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    Posted: September 26 2014 at 10:30pm
Peppermint Shrimp are generally considered an easy way to keep a reef tank Aiptasia-free.

Three weeks ago I added four Peppermint Shrimp to a 30 gal tank holding about 50 lbs of Aiptasia covered LR. I waited, and waited, and waited to see the Aiptasia disappear. Nope. Still there, as thick as before. 
Okay I said, "If the PS won't eat 'um, I'll zap those buggers with Kalk paste." 
Zapped a few one day and a few more a day later, being careful not to overload the small tank with too much Kalkwasser, which would send the pH skyrocketing and kill more than Aiptasia.

It's been about 4 days since the second zapping. I cannot see one single Aiptasia. My guess is that the Peppermint Shrimp just needed a kick start. Finding some dying Aiptasia that were easy eating gave them the boost they needed to eat up every last Aiptasia.Big smile

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Edited by Mark Peterson - November 20 2014 at 8:52am
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awesome!!!
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Where did you get your PS?

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I picked up ps from Jays Jungle in Provo a few weeks back. Check with them.
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How much were they? 
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Fish-4-U seems to always carry them in stock @ $4.99 each.
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Great to know.  Thanks for sharing :)
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Kill an aptasia, and then PS will eat it, I'll try that as well.
 
I have one in an area I found this morning.
 
I have 55g with 4 PS in it and nothing going on in aptasia control
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Almost forgot to mention that I wasn't feeding that LR tank anything. So the PS were hungry. In a regular reef with fish and such, this means that feeding should be slowed and maybe even curtailed for a few days to help entice the PS to feed on the Aiptasia.

Food availability is the major reason for all sorts of behavior(good and bad) on the reef.

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