Taking out all my rock to get rid of aptasia

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  1. KillaKawi450

    KillaKawi450 Astrea Snail

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    Hello everyone

    I have been trying to get rid of my aptasia for the past few months by using aphasia x. The problem does not seem to be going away. I have a 180 fowler with only two lions and a trigger fish.
    Any ideas on getting rid of it for good?

    I was thinking about taking out all of my rock and letting it dry out for a few weeks. Would this kill it? Is this a bad idea?

    Please help. I am starting to get frustrated with this pest.

    Thanks for your help!
     
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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
  4. Kevin_E

    Kevin_E Giant Squid

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    My peppermint shrimp took care of mine. Haven't seen any since.
     
  5. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, but lion fish and trigger will most likely eat those I think.
     
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    missionsix Super Moderator Staff Member

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    You can look into certain butterfly fishes that will eat it since you have FO...
     
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    Kevin_E Giant Squid

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    Ah you're probably right.
     
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  9. KillaKawi450

    KillaKawi450 Astrea Snail

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    Thanks for the replies!
    Yeah, I tried peperment shrimp in the past and they did not last long with my trigger.

    I might look into a butterfly fish. Does anyone recommend a certain kind that is hardy and can handle being with a trigger and lionfish?

    I am getting tired of dealing with the aptasia and not enjoying my tank.
     
  10. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Copper banded. It likes all types of anemones.

    Start with an extremely healthy specimen though and make sure it's eating prior to purchase.
     
  11. civiccars2003

    civiccars2003 Great Blue Whale

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    I had a couple of aptasias on a frag I had purchased. Called up a friend (Than at Tidal Gardens) who had a copper banned butterfly in one of his frag tanks, he told me to bring the frag rock to him. Dropped the rock in the tank he was in. Within two minutes the fish hunted the anemone, and ate it whole. Never had any issues afterwards. The fish was happy he got a little snack, and I was happy the pest was gone. Win win for both of us.
     
  12. KillaKawi450

    KillaKawi450 Astrea Snail

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    I will check our local Fish stores to see if they have any. I do not believe I have ever seen a copper banded butterfly in stock before.
    Does anyone know if racoon butterfly will eat aptasia? I think I have seen these locally before.