Identify this....

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  1. ray.randazzo

    ray.randazzo New Member

    Feather Duster? I hope
     

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  2. 2quills

    2quills Administrator Staff Member

    Aiptasia Anemone (pest).
     
  3. ray.randazzo

    ray.randazzo New Member

    Best way to remove?
     
  4. 2quills

    2quills Administrator Staff Member

    Can inject them with boiling water or there's a number of meds on the market that work as well. I'd try boiling water first. And maybe get yourself a peppermint shrimp they will be helpful in preventing an outbreak.
     
  5. jay0705

    jay0705 Administrator Staff Member

    Agree w above. Apatasia eating file fish would wrk aswell
     
  6. silverado61

    silverado61 Well-Known Member

    If you try the boiling water, which has worked for me in the past, try to get it to retract into its hole first before you blast it. You don't have to touch it with anything. Just a change in current, like waving something in front of it, would make it retract. Out in the open like that you could lose a piece or pieces and each piece would just grow into a new one. These buggers are resilient bastards.
     
  7. Jesterrace

    Jesterrace Active Member

    The boiling water method is a "be quick or be dead" sort of thing you have to get it just right. I don't recommend getting something that eats them unless you have an outbreak, otherwise it will likely seek out a food source that you may not like when it eats that aiptasia. I tried Aiptasia X on a single Aiptasia that hitchhiked on a zoanthid coral I had. I did get it when it was pretty small (about an inch and a half long and maybe 1/8 inch wide) and it killed it deader than dead. This was about 5 months ago and I haven't had any aiptasia since. I wouldn't recommend it for a large outbreak but if you catch one or a few of them before they really take hold then it would be effective.
     
  8. geridoc

    geridoc Well-Known Member

    I have found that a combination of attacks is most effective. Peppermint shrimp are very useful for the long-term control of aptasiaq, but they only consume small polyps. the larger aptasia need to be killed by direct injection with commercial products, boiling water or even kalkwasser. It takes patience, but they can be eradicated.
     
  9. jay0705

    jay0705 Administrator Staff Member

    This is not an option for your tank due to size, but i believe copper banded butterflies will eat them at this size. Correct fellas?
     
  10. silverado61

    silverado61 Well-Known Member

    I've heard that they do but I don't have any personal experience with them.
     
  11. geridoc

    geridoc Well-Known Member

    Several butterflies, including the copperband will eat aptasia. However, butterflies are not the easiest of fish to keep, especially the copperband. Many are injured during shipping, and never recover.
     
  12. Jesterrace

    Jesterrace Active Member

    That's why I recommended the Klein's. It is one of the hardiest butterflies and one of the smallest to boot.

    Here is one in action

     
  13. ray.randazzo

    ray.randazzo New Member

    Follow up...peppermint shrimp do the job well. Bought two of them and within 2 days they we're gone
     
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