How to get rid of aiptasias

How to get rid of aiptasias

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How to get rid of aiptasias: a complete and definitive guide to eliminate aptasia (or glass anemones) from the marine aquarium. How to use the syringes for disinfestation.

L'Aiptasiait is a genus of the Anthozoa class that propagates on rocks and hard bottoms. It can be accidentally introduced into the marine aquarium when you buy corals and live rocks.

There are many species of auptasias, several of which are pests and can cause discomfort in the marine aquarium. Aiptasia has the shape of a polyp, the body is composed of a basal disc from which the stinging tentacles protrude. The basal disc adheres to a substrate, usually near small cavities. For this reason it is really difficult to eliminate the aptasia manually, indeed, any mechanical intervention is completely not recommended.

Aiptasia on live rocks in the marine aquarium

The aiptasia is not bad to look at, if you have only one in your aquarium and you don't touch it, it will probably grow without multiplying. On the contrary, if you try to eliminate aptasia with pliers, a toothpick or worse, with your hands, you could risk finding yourself in the middle of an infestation. Yes, the aiptasia is not ugly but it is dangerously infesting. It can steal important nutrients from your aquarium corals and is, moreover, mildly stinging. What does it mean? It means that if you touch it, depending on the sensitivity of your skin, you may feel a slight discomfort, burning or itching.

Aiptasia weed

Aiptasia can reproduce both sexually and asexually. In the marine aquarium, asexual reproduction usually occurs due to the attempt todelete it. If a small segment is separated from the pedal disc, the aiptasia multiplies.

A single cell is enough to form a new glass anemone ... this is why it is so infesting and this explains why it is so easy to introduce it into the aquarium, even taking many precautions.

A new polyp (a new adult aiptasia) forms within 14 days from a very small segment.

How to get rid of aiptasias

As stated, theaiptasie weedsarrive in the marine aquarium with live rocks or corals. Once you arrive, theaiptasiethey are difficult toremove. Among hobbyists there are several do-it-yourself remedies that involve the use of lime to "suffocate the aptasia" or vinegar to inject into the basal disc. Then there are those who recommend suffocating the aiptasia with inert hardening glue.

Yes, these are potentially valid ideas but my advice is to use specific products or adopt natural predators that can feed on aptasias. Let's see the options you have available.

Shrimp eats aiptasia: lysmata wurdemanni

The Lysmata wurdemanni is an omnivorous shrimp with a semi-transparent red body. It mainly feeds on parasites, dead tissues and ...aiptasie.

Its translucent body is decorated with red bands, it lives for about 3 years, grows to 6cm and sheds every 3 - 8 weeks. It is considered the perfect cleaner as it feeds on bacteria, parasites, organic residues andaiptasie.

Be careful where you buy it: there is a species of lysmata very similar to the wurdermanni but which does not feed on aiptasie. Then contact a trusted dealer.

Lysmata wurdemanni price
Theprice of the lysmata wurdemanni? The shrimp eats aiptasia has a cost that can vary depending on the retailer: from 15 to 25 euros.

It can be a regular and welcome guest in the marine aquarium as it is very useful. In the photo, alysmata wurdemannihidden behind the coralGalaxe fascicularis.

Chelmon rostratus, fish eats aiptasia

It is a butterfly fish, like many butterfly fish there is a risk that it may bother small invertebrates found in the marine aquarium. The Chelmon rostatus, in fact, feeds on invertebrates, including theaiptasie. It is useful for eliminating aiptasias but it is also important to emphasize that aiptasias are the food they least prefer. Prefers worms, vermin, mollusks and other small invertebrates. It is also very delicate and requires special attention for breeding.

Acreichthys tomentosus to eliminate aiptasia

Another fish useful for eliminating aiptasias, especially if they are large, is the acreichthys tomentosus.

Acreichthys tomentosus, price
The price? You buy it for 25 - 30 euros, although it can vary a lot depending on the retailer.

It's very useful. It can be introduced into the tub in combination with thelysmata wurdemanni.After eliminating all the aiptasias, however, this funny fish will need a specific diet (for example, frozen brine shrimp). You will need to prevent the fish from getting used to dry food, otherwise it will no longer devour the aiptasias. This is why it is important to buy only from expert dealers who have not fed the acreichthys tomentosus with dry food, otherwise it will not spin the aiptasias that you need to eliminate from your tank.

Once he has run out of his supply ofaiptasie, don't forget to feed this fish specifically, otherwise it could be a nuisance to your corals. It also feeds on soft corals and, in particular, on xenia pumping or other species of xenias.

In the photo above, the fish eats aiptasie (acreichthys tomentosus) from my instagram profile.

Products to eliminate aiptasias

Of the three predators listed above, from personal experience, I can tell you that lysmata wurdemanni and acreichthys are effective especially if the problem is widespread and there are aiptasias everywhere. To eliminate a few aiptasias, perhaps more developed and large, it is possible to take advantage of the products on the market.

All products must be administered directly on the aiptasie to eliminatewith a plunger syringe. Among the various products, I point out the Aiptasia X from Red Sea, which can be bought in specialized stores or by taking advantage of online purchases. At "this Amazon page", for example, it can be found at a price of 26.94 euros.

How to use? You load a little solution into the syringe, approach the needle (it is not a real needle, but a cannula, in the package you will come out two, one straight and one curved, that curve is useful if the aiptasia is on a rock that is difficult to reach or in a hole) and the solution is let out inside the base.

You may find some difficulty if you don't have a steady hand. The needle, in fact, must never come into contact with the tentacles, otherwise theaiptasiait will retract and you will not be able to complete the elimination. Gently insert the needle into the basal disc of the aiptasia and press the plunger of the syringe to inject the product. Usually one administration is enough but if the aiptasias you have are very large, you will have to repeat the treatment several times.

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Video: How to Get Rid of Aiptasia (July 2022).


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