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Post by bigeflashgordon on Sun 18 Nov 2012, 9:09 pm

Is there a way to completely rid your tank of aptaisia for good and never see it in your system again? I've heard of adding peppermint shrimp, or a file fish and this can knock a good bit of your aptaisia population down, may even eliminate it, but does it really remove all traces of aptaisia? It seems the only way to completely eliminate aptaisia is to take the rock out, dry it, clean the tank and start over, but we all know that this could be a head ache not to mention a very long process. So is there a way to get rid of these pests once and for all or is it mostly a maintainable problem?
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Re: Aptaisia gone for good

Post by shhh on Sun 18 Nov 2012, 11:35 pm

I used loctite superglue gel over a one that showed up almost 2 years ago.
And i have not seen it since.

How bad is your problem?
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Re: Aptaisia gone for good

Post by bigeflashgordon on Sun 18 Nov 2012, 11:39 pm

It's really not bad, but it is getting to the point that I'd like to never deal with it again.. There are probably 5 or so that are dime to nickel sized but others are small. None of them have caused any problems with my corals or my fish yet.. But it's always better to knock out the problem before it gets out of hand ya know
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Post by DonnieP on Mon 19 Nov 2012, 2:53 pm

Use boiling water injected into the big ones and then get a couple of Peppermint shrimp to get rid of the small ones.
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Re: Aptaisia gone for good

Post by Win on Mon 19 Nov 2012, 3:40 pm

Do NOT jab stab smash or whatever. I did that to one and it came back and spawned or something and next thing i knew is there were literally hundreds of them in my little 20...

I'm convinced if u shred it up the pieces will settle and grow more of them lol

I found the superglue method works well.. i just piss it off and they will retract into a hole n i fill it up with super glue gel.

Id take the individual rock out n boil them... 100% kill, and ucant even see the baby ones till they are on everything lol
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Re: Aptaisia gone for good

Post by bigeflashgordon on Mon 19 Nov 2012, 3:59 pm

I'm highly considering taking my livestock and putting it in a quarantine tank with a peppermint shrimp and boiling all of my rock and then supplementing with pest free coraline covered algea.. Ill be adding a different sump and some plumbing work here in the next couple weeks so this might be the time to zap it all and make sure it never comes back again
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Re: Aptaisia gone for good

Post by DonnieP on Mon 19 Nov 2012, 5:38 pm

I would recommend trying the method I mentioned above I did that and am totally Aiptasia free. You don't smash them you inject boiling water into their base and it kills instantly, no babies come back. as you inject they withdraw and that lets the boiling water get em. The Peppermints will eat the little ones as they did in mine. This is worth a try before boiling the rock, that kilss everything good and bad.
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Post by grawlfang on Tue 20 Nov 2012, 5:48 pm

I spot treat a few, but leave most to my peppermint shrimp to eat.
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