Aiptasia are taking over my tank!!!

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Aiptasia are taking over my tank!!!

Post by El Scorpio » Mon May 19, 2014 10:14 pm

Hey guys. Got a little Aiptasia problem here, okay a big one. They're taking over! I've been using Zaptasia, which does seem to work, but it seems like for every one I kill with the stuff three more pop up for the funeral. They're really getting out of hand now, and some of them are quite big. There's currently nothing in my tank right now (except freaking Aiptasia) but the things are really turning into a scourge. Not sure if I'm using the zaptasia wrong or if there's something else I need to try. Help!

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Re: Aiptasia are taking over my tank!!!

Post by Pufferpunk » Mon May 19, 2014 11:45 pm

Get a Copperband butterfly or Green filefish.
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Re: Aiptasia are taking over my tank!!!

Post by Pufferpunk » Mon May 19, 2014 11:45 pm

Get a Copperband butterfly or Green filefish.
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Re: Aiptasia are taking over my tank!!!

Post by hadla » Tue May 20, 2014 12:24 am

Peppermint shrimp?
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Re: Aiptasia are taking over my tank!!!

Post by Gunner » Tue May 20, 2014 6:14 pm

hadla wrote:Peppermint shrimp?
Ive heard that a lot of people have had luck with peppermint shrimp, although ive heard if you want to go that route you need to get a group of them, more than 3, so ive heard.

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Re: Aiptasia are taking over my tank!!!

Post by El Scorpio » Tue May 20, 2014 8:33 pm

Peppermint shrimp are kind of hit and miss from what I hear... and some of these aiptasia are so big I think they would eat a peppermint shrimp!!
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hadla wrote:Peppermint shrimp?
Ive heard that a lot of people have had luck with peppermint shrimp, although ive heard if you want to go that route you need to get a group of them, more than 3, so ive heard.

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Re: Aiptasia are taking over my tank!!!

Post by Pufferpunk » Tue May 20, 2014 9:01 pm

Every pepp shrimp I've ever gotten, has gone missing.
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Re: Aiptasia are taking over my tank!!!

Post by hadla » Wed May 21, 2014 12:57 pm

Lol, I noticed what I think is aptasia on one lr piece in the 10g so I got a shrimp for it... Just checked and I think the aptasia is gone... But I can't find the shrimp x(
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Re: Aiptasia are taking over my tank!!!

Post by hadla » Wed May 21, 2014 12:59 pm

I seem to have bad luck with saltwater shrimp... Had 2 peppermints before I got Lila, and they either died or disappeared. Then I got two cleaner shrimp for the tank after I got Lila and the bigger one disappeared... But the other one is still there.
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Re: Aiptasia are taking over my tank!!!

Post by Cu455 » Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:47 pm

I had a New Guena puffer that ate aptasia. It also are all my macro algae, sponges and coral.

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Re: Aiptasia are taking over my tank!!!

Post by bertie 83 » Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:54 pm

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It's amazing how easy maintenance is. If done regularly and thoroughly

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Re: Aiptasia are taking over my tank!!!

Post by Welch4 » Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:29 pm

Yes seems someone other than bed is trying thier hand at necrothreading.
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Re: Aiptasia are taking over my tank!!!

Post by El Scorpio » Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:20 pm

5 yard penalty for necrothreading. By the way, aiptasia problem solved - due to unforseeable life events (much to my disappointment and frustration, I might add,) my tank has been torn down and is currently sitting in a storage unit along with my live rock, which is quite devoid of any such life at the moment. Apparently, the best way to kill an aiptasia outbreak in a saltwater aquarium is to remove the saltwater itself from the equation.

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Re: Aiptasia are taking over my tank!!!

Post by bertie 83 » Wed Jan 28, 2015 10:24 pm

Certainly would work, aiptasia nuked in storage unit
It's amazing how easy maintenance is. If done regularly and thoroughly

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Re: Aiptasia are taking over my tank!!!

Post by Pufferpunk » Thu Jan 29, 2015 1:33 am

I did have to tear down a tulip nem infested tank. Stuck all the rock outside for the winter.
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