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  1. #1

    Default What fish eat aiptasia?

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    I'm at my wits end with these aiptasia in our 75 gallon. I've been struggling with them for a year. No matter what we try they keep coming back. We've tried various chemical methods, including kalk, joes juice, aiptasia destroyer, lime juice, snowmakers kalk/drain cleaner mix. I've tried peppermints, which just get eaten by our CBS or pistol shrimp. I even bought 3 berghai which cost over $100 and they didn't do a thing. Ripping out the rock and scrubbing it is out since we have several large colonies encrusting on it. Now were at the point of getting a fish that eats them, even if its not reef safe.

    So, what fish are guaranteed to eat aiptasia, and have the least taste for sps. If they eat softies I have no problem with that, I'd love to get rid of the kenya tree and xenai. Were even willing to sacrifice a few branches of sps if it means completely getting rid of the aiptasia.

    Thank you for any input

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    Have you thought of a Scat? Tons of reference state they are nearly fail proof aiptasia eaters. They are also pretty common, would just take some time to acclimate them to reef waters as most are sold as FW fish. Greens seem to be most effective from what I have read online.
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    I dunno...

    I've given up on my aiptasia killer for the moment too...either I didn't do it right (but I was very careful to do it 'right') ...or it doesn't work long term...

    But my tank is producing very healthy looking stock at the moment...
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    I never heard about the scat eating them, but I just Googled it and it looks like they do. I'll have to see if someone locally can get them. Thank you

    29 gallon-planted community

    20 long frag tank
    75 gal-planted goldfish

    75 gallon mixed reef with 20 gallon sump

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    Copper banded butterfly are known to eat glass anemone but only if they don't have better food available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rageybug
    Copper banded butterfly are known to eat glass anemone but only if they don't have better food available.
    My thought too ... but they're very picky eaters and I've seen some starve to death before eating aiptasia.

    The only other fish I know of is the tomentosus filefish, but it's about garanteed that he'll much down on your other corals too ...

    I don't suppose you could rehome the CBS and pistol and give peppermints another try? We dumped 5 in a 50g tank and they wiped out the aiptasia in there in about a month.
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    I was thinking about getting a CBB, but they have a high mortality rate locally and not a 100% chance of eating aiptasia, so I didn't want to risk it.

    There's no chance of catching the CBS or pistol shrimp. They both are too fast and the pistol lives under the sand and and is paired with a yellow watchman goby, so if I just walk by the tank too fast they dart into their hole.

    I have a store getting us a silver scat. They are cheap and have a very high chance of eating aiptasia and not eating coral. From research the silver scat has a better chance of eating them then the green. Its gonna take them a few weeks to get one, but its gonna be a brackish one and be a lot easier to acclimate to full saltwater

    29 gallon-planted community

    20 long frag tank
    75 gal-planted goldfish

    75 gallon mixed reef with 20 gallon sump

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