HUGE outbreak of aiptasia

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  1. Lisavet2000

    Lisavet2000 Member

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    I have the exact same problem in my 150. I have also tried this method. It works but you really have to do it to all the rocks at the same time and make sure there are no aptasias in the over flow or sump. If there is any left they will start to pop up all over again. They are evil!!!! My plan is to just take out all the rock and replace it but only after I make sure there is no aptasias left anywhere. It's going to be a long process which is why I still haven't done it. I just have taking out some of the rock a little at a time. I have thought about just getting a file fish. But I need to get my tank in better shape before adding a fish to it. I have abandoned it since the aptasias have taking over. I must say that I did in the past have very good success with banner fishes eating the aptasias. But as soon as the aptasias are gone they will go after the coral.
     
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  2. csb123

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    I feel your pain. My 300 looks the same. Aiptasia X just seemed to make the problem worse. I put a bunch of berghia in in August and am still waiting to see any results...fingers crossed. I dread having to start over.
     
  3. Vspetersen

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    I am from denmark, so if my language is a little off, is there an explanation.
    But if you are using a manual way to fight them, be sure to not "frightening" the aptacia because they will then release the eggs and you will have more aptacias
     
  4. SalinFL

    SalinFL Active Member R2R Supporter

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    That wand is the best! I also invested in one, definitely money well spent. That and several peppermints for the ones I couldn't see did the trick for me.

    Also, if you have an extra tank and can quarantine the rocks you're going to blast, that would also serve you well. After I blasted the worst ones, I rinsed them in a bucket of sw to get the residue off, then I rinsed them in coral rx and followed those directions.

    Best of luck, they are tenacious monsters.

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    John kennington Active Member

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    The peppermint shrimp need to be the Caribbean ones.

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  6. Itsander

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    A laser will work, but just the ones in the front will die, the ones in the back will stay alive, add a file fish and keep an eye on him. Good luck.
     
  7. RudyB

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    Drop in at leat 10 to 15 peppermints in and try to find Berghia Nudibranchs they worked for me a long time ago. They only eat aptasia so once they run out of food they die. Good Luck.
     
  8. codydemmel4

    codydemmel4 Valuable Member

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    I need to post an update here, but as crazy this is to say.

    I see 0 aiptasia in my tank. The butterfly and peppermint shrimp got completely rid of everything within a month.

    The butterfly fish I have are a Kleins, Racoon and Copperband. The Copperband is the smallest but as much as it picks, I can tell if I got a large that would be the best but since my Kleins in the largest, he definitely ate the most aiptasia. Literally would just bite the huge ones, pretty amazing to watch.

    I also know the peppermint shrimp (I bought 20 for only $60) did a great job as the rock clusters they hide in where completely rid of aiptasia within 2 weeks.
     
  9. savetheocean

    savetheocean Well-Known Member

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    Nice!
     
  10. Pife

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    Let's see some pictures.
     
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    codydemmel4 Valuable Member

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    I will hopefully have some time to take some tonight!
     
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    You're not a Penn St fan are you?
     
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    codydemmel4 Valuable Member

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    hahaha I wonder how you wouldve guessed ;)
     
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  15. Pife

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    That crappy cup on your tank. FYI I'm a buckeye!
     
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    codydemmel4 Valuable Member

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    Haha I figured that! PSU blew that game against yall this year.
     
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  17. Zack K

    Zack K The LPS Guy R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Anther reason l love butterfly fish. Glad it worked out!
     
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