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I’m thinking I’ve got a dreaded aptasia growing , poo thought I got away with not having any ,
If it is do they sting just worried about my coral it’s growing on .
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Yeah mate you don’t want them, either a Filefish - or Red Sea Aptasia treatment worked in past!

They multiply quick as well 


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Yeah that’s 100% an aiptasia.

There’s millions of ways to get rid, I built a zapper when I had a big outbreak but if you’ve only got the one, either inject it with vinegar or take the rock out and pour boiling water on it if you can isolate it from the corals with tin foil or something. Just make sure it’s dead, spores inside it will spread if it isn’t killed by chemical or temperature. They’re like garden weeds.

Yeah they do sting, it won’t sting you, but it’ll bother corals nearby. You’ll get holes in your zoa clusters for example.
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Red Sea aiptasia x works but you need to make sure you get enough in the aiptasia. If you don’t you’ll just damage the aiptasia and it will spread even faster…

There are better juices out there. Google esox’ death juice, which is a stronger version. All these juices can alter pH or carbonate if your tank, so would advise to use small amounts often, rather than large amount at once.

I found a copperband worked best for me. No real luck with peppermint shrimp, juices worked but there are some you can’t reach. Copperband is beautiful fish, but can be tricky to get feeding! Never tried filefish. Both fish may nip corals so is risk. I prefer this biological rather than chemical approach and have no aiptasia in display, but do have some in sump and weir where copperband can’t reach… realistically I will never get rid of them, but my fish (and maybe peppermint) keep it in control.

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I found a copperband worked best for me. No real luck with peppermint shrimp, juices worked but there are some you can’t reach. Copperband is beautiful fish, but can be tricky to get feeding! Never tried filefish. Both fish may nip corals so is risk. I prefer this biological rather than chemical approach and have no aiptasia in display, but do have some in sump and weir where copperband can’t reach… realistically I will never get rid of them, but my fish (and maybe peppermint) keep it in control.

Sorry, is this a bit gloomy?


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Berghia nudibranchs also eat aiptasia, perhaps you could put some in the sump and overflow?
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Fair point. But I worry that when nudis have eaten all aiptasia they will die and aiptasia may come back after that…


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