AIPTASIA ANEMONES

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    Mar 03, 2011 2:44 AM GMT
    I SAW ONE TODAY!!!! I'VE NEVER HAD THIS PROBLEM BEFORE AND I'M FREAKING OUT. How do I kill it? I hear that there are syringes you can buy. I have tons of LPS so I really don't want this them to propagate and become an issue. icon_cry.gif
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    Mar 03, 2011 3:04 AM GMT
    ...they look like some cute lil critters....why kill em?

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    Mar 03, 2011 3:17 AM GMT
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    Mar 03, 2011 3:23 AM GMT
    http://www.reefcorner.com/SpecimenSheets/aipatasia.htm

    I appreciate your enthusiasm for an awesome hobby. I have dabbled myself keeping beautiful aquariums. I don't feel like topics like this belong on a gay fitness forum. Plus Google is your friend.

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    Mar 03, 2011 3:25 AM GMT
    NCReal06 said I don't feel like topics like this belong on a gay fitness forum.



    But then what would we do with the terabytes of Britney threads
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    Mar 03, 2011 3:27 AM GMT
    NCReal06 saidI don't feel like topics like this belong on a gay fitness forum. Plus Google is your friend.


    You gonna let him talk to you like that, Dekiruman???
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    Mar 03, 2011 3:29 AM GMT
    Inject with hot (near boiling) water.
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    Mar 03, 2011 3:29 AM GMT
    http://www.reefcorner.com/SpecimenSheets/aipatasia.htm
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    Mar 03, 2011 3:43 AM GMT
    you can do kalkwasser bombs or inject them with lemon juice. Nudibranchs are awesome, but unless you have massive outbreak they will starve. Manual removal is best. I'm a reefer expert, email if you need more advice
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    Mar 03, 2011 3:45 AM GMT
    Maybe I came across a little harsh... my bad

    Best of luck Deki for getting rid of that little pest.
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    Mar 03, 2011 3:54 AM GMT
    Kalk injection works, lemon juice works, aptasia eating nudies work if you have too many. If it's small, you can get a peppermint shrimp. Depending on what size your tank is, some Angels or butterflies can work too. However, if you have one aptasia, you probably will have more. Your best method of keeping your reef happy is to just maintain a balance by adding something that will keep it under control. Peppermints work well because of the low bioload and doesn't require a large tank. What Kin of Lps are you keeping? Many lps don't care so much by it. Are we talking about chalice or softies?

    Forgot to add, if it's on a small piece of rock that can be taken out, note here the anemone is, take the rock out and by this time, it should have retreated into it's hole. Get super glue and cover the hole, thus choking it. Proceed on finding something to maintain it's population down and in check after that.
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    Mar 03, 2011 3:59 AM GMT
    dekiruman saidI SAW ONE TODAY!!!! I'VE NEVER HAD THIS PROBLEM BEFORE AND I'M FREAKING OUT. How do I kill it? I here there are syringes you can buy. I have tons of LPS so I really don't want this them to propagate and become an issue. icon_cry.gif



    I'm sorry but i didn't know what the words mean at first, so I thought you have just found out you have an STD and want to know how to get rid of it... icon_redface.gif
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    Mar 03, 2011 3:59 AM GMT
    My peppermint shrimp was able to take care of my aiptasia problem. Unfortunately, my shrimp died one day and now I there is a single aiptasia that just started growing. These things just don't go away!!!
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    Mar 03, 2011 4:09 AM GMT
    problem with peppermints is that there are several types, big myth they eat aptasia. A few ap's in a tank is no big deal, don't freak, my last tank was 1200g and I had outbreak of flatworms in a full blown LPS and SPS tank, then you freak out, okay... Inject the little bastards with boiling water if your a water purist and hate kalk bombs, Whatever you do don't shred them with a razor thinking that ya killed them, wrong........ only spreads them. extreme stuff, remove LPS to hospital tank, drop salinity or nuke them with pH, so many options and honestly its not a big deal, a few of the nasties is a tank is normal, just don't let them feed on anything
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    Mar 03, 2011 4:10 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]itsivan said[/cite]...they look like some cute lil critters....why kill em?

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    no this is what they look like. I think you found a picture of a nudibranch.
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    Mar 03, 2011 4:10 AM GMT
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    Mar 03, 2011 4:18 AM GMT
    dekiruman said[quote][cite]itsivan said[/cite]...they look like some cute lil critters....why kill em?

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    no this is what they look like. I think you found a picture of a nudibranch.

    First off, the first photo is a nudibranch and not a aptasia
    Second photo is some type of generic clove polyp, both are harmless. exception is the nudi's if its a zoanthid eater, it'll change color to match the color of the zoa's to blend in, nasty little pest thats cost me $$, easy to spot as the zoas are always contracted and use a airline tube and suck the beast off the colony, or do a fresh water dip for 15 seconds ( only on softies)
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    Mar 03, 2011 4:19 AM GMT
    dekiruman said[quote][cite]itsivan said[/cite]...they look like some cute lil critters....why kill em?

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    no this is what they look like. I think you found a picture of a nudibranch.
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    Mar 03, 2011 4:21 AM GMT
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    dekiruman said[quote][cite]itsivan said[/cite]...they look like some cute lil critters....why kill em?

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    no this is what they look like. I think you found a picture of a nudibranch.

    First off, the first photo is a nudibranch and not a aptasia
    Second photo is some type of generic clove polyp, both are harmless. exception is the nudi's if its a zoanthid eater, it'll change color to match the color of the zoa's to blend in, nasty little pest thats cost me $$, easy to spot as the zoas are always contracted and use a airline tube and suck the beast off the colony, or do a fresh water dip for 15 seconds ( only on softies)


    lol I posted a vid of some xenia because it was labeled monster aiptasia colony and I thought "this sounds dramatic. I'll use it" but I didn't actually watch the vid Then when I posted it I was like..........woopsiesicon_redface.gif
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    Mar 03, 2011 4:22 AM GMT
    IT LOOKS DELICIOUS I WANT TO EAT IT
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    Mar 03, 2011 4:23 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidIT LOOKS DELICIOUS I WANT TO EAT IT


    its got stingers all over it icon_neutral.gif
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    Mar 03, 2011 4:29 AM GMT
    Um, could be cloves, could be xenia, depends on pulsation. If your that freaked just yank the damn liverock it's anchored too outa the tank and let it dryout... yeah im on reef central and most advanced reefer sites, total aqua geek
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    Mar 03, 2011 4:31 AM GMT
    dekiruman said
    Ariodante saidIT LOOKS DELICIOUS I WANT TO EAT IT


    its got stingers all over it icon_neutral.gif

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    Mar 03, 2011 4:32 AM GMT
    shortmuscleguy saidUm, could be cloves, could be xenia, depends on pulsation. If your that freaked just yank the damn liverock it's anchored too outa the tank and let it dryout... yeah im on reef central and most advanced reefer sites, total aqua geek


    cant do that. The rock has mushrooms on it.
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    Mar 03, 2011 4:38 AM GMT
    Ehh, if they're just shrooms, those are generally unaffected by aptasias. They're more likely to choke that aptasia than anything due to their growth-pattern... If you're that paranoid though, choke it with super glue.

    I have some aptasia in my tank, though they only appear at night and stay relatively small (smaller than a penny). Not many appear in my tank from what I have seen. I don't do anything to try and control them as they don't seem to bother anything in my tank.

    The basic rule in the aquarium hobby is this, no tank is "perfect". There is only balance and balance is what you want to strive for. In your case, you have now seen a visible aptasia. Instead of trying to find something to completely eradicate them (which is very difficult to do unless you dry the entire tank out, bleach it and other pretty steep methods). So instead, find a balance for it. Either add something to eat/destroy it and keep it in check and/or figure out how to slow down its growth and propagation (don't overfeed). It is not always the best case to add a new inhabitant in order to solve a current problem. However, sometimes, it is a preferred choice. You just have to judge it by yourself if the pros outweigh the cons and by how much?

    For example, if you decide to add a peppermint shrimp, you have to take into account that you cannot add anything in there that will prey on the shrimp. The shrimp can also get fairly large and also adds bioload into the tank. However, it does eat small aptasia (ignores anemones that get too large) and does keep them in check. Is this worth it?
    Or if you get aptasia eating nudies. Can you keep them fed? They only eat aptasia and WILL die in the tank if no more edible aptasia is found. Is it worth it?

    And so on.