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    Senior Member Khoa's Avatar
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    Any info on the Nudi that eats Aptesia?

    Does anyone have any link to the website or knows who i can contact to get my hand on these guys??

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    Dont know if works but found this on GARF.ORG

    CONTROL OF AIPTASIA IN LIVE ROCK CULTURE TANKS



    IF YOUR REEF IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE THIS
    YOU HAVE TO CONTROL AIPTASIA

    This month I am going to start a series of articles on pest and algae control in reef aquarium farm tanks. You can rid your tank of these pests by this method

    Prepare stock solution

    1. 1 tsp. pickling lime - food grade calcium hydroxide
    2. 2 tbls. tap water.

    boil water and lime in microwave for 40 sec.
    keep closed plastic container in cool place.
    You will need a vet syringe from a pet store that sells vaccinations

    This mixture comes out of the needle very thick. You do not need to inject the Aiptasia.
    Just release a small amount on to the aiptasia and it will take it in. This mixture seems to stick to the
    anemone, but it does not stick to the other inverts. We also use this mixture on problem hair algae.

    We have killed 20 or 30 at a time in 55 gallon reefs and it did not hurt anything


    NATURAL METHOD TO CONTROL AIPTASIA ANEMONES
    We now over 30 production tanks in our reef aquarium propagation research lab. Most of these tanks are full of aquacultured and wild live rock. I say they are FULL of live rock and some have more than 5 lbs.per gallon. We have been researching base rock for 3 years in some of these reefs.
    In some of these research tanks we feed brine shrimp, green water, and roitifers. Anytime a reef has bright light and feeding aiptasia can get out of control. For the last 13 months we have been testing Copperband Butterfly fish as a natural control of these pests.



    I now have 10 of these fish living in our lab and I am going to get that many more. I have tested this fish in many different types of grow out systems. I have one in a 270 gallon round tank with 800 lbs. of aquacultured live rock. I have sps corals, Zoanthids, Palythoa, Caribbean cup corals, Gorgonians, and several soft corals in the tank with this fish. We now take coral cuttings that have Aiptasia to this tank for this fish to clean. I have watched while this fish cleaned rocks with many types polyps and I have not seen it do any damage.

    I have placed several Copperband Butterfly fish in my sps coral brood stock reefs during the past 3 months. The Copperband Butterfly fish will search every part of reef for Aiptasia. I have watched these fish for hours and I have not seen them do any damage to my corals.

    One month ago I put one Copperband Butterfly fish in a 70 gallon propagation tank that I have been testing a shipment of Florida aquaculture rock. This tank has one 175 watt halide and several power heads. I am certain that there were over 3000 Aiptasia in this reef 5 weeks ago. Today I counted 9 that were behind a piece of plastic that holds up the plugs.



    We will continue to test these Copperband Butterfly fish to see how we can feed them if the wonderful day ever comes when we run out of these pests. I would have say that if you have problem with these Aiptasia it would be a good idea to purchase a Copperband Butterfly fish.

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    and by the way

    thanks to Leroy from Garf.org

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    Berghia verrucicornis is the nudi, Ivan might be able to special order some for you.

    Cheers!
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    here is a pic of the guy

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    Ah Thanks Guys!
    But if i cant get my hand on one of these nudi, ill buy 2 cb for my 75gal.
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    Do they eat all Aiptasia? From what I understand there are literally hundreds of species that we label as Aiptasia...

    I would think a specialized niche predator like that would only eat the species found in their natural range in the wild..

    otherwise they'd prob eat majannos, Zoos, small anenomes, shrooms :-P

    I'm sure someone will be able to refute me though
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    Chromodoris willani (Nudibranch)

    I have had this guy for 3 months now..Has eaten my sponges though.

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    He's cool looking!!!!!Too bad when all the aptasias are gone he could die.
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    vette68 does he eats aptasia!!??

    If so how did you get him?
    Did you notice a big different in aptasia controlling when you added him to your fish tank?
    Newbie in training

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