Looking for Aiptasia eating nudibranchs

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  1. Special K

    Special K Active Member

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    I got them in yesterday and all looked alive and well. Some where bigger than the 1/4 size and they threw in a few extras as well. Dropped them in the tank after acclimated them and will see how it goes from here. Hope it works
     
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    Awesome. Excited to hear how the progress goes
     
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    Nyk Reed Member MTRCMember

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    I ordered some nudibranchs from saltyunderground and just received them. I followed the acclimation and introduction instructions. I’ll give an update if I see a reduction in aiptasia in the coming months.
     
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    I recently ordered some from Reeftown. About 10 of them and acclimated them as specified. It’s weird, I can’t seem to find them but I see aiptasia disappearing in the tank during the day. So, I guess they work.
     
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    yeah it sucks not being able to see them to know if they are alive or not
     
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    The only time I saw mine was after lights out, they seemed to hide while lights were on.
     
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    Yup I check on them at night and see a few moving around think most are buried in my rock work
     
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    They are like invisible predators!! Very rarely see, at first the aptasia population explodes, then one day you notice one area clean of aptasia, and all of a sudden you struggle to find an aptasia. It will take a few months, and coral will get stung from time to time, but they work!! I just hope they kill all of those things. I started with all dead rock, QT all coral, and fish, and still got aptasia!!
     
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    They are very good on eating aptasia if they can find them.
    I have a 180gls that was full of aptasia a couple years ago and after a few months of adding the nudis looks like they were all gone. 6 months later you see one or 2 in places the nudis did not get them.
     
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    I am sure they will not get them all. I think aptasia can live on rock that has been in a desert for a year or two then burned before going back into a tank!!
     
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    I would love to get some but worry that my Yellow longnose would eat them for lunch. He is a voracious hunter and Loves to get Pods and worms and such. He however does NOT touch Aptasia.
     
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    Another reason they are hard to see is because when they eat the aptasia they change from white to the dark brown color from eating. I was told when they are white they dont have any aptasia in their belly. You can watch a YouTube video and see what I'm talking about.
     
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    any changes or thoughts on this? I am looking at putting an order in but not sure how this would work on a 20G. I don't have major aiptasia...just enough to be annoying and wanted to just do preventative maintenance of sort before the population get too large. I feed the fish heavy so usually the aiptasia are getting their share whether i like it or not.
     
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