aptasia issue

nameissoftlover

Softy Member
Ok. I have a 75 gallon. And I have a lot of rock.. I also have now a lot of aptasia... It has always been present but never an issue.. but now its spreading with the addition of the jebao wavemaker. So.. Peppermint failed...Copperband never ate..so will a filefish after done with aptasia turn to my coral/elegance?
 

Breadman03

New Old School
Premium Member
I purchased a matted filefish to destroy aptasia, which it did well. Then it went after my clam. Feeding more would probably help, as I was feeding too little at that time. An acquaintance of mine had no issues with his.
 

ajespo85

Espo
You could go get a file fish, which there is an aptasia eating file at Saltwater Heavens, and then, once your aptasia problem is gone, rent him out to someone else who need him, or trade to a store. I've heard of people doing that.
 

lawdog

New member
Filefish is only certain way to rid Aiptasia.. others are hit/miss as you saw. Just have a plan to remove him after a few weeks to ensure all your aiptasia are gone.. remember they can live in the overflows/drains/pipes as well so be sure they are all actually gone or else they will just come back
 

ajespo85

Espo
I also read that injecting them with boiling hot RODI water will kill them, but you have to hit each one separately
 

goodtimes

Nothin but
Sell off your rock to a unsuspecting noob on Craigslist and buy new.
Really though, I feel your pain. I'm battling majanos right now.
 

lawdog

New member
My guess is the file fish was not a matted aiptasia file fish... Aiptasia is what they eat... to the point of eating nothing else... zoas would be fine as would all other corals... possibly other nems if you had a small BTA or something could be an issue but you don't want to battle Aiptasia one at a time.
 

ajespo85

Espo
My guess is the file fish was not a matted aiptasia file fish... Aiptasia is what they eat... to the point of eating nothing else... zoas would be fine as would all other corals... possibly other nems if you had a small BTA or something could be an issue but you don't want to battle Aiptasia one at a time.

Yes, there different file fish, not all will 100% eat aiptasia. I haven't heard of a Matted that wouldn't eat it. I know of people who added Matted to their tanks and they went straight to the aiptasia, usually because LFS don't have aiptasia to feed them regularly, so they chow down when they actually have a source. I haven't had a problem yet, but if one should arise, a file fish is my first choice. And again, you can always take it back to the store. Once you add chemicals to try to battle it, you can't undo that.
 

bbaz123456

New member
Berghia Nudis are the way to go! The ONLY animal that eats ONLY aiptasia. There may be others out there but not available in the aquarium trade.
I have some listed on reeftrader if you are going to the LEAR swap
 

bbaz123456

New member
File fish are great but they will never eradicate all the aiptasia. They can not reach all the spots between, under, and inside rocks. And they will eat your zoanthids
 

nameissoftlover

Softy Member
Berghia Nudis are the way to go! The ONLY animal that eats ONLY aiptasia. There may be others out there but not available in the aquarium trade.
I have some listed on reeftrader if you are going to the LEAR swap
Were are you located. I have to work that day so I will not be able to make it.
 

tattoofreak

New member
i have a file fish he is awesome. I tried nudis but they get really expensive. So i got a filefish killed all my aiptasia and now its eating flake and shrimp he's awesome! my mom says he looks homeless haha i was worried at first but it doesnt touch LPS, zoas, acans, anything.
 
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