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Old 08/12/2019, 10:50 AM   #1
LucidGoblin
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Aiptasia X, Peppermint Shrimp, and BTAs

(This post is in two parts. I'll be brief as I can.)
Aiptasia X didn't work, followed directions, they came back in greater numbers after a week. Has anyone else had this experience?
I want to try peppermint shrimp, but my buddy swore he saw one eating a hole in the side of his BTA. Has anyone else seen this happen? (I'm thinking the nem had a wound to begin with.)


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Old 08/12/2019, 02:51 PM   #2
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I've never seen peppermint shrimp attack large anemones beyond stealing their food.
But host anemones like BTAs can easily be protected by adding an anemonefish or anemone crab.

I'm kind of doubtful if peppermint shrimp can and will eradicate Aptasia in every infested system. For me they worked well eliminating all Aptasia in one system but were less effective in another.
However, if they go after Aptasia (not all shrimp sold as peppermints actually do) they will usually make them at a minimum disappear from sight and also stop them from doing harm to other inverts and corals. If they also eradicated them is something you will only know a good while after the last shrimp had left the tank.


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Old 08/12/2019, 03:58 PM   #3
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Get a Matted File Fish.


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Old 08/12/2019, 05:12 PM   #4
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LiveAquaria says Matted File Fish will eat aiptasia, but "normally nips at soft and stony corals." They also recommend a rather heavy feeding regimen. But thanks for the replies. I just remembered that there's a way to kill aiptasia using boiled vinegar or lemon juice.


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Old 08/12/2019, 05:43 PM   #5
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berghia nudibranch, only eat Aptasia and wont go after anything after the Aptasia are gone. I had a pretty big out break 2 years ago. Add 10 (IRC) berghia to my 150g, all gone within 4 months. Was able to pass the berghia that I could catch to other people in my local club. Haven't seen any since


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Old 08/13/2019, 06:51 PM   #6
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LiveAquaria says Matted File Fish will eat aiptasia, but "normally nips at soft and stony corals." They also recommend a rather heavy feeding regimen. But thanks for the replies. I just remembered that there's a way to kill aiptasia using boiled vinegar or lemon juice.
I have had no problem. I had a very bad infestation and it took care of it over time. Have not seen a one in the display (even when they show up in the Fuge) for over 8 months. It is still in the tank searching all day, probably eats every little morsel that tries to grow. Eats the same food as the rest of the fish also. I have a Copperband also. Both fish came from LiveAquaria.

Corals are no touched. I only have Acros and Zoos......


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Old 08/15/2019, 07:55 AM   #7
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I have not seen Aptasia X not kill the nem.
No flow, good squirt, wait 15 mins, turn back flow.
Interesting

Peps will work, but I don’t use as they can sometimes take out Acans overtime



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