Aiptasia Infestation

Discussion in 'Coral Health' started by Willieo101587, Sep 30, 2006.

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  1. 90_Berlin_joe

    90_Berlin_joe Fire Shrimp

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    What about just FW dipping the infected rock? Would the aiptasia not try to remove itself and run?
     
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  3. trizzot

    trizzot Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    aptasia

    I went to the Doctors office and actually got a syringe with a small needle on it, so when it retracts, you can stabd it good and inject it. I used the real syringe with regular Kent Marine Liquid Calcium, and a few pepparmint shrimps. Problem solved.
     
  4. Willieo101587

    Willieo101587 Flamingo Tongue

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    Anybody else try FW dipping? With what success? Will this kill the other things on my rock?
     
  5. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I've never heard of a fresh water dip killing aiptasia. And yes, a freshwater dip will kill most if not all of the bacteria on the rock. Seeing as I don't know what other stuff you have on the rock, I can't say whether or not a freshwater dip will kill it.
     
  6. bouraganes

    bouraganes Peppermint Shrimp

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    I've killed a bunch of Aptasia but I never tried to stick one- if you manage to break them you could get a whole new crop- if you gently release your mix right next to them in the water column they will try to eat it and that is usually that!
     
  7. apollo'sowner

    apollo'sowner Feather Duster

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    I stuck a super glue gel nozzle in the hole of one and squeezed a little gel into the hole, held it for a few seconds, pulled it out and the anemone came out with it.
     
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  9. Willieo101587

    Willieo101587 Flamingo Tongue

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    Instead of trying to inject them per box directions, I just fed some of the big ones my original stuff and, knock on wood, they are starting to look pretty funky. The little ones retreated when I tried to feed them, however. I think the pressure of the stream of juice spooked them.
    So how about those peppermint shrimp? Since my LFS was the place where I bought my aiptasia-infected rock and less-than-effective protein skimmer, I was thinking of going to liveaquaria.com on this one. I have bought a couple of fish there and had a good experience. How many should I get for a 55 gal tank? 1 or 2 or more?
     
  10. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    You can keep an unlimited amount of peppermint shrimp as long as you don't have so many that they're competing for food or space.
     
  11. s14hayame

    s14hayame Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    i had the same problem before got some peppermint shrimp to do the job get about 4 nice size one for your tank. the small aiptasia will eaten in no time, and what i did with the bigger one i took a tweeser and rip them out and when they grow back they willl be in smaller size them the shirmp will eat them then. good luck
     
  12. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I've never had any success with P-Shrimp but know many people who swear by them. I read somewhere that Aptasia have the ability to reproduce 400 times in 24 hours. So once you have one you will have more. The best thing to do is deal with them as you see them and every day after that until they are gone. What ever means you use.

    FOR THOSE WHO USE JOES JUICE
    Have you found JJ is very clumpy lately and hard to even draw into the seringe? What have you done to fix this?

    J