View Full Version : brown stuff and aiptasia everywhere

01/04/2011, 11:29 PM
I have two 75 gal tanks one is fine the other when i bought it the live rock was overrun with aiptasia i broke it down transported it and set it back up after dumping the sand i started with 90 lbs aragonite from petsmart now the sand and live rock is brown and it is all over the walls it has been setup at my house for a month it was set up several years before i went and broke it down there is a matted filefish in the tank; bought it a few days ago to help with aiptasia now what do i do?

01/04/2011, 11:33 PM
75 gal tank asm g3 skimmer t5 lights mag 9 return pump flowing into 2 return pipes 30 gal sump

01/04/2011, 11:36 PM
The brown diatoms will go away. This is new tank syndrome. How old are the bulbs?

01/04/2011, 11:37 PM
not sure

01/04/2011, 11:38 PM
is this bad for the filefish?

01/04/2011, 11:39 PM
my other tank never did this i broke it down and set it back up as well

01/05/2011, 12:31 AM
The new sand caused your spike, will go away with time make sure you have a clean up crew. Could be bad for the file fish depending how hardy they are, but its been a month so the fish should be fine. Water change will help. Probably best to change the bulbs soon as after a year they change spectrum and could cause an algae spike.

01/05/2011, 11:26 AM
+1 on new tank syndrome, doing a water change (weekly) & getting new bulbs. The diatoms will fade away. What are your water parameters? IMO, I'd transfer the filefish & any others to the other tank for awhile & just have CUC in new tank. Aptasia X should work on that infestation; tho if aptasia problem is that bad, it'll probably be an ongoing recurrance & need to be used every so often. Personally, I've had mixed results using certain fish to eat aptasia. Maybe others can chime in on this.

01/05/2011, 11:32 AM
the aiptasia aren't going to go away unless you boil those rocks, honestly. As for the file fish, you need to monitor the parameters, ammonia, nitrate, nitrite, and make sure they don't get too high or the fish could suffer.

01/22/2011, 11:04 PM
like in a pot on the stove?

01/23/2011, 05:49 AM
depending upon how many rocks and how much patience you have you could try giving them a freshwater dip to kill the aptaisa. You will likely also kill some of the bacteria in the process so may want to do a few at a time. I have successfully killed aptaisa in this manner but I was dealing with 1 or 2 not a tank full.

01/23/2011, 10:24 AM
Dont those measures seem a little extreme for controlling/killing his aiptasia? Why not build a strong CUC and add one or two peppermint shrimp? A tank one month old should be stable enough to put together a CUC right?

01/23/2011, 11:25 AM
He has the filefish, they are supposed to eat aiptasia. I'd wait and see how that goes. I hear the filefish is hit or miss on being reef safe. Not too different than the peppermint shrimp.