Aiptasia

aiptasia-leftThere are not many positives to mention where Aiptasia are concerned. If you here, you’re probably looking for the tab “Removal Methods” above. They are pests, plain and simple. They are hard to kill, they reproduce rapidly, they sting everything, they use food particulates AND light for energy and are pretty ugly to boot.

Most of the ones that show up in our tanks belong to the genus Aiptasia under the family of Aiptasiidae. There are several other geneses these hitchhikers probably belong to, like Aiptasiogeton and Exaiptasia, but don’t get caught up in semantics. They are pest anemones are you need to get them out sooner versus later. Even if you’ve had a single specimen a long time without spreading, don’t think you are “special” and somehow avoided the devil’s plague. It WILL come, and it will come hard and with vengeance. Hit the “Remove” tab and get them taken care of!is section is very much in the works. I had to release it a little early due to server constraints, but am working every day to get you the information you need. Please be sure to check out the other tabs to see pictures, videos, links, pronunciation and more!

Pronunciation Coming Soon!

Tips for Removal

  • There are a few commercial products that you squirt onto/inject into the aiptasia themselves.

    • Red Sea Aiptasia-X
    • Joe`s Juice Aiptasia Eliminator
    • Ultralife Reef Aiptasia & Majano Remover
    • Blue Life Aiptasia Rx
    • Chem-marin Stop Aiptasia
    • Salifert Aiptasia Exit
    • Tropic Marin Elimi Aiptas
  • There’s a laser that “zaps them”. This is the method I use.

  • There are “home remedies”

    • Squirt Lemon
    • Squirt Vinegar
    • Cover with epoxy
    • Cover with Super Glue
    • Boiling water
    • Covering with a kalk or calcium slurry
  • Then there are natural predators

    • Peppermint Shrimp
    • Berghia nudibranchs
    • Aiptasia eating filefish – Acreichthys tomentosus

Photos!

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Videos!

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