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John76 10-10-2018 11:54 AM

Hi all , I took a look in my tank and I seen two growths of aiptasia near zoas on a rock , I am going to remove the rock scrape it and hit the spots with boiling water then thouraly rinse the rock before I add it back in the tank . My question is what are the chances the aiptasia will destroy my tank how can I be pro active , and ps I just bought this rock two weeks ago so that's as long as it's been in my tank

lzqkeith 10-10-2018 05:15 PM

I don’t recommend that you use boiling water . Because you say they growth near zoa . Boiling water will cause zoa release palytoxinsin in the air

John76 10-10-2018 07:08 PM

Ohhhh boy I have alot to learn,, well I attempted to remove it with a tweezer , they retracted so fast no luck, so I took a hammer and severed the rock were I seen them shame is some zoas were attached

Dre 10-10-2018 09:36 PM

Do not touch, squeeze or try to remove them with tweezers. The infestation will only get worse. I suggest cutting off the section of rock where they are. If you can't, cover them with a rock, they'll move. hopefully to the rock and toss it

dakotakid846 10-12-2018 10:38 PM

2 occasions where I found an aiptasia growing. Once was in the sand bed and was able to scoop out a small section and dispose it.

The other was on a newly acquired frag...I removed the frag and chipped off a piece of rock where the pest was.

Thankfully got them both and none have been seen since, that was over a year ago.

Also very lucky they were in places where I could take them out without demolishing half my tank.

Manually remove them if you can, if not maybe try aiptasia x or that laser that burns them up (I forget the name of it)....perhaps ask around if someone will let you borrow it. Better to loose a few zoas than have the tank overrun with that pest!

rwells 10-13-2018 10:44 AM

No luck here with aiptasia x. Used it on 3 I saw in my tank and was happy the first week but 2 weeks later they all came back and multiply in the tank. From 3 I have over a dozen now.

MaraMotts 10-13-2018 10:49 AM

Aiptasia's #1 and only true nemesis berghia nudibranch

John76 10-13-2018 01:25 PM

Will the nudi harm any of my coral

MaraMotts 10-13-2018 01:51 PM

only the Aiptasia species

lzqkeith 10-13-2018 02:35 PM

Place the rock on the sand bed , cover the whole rock with something that can block the light . Because of phototaxis they will move out attracted to light . Then would be easy remove them

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