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Old 11-25-2013, 12:49 AM   #1
 
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Possible Aiptasia outbreak

So, it seems what I though may have been feather dusters might be Aiptasia anemones.

I will post pictures later as its lights out now at the time of writing this post.

Question is, is there harmful or just a pest?, I seem to have an awful lot spread across the tank.

One treatment I know of is inject them with Lemon juice to get rid of them. there is one piece of live rock which has a lot of them, might be able to sacrifice it and let it dry out but will this actually kill them?
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Old 11-25-2013, 01:20 AM   #2
 
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If you are wanting a reef tank full of corals then aptasia are the devil. I personaly like kalkwasser or aptasia-X,maybe Joes juice. I prefer biological control so you may need a few peppermint shrimps of a copperband butterfly fish, I have had much luck with the aptasia eating file fish as well...and then there are the bhergia nudibranchs that eat aptasia up and only aptasia.
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Old 11-25-2013, 09:37 AM   #3
 
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Tank is way too small for a butterfly as its only 55g, I would not be able to keep this long term.

I think if it does turn out to be Aiptasia, then Aiptasia-x will be the way to go.
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Old 11-25-2013, 11:43 AM   #4
 
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Sorry ,should have asked about the tank size. Like I said if you have kalkwasser and make a paste out of it you can syringe it over the aptasia.That is the cheapest way to go but don't over do it as it can raise your PH and calcium when used excessively.
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Old 11-25-2013, 08:08 PM   #5
 
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Here are some pictures of what I am now 99% sure are Aiptasia.
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Old 11-25-2013, 11:16 PM   #6
 
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Kiiiiill it!
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Old 11-25-2013, 11:39 PM   #7
 
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I am NOT going to do the Kalk paste as its too big of a risk in a small tank.

I ordered some Aiptasia-x online which should be here Wednesday. Then can start nuking them.

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Old 11-28-2013, 10:11 AM   #8
 
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Let the nuking commence!
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Old 11-28-2013, 12:14 PM   #9
 
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Blast em all!
Hopefully they have not spread too far or you may still need a biological control as they can get in the tightest places in and behind the rock work were it can be difficult to even see they exist.I still have a couple tanks, that the little buggers snuck into, that I am unable to entirely eradicate due to the type of fishes in the system.
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Old 11-28-2013, 09:10 PM   #10
 
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Wow does that stuff work!
Spent 45 minutes trying to get as many as I can, there are some very very small ones still left but the bigger ones imploded on themselves, kind of cool to watch.

The Aiptasia - x is fish and reef safe, it says the skimmer might go into overdrive for a bit but the solution will naturally breakdown after about a week.

Highly recommended if anyone has Aiptasia in their tank.
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