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I started my reef 2 months ago. I found 1 aiptasia about the size of a quarter last night. :( I want to introduce some aiptasia predators so that long term maintenance is built into my solution. Plus I am lazy. ;) A copperband is more than I want to take on right now, just too delicate this stage in my tank. Im in a toss up between a file fish and peppermint shrimp. Im reading that there are many types of peppermints, that there is only one that eats aiptasia and they are hard to tell the difference. I also have a coral banded shrimp I am concerned wouldnt play well. I am interested in a file fish too. Some things I have read is they nip coral. Does any have first hand experience with either of these two? Thanks!
 
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I have peppermint shrimp in all my tanks and haven't seen a single piece of aiptasia in months. It's not specific types of peppermints its camel shrimp (BAD) vs peppermint shrimp. They are similar in color but camels have a big bump on their back. I do think that your coral banded will attempt to make a meal out of them, however a friend has peppermints and CB and they seem to be faster. I also have mine with a pistol shrimp with no issues. File fish I've heard good and bad, I just hope you dont have any duncans as I heard they are a tasty treat.
 

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I started my reef 2 months ago. I found 1 aiptasia about the size of a quarter last night. :( I want to introduce some aiptasia predators so that long term maintenance is built into my solution. Plus I am lazy. ;) A copperband is more than I want to take on right now, just too delicate this stage in my tank. Im in a toss up between a file fish and peppermint shrimp. Im reading that there are many types of peppermints, that there is only one that eats aiptasia and they are hard to tell the difference. I also have a coral banded shrimp I am concerned wouldnt play well. I am interested in a file fish too. Some things I have read is they nip coral. Does any have first hand experience with either of these two? Thanks!
Yes, first hand experience peppermint shrimp also ate hammer corals. Not nip. ATE FOUR HEADS before we finally caught and removed peppermint from main tank. File fish might also have problems with your corals. I'm hoping my hammers might bounce back, but so far not a peek of flesh has come out since peppermints removed. My sun corals can retract significantly, which is where my (unfounded) hope is coming.

First, hoping you tossed whatever aiptasia was on along with aiptasia itself. Don't scrub ever as each tiny bit can become another whole aiptasia. Frank's F-Aiptasia is good product that smothers over aiptasia - BRS just came out with video for his product, but Frank's is LFS to me and well know down here (product has gone international).

Finally, work on your QT/dip procedures, as if that wasn't the only one, once you get these under control you aren't ever going want to re-introduce another! BRS has good dip video too. I've expanded to use all three types (Bayer would count as 4th type: insecticide (not in video), and likely I should think about Bayer too)

Good luck
 

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+1 F-Aiptasia

if you get a berghia, then you should pass it along to someone else with aiptasia before it starves :( agree this is best reef animal solution. F-Aiptasia is harmless and good treatment, plus can smother over aiptasia where berghia can't get
 

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Yes, first hand experience peppermint shrimp also ate hammer corals. Not nip. ATE FOUR HEADS before we finally caught and removed peppermint from main tank. File fish might also have problems with your corals. I'm hoping my hammers might bounce back, but so far not a peek of flesh has come out since peppermints removed. My sun corals can retract significantly, which is where my (unfounded) hope is coming.

First, hoping you tossed whatever aiptasia was on along with aiptasia itself. Don't scrub ever as each tiny bit can become another whole aiptasia. Frank's F-Aiptasia is good product that smothers over aiptasia - BRS just came out with video for his product, but Frank's is LFS to me and well know down here (product has gone international).

Finally, work on your QT/dip procedures, as if that wasn't the only one, once you get these under control you aren't ever going want to re-introduce another! BRS has good dip video too. I've expanded to use all three types (Bayer would count as 4th type: insecticide (not in video), and likely I should think about Bayer too)

Good luck


Now you got me nervous. I have 3 hammers, 1 frammer, 3 torches and an octospawn with my peppermint. I've never even seen them get close to any of them though.
 

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I added 3 peppermint which eradicated the aiptasia but had to rehome one that went after a Cespitularia frag. I have tried bergia nudi with partial success as they didn't eradicated all aiptasia. Also tried a few other methods to include Kalk, Lemon Juice, Joe Juice with partial success.
 

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Now you got me nervous. I have 3 hammers, 1 frammer, 3 torches and an octospawn with my peppermint. I've never even seen them get close to any of them though.
Months we were fine.... until we were not fine...

Then, hammers and frogspawn seemed withdrawn bit... Tested EVERYTHING. Tested EVERYTHING AGAIN. Read it could be peppermints (at this point, starting to lose first hammer). BF wouldn't believe it. Caught peppermint at it. BF said just eating dead tissue as they are CUC after all... Tested EVERYTHING AGAIN. Sent out water sample (everything fine, posted result in my build thread). FINALLY caught those fast guys using fish trap and instead of moving to sump they went to QT which turned out to have salinity difference so they died while I was at funeral back East (funeral for my dad, not shrimp).

Two hammers and 1 frogspawn survived peppermints. Four hammers died :(
 

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But then they starve when you run out of aiptasia. Are they easy to find and rehome?
Yes... you'll see them on your glass looking for food when they run out of Aiptasia. I breed them... you could easily resell the nudibranch and make some of your money back to a local or give them away to a buddy who needs them.
 

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I have peppermint shrimp in all my tanks and haven't seen a single piece of aiptasia in months. It's not specific types of peppermints its camel shrimp (BAD) vs peppermint shrimp. They are similar in color but camels have a big bump on their back. I do think that your coral banded will attempt to make a meal out of them, however a friend has peppermints and CB and they seem to be faster. I also have mine with a pistol shrimp with no issues. File fish I've heard good and bad, I just hope you dont have any duncans as I heard they are a tasty treat.
I've got both in one tank. As long as your tank is big enough to allow the peppermints stay away from your Cb should be fine.
 
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I had perfect success with a Chelmon marginalis (a variant of copperband butterfly) from Live Aquaria. I've heard they are easier than ordinary copperbands.
 

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I bug my couple of aipstatia every so often to throw off spawns for my bergula nudibranchs to eat and maintain at a level to reproduce, but not invasive enough to starve themselves out.
They are beautiful little critters, I would recommend having them to everyone.
 
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