Major Aiptasia Problem - Tank Full of Aiptasia Anemones

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I think this guy has an Aiptasia problem!

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Big ass bubnle aglea too.
I thought they might have been yellow polyps, 
I should really sort this out!!

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What is aiptasia?

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It's a pest anemone. They're a "glass anemone", they're non-photosynthetic, but can be. Under bright lighting, they'll darken and become brown, under low light, they're transparent. They breed really quickly, especially when disturbed and can be a nightmare to rid a tank of once you've got them.

There's several ways of treating them, from compounds like Aiptasia-X, or "Joe's Juice", to things like a red hot screwdriver that'll boil it on contact, but that requires removing the rock which isn't always possible.

Then there's copperbanded butterflyfish which sometimes eat them, and "Aiptasia eating File Fish" which as their name suggests!  :wink:

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WOW! This guy must like Aiptasia!

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That's what my tank will look like soon if my shrimps don't get their tentacles out!  lol

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I went through every Aiptasia solution there is, and was always fighting a loosing battle with them. I had a copperbanded butterflyfish, a aiptasia eating filefish, Aiptasia X, injected hot water, vinegar, etc with a surgical syringe even made a "majano / aiptasia wand" to electrically boil them, and in the end a pair of peppermint shrimp did the job. Took a couple months, but they got there in the end, tank is now Aiptasia free.
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Mine have only been in since Thursday so i'll give them a bit more time. They came with 2 very naughty cleaner shrimp that are so hungry they are bullying them (and my LPS....grrrrr) but hopefully once they are feeling better fed things will settle, or we'll be eating a interesting version of prawn cocktail later in the week  :grin:


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