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I have a Bad outbreak of aptaisa in my 55gal tank. i am trying to get it under control before i move the rock into the 180gal new setup.

I have added 20 Peppermint shrimp about 2 weeks ago and they have not affected anything yet. (there is more aptaisa showing up). do i just need to give them time? or move onto a butterfly fish?


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I have a Bad outbreak of aptaisa in my 55gal tank. i am trying to get it under control before i move the rock into the 180gal new setup.

I have added 20 Peppermint shrimp about 2 weeks ago and they have not affected anything yet. (there is more aptaisa showing up). do i just need to give them time? or move onto a butterfly fish?


Thanks,
Don't get a butterfly fish. At all. Remove the infected rock into a QT system and Joe's Juice them to death. Don't get them under control, eradicate them completely before moving the rocks to the 180.
 

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I used Aptasia X and it has done a really good job getting rid of the small ones, the bigger ones I had to dose a couple of times. I have some pepermint shrimp in my tank and they haven't done anything either.
 

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Are you sure they're the right shrimp? There are two species that can go by that common name. Every time I've added peppermint shrimp, they've devoured any available aiptasia.
 

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I have a couple of aiptasia at the bottom of my tank, too deep to reach easily with a syringe. Anyone have any tips on how to get at them? I tried peppermint shrimp too, but I think my royal gramma keeps eating them.
 

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I've noticed at work that if I feed the shrimp, they have no interest in the nasties. They have to be hungry first. Assuming you have the right shrimp, surely a few in 20 have a taste for aptasia? Maybe try lowering the food going in for a few days?
 

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If you are REALLY inundated, look into Berghia Nudibranches....
 

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I had three peppermints that decimated my aptaisia problem. Then I think my flame hawk devastated the peppermints :(
 

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dito - I have been using it for about a month and it is wonderful! One, however, has survived and now seems to know what is coming when it 'tastes' the atipsia x....can they learn?
 

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peppermint worked for me also, you only need1 that will actually eat the stuff, If I do get an outbreak I might put like 5 and I always see the aiptasia go away, granted the shrimp get ate eventually also but they always get the aiptasia first,

right now Im lucky cause I have oen really big peppermint that doesn't get eaten and he eats aiptasia
 
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