Getting Rid of Aiptasia
Most people within the hobby at some point in time will experience the dreaded anemone that is, Aiptasia. They are an unsightly pest that we simply do not wish to have in our aquarium. If you, like myself and many of others, have found one or two of these little buggers on your live rock or in your filtration then don’t panic. There is a simple solution to get rid of these little monsters.
I’m Currently in the process of getting rid of three big aiptasia from my aquarium, hence why I decided to type up this post. Through the joys of trial and error I have used many home made methods in the attempts to get rid of them. Some work well, others simply sucked. But before I explain what I use now (with great success I might add) Let me explain what you have in your tank and why you might want to remove them.
# What are Aiptasia?
Aiptasia are a common and unwanted pest in marine aquariums. They are also known as Glass, Rock or Tube anemones. They often hitchhike on live rock or coral frags where they simply wait for the ideal time to multiply within your aquarium. Aiptasia are capable of multiplying on a rapid rate, they compete for food and are very aggressive in their search for space.
There are many species of Aiptasia. Some are transparent but most are generally a dull brown colour. They have a polyp type body with an oral disc bordered by tentacles that are capable of stinging both fish and corals. This brown coloration of most the species of Aiptasia found within the home aquariums is a result of zooxanthellae, tiny algae cells that live within the body of the anemone. It is the cells that provide the anemone with much of its energy.
# Why are they Bad for the Aquarium?
Simply put its down to their sting, rapid reproduction rate and how aggressive they can be within the aquarium.
Now before you complain about them, its not their fault. From an evolutionary point of view they are truly an amazing critter. They are durable and have such a rapid reproduction rate they can survive in almost any saltwater environment.
They are so hard to remove from the aquarium because they are so good at survival.
But even superman has a weakness and the folks within this hobby have found the Aiptasia’s kryptonite.
# The Best Solution to this Problem
Over the years I have used many recommended methods from lemon juice to boiling water and most arn’t the easiest to apply or necessarily work. If you don’t kill the anemone off fast they will release cells and many more will appear.
I now use Aiptasia-X. I find it easy to use, it doesn’t disturb the rest of my tank inhabitants and works a treat.
From the looks of it the three Aiptasia I had in my aquairum have died off in the time it has taken me to type up this post (which is longer than it should of been as I was watching wonder women, Im easily distracted but I do recommend this film).
The bottle has enough solution in to reuse several times, I think I have used the one I have for around 40 anemone and I am not even half way through.
I’m not going to ramble on about how good this is… all I will say is it works.
If you are interested in Aiptasia-X check out this amazon link, its where I get mine!
Follow the easy to read Instructions and im sure you will find it just as useful as I do.
Although I hope you never get these in your aquarium as they grow in the most inconvenient places to reach.
Good luck and happy reef-fin !