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Healthy and easy aiptasia control

Posted on Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 at 11:00 am by
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Any aquarist with live rock in their tank has had at least one aiptasia. Normally if you have one you will soon seen many. There are lots of products on the market as well as several home remedies to help combat aiptasia. Some require injecting a syringe into the aiptasia and pumping it full of some type of concoction whether it is lemon juice, pickling lime or a store bought product. This process is difficult since the little nuisance can easily draw back and become virtually impossible to see or stab not to mention barbaric. Electrodes have recently hit the market that will, with luck, shock the little critter to death. One of the oldest remedies is to introduce peppermint shrimp to your tank to eat the aiptasia. I’ve seen many forum threads debating the fact that this is an effective method. My personal experience is that it works and works well. I will admit that it doesn’t happen immediately. If you have a large system with lots of available food for a peppermint shrimp it may take him a while to find his way to aiptasia. But, in time, it will find and eat them. The upside is you have just strengthened your reef safe clean up crew at the same time.

Here is a video with undeniable evidence that peppermint shrimp will and do eat aiptasia.I have never witness peppermint shrimp this hungry and aggressive.

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3 Responses to “Healthy and easy aiptasia control”

  1. k says:

    Sure, they eat aiptasia. But two I had polished off my new two-head hammer, and ate another head of my frogspawn before I was able to get them out. And they weren’t gentle, either. They attacked the corals like vandals, trashing the polyps to the point that half the head was floating, shredded, in the water column.

    And yes, they were peps and not corals, and yes, they were fed. So if you have LPS corals, I’d be very wary of introducing peps.

  2. bychance says:

    I’ve never had a problem with peppermint shrimp messing with any of my corals. I have a heavily stocked LPS tank. It has been up for almost 5 years and I try to keep at least 3 peppermint shrimp in the tank as part of my clean up crew. I have never witnessed one mess with a healthy coral. Peppermint shrimp will eat dieing coral tissue which may look like they are killing a coral.

  3. SamR says:

    I’ve never seen them eat healthy corals either. I’ve had them in tank with sps, lps, zoas, palys, anemones, clams, you name it.

    never seen them pay any attention to healthy corals. Maybe I’m just getting lucky.

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