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Aiptasia x

Discussion in 'Help and Advice' started by carlowchris, Aug 3, 2017.

  1. carlowchris

    carlowchris Registered

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    There no mention of a skimmer in the instructions....does any body know when using aiptasia x....do I turn off the skimmer?????or crank it up to a wet skim after using????do I stick in carbon afterwards????

    It says it's reef safe but posion and dying aiptasia can't be good for the tank????can it???
     
  2. steve861uk

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    No need to do owt special when using aip x....it's bad for aiptasia (eventually) but should not effect other occupants (if used in moderation). Key thing is to get flow to zero (turn off powerheads, etc.).

    Use sufficient to give a coating all over it (effectively smothering it and making it ingest it), then wait for it to implode (boom :dance: the aip has gone). If they withdraw as you squirt, then you may have to go at it again after a day or so.

    Is always handy to have a couple of true peppermint shrimp as cuc, just in case they get a taste for aips (mine did....eventually) :w00t:
     
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    I wait until the aip has closed around the end of the syringe then zap them.power heads turned off.
     
  4. livingjewels

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    Aip x sometimes does more harm than good..

    As soon as they feel threatened and you agitate them you'll be greeted with 5 new ones.

    It doesn't always do a good job ..
     
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  5. doug_amanda

    doug_amanda Admin Staff Member

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    As above,,
    Whenever I've used it I've just ended up with more of the little buggers,, Filefish did it for me, scoffed the lot, haven't seen an aip in the tank for over 3 years.
     
  6. 372xp

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    I think it's pretty Mg heavy. I've covered zoanthids with the stuff and still couldn't kill them. What I have noticed is it loses potency over time, but the biggest cause of an outbreak (or any other outbreak) is inaction. Better to do something than nothing. Don't touch the skimmer.
     
  7. livingjewels

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    I had some whoppers in my last tank size of 50p pieces..

    When I squirted aip x on them they just sulked for about 3 days; then popped up again with about 5 new ones .

    Kalk is better it melts them instantly..

    Or better still a wet vac connected to a rubber pump hose..Just line it up then switch it on.. sucks it right out..
     
  8. dean

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    peppermint shrimp all the way put 3 in my tank and th aiptasia is all gone and I tried every thing to get rid of the aiptasia
     
  9. damo666

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    Only had one to get rid of. Hypodermic needle and lemon juice sorted that one, first time as well. Although I decided to get rid, it was only after reading negative stuff about them on here. I noticed it shortly after setting up at Christmas, didn't spot another one and never worried coz I didn't know what it was. So, how much of a nuisance are they?
     
  10. 372xp

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    They spread like a plague. They are anemones, so they sting and large ones can take down fish. They are also kinda ugly.
     
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