02-22-2010, 07:20 PM
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I know of an individual with a 180 gallon reef tank that allowed for a major outbreak of aiptasia (200 plus count).
He indicated that he purchased 25 peppermint shrimp (he works for a LFS)...and they cleared almost all Aiptasia with about 25 remaining.
Things to be learned from above story:
- Aiptasia WILL SPREAD QUICKLY if not taken care of.
- He indicated he would have been better off manually removing, but you can imagine the task. to remove you need to literally "chisel" some of the rock off, otherwise the roots are left there and aiptasia will just regrow.
My advice, (also a noob) - if your live rock in which it is growing will not cause you to restructure and break down whole strucutre, manually remove it. For others, get some peppermint shrimp and enjoy their beautiful coloration and hope they do their job.