General Aiptasia: Lemon Juice Or Aiptasia X

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  1. potatocouch

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    As always, am going to fall back to my fellow crew here in Reefuge as I trust you the most; definitely more than FB.

    I am going to give Peppermint Shrimps a chance here but if that doesn't work, should I lemon or Aiptasia X? What's the safest option? Don't want to spoil the water params as much if I can and don't mind doing it gradually as long as it is the safest option.

    Let me know your thoughts. TIA!
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    You know I have been pretty lucky the last eight years that I've been reefing, never really had any atasia issues. However the last six months has been totally different. When ever I used to get the odd aptasia in the past I simply used boiling water in a big syringe and targeted it. That worked great and I never seemed to have any need to do it again. The one I killed was dead and maybe a few months later I may have another one. But on the whole for six or more years I just never had any big outbreaks.

    Six months ago I had a handful of these guys in a very tricky spot. I though I'd try Aptasia X and see, because it has that little pipe that screws onto the head of the syringe and its got a bend in it...all of a sudden there where heaps more... I mean heaps and heaps more! So my theory, and I might be very wrong here but its almost like more eggs or something was released when killed this way. Is it just me? I have never heard of Lemon juice but I'm interested to know how that goes. Still, I recon I've had a dramatic increase in aptasia ever since I started using Aptasia X. I wish I didn't now... should have stuck to the boiling water or maybe even your lemon juice. Am I going crazy here? Are we being suckered into using a product that kills one but helps spread the aptasia eggs? It would be the perfect deception...
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    I had the same experience with Aptasia X a few years ago that @somethingfishy76 did. You are supposed to cover the mouth in the Aptasia X before the Aptasia can spit out and spawn more. Even doing this, I would end up with half a dozen babies in the immediate area of the one I just killed. I have had the most success with a Copperband. I have had the shrimp before but they didn't really take on the big Aiptasia.
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    Cough cough *3500mw laser* cough cough
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    Haha i might just spent the worst $24, this might goes to record book, along with API Po4 test kit sigh :(
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    Just saying, Aptasia cant release spores when they are vapourised
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    Tell me more tell me more!!
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    Wowzers!! next question... where does one get such a device?
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    wicked lasers used to be the go-to for most people as they used to have a guaranteed delivery policy for Australia, which has since been removed, but ebay has a lot of options, some people also get them in kit format to prevent the possibility of getting pinged by customs

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