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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-17-2017, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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New tank question

Got out of the hobby almost a year ago when we moved. Want to set up my 40 breeder again. Found a great deal on live sand and over 50 lbs of live rock from a tank someone is breaking down. Rock has some aiptasia on it. Not bad. How big of an issue is this. I have never had them in my tank so not sure. Should I take the deal and work on them or pass.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-21-2017, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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Well I got it and have the new tank setup. So far I have not seen any. My light will be here Friday.
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There are several ways to battle this. A copperbanded butterfly fish will eat it and a slug called a Nudi branch does as well. Red Sea makes a product to kill them too. From what I've learned when you mess with them they will release spores and spread. Good luck and welcome back to the hobby.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-21-2017, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. Excited to be back in although my wife is not quite as excited. She remembers how expensive the hobby is.
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Not all CBB eat it and don't believe one would do well for an extended period of time in a 40g. Berghia Nudibranchs do a good job but it takes a long time and without the Aiptasia anemones to consume the Nudi's will die. One would need between 4 and 8 in a 40g. Here is what they would cost: https://reeftown.com/berghia-nudibranchs

Do you have time to bleach boil your LR, then re-cure it?
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I would never boil liverock. You can inhale some nasty stuff from it and can could seriously hurt / make you ill. Soak in bleach is a good idea and probably the cheapest solution as well. File Fish are cheap and eat up the Aptasia. However, if the rock is live I would not kill off all the beneficial bacteria and just attack the aptasia with some kalk paste, joe's juice or aptasiaX.
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I would never boil liverock. You can inhale some nasty stuff from it and can could seriously hurt / make you ill. Soak in bleach is a good idea and probably the cheapest solution as well. File Fish are cheap and eat up the Aptasia. However, if the rock is live I would not kill off all the beneficial bacteria and just attack the aptasia with some kalk paste, joe's juice or aptasiaX.
Sorry, I should have been more clear when I wrote of bleach boiling...But you absolutely are correct...never literally boil LR...Filling a container with fresh water and bleach and letting it set in for about a week is what some of us refer to as bleach boiling. Thanks for bringing that up...it is chemically only. Not actually boiling the rock. It is safe.

Yes, all is done away with and re-cure takes ~6 months. I always found Filefish to eat it until they discover food. I have not had Aptasia in perhaps around 7 years. I bleach boiled many batches of LR, rinsed well, let it dry, soak in the container with RODI Fresh and vinegar to neutralize just to be cautious, rinsed again, dried again, mixed up salt water, put in container with some LR and LS with an existing piece of pest free LR and re-cured it.

If one is in no rush whatsoever, it is not a bad idea. If one has an established tank, kalk is a great way to deal with it. I noticed OP was starting which is why I inquired about the bleach method.

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Welcome back to the Salty side !!
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Thanks to all. Been up a little bit now and had a slight cycle, but coming down now. Added my first things last night. A few crabs, two damsels, one Kenya tree and one leather. Light gets in today.
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Tank is looking great. So far only one aiptasia has shown up. I know I should kill it, but it is one of the few signs of life in the tank right now. lol.
The SBreef light is great and the remora is working good, just needs a quieter pump. I will get pics this weekend.
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