Removal of Aptasia?

Discussion in 'Coral' started by Euphyllia, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. Euphyllia

    Euphyllia Guest

    How can I remove aptasia from zoa colonies? I have some colonies with 2-3 aptasia on them and it's causing the colony to melt. I've tried shooting boiling water at them but it doesn't work. I don't want peppermint shrimp because they might feast my clownfish eggs.
     
  2. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member

    Just remove the aiptasia and put them in the freezer.
    Works every time and they don't feel the pain.
     
  3. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Kalkwasser might work, everything out there just "might work" if they're inside of a colony of zoas, you might want to sacrifice some of the colony, just to get rid of them.
     
  4. Matt_Wandell

    Matt_Wandell Honorary Member

    I've got the same problem with a colony. I keep half assing the kalkwasser to spare the surrounding zoas and the Aiptasia pops right back. Might be worth it to just bite the bullet and kill a couple zoas too. They'll grow back. If you do kill zoas, be sure to run carbon!
     
  5. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    I think I remember in the peroxide talk that zoas do well...wonder if aiptasia gets nuked?
     
  6. yardartist

    yardartist Guest

    I melted some zoas with full on 3% and others were OK, be careful. Try less than 5 minutes first to see if that gets the Aptasia.
     
  7. Roc

    Roc Guest

    I kill them using Aptasia control, sure some spills on the srounding zoas, but they always grow back....
     
  8. tuberider

    tuberider Guest


    Nope, I've been playing with peroxide, and while Aiptasia isn't real fond of it, it does return w/o a problem. Don't use full strength peroxide, 25% dilution of 3% in tank water for 10-15min works great.

    I'm with Matt, if you have to sacrifice a couple of heads so be it...
     
  9. CookieJar

    CookieJar Guest

    Are you sure Peppermints eat clownfish eggs? I have 3 pepermints and never seen them close to or eating the eggs, but I'll admit I haven't paid close attention since I'm not raising them.
     
  10. Euphyllia

    Euphyllia Guest

    The male would fend them off, but as the eggs hatch they may eat them and I wouldn't be able to catch them.
     
  11. nudibranch

    nudibranch Guest

    I agree with Matthew, peppermint shrimp can not always be trusted.
     
  12. nudibranch

    nudibranch Guest

    If you really want to get rid of the aptasia try an Aptasia-eating Filefish, remember that they are not always Reef-Safe though in some cases they are.
     
  13. Euphyllia

    Euphyllia Guest

    Filefish are cool and I do want one, but my tank is already loaded with living things and I don't want my bio-load to go up. I'm looking for a method that I can do with things from around the house.
     
  14. Roc

    Roc Guest

    then isn't one.....................
     
  15. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    What does it MEAN!!!!????
     
  16. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Maybe Frag the zoas and ditch the aptasia? I like to use a flat head screw driver to dig under the aptasia while it's out of the tank
     
  17. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member


    +1, just rinse the rock since little chunks of aiptasia might lead them to grow back.
    I've used the Red Sea stuff with positive results, also Kalk but the back chamber is full of them and don't really want to take everything out to exterminate them since they are in a small tank.
     
  18. Roc

    Roc Guest

    Sorry I meant to say is THERE isn't one, not then
     
  19. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    Fixed for spelling and proper safety precautions.
     
  20. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    For zoas yes, gloves and glasses (goggles better). Aptasia? Never bothered... Got any links to stuff about related info? What to watchout for, which corals are dangerous, how they can harm you (do I have to have cuts on hands and get slime in it or what?)Signs of a problem, what to do if?
     

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