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    Posted: October 06 2010 at 12:05pm
I have some aiptasia that is living in a large colony of zoea that I have. So far there are about 5 aiptasia in this colony. I bought 2 peppermint shrimp last Friday, and not even a nibble. The aiptasia is causing the zoea's to remain closed, and I have not seen them open for almost 3 weeks. I'm starting to get worried that they will die. I need some help here? ???????

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I would inject them with kalk paste
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Are these the only aptasia visible in the tank?

You could get some joe's juice and inject them or get a syringe and get some vinegar at walmart and inject it.

Peppermint shrimp are hit or miss with aptasia. Seems like they're less likely to eat large aptasia as well. You could look into an aptasia eating file fish as well, but once the aptasia is gone they will nip your corals.

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Originally posted by BobC63 BobC63 wrote:

I would inject them with kalk paste
I would agree with Bob. Kalk has worked great for me. Get them under control while you still can.
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if you want the peppermint to do their job you need first of all starve them near death, i know it sounds cruel but its the only way the peppermint shrimp will even touch aiptasia for survival. grab them and put them in a container and put them back in the tank for a few days make sure it has holes. after that grab them and place them close to the aiptasia, they will start eating them like crazy. If i were you if only the aiptasia is the zoa colony i would QT before it can spread into your whole aquarium
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Thanks for the advise. There are a few other aiptasia in the tank. I should be able to get at those ones. The ones in the zoes are pretty small. I would say the largest one stands 1". every time I get close to them with a hypo needle they shrink up. I dont have another tank for isolation. The tank I have is a 24 gal aqua pod. similar set up to a bio cube. any other suggestions?  is there a way I can post a pic on here to show what the problem is? Im kindove computer illiterate. 
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I ususlly inject them with vinegar but its true that you have to be fast! If they are in a bad spot, or retract too fast, Aiptasia-X works good. Its kind of expensive compared to vinegar ($10 for a bottle at fish-4u) but they think its food and dont retract, just fill them completely up and poof, they are gone.
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Snap a picture and put it on your comp. Then upload it to photobucket with a FREE account. Then you just copy and past the code they give you to your forum post. Photobucket has tutorials as well I believe.


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After killing or partially killing Aiptasia with Kalkwaser paste or vinegar, Peppermint Shrimp will sometimes clean up the Aiptasia.

Repeated applications of Kalk paste or vinegar is often needed.
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I've had really good results with pickling lime. Just make a nice thick concoction and suck it up in your needle. I've killed numerous aiptasia in zoa colonies with this. If the aiptasia sucks into a hole or between zoas just fill the hole that it's hiding in with the stuff and it will kill it good. Won't hurt your zoas at all from my experience.
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I personally love aiptasia x. Kills them every time and they won't shrink up after applying it. They actually eat it, and then melt away. It's actually quite satisfying LOL
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is there a medication that only affect anemones? that will totally eradicate aiptasia after removing any desirable anemones
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you can use berghia nudibranchs :) best way to get rid of aiptasia
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I agree with Crystal and she may have some for you.

My experience with Kalkwasser/Pickling Lime paste goes along with Steve's. They seem to like the flavor.Evil Smile I use the 1 ml syringe that comes with the Salifert test kits. I don't use the yellow pointed end because the end of the syringe is rounded and smooth.
The Aiptasia sit's there and puts it's mouth around the syringe while I squeeze some paste down it's throat. It must taste good at first but a moment later the anemone starts to melt from the inside out. Evil Smile
As long as the tank is not being overfed, the Peppermint Shrimp will come by later after the Kalkwasser/Pickling Lime paste has dispersed and clean up the remains.Big smile
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Another vote for Aiptasia X.

Although Nudibranchs are even better, they are much more difficult to come by.
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This is one of those subjects where you are going to get a million opinions.  I am going to tell you what worked/didn't work for me.  I had two tank that were completely infested. I started with Aptasia X, which works great, but realistically if you have a bunch of tiny ones hiding getting them all isn't going to happen.  I tried berghia nudibranchs (spent a lot of $$$ for them) and got zero results Confused.  I finally got peppermint shrimp.  I think them with me using the Aptasia X did the trick. They are all gone now Smile  Good luck!
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Anyone have suggestions for my present tank? I have a 144 with a serious aptasia problem. I have Aptasia X, but it doesn't eradicate them. I have tried a copperband (it was beat up by a couple tangs and didn't make it). Peppermint shrimp are just a tasty meal for my swissguard basslet. I tried nudibranchs, but they disappeared and didn't do a thing. I've thought about selling all livestock and performing a complete remodel of the tank.
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Peppermint shrimp worked for me. It was a couple of years ago and I didn't do anything special, just added the shrimp. Oh, I did pull some big aptasia out by hand and the shrimp cleaned it up and ate the small ones too.
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Originally posted by Corey Price Corey Price wrote:

Anyone have suggestions for my present tank? I have a 144 with a serious aptasia problem. I have Aptasia X, but it doesn't eradicate them. I have tried a copperband (it was beat up by a couple tangs and didn't make it). Peppermint shrimp are just a tasty meal for my swissguard basslet. I tried nudibranchs, but they disappeared and didn't do a thing. I've thought about selling all livestock and performing a complete remodel of the tank.


I know sanddune had it pretty bad as well and he got an Aptasia eating file fish that cleaned it out pretty quick. I was pretty impressed.
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for anyone who has had berghia and they didnt work... the only thing i can say is you didnt put enough in. The MINIMUM reccomended number of berghia for a tank that is moderately infested is one per 10 gallons.. so if you have a 150 gallon tank you need at  least 15! more if your infestation is very sparse. Trust me they work. We can accidently contaminated our "aiptasia growout" tank a time or two with larvae from tweezers.. and lost hundreds of aiptasia in a matter of weeks. only after they had starved could we find them out of the rockwork. If you want to try berghia and you only have them on your zoas shoot me a pm i breed and sell them. i would move the rock out to a smaller tank 10 gallons or so and you will only need two berghia to clean them up. good luck
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