Aiptasia, and how to kill it

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Hi, a good friend gave me a frag of Xenia and hiding on it was an aptaisia.
I've since found a second one high up on the glass, so need to get to work quickly.
I have syringes and kalkwasser. So do I inject kalkwasser directly inside it or what?
Please help as soon as you can as I want no more in the DT

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Get a lemon, squeeze juice into a cup, draw into a hyperdermic & inject into aiptsia. Works ever time & cheaper than buying bottles of so called killer juice

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Will do, many thanks. J

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Boy, that Aiptasia didn't like the lemon juice I injected into it, it first spat some out of its mouth then shrivelled up within a couple of seconds, how ungrateful! :P

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I always found Peppermint shrimp did the job 😀

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My LFS said that they hadn't seen a true peppermint for a while, otherwise |I would have

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Bummer. Ive noticed quite a lot of stuff not so readily available. Theres things like Filefish,but the thing is it will eat things you dont want too. Trying to get rid by Aiptasia X or vinegar ,is a very hard job ,the little sods always come back.

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Reply #7

I can't say if they'll come back or not, but the lemon juice trick worked instantly.
The aiptasia that got onto the frag that I was given is now in the QT with the intention of injecting that at some point before returning the whole frag to the DT
I have asked the LFS to keep asking for a true peppermint whilst they source another Regal Tang. (The LFS bought one for me last thursday for me to pick up from TMC, by Friday evening it was looking peaky, Saturday morning it was dead) Glad only that it didn't happen to me, I've lost enough fish this time around.
Is it possible that due to the economies of scale etc that fish aren't as hardy as in the nineties? I used to chuck them straight into the DT with no quarantine whatsoever and had NO probs whatsoever.
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Well I do hope the aip has gone .
Yeah , I have spent too much time in the last say 15 years having to look a lot more closely at what I buy fish wise. More  LFS are consolidating and of course the consignments are cheaper but unless they quarantine them,and many just rely on banks of UV’s , they lose more.
Dunno if Queensborough Fish Farm at Wraysbury still exists ,but my Garry and his mate used to have a good relationship with the owner and help when the fish came in ,you could have lost 60% or more on a bad day , transport water had to be flushed thru , and  obviously if a fishshop and not a wholesaler  imports quite often the customer gets the sickly fish thats just come half way round the world.
I did hear TMC were not going to quarantine years ago but if they did do this I dont know. Max Gibbs of the Goldfish Bowl had an amazing quarantine system,but of course you pay for that.
About 18 months back we bought  a lot of  Corys ,within days the whole lot were just dead for no reason we could see,and without exaggerating  neither of us are novices . But we had never seen anything like this before.
Standards should have gone up,but they I think have got worse.
Regals are lovely fish,Ive never had a nasty one,only disadvantage,they grow big quick.

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Well I do hope the aip has gone .
Yeah , I have spent too much time in the last say 15 years having to look a lot more closely at what I buy fish wise. More  LFS are consolidating and of course the consignments are cheaper but unless they quarantine them,and many just rely on banks of UV’s , they lose more.
Dunno if Queensborough Fish Farm at Wraysbury still exists ,but my Garry and his mate used to have a good relationship with the owner and help when the fish came in ,you could have lost 60% or more on a bad day , transport water had to be flushed thru , and  obviously if a fishshop and not a wholesaler  imports quite often the customer gets the sickly fish thats just come half way round the world.
I did hear TMC were not going to quarantine years ago but if they did do this I dont know. Max Gibbs of the Goldfish Bowl had an amazing quarantine system,but of course you pay for that.
About 18 months back we bought  a lot of  Corys ,within days the whole lot were just dead for no reason we could see,and without exaggerating  neither of us are novices . But we had never seen anything like this before.
Standards should have gone up,but they I think have got worse.
Regals are lovely fish,Ive never had a nasty one,only disadvantage,they grow big quick.
Dissolved two Mays ago unfortunately.
I never had a Regal grow big, but that was probably because there wasn't room for them to do so, or they died before their time or a combination of both.
If it doesn't work out to get one, I'll not bother.

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Thats a shame ,it was like a warren with lots of little corners with hidden tanks .
Thats a good point of discussion ,its often said a fish will grow to the space it fits,and I think that stems from years ago when you could stunt a young goldfish by keeping it in less than good conditions, also in tanks Apistogramma amongst others if there are several boys, a dominant boy would give off a hormone signal keeping the other boys down. I used to breed Cacatoides ,think the common name is Peacock Cichlid? and you saw it happen .
I do hope you get a good one they are gentle ,kind and pretty.

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