General Dreaded Aiptasia?

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  1. Shaunmills

    Shaunmills Member

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    Have been watching the tank inhabitants move around over the last few days and came across this one.
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    Thinking it's aiptasia however not 100% sure as it retracts reasonably quickly when touched and is whiteish rather than the brown\red that I've seen online.

    Have a few of them popping out of the same rock but this is the largest one (5 cent coin)
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    Aiptasia.
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    Yep that is it. I would get on top of them now before they spread.
    Don't play around with them too much because they eject their eggs (or something else?) and spread.
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    Bugger, will pull the rock out tomorrow and try Lemon Juice and\or Vinegar....
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    In your case - Pull the rock out, hold the rock upside down , scrape the aiptasia off the rock with a large needle. Rinse affected area with tap water, return to tank.
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    I have these in places i can not get to unless i put the whole tank apart
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    I have recently had success with Peppermint Shrimp. I put 4 of them in my 6ft tank and it took a couple of weeks for them to eat all of the Aiptasia.
    They were only small peps too.
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    Yap, injection method for your tank.
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    I put 5 in a couple of months ago, they were very small,I haven't seen them sinceo_0
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    the trouble is when i start to pull the rocks out to get to them they disappear
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    They are very good at hiding during the day. They will come out at night and hunt around for food.
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    Pep shrimps worked a treat for us, better off finding them at night with a torch
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    Thanks guys, got a few peps today along with other CUC and a few hardy corals to start with
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    2 x Helios, 1 x Devils hand leather, 1 x deshay and another leather that I need to look up...the deshay is the standout according to my wife.
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    I am assuming that this should have said 'Daisy' :confused:
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    AKA Doughnut, Cats Eye, Meat Coral or Acanthophyllia deshayesiana...awesome coral that requires a little more care.
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    I try this with 4 pieces of my rock, now i have high phosphates, for the first time ever, could doing this cause it? or is there some other problem
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    Unlikely.
    Phosphate is directly proportional to amount of food that enters the aquarium system, more fish , more food, more phosphate.
    Randy Holmes Farley has some articles worth reading.http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2006-09/rhf/

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