Aiptasia Problem

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  1. coralman

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    I have a 38 gallon reef tank. Coral is doing very well, but so is the Aiptasia Enemones. So I need to get rid of them.
    I have seen STOP AIPTASIA, or a sea slug called NUDIBRANCH BERGHIA and I heard BUTTERFLY FISH.
    Let me know what is the best way to get rid of them. I am not looking for a quick fix but looking at the long hall.
    thank you for your time.
     
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    I've used Aiptasia X with good results in the past if you can catch them early enough. However it's almost impossible to get them all that way. Other people have had success with peppermint shrimp hunting them down and eating them. Cheaper and easier than trying a Copperband Butterfly fish.
     
  3. Nanofreak79

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    Aptasia xworks OK, but is hard to get in the mouth before it closes IMO, then can stress and cause release of more babies/pieces. Kalk paste works to smother them and the hole they pop out of. Lemon juice is also very effective injected with a syringe. I've also used gels super glue to cover them up on the rocks. Peer mint shrimp can be hit or miss, and won't eat the big ones. I never keep anything I receive on the frag plug or rock to help avoid these guys, and only buy or purchase from certain sources, I have no aptasia in any of my tanks. The berghia are good, but require a steady supply/large population of aptasia to eat, once there gone the berghia die. Just be diligent and try to stay on top of them, usually once you get them its imposibble to totally irradicate but you can control the population. Use one or more of these methods to fight them off....everyone at some point has or does have these in there tank.
     
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    ive had great luck with peppermint shrimp. the big ones need to be killed with aip x and the small ones the shrimp eat. always has worked for me but like nanofreak said they will always be there...7 mons ago my shrimp died when all the aip was gone and tonight i spyed a fresh new aip dang guess i need to go buy another pep shrimp
     
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    If you just have a few and they aren't right next to your coral you can use lemon juice or vinegar in a syringe, just stab it into their base and blast them with a ml or two.

    Butterfly Fish work most of the time but they can nip at coral and you have to decide if you want a butterfly long term.

    I've had mixed results with Peppermint shrimp, some love the stuff others don't touch it. Some say it is just the young ones that eat it... not sure if that is the case or not.

    Nudibranch Berghia's work awesome, they will clean them out, but it takes some time, as they really hit their prime when they start reproducing, which they do very quickly. The issues with them is they will starve out once the aiptasia is gone, but on the plus side they are bright white (when hungry) and slow moving so they are easy to catch and there is a good market for them. So once your tank is clean just watch it after the lights go out (they are nocturnal) and you can capture them and pass on or resell to other reefers. I use a small turkey baster to suck them up. The other thing to consider before using Berghia's is that wrasse and peppermint shrimp and a few others will eat them which makes for an expensive snack.
     
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    I thought I would hijack this old thread as I have a massive outbreak of aptasia. Too many to try any manual means such as Kalk paste or lasers. I've tried peppermint shrimp with no luck. I have added about 20 Berghia Nudibranch but am impatient. They have been introduced about 2 months ago with no signs of improvements. Any reef safe fish that will assist such as a wrasse mentioned above?
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    Which peppermint shrimp did you try? Where did you get them from?
    There a couple different species and one of them is better than the other; Lysmata wurdemanni.


    Last month I noticed that I had a few aiptasia starting to show up in my display and I purchased a few peppermint shrimp from Live Aquaria. A couple of days later, all of the visible aiptasia were gone. I still see the shrimp every now and again, so they did their job for me.
     
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    Potentially a CBB. I have heard they are a harder fish to keep.
     
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    I have a filefish from New Wave that is an Aptasia eating machine , he was a cheap fish and a character. I do not remember the name but you should check them out.
     
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    I saw a filefish over at petco minnetonka that i was very tempted to get to try to control my aiptasia/mojano problem, i've heard many contradicting things about them being reef safe thought...Yours doesn't nip at corals? I have clams in every tank i run and those are almost more important then my coral so they can't nip at them :p
     
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    I just cleared out a ton of aiptasia in both my tanks by boiling ro/di and using a syringe to square them. Then I sucked out as much of the aphasia I could with the syringe.
     
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    I picked up 2 of the true peppermints and they cleaned out my 40 gallon tank of all aptasia in a week.

    And it was everywhere...

    I'd give them another try. Just be sure they are the real deal.

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    Tasseled Filefish. I never had much luck with shrimp or manual removal. Got one of these from SWE and have an aptasia free tank. He's a fun fish in the tank (the wife's favorite) and I've never seen him bother a coral.

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    I will say that I have a peppermint that is a known and voracious anemone eater. He was so indiscriminate with anemone eating, that I had to get him out of my tank with the BTA in it :p
     
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    I just bought a copperband butterfly, my tank was infested with aiptsia, probably over 50 of them, 3 days later, I see 0 of them. He eats brittle worms too! !

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