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Simplest Aiptasia control

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Simplest Aiptasia control

« posted: 1 year ago »
I found aiptasia in my "tank in waiting" for seahorses. I have tried several store bought concoctions and mixed my own calc solution in the past. I also have used panacur and I still have some but have forgotten the dosages, and procedures .
I want to remove the aiptasia and any bristle worms etc. permanently so does anyone have a surefire method that won't be harmful to seahorses later on? Any links?

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Re: Simplest Aiptasia control

« Reply #1 posted: 1 year ago »
I'd try peppermint shrimp to start. The trouble is making sure you get the two species that actually eat aptasia. There has been some recent reclassifications, and some eat aptasia, others do not. But it explains all the stories of why some people have success with them and seahorses, others do not. Here is more info.

Otherwise, I've heard good things about berghia nudbranchs. I personally have not tried them, but I can't see how they could harm seahorses. The biggest "problem" is once you run out of aptasia, they starve. So many people pass them around.

If you want to go for bristle worm control, then panacur it is. I'll have to check my bottle - I wrote the dosing amount on the side, but don't have it handy.
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Re: Simplest Aiptasia control

« Reply #2 posted: 1 year ago »
I inject muriatic acid into them, right into the recess that they usually withdraw into.
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I inject muriatic acid into them, right into the recess that they usually withdraw into.

Doesn't that mess with your ph?
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Re: Simplest Aiptasia control

« Reply #4 posted: 1 year ago »
I inject them the same way except I use a slurry of superbuffer.  I have only had like 2 aiptasia though.
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« Reply #5 posted: 1 year ago »
Has little effect on the pH unless you do a whole whack of them at one time. The buffers in the salt mix take care of a lot.
If you do enough so that the alkalinity starts to drop, add baking soda to bring it back up again. Better still, bake the baking soda at 300F first so that it's converted to washing soda and that works even better because it gives an initial high spike in pH whereas the unbaked soda lowers temporarily, both settling back to normal in short order though.
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