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post #271 of 740 (permalink) Old 01-26-2013, 03:14 PM
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Problem is once you see one, chances are more are around. If you try manually to remove it, EACH CELL broken off forms another one.

Here's some info: http://aiptasia.ca/

Keepers often use Berghia Nudibranch to eat them. The Berghia only come out at night and are shrimp safe.

http://www.saltyunderground.com has them pretty cheap it looks like.

www.reefpestsolutions.com/#!berghia/c1mya recommends this formula for figuring out how many you need for a light infestation .059 x Gallon.​

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post #272 of 740 (permalink) Old 01-26-2013, 03:24 PM
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Since there's very little flow in an H. rubra tank, it should be fairly easy to remove them.

I've had good luck with starting a siphon with airline tubing and placing it right on top of the Aiptasia while removing it. That helps make sure nothing spreads around the tank.

The problem with Berghia is that once your few Aiptasia are gone, there's nothing left for them to eat. They're also a species that tends to require reef-level salinity. If I thought they'd work out in your tank, I could send you one for free. But feel like your best bet is manual removal.
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post #273 of 740 (permalink) Old 01-26-2013, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking the Bergia nudibrach isn't brackish happy.

Just read that lemon juice, scalding RO water or calcium something-or-other injected into their "mouths" will kill em.

Hummm...
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post #274 of 740 (permalink) Old 01-26-2013, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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Speaking of adding other inverts that'll cleanse a tank of pest, I've recently read that blue legged hermit crabs will eat cyanobacteria, and are brackish friendly.

Do you have any experience with them, Jake?
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I only have experience with them in full salt.

Depending upon their size, you'd need a bunch of them to clean up cyano, which would increase your bioload and then require lots more feeding.

They are really cool in salt tanks, though.

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Speaking of adding other inverts that'll cleanse a tank of pest, I've recently read that blue legged hermit crabs will eat cyanobacteria, and are brackish friendly.

Do you have any experience with them, Jake?
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post #276 of 740 (permalink) Old 01-26-2013, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Opae Ula, Hawaiian Red Shrimp, SuperShrimp, whatever...

Ah. Makes sense. I've seen some at a local fish store. These are very small, a bit bigger than an opae, but not by much.

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I love hermit crabs. I'd love a tank for just them some day. They'd suffer immensely without full salt I think though :/

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Re: Opae Ula, Hawaiian Red Shrimp, SuperShrimp, whatever...

Many hermit crabs face constant changes in their aquatic environments. From full salt to brackish just one of them.

Think of tide pools and estuaries. We have lots of different species of hermits here on the Puget Sound. They're very hardy and happy living where creeks, rivers or even storm drains enter the marine environment.

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I don't see brackish water at 1.012 or 1.014 being bad for them. Just the increased bioload, lack of flow in an H. rubra tank and the need to feed them way more than your shrimp need.
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Many hermit crabs face constant changes in their aquatic environments. From full salt to brackish just one of them.

Think of tide pools and estuaries. We have lots of different species of hermits here on the Puget Sound. They're very hardy and happy living where creeks, rivers or even storm drains enter the marine environment.

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I was under the impression the hermit crabs commonly sold in SW aquaria were not those types of crab. Perhaps you could collect some wild specimens?




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Rob happy to see the three berried Opae. In about a month you will have 30+ larvae floating about. I bet the mud crab would be nice addition to the Opae tank. I am thinking of trying them together in my work tank. I see the problem with using live rock. Too many unwanted volunteers. I had what appeared to be jelly fish in my tank.
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Oh yeah!!! Mud crabs are brackish natively! They'd be super cool!!!

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Thinking mud crabs might be a bit aggressive in a tank. At least those we have here...
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Thinking mud crabs might be a bit aggressive in a tank. At least those we have here...
Really! Interesting. I'm liking the ones Doug has in his journal about them.

He hasn't mixed shrimp yet tho. He will. It'll be interesting to see!

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Re: Opae Ula, Hawaiian Red Shrimp, SuperShrimp, whatever...

Oh, THOSE mud crabs! They are cute. Guess I need to Google em.

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