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Old 01/15/2007, 10:59 AM
Wild944 Wild944 is offline
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Question Any Ideas?

Hi all.. This is my first post and it happens to be some questions..
First allow me to describe the system I have. 25gal bow front, emperior 400, Vectron UV. and a 175 watt metal halide. I know this sounds a little like overkill, but I have this to use for my new 75 gallon Oceanic reef ready tank. I am currently building the stand for sump system and canopy. I have had this for 2 years now and have 2 cardnials in it. 1.025 gravity and all my other specs are great. I have live fuji bana rock and now lots and lots of aptasias and loads of bristle worms. I have heard several ideas on how to get rid of both. I have also heard that the worms are not that bad for your tank. Coral bandit is one idea and I have a pepermint shrimp. I really would like to get this problem under control before I put everything into the new tank. So if anyone has any ideas I have my ears open.. I think that this collective of people would be the best place that anyone could find information.
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Old 01/15/2007, 11:07 AM
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Old 01/15/2007, 11:10 AM
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Bristeworms aren't a problem, and normally don't bother healthy livestock. They are scavengers. As for aiptasia, there are many different ways to fight aiptasia (peppermint shrimp, injection with boiling water/kalk, berghia nudibranches, etc). The best solution is to remove the excess nutrients that allow them to multiply.
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Old 01/15/2007, 12:17 PM
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ditto on bristleworms ^.

as far as aiptasia goes - make some kalk paste, feed a small chunk to the aiptasia, ..make it retreat into rock, then cover the hole with kalk paste.
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Old 01/15/2007, 12:33 PM
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yeah, I've had success with the kalk paste also. I just make a 'wet paste' if that's a good description. Suck it into a syringe (without needle), when the aiptasia's are open I 'feed' the paste to them much like you would with an anemone or sun coral. They close around it and retreat into the rock. If I can see any of it exposed I squirt a little kalc paste on it. You really have to keep on it to eradicate them. I'm talking about doing this every night for a couple of weeks. Look Hard!! Even re-arrange the rocks a few times to make sure you have looked over every inch of them.

Getting rid of these guys will be MUCH easier in the small tank. If they start taking over the big tank you're in trouble!
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