How To Get Rid Of Aiptasia: Easy Guide That Works!
The term ‘A deceptive beauty’ may raise a question on your mind regarding the article’s relevance.
Nevertheless, trust me when I say that this term will give you a very coherent idea about the silent killer Aiptasia anemones. It is a very popular yet sinister customer in saltwater aquariums.
It’s one of those critters that look lucrative but will stab you in the back at the end of the day. They have become a terror for saltwater enthusiasts, as, according to them, many of them quit this hobby in fear of these little glass-like creatures.
A deceptive beauty can attract you in many ways and in many forms, costing you your health. They are ready to deceive you in forms of a glass, glass rose, tube or even a rock and will show aggressiveness in order to get maximum food and space.
In appearance, it usually looks like a palm tree under the water. The polyp body, which is the "storage compartment" of the anemone, joins to a round plate. The waving branches are the stinging arms.
Aiptasia anemones are very much productive. They can reproduce in both ways, sexually and asexually. Once they enter the place, they can multiply very rapidly and massively. The saltwater is a blessing for their breeding.
How Does It Affect The Fishes of The Aquarium?
Well, as I’ve said earlier, a deceptive beauty can become a real headache for you, affecting you in ways you cannot even comprehend.
It has a very atrocious swindle, which can kill the corals and cause havoc in the ecosystem to a great extent. Moreover, they kill the fishes as well. They will hide underneath the corals in such a manner that you cannot separate them easily. In the meantime, they will keep breeding at a high rate.
Aiptasia anemones move like The Flash, but underneath the water. Even if you are lucky enough to detect one; as soon as you blink, it will be gone in a second. From the little peepholes of the rock to between the pebbles, they move so fast that it is difficult for the naked eye to catch one sometimes.
They are not large in size but that doesn’t matter. Although the average Aiptasia ranges from a quarter inch to 4 inches, it is as hazardous as poison for the saltwater tank and its creatures.
How To Get Rid of Aiptasia?
By now you may have understood the terror of this little yet treacherous critter very clearly. A question might arise in your mind as to whether we can get rid of this deceptive beauty or not. Can it actually be defeated?
The answer is affirmative. Yes, you can get rid of this silent killer. After all, it is just a small critter.
Now, there are a few remedies that are very much useful in terms of killing this pest. However, you have to be very much observant and careful, otherwise, it can show you the other side of the coin.
So, let’s talk about five remedies that might help you win the battle against this deceptive beauty.
1. The Lemon Therapy
“The sweet just isn’t as sweet without the sour.” The lemon attack will make your life sweeter as you can get rid of this disruptive pest by injecting it into their body.
Gather an adequate amount of pure lemon juice and very carefully inject it in the body of this anemones. It is advised that you take proper precautions at first and then, slowly complete the steps (before it gets aware of the situation and hides inside the shelter).
2. The Acid Attack
Sulfuric Acid (H2SO4) and Hydrogen Per Oxide (H2O2) are acidic weapons that attack the Aiptasia anemones and kill them. Although Hydrogen Per Oxide is a very weak acid, it’s very much effective in eradicating the ‘deceptive beauties’ from your salt-water aquariums.
The process is similar to the previous one; you have to inject the solvent inside the bodies of Aiptasia. But this time, you have to be even more careful as any kind of mistakes can peel off your fingers alongside the gloves.
3. The Base Blitz
The base, Calcium Hydroxide, is one of the most important remedies for killing the pests. However, implementing it into the saltwater tank can be very much dangerous as it can increase the pH level of the water and cause havoc among the creatures.
But, such a situation only occurs when you try to kill a lot of Aiptasia anemones at the same time. This remedy has to be used in the proper way in order to achieve maximum outcome.
4. The ‘Peppermint’ Show
If you’re wondering about whether I’m going to talk about a TV show in the midst of this important discussion, you’re absolutely wrong. Peppermint Shrimp is regarded as the ultimate Aiptasia eater creature.
Peppermint shrimp can kill this pest, helping you save your aquarium. But, there’s a catch. You have to identify the true Peppermint shrimp (which is the actual Aiptasia eater). There are two types of them; pick the right one to make it the star of this show.
5. The Rescuers
We have talked about quite a few methods for killing the Aiptasia anemone. But, using chemicals might become a matter of stress for you. Therefore, opting for the natural way could be a blessing in disguise.
There are lots of fishes like the Peppermint Shrimp, which can eat the Aiptasia if they are not given other foods to eat (like fish foods).
Fishes like Butterflyfishes, Filefishes, Puffers, Lemonpeel Pygmy Angel and etc. can be useful in eradicating the deceptive beauties from your aquarium.
There are other ways (such as applying hot water, bleach, vinegar, super glue, and even electric shock) that can come in handy in saving your saltwater aquarium as well as your bank balance.
The curse of Aiptasia falls very often on saltwater aquariums. In fact, it is very common to find these creatures weasel their way into the tank. They can be very difficult to get rid of if you do not know how to apply the proper method.
We hope that the methods listed above will make life a bit easier for you.