Aptasia on a bad spot on my clam?

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  1. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It should. That being said, I would buy some peppermint shrimp and see if they eat it before going through the trouble of scraping it off/dipping the clam.
     
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  3. xmetalfan99

    xmetalfan99 Giant Squid

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    +1 Do that before what I suggested. Unless the aptasia is bothering the clam.
     
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  4. Grant

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    K+ to you both.

    I like the idea of trying peppermints too. So far the aptasia is small and localized on the clam. If that doesn't work, I'll try the scrape & dip method. How many peppermints should I get? I have a 90 reef with 2 skunk shrimp already.
     
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    I would buy three just because not all peppermint shrimp will eat aptasia. make sure they are peppermint shrimp and not camel shrimp before you buy them. The camels are not reef safe.
     
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    suckafish Montipora Capricornis

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    if you can find bergia nundi those work very well too!
     
  7. amcarrig

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    The problem with the nudibranchs is that once you run out of aiptasia, they starve to death. Peppermints are omnivors and will eat other things besides aiptasia. I would only suggest using nudibranchs if you had a huge outbreak and could give the animal to somebody else with an aiptasia problem once yours were all eaten.
     
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  9. ATP123

    ATP123 Astrea Snail

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    might just do that.......

    before you say anything against it, have you tried it?
     
  10. xmetalfan99

    xmetalfan99 Giant Squid

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    Any electrical current + water with high TDS (especially when salt makes up a lot of it salt) = bad effects. There are many species that are highly sensitive to any electrical current. Introducing electricity into our glass boxes is an idiotic idea and the person that thought of it and people that try it will eventually be found in their local morgue. Under cause of death it will read "stupidity".

    I have to assume that you are the one who wrote that article....

    Lets not forget about the possible contamination from the Cu wiring.
     
  11. ATP123

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    To bad he got great affects in a SPS dominated tank. It does depend on how many electricity and not just any. There is already electricity in water to begin with. The only problem with the article IMO is the copper wires will corode to fast. That could be change by using a different conductor other than copper. Idiotic ideas can become great ideas as well.

    btw, very polite response and great first expression to a new member:)

    (i did not write the article by the way)
     
  12. blackraven1425

    blackraven1425 Giant Squid

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    3Reef: Sternly Against Extremely Bad Ideas.