I have more now than what I started with when I brought them home.