What is your most dreaded live rock pest - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
View Poll Results: Which is your most dreaded live rock pest?
Mantis Shrimp 3 27.27%
Bristle Worms 1 9.09%
Aiptaisa 4 36.36%
Slime Algae 0 0%
Pest Snails 2 18.18%
Pest Starfish 0 0%
Isopods 1 9.09%
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post #1 of 12 Old 01-07-2009, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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What is your most dreaded live rock pest

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post #2 of 12 Old 01-07-2009, 11:04 PM
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All the others can be taken out with a bit of work, but the aptasia like to evade and grow if you become lazy. i had one giant aptasia and tried to kill it. it was 2in within a LR... it was still giant and spawned off 30+ more aptasia... and that's in just a 25g nano. I got rid of it all but it took a lot of work.

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post #3 of 12 Old 01-09-2009, 01:17 AM
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post #4 of 12 Old 01-09-2009, 01:36 AM
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lemon juice in a pipette can kill aptasia quite nicely.

i vote mantis because if not taken care of they can kill fish and ive heard of them cracking the bottom pane of glass.
it also is a good hitcher to, that is, if you can catch it alive. people pay for these things.
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true and i know there are a lot of ways to get rid of aptasia, but they can be elusive and if you had one and used kalkwasser on it or joes juice or whatever, they bud more if there is any tissue left.

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post #6 of 12 Old 01-09-2009, 11:26 AM
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lemon juice in a pipette can kill aptasia quite nicely.

i vote mantis because if not taken care of they can kill fish and ive heard of them cracking the bottom pane of glass.
it also is a good hitcher to, that is, if you can catch it alive. people pay for these things.
Where can I find a pipette? I need it for dosing ferts and can't find one??
I agree on the mantis shrimp..from the vids I've seen...yuck! very pretty but quite lethal to have in a tank

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post #7 of 12 Old 01-09-2009, 12:50 PM
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I think the worst hitchhikers are things like flatworms, red coral bugs, and other small parasitic isopods and snails.

I can deal with aptasia, majanos, shrimps, crabs, and bristleworms by putting the rock in a bucket for a few hours and go over it with tweezers and a syringe. The tiny things are tough to spot though until they've multiplied!

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post #8 of 12 Old 01-09-2009, 03:46 PM
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kim this holds up to 10mLs:
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Awesome. I've been trying to spot dose with a turkey baster and it hasn't been working out too well. I definitely need this. Thanks, OF2F!

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post #10 of 12 Old 01-09-2009, 05:13 PM
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Of everything out there, then Pistol Shrimp. They can be as bad as a Mantis, but harder to catch IMO. Plus, you get a new tank if you get a Mantis.

Of what I have, defiantley aptasia. I have some popping up everywhere.
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