I have a huge breakout of Aiptasia. I've tried Joe's Juice and while it does kill them instantly, others grow. And the new ones seem to reproduce 100 times faster than I kill them.
What is the cause of this breakout? Any suggestions as to how to get rid of this?
Here is the info on my tank:
125 Gallon saltwater. Lots of live rock, Leather corals, pulsing xenias, star polyps, mushrooms, anemones.
Tomato clown, Maroon clown, 2 damsils, snowflake eel, Brittle Star, Sea Urchin, Cucumber.
Lots of snails and crabs.
I have had the tank for just over a year. I bought the tank from someone who had it for 3 years. The tank never had any Aiptasia - or at least none that I could see. Since I bought the aquarium, I've added about 50 pounds of live rock and lots of snails and crabs. A month after I bought the aquarium, I bought the rock from Premium Aquatics. Shortly after the rock addition did I see only 2, yes 2, Aiptasia. In the last 10-11 months, the Aiptasia have grown out of control. I can have about 75 Aiptasia at a time.
Due to the tank being upstairs (heat rising) and in the same room as a 65 inch TV, I have a chiller which keeps the water at 80. The lights stay on for 12 hours. I have an Octopus Skimmer - just bought it last month. I have a wavemaster with 4 pumps. I never test the water - only because the previous owner never did and said he never had any problems. Should I test the water for something to determine the cause of the Aiptasia?
I feed the snowflake eel and anemones: frozen krill - 2 pieces every 2-3 days. I feed the fish: one piece of frozen brine shrimp and one piece of frozen blood worms - every 2-3 days. Does this sound like I am feeding them too often? When I say "pieces", I am referring to the gum drop sizes that come in a pack.
Thanks for any input.