View Full Version : SW ID please

08-04-2011, 03:38 PM
I have these small brown tentacle looking things growing.. what are they?


08-04-2011, 03:40 PM
Aiptasia. Nuisance anemone.

08-04-2011, 03:45 PM

they are a weed like rock anemone that will spread all over your tank and annoy everything. they release spores when bothered and thats how they reproduce. few ways of killing them are file fish, butterfly fish, some nudibranches, and peppermint shrimp. also a few chemicals and home remedies as well.

08-04-2011, 03:57 PM
Lemon juice injected into them works

Typical Tony
08-04-2011, 04:32 PM
you got the aips! better take care of them now or they will overrun your tank.

08-04-2011, 04:35 PM

I've read peppermint shrimp will take them out... are peppermint's any easier to care for than cleaners? I've intro'd 2 cleaners in the tank and they both died.

08-04-2011, 04:37 PM
Not in my experience, but they are cheaper.
The one I got, knocked my aiptasia out in about 3 weeks.
Also make sure store will show you the shrimp eating them.
There are a couple collection points for peppermint, and not all will eat them.

Typical Tony
08-04-2011, 05:05 PM
I have had good luck with them but it's 50/50 they will either eat it or they won't, some even prefer smaller aips and won't go after the larger ones.

After they run out of aips to eat they will start eating regular food and are pretty aggressive towards peaceful fish.

08-07-2011, 06:13 PM
if you get the peppermints make sure you drip acclimate slowly and they should do fine. we had a couple but the ac in the living room broke and it got way too hot :( they ate anything we gave them and they were active little shrimps, i liked them alot.

08-07-2011, 10:12 PM
drip acclimated 2 shrimp for 2 hours.. Have yet to see any decline in aiptasia but it's only been 2 days.. magic number i supposed. I'll give them a week, then I'll probably spring for some aiptasia x... unless someone has some to spare? ;)

I can trade some cheato that I need to cut down soon, or some small live rock I have in my sump.

08-07-2011, 10:13 PM
I never seen mine eat, but over the course of a couple of weeks, it was gone.

Typical Tony
08-07-2011, 10:18 PM
Try fresh squeezed lemon juice, boiling water, or lye before trying aips-x

08-08-2011, 06:18 AM
Try fresh squeezed lemon juice, boiling water, or lye before trying aips-x

my understading is that these, well the lemon juice in particular, are to be injected into the aiptasia?

08-08-2011, 06:25 AM
I bought my rock second hand and it had aiptasia on it. I used Aiptasia X and it worked really well. In time, mushrooms and other corals covered the rock surface and drove off the aiptasia. I haven't one in the entire tank now. I think I have an extra box of the stuff in my fish supplies. If you find yourself in the FW side of the metroplex, you're welcome to it.

Typical Tony
08-08-2011, 07:33 AM
my understading is that these, well the lemon juice in particular, are to be injected into the aiptasia?

spot on treatment for all of those stuff, simply inject it directly onto the pest.

08-08-2011, 07:42 AM
spot on treatment for all of those stuff, simply inject it directly onto the pest.

Okay... ON or IN? with lemon juice I read that you inject into the aiptasia. Can I get away with just ON? and can it still be in tank?

If it can be just ON, can i use an eye dropper? BC i do have eye droppers and turkey basters etc.. and do i want to be doing this directly in the tank?

The reason I hesitate is I used to be a pharmacy technician, and during my time we were very reluctant to sell single syringes bc typically single use syringes were used for recreational purposes.

Thanks for your help. If I can take an eyedropper and drop lemon on them I'll do that today, and at what point should I stop? I have quite a bit... should I just do a few at a time? I'm just concerned about water chemistry and whether the lemon with create a more acidic environment affecting the PH any.

08-08-2011, 07:54 AM
Oh, I learned something. I was thinking the second to last one looked like xenias...

08-08-2011, 07:55 AM
I used a turkey baster with boiling water. Worked ok.
You can get a syringe from any feed store.
The only problem with spot treating, is there will be some you cannot reach.

08-08-2011, 08:09 AM
The lemon juice will dink with your pH if you use enough of it. The Aiptasia X product comes with an applicator and sticks to the aiptasia like GLUE. They actually open their mouths to EAT it (it has an attractant in it that signals them that it is food). They then implode. Boiling water, lemon juice, kalkwasser, all the treatments like that end up blowing all over your tank (you'll see). The specific aiptasia treatments marketed really do work. Good luck to you. Looking forward to your results. . . .

08-10-2011, 03:04 PM
For a day or so it looked like the aips weren't as happy, I was wondering if the shrimp were attacking them at night.. but then I picked up a pico that someone sold cheap along with a bunch of equipment, in the box was joe's juice, and that stuff worked instantly. Lucky me. :P

08-16-2011, 12:19 PM
If I remember correctly joe's juice is just a kalk paste. If you feel like you need the satisfaction of zapping aptasia and majanos look up the majano wand.