View Full Version : Advice on killing Aiptasia on a breakdown tank

03/14/2010, 11:08 AM
I'm currently breaking down my 75 FOWLR and I'd like to use the rock in my 240g Reef however it has some aiptasia on it.

I have lots of options that I could follow:
1. Put the LR in Freshwater
2. Pull it out and let it dry
3. Soak it Joe's Juice
4. ???

Any one have any suggestions as to a way to clean the rock without turning it into dead white rock.

03/14/2010, 11:15 AM
Easy: Copperband.

03/14/2010, 12:32 PM
Peppermint shrimp....but make certain you are getting real peppermints (there are some imposters out there and they won't help you)

03/14/2010, 12:58 PM
don't do the copperband thing unless you're ready to care for the fish in the proper way, that fish is getting hit hard because of our hobby. personally I'd suggest burning the aiptasias with a small torch, but that depends on how many you have.

03/14/2010, 07:00 PM
Agreed, I do not want to buy any livestock. Just want to kill to stuff off the rock.

Will letting them dry out and everything die work?

03/14/2010, 10:49 PM
Yes it will work bt what is the point of that? It is supposed to be live rock. peppermint shrimp are the way to go. Keep your rock alive and let the shrimp go to work

03/14/2010, 11:42 PM
Not all peppermints or coperbands will eat aptasias. You might get lucky butthen might not. If your 240 is aptasia free i think it's worth it to just kill your rocks with bleach or washing them in soft water. make sure to rinse them a lot before using them in the 240. A 240 G tank infected with aptasia would be a lot more difficult to handle...

03/15/2010, 12:36 AM
I bic lighter will kill an aiptasia in less then 5 seconds. If your pulling the tank apart anyhow it is worth doing IME.


03/15/2010, 04:57 AM
Coolk the rock, put it in the dark for several weeks. Or just kill it with any of the aiptasia killers. Also large angels tear that stuff up, don't know if you have one or know anyone that does, my French eats it but I'm about 45 mins from Baltimore.

03/15/2010, 05:20 AM
I just went through this. Pulled about half my rock to completely eradicate aiptasia. I think I got it all, so far so good.

I soaked it in fresh rodi for a week to make sure it was all dead. I am now cooking (http://reefcentral.com/forums/showpost.php?p=3478937&postcount=11) the rock before reintroducing it to the tank.