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Featured Unknown threat? Can you identify it

Discussion in 'Help and Advice' started by Khyabusa1300, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. Khyabusa1300

    Khyabusa1300 Registered

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    Hello to you all. I have recently purchased a 200 litre marine tank to upgrade from my 56 litre and have been told about a potential threat already in the tank. Could any one identify this for me and explain what it is and what I should do about it. Please see attached photos and thanks in advance.

    Regards Keith
     

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    looks like Aiptasia to me

    welcome to salty box
     
  3. dj23bol

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    A couple of peppermint shrimp should get rid of it ive read somewhere that they eat it
     
  4. doug_amanda

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    Yep, looks like aptasia to me too,,

    there looks to be quite a lot on that one rock can you remove it?
     
  5. beech1999

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    Yep looks like the dreaded aip, aptasia x worked for me but doesn't work for others, depends if you can get to them with a good shot of it, there are other ways to get them too, if they're only on that rock in the pick & it's small enough you could remove the rock, or get a file fish of which I've had success with in another set up I had, jay
     
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    It is aiptasia , copperband butterfly , or cheaper is peppermint shrimp, I would always keep 1 at least
     
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    id remove the rock if its just on that one
     
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    Aptasia or apps for short are generally known by the marine hobbyist as a PITA.

    there problem is they tend to multiply rather a lot and be a general nuisance to corals and owner.

    if they are contained to that one piece of rock then great just lob it away and never look back imo.
     
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    As others have said take the rock out and bin it before they spread........cos they will. I too have had success with peppermint shrimp but they need to be hungry as they will eat other food before they bother with aips.
     
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    Have these grown whilst in your tank as it is set up now or have you just put this in your tank from another?

    If they have spread whilst you have had the rock in place then suggest you will need to treat the whole tank as they will have spread their spores already. Just removing the rock if possible will be beneficial but chances are you will see others pop up elsewhere now.

    Do you know anyone with Aiptasia eating Nudibranch?
     
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    This is not a good start to your marine keeping hobby. I would take the rock out if the aiptasia's are only on that one piece. Failing that buy 2 or 3 true peppermint shrimps, do not add any fish to your tank & do not feed your tank so the pepps will eat your aiptasia's. The problem I find with some pepps are that they start to eat your aips but then get lazy & start to eat the fish food you add to your tank.
    Trust me, I've gone through a nightmare with aiptasia's recently & after an 18 month battle I have finally gor rid of them all, granted I had loads that had spread throughout my whole tank overtime.

    Dave
     
  12. MikP

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    +1 on Aiptasia, I've had 'em (still got the odd 1 or 2) since start up.
    I've had pretty good results with Aiptasia X, it's quite satisfying watching them implode. But as with any human intervention it's a bit cack-handed and there'll always be 1 or 2 you miss.
    Peppermint shrimp, Tasseled Filefish and Copperbands are partial to 'em but no guarantees.
    If its just one piece of rock then I'd remove it.
    If you have a soldering iron you can remove the rock from the water then burn them off with the tip of the iron.
    Don't do it in the house though 'cos it absolutely stinks but if you're thorough then you needn't bin the rock.
     
  13. jas

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    Pour bleach into the tank!
    Just kidding, plenty of good responses already.
     
  14. Khyabusa1300

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    Thanks for all that info guys, it was really helpful. At least I know they can be a pest and I should get rid ASAP.

    In answer to some of your questions, they are on more than one piece of rock (unfortunately), so I am going to have to try your solutions. We are just in the process of upgrading from a small 56 litre tank to 200 litres, and a friend mentioned them, but could not explain what they where or what we should do about them.

    Thanks once again gain to you all for your advice. It is nice to know that with a hobby such as this, there are always experts at hand for help and advice.

    Regards Keith
     
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    I've always found armed sea aipx to work.
     
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    A few years ago my cousin had a 200 ltr tank , light, sump cabinet, skimmer, heater etc, he got his own rock , water .a few months in he txt me saying tanks doin gr8, got loads of life , haha full of aiptasia , I mean hundreds, daft bugger was feeding them, lol, few years passed n he got experienced , a bit, he helped a m8 set up a tank , "what do I feed them" asked his m8, "meat" he replied , days later he got a txt , " the fish ain't eating the chicken I'm feeding them , " the reply he gave was " how many chickens hav u seen in the ocean?" True story
     
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