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Old 02/05/2009, 08:01 PM   #1
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Berghia Journal: Die Aiptasia Die!!!

My 10 Berghia nudibranch's are due to arrive before 10:30 am tomorrow and I've got to say that I'm excited!!! I've got an aiptasia problem that is out of hand and I think these Berghia's are my only help.

I tried Aiptasia-X and it was like shooting the aiptasia with steroids. For the first week I thought I wiped them out and then it seems like each one multiplied by 100 overnight. I went from having 5 or 6 large aiptasia to . . . .





It looks like a wheat field.

I've got a 10 gallon tank set up with salt water waiting . . .



which I'm planning to add individual rocks with aiptasia on them for at least a couple of weeks to fatten up the Berghia's before introducing them to the tank.

I'm going to start off with a couple of large aiptasia that are growing off of one of my overflows. One is at least 1" from tip to tip and the other has to be 3/4". They are growing on my plating coraline so I think it's going to be easy to pry them off and set them up for first of the feast . . .



I figure that will be a great appetizer for what's to come!!


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Old 02/05/2009, 08:03 PM   #2
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Pat, try putting the bergia right on that giant patch of aiptasia at night if possible to give them a chance against your wrasse. Good luck, I never had luck with them.


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Old 02/05/2009, 08:20 PM   #3
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That's why I'm starting them out in the 10 gallon Jeff. Get them fat and healthy before I ship them to the big tank. I've read that it takes them a couple of days to get back to normal and eating after shipping.

Hopefully by taking my time it will all work out.


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Old 02/05/2009, 08:47 PM   #4
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Do you have a sump? I would toss them in there with the rock.


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Old 02/05/2009, 08:52 PM   #5
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Pat...where did you order them from????


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Old 02/05/2009, 08:53 PM   #6
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I do have a sump but I'm not convinced the eggs will make it with the pod population I have down there. Amphipods feed on Berghia's eggs.


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Old 02/05/2009, 09:10 PM   #7
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good going Pat, post pics when the tank is "mowed" down.


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Old 02/05/2009, 09:11 PM   #8
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man thats alot of Aiptasia. if you wanted im sure you can sell it on CL and make some money
Good luck!


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Old 02/05/2009, 09:18 PM   #9
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good going Pat, post pics when the tank is "mowed" down.
I can't wait Jose!

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man thats alot of Aiptasia. if you wanted im sure you can sell it on CL and make some money
Good luck!
Oh, I'm sure there is a big wait list for the ever popular "glass anemone". You could make a killing!


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Pat...where did you order them from????
I ordered them from www.saltyunderground.com. They have a very good reputation for providing good and healthy berghias.


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Old 02/06/2009, 08:56 AM   #11
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Good luck pat with the venture I used the berghia and they worked for me. Hopefully it will be the same for you.


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Old 02/06/2009, 09:19 AM   #12
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They should be here in a couple of minutes. I paid for the early before 10:30 am delivery.


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Old 02/06/2009, 09:50 AM   #13
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They should be here in a couple of minutes. I paid for the early before 10:30 am delivery.
can you post some pix?...I'd like to see them...
Good Luck Pat!!!


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Old 02/06/2009, 11:17 AM   #14
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The berghias arrived at 10:28

I can't say enough about how they were packed, superb! Lisa at Salty Underground did an excellent job, the berghias came in a plastic cup with lid and the bag was inside. It was 12 degrees when they were delivered and the temp of the water was 74.5!

Here they are in the bag:



The rock they will start on:



And the berghias starting to get to work!



Two of them dug right in and the others don't seem to be interested yet.


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Old 02/06/2009, 02:13 PM   #15
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this is cool blow by blow action, or should i say munch by munch action. keep us informed. the photos are great. cant wait for Keruso to have some so i can gettem soon.


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Old 02/06/2009, 02:36 PM   #16
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ditto on the pix!...very cool
maybe you can post a few more after they "take care" of that Aiptasia...

Harry, who (or where) is Keruso?...is that a local person or place that will be selling berghias?


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I'm having a hard time regulating the temp in the 10 gallon tank. My pump is way too powerful and I'm waiting on my buddy ataylo13 to come over with a smaller pump later this afternoon. The heated water isn't circulating and that means that I have to stir the damned thing every 5 minutes.

The berghias are just napping now. They are nocturnal so I'm hoping to see much more action tonight. They have definitely finished off one of the aiptasia and about 6 of them are all huddled up in that spot sleeping.
I've noticed one going towards a larger aiptasia, touch it's tentacles to the aiptasia and then shrink back? It's done this about 3 times and then it just turns away. Not sure what's up with that.

I'm glad everyone is enjoying the pics!!


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Old 02/06/2009, 03:03 PM   #18
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Hi Pat - Im down in Springfield MO, but I thought I would share my Berghia experience here. First off, I went through the SaltyUnderground too but I did a local pick up in STL. Lisa is truely awsome. Not only did she pack our Berghia with great care but she also printed of some LFS discount coupons for us... but I digress.
I did the same thing you are doing by keeping them in a small holding tank and feeding them... daily! Whew! That turned into a chore. They started multiplying quickly and consuming aiptasia just as fast. I was forced to just add them to my display tank and they cleaned me out in a matter or 2 months or so. I started with better than 100 Aiptasia and last night I manually placed 4 Berghia on the 2 remaining aiptasia (that I can find) with a turkey baster. After that I pulled 10 berghia from the tank and Im seraching for a new home for them now. I could not be happier with the Berghia Experience and they are worth every cent.

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Old 02/06/2009, 03:16 PM   #19
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Thanks for the info MoReefer!! How long did it take yours to start eating? Like I said, they definitely ate one but now are all lazy!!

Also, how many did you start with?


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I got the pump a couple of hours ago and the temp is steady and the 10 gallon is doing great.

After setting up the flow, all of the berghias disappeared. I can't say that I didn't panic, $200+ out the window with only one aiptasia eaten wasn't looking pretty. My wife slapped some sense into me and reminded me that since the tank was glass and it was on a steel stand and it didn't have sand ini it, I could look under the tank to see if the nudi's might be hanging out under the rock. Yep, looks like all of them are there and I pressed the red button a bit quick.

After 6 hours of stirring the tank I'm a bit on edge it seems.


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Old 02/06/2009, 07:45 PM   #21
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Glad somebody in your family has some common sense. I do love the pics, please keep us updated.


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Old 02/06/2009, 09:05 PM   #22
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I only used a small air pump with one of those wood air stones and a small heater on the 15 gal. I did a 5 gal water change every week which was taken from my display. I want to say I started with 5 juvi's I think. I fed one aiptasia during aclimation but it was prolly a day or two before everyone was eating regularly. After 2 months or so, I was having to add 20 aiptasia a day to the holding tank to feed these guys once they started multiplying. I was plucking them from a live rock holding bin I use. Some how a few berghia got realeased in the holding bin and they cleaned the remainder of those rocks quickly.


Yes they hide most of the time and you'll swear they are not doing anything. Then one day your gonna look at the tank and say "the aiptasia are almost all gone". 3-4 weeks ago I was convinced the berghia all died or got eaten in my display... today I am aiptasia free!

The hard part is over... now just sit back and let them do their thing and dont worry.

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ouch. 200 bucks, you should sell them when they multiply to re coop the cost, and to keep them locally available


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6 of them are all huddled up in that spot sleeping.

I don't know about you but thats what I do after a big meal too. Good Luck


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Old 02/07/2009, 09:00 AM   #25
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No news this morning. All the berghias are still under the rock and it doesn't look like they came out last night for a snack.


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