Vincerama2's 180 gallon "Wifebane" reef project!

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  1. Vincerama2

    Vincerama2 Evil Overlord

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    I HAD a Klein Butterfly that would eat them, but a pump failure killed him. Then I replaced him with a younger one and that dummy jumped up and got stuck on top of a cover for my overflows and HORRIBLY was baked by the metal halides. BUT from my experience they will mow down aiptasia...but maybe other things too.

    I had the first one in my 58G tank and (again on vacation) I left the tank on auto-feeder-mode. When I came back after 2 weeks vacation ... he had eaten all visible aiptasia!

    However, you can't guarantee they won't also eat other corals and I think my little frags, when transferred over, will need all the advantages I can give them, including not being eaten!

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  2. Coral reefer

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    Start over with new rocks?
     
  3. Vincerama2

    Vincerama2 Evil Overlord

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    Pointless, they are in the overflow, in the sump. I started this tank fresh and like one aiptasia molecule got in. I tried dumping pieces of rock in the past and never got it all. I'm just going to keep nuking them as they appear. I guess just mitigating them is my current easiest option.

    To be honest, I admire their tenacity. If any organism had a great survival strategy, it's aiptasia.

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  4. roostertech

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    turn it into survival of the fittest tank. Add in blue clove, kenya tree, mohawk zoa, gsp and let them duke it out.
     
  5. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

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    That aiptasia thing is tough... I mean I absolutely went batshit loco and nuked a bunch of rock chemically (acid and bleach), then moved the fish into the 300g "temporary" tank with some built up rock (hiding) places for them, then nuked the rest of the rock, got rid of the tank (sorry guy who got a free 375g tank if there's any aiptasia molecules on it :D). And so far looks good *knocks on wood*, then again I can only see stuff from the top down and that's a bit harder to notice those buggers than from the side.
     
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    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

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    Fish only, or super hardy soft corals and fish only. Then toss in a klein or filefish to deal with the aiptasia and call it a day and say that's your tank. Less lighting needed, so if your ballast bursts again no big deal.
     
  7. xcaret

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    I dealt with nitrates for a while and found a sulfur based reactor to be the answer to my ongoing battle with nitrates.
    I do have a dual 175w mag ballast, I was looking for electronic ones but no luck, did find a couple 250ARO; I'm almost sure to have a couple 175 electronic somewhere, will keep looking.
    I'd skip the aiptasiax and make a kalk paste you can inject over the buggers, eventually the aiptasia killing hobby gets pricey just for having an X and yes, you would need to be constant to defeat them or at the very least controll them
     
  8. Fish Boss

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    I hope i never have to deal with aiptasia, sounds horrible. Saw a nice frag at neptunes, but it had some small aiptasia, so i had a worker there saw off some skeleton that it was attached to. Saw it come back on same frag about a month later, scraped it off with my fingernail, it came back the next day, then i scraped it off with a razorblade and havent seen it since
     
  9. Kremis

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    something in my 180 gallon, not sure what, eats them. i moved a birdsnest colony and there were like 10 underneath, next day all gone. wish it was the case in my 28....
     
  10. Vincerama2

    Vincerama2 Evil Overlord

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    I've never had much luck with peppermint shrimps staying alive, but I've tried a few times and they do eat aiptasia if you are lucky. I'll likely try them when the tank stabilizes. Currently, I think bombing the aiptasias with aiptasia-X (or kalkpaste) will make the tank too hostile.

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