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Old 01-20-2013, 04:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone know what this is. Got 3 of them on a rock with my yellow fiji coral. Survived coral dip. Should I remove?
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Oops, here are the pictures

Its below the fiji coral
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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looks like an aiptasia, easily removed with aiptasia killer juice, kalk, peppermint shrimp, butterfly fish. My best results were using peppermint shrimp, i never saw one for months, unless there was one in a frag i introduce, but once they found it would be gone.
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've used Aiptasia-X with great success.

It's very effective but you must follow instruction on the label to a T. Do it your own way and you're wasting time and money.

My only recommendation is that you take care of your problem ASAP as once they spread its a royal PITA to get rid of them, especially in large complex systems where they hide in every possibe crevice, pipe, overflow etc.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:00 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks
Calked the bigger one and added two peppermint shrimp to take care of any possible others. Just hope my 6 line wrasse leaves them alone.
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Have you been sucessfull with Aiptasia control using pepermints?
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Peppermints got them but my 6 line wrasse got one of the peppermints. I really like the wrasse but he is mean to newcomers. Thanks for the suggestion might have to get rid of the wrasse.
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I got rid of my 6 line for that reason. Once they get to a certain size they bully everything.

The only problem with kalking the aptasia is that they tend to release spores.
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It's a never ending battle with these bastards. If you dont address the first ones that pop up, its nearly impossible to eradicate later.

I've tried just about everything to date.
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I use a cheap $10 Walmart soldering iron and cook them. Just don't touch the corals around them. Also sometimes adding some reef putty to the hole they are living in works as long as they don't crawl through another hole in the rock. If there are tons of aptasia on a rock and I don't feel like dealing with it I find a similar size piece of "Dead rock" (Always keep some dead rock in stock in my opinion) and then I pull the rock out remove what corals I can from it and just replace the rock. As long as the rock is not too big it shouldn't effect your aquarium much. I have done this many times.
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Dang I would have to pull out half the tank to replace rocks LOL. What would I do to all those suckers living in the overflow/pipes/hoses/sump?
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