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Reef Aquarium Pest Part 2
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Reef Aquarium Pest part 2

I am back to talk about aquarium pest part 2, there are several types that we go over, but I am going to cover a few more in this article.

Aiptasia Anemone:

This one is also known as the glass anemone I myself believe this is one of the worst I have ever come across. I came upon this one several years ago by accident and not knowing what it was at the time. I went into this fish store and saw this blue hermit crab inside his shell I knew I needed him to help keep the bottom of my talk clean, which is the best thing you can get for your reef or marine aquariums. I also noticed he had a little friend on his shell a small sea anemone. At least this is what I thought it was anyway, so I was thinking I'm getting two for one, stupid me I sure should have researched on the pest in saltwater aquariums. To my surprise after a couple of weeks I started getting these things all over my tank. Enough about my tank let me get into more detail about these guys.

Aiptasia is part of the Phylum Cynidaria family. They are light dark brown in color and sometimes appearing translucent. I have seen them get up to 3 inches tall when fully extended and about half inch in diameter. You might think this infestation will go away on its own, they will not. Because they have a higher toxin level hen normal anemones and if no eradicated they will eventually kill off the rest of your prized coral population.

There are two sure ways to get rid of this pest, but please do not get a pair of tweezers and try to remove them, because they could and will multiply a lot quicker. Because what you leave behind on the rock with what is called their foot, will regenerate and produce even more.

Your first type of removal is biological. You cold get the Raccoon Butterflyfish fish and or the Copper Banded Butterflyfish these two are natural predators to the Aiptasia anemone they will quickly take care of your problem,and they are not harmful o the rest of your coral. The peppermint shrimp are also natural predators of them, you can use this one in your fish only tank but not in your coral reef cause they will eat them also. The last one is the Berghia verrucaornis, the downside of this addition is they only eat aphtasia, so once they are the berghia are gone also.

Just remember when dealing with these pest act swift and fast by eradicating as soon as you notice and infestation. Good luck with your reef aquarium. My next article will be on more of the pest we have to deal with in this beautiful hobby.


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