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Aiptasia possibly in my tank...
i have something that looks like this growing in the sand of my tank...
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I have been reading that it should be removed? It looks kinda neat, but i dont want it if its going to mess up the tank. Also, how should i go about removing it?
if you like it, keep it. however its most likely going to spread.
the main reason they are bad is because they sting corals. if you take reg. lemon juice into a pipette or even better a needle and squirt it directly at its mouth (the center) it should kill it. if you bump it, it will retract, so get as close as possible without bumping.
Another trick you can use to get rid of them is when you are going to inject them, feed them. Squirt food into their mouth and then it'll get them stuck up and they can't retract. Then you can dose them with your weapon of choice.
I personally used highly concentrated saltwater. All of the suggested choices work, but you have to be consistent. If you aren't then you can help them spread in the tank. I tried and only had 2. When i got tired of it and became consistent i had well over 30 in a 25g. I finally got tired of them and just got some pepperment shrimp to take care of them. there's a gamble with them and not all will eat the aptasia. I had a shrimp live in the same hole as a foot of one of the aptasia... was annoying.
why cant you just pick them out of the sand or of the rock?
If you are able to then hats off to ya. If you leave any tissue behind whatsoever they will bud a new polyp and tend to grow more-so. If it's on the Sandbed then i'd just say pluck the little guy out.
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