HUGE outbreak of aiptasia

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  1. codydemmel4

    codydemmel4 Valuable Member

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    So my aiptasia outbreak has gotten so bad over the past couple months that I have no idea what to do.

    I have tried berghia nudibranchs, got 12 for my system but they disappeared and this was 2 months ago. They have to be dead.

    I just added a copperband butterfly this week but he is so small I don't think he will do anything. I am considering buying the largest size I can find another. I know they could possibly pick corals, but if it does I could move it to my FLOWR tank after he hopefully gets rid of the aiptasia.

    I tried peppermint shrimp but I am positive that was just an expensive dinner for my 3 triggerfish.

    My tank is a 180gallon SPS dominant DT. I use aiptasia x almost every single day but I swear that is just making it worse, it is at least stopping the aiptasia from hitting my corals as I make sure the aiptasia don't touch my SPS.

    I honestly am out of words and do not know what to do at this point. I would pay an easy $300 to get rid of these but I don't know which way to go. I am leaning towards buying the largest copperband butterfly and keep going till I get one that eats them and return the others to the LFS. Then I want to keep this small one I have in my system long term so I stay clear of aiptasia.

    What do you guys think?


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    WOW! I've never seen so many aiptasia together. I would have guessed it is an aiptasia farm for the grow out tank for copperband.

    Sorry, I have no idea how to deal with that many aiptasia... Hope others can help.
     
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    Matted file fish. I have also used a custom built laser to destroy them.
     
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    I think you are past the point of using Aptasia X
    I would try an aptasia eating filefish or a lot of peppermint shrimp
     
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    Do peppermint shrimp even touch big aptasia like that? I thought they only eat the small aptasia.
     
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    Put the triggers in a friends tank or somewhere and do true peppermints again is all I can say.holy crap!
     
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    I have no advice but have to say that is an impressive amount. I really hope you can get them taken care of.
     
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    You might be better off putting your livestock in another tank for now and nuke the rock. Even the sand. If not then removing the triggers and adding natural predators like others suggested could work. If you go with natural aptaisia predators then make sure there's no predators in the tank to eat them.
     
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    Honestly I would go trifecta and hit them with filefish, nudibranchs and shrimp.
     
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    aptasia tanks are cool
     
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    codydemmel4 Valuable Member

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    The aiptasia x was used all the time but I am assuming it just spread it to the back where I could see, then it just got worse and worse over the summer when I would go on week long vacations.

    Once it got in the sand, it seemed like it was game over because when I would siphon the sand I wouldnt get all the small ones (I am assuming) then they just spread and yeah. I should have added the berghia nudis or copperband butterfly from the beginning, not wait this long but here I am now.
     
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    codydemmel4 Valuable Member

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    I wanted to add file fish and copperband butterfly but I was nervous they would all fight along with my triggerfish. I think a custom built laser would take me forever to kill them wouldnt it? and dont you have to suck them out then?
     
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    codydemmel4 Valuable Member

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    Thanks everyone for the replies, definitely a brain storm here.
     
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    I've never seriously suggested anyone using a laser to get rid of aiptasia but with this much I think it may be the only way apart from just removing the rocks. With the laser you basically melt the aiptasia along with the spores and it is definitely effective. Aiptasia X seems to work best if you get them when they are tiny but doesn't prevent all the spores of the large ones from making their way into the tank.
     
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    I would get a majano wand and kill every single one individually. It would probably take hours or even days. Could try a laser, I've got a blue one that'll pop balloons and would likely do the job, but I'd be concerned about accidentally blinding one of my fish if they strayed into the beam. And about possible reflection back into my eyes; definitely need to wear appropriate eye protection.
     
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    Geez, I kill off the ones I can get to about once a month with aiptasia x, just wondering how long it took to get that many together? Holy smokes, some of those suckers are big, and packed together! Hopefully someone has a good idea short of starting all over again. I think I would get the triggers out of the tank, throw in a bunch of peppermints, nudis, coperbands, filefish and attack them chemically with x and one of those lasers, go full blown shock and awe!
     
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    codydemmel4 Valuable Member

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    everything I have seen about the lasers is you need to siphon them out or it is not effective and with this many that wouldnt be reasonable. I think I am going to add multiple butterfly fish and hope that works. Possibly catch the triggerfish and do both peppermind shrimp and butterfly fish
     
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    Kliens destroys them.
     
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    Wow that’s crazy, hope you are able to get rid of it. Makes me really glad I’ve never had Aiptasia..
     
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    I think I am going to be adding a larger Kliens and Racoon butterfly next week and go from there, hope I dont have problems with my other fish. If I do, I will move them to my fish only tank.
     
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