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At the moment I have several aiptasia in my tank , I'm waiting for peppermint shrimp to arrive at the LFS . What I'm wondering is that when the shrimp eats it does it release the same cells to create more aiptasia as if I removed / pulled it out myself ?

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I do this never had a problem with them coming back

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That looks easy enough , I had one remove itself from the rock last week just the way the sand had pushed over it and it released its self and pushed up onto the sand , I was able to pick it out . I've a few in hard to reach places and this will be useful to get in to them ,
Did you boil tap water or RO to do this ?

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T BH ,ive tried everything, and peppermint shrimp for me at least are the only long term solution.


Aparently you only need a tiny fragment for another to grow.
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That looks easy enough , I had one remove itself from the rock last week just the way the sand had pushed over it and it released its self and pushed up onto the sand , I was able to pick it out . I've a few in hard to reach places and this will be useful to get in to them ,
Did you boil tap water or RO to do this ?

just boiled tap water.i had to fill 3 syringes full and after suck it out with same syringe

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Reply #5

I've tried lots, including Aiptasia-X and a home made electrical zapper which melted them away, but I was fighting a losing battle as there's too many you can't see that keep the population going, like behind the rocks, etc. I had a filefish for months too and it never ate any. I got 2 small peppermint shrimp which didn't seem to touch any either for a while, but then the number of aiptasia started to diminish. I just noticed one day there was hardly any, then none at all.

I'd go straight for the long term solution. You'll almost never see the shrimp as they're not bold and active like cleaner shrimp, but they'll do the job eventually.
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So possibly a combination of both ?, remove the obvious ones then add the peppermint shrimp to make sure , I want the shrimp anyway , I just wondered if it would actually create more from the process of eating . There are a couple that are getting quite large like this one

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No you will make more from the process of squirting if you dont get um right . Can you lift the rock out? If you want to squirt its far easier.
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Reply #8

Whether or not peppermint shrimp cause them to release more I don't know, but those "more" would be eaten too.

They almost certainly release more when you try in-tank treatments, but that was why I eventually gave up. If you can lift the rock out, and it's only one or two, then a red hot screwdriver works well, but it's not practical with a lot of tanks as you can't lift out all the rocks that have them.
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Hi Carol , As usual it is the rock on the bottom , why does everything you always want to remove from a tank always end up in or on the rock on the bottom lol ..... Never mind , also I seem to have a rather purple colour anemone too where as the rest are all brown beige , any ideas ?

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Reply #10

Thanks Mike , the biggest one isn't too far off the sand bed so I may ramp the sand up and allow it to release it's self and hopefully on to the sand like the one I accidentally removed by similar method , Graeme told me a little about another method using a hose to similar effect , pushing the hose over and when the aiptasia climbs to find the light it should be in the hose and simply remove the section of hose with aiptasia inside it .
My main concern at the moment are the couple of big ones as they are bigger than my small clownfish , and the wait for peppermint shrimp at the LFS

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I had a couple when  first set up my tank and got rid with boiling water.Never had a problem since.But up to you.

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Crikey Gav, bloody LFS wants shooting,you get the odd one but you have a veritable forest. They can vary in colour to very pale to very dark.


Console yourself that they are not Manjano....now they are a real problem :|


Of course its entirely up to you what you do ,only diwnside with the squirting and stuff is they have to be accessable,and as we know theres always one ,lurking....
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Reply #13

@hixy So did I lol , now I've more than a dozen , I should have dealt with them earlier would of been so much easier .
@Carol really want the bigger ones out which are reasonably accessible , the shrimp when it eventually arrives can have the rest , too busy crab hunting lol should of dealt with them earlier .

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Well then theres a plan  :D get the big bastards manualy,let the shrimp wipe up the rest,and no ime it might take a little while but Peppermints will finaly do it.


I too have tried a filefish,aiptasia x , ro water,vinegar, u name it,ive done it. You get a few ,but they are never totaly gone and sometimes six months later the little buggers are waving at you giggling again.
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