It works - last resort - doesn't affect aquarium By Sean on 11/20/2012
Sean would recommend this product to a friend
Well, after trying peppermint shrimp, file fish, copper banded butterfly, all of which would munch down the "tiny" aiptasia, but not the 2" long "mothership", I turned to this effective but expensive solution.
It took one treatment - one - and I wasn't even sure I was doing it right. I read the instructions, read around in forums for tips, turned off all powerheads pumps and sump return pump, gave the system a good 45 minutes to let ALL water movement settle down.
I used the curved tip on the syringe - I drew up maybe 2cc's of this stuff after shaking it through an entire half hour TV show (I hear a lot about the importance of shaking it to combat separation, and I figured not like I could "overshake" it.
I them put my hand slowly into the water, syringe first. I got down within 4-5" of the little ***** "mother" aiptasia, squeezed a little out to let the "mother" smell it, waited about 10 seconds, halved the distance to 2" away, squeezed another tiny amount out, wow, I'm this close to this thing with a syringe and it hasn't retracted!?! So far so good.
I then ever so gently moved toward the center of "mother disc" while squeezing tiny amounts out - tiny tiny amounts - then when I got to the outer "tentacles", I went for it - I shot the rest of the syringe full bore into the center of it. A second or two later, it retracted. Darn it, I thought, it caught me in the act and now I have a blob of Aip-X on top of a p***ed off aneonome that would probably spread like wildfire now that it was so rudely disturbed.
I watch and wait, and as I gave up and turned off the 10k's for the day going down to the actinics, I saw the little "implosion" they show in the videos, I thought. Hmmm. Maybe, but I'll see what I see tomorrow.
Tomorrow came, I turned all the lights on, and "mother" was nowhere to be seen - just a little white good (aip-X) where it used to swing about. About a week later, still no sign of the "mother" and the natural predators killed off all of the "baby" nuisances. Another week went by, and still nothing - WOW was I relieved - as I was ready to toss out the beautiful piece of live rock this thing was attached to, which would have required a full re-rockscaping since it was on the bottom.
Bottom line: Expensive, but if you take your time, effective. If you have big ones that thenatural predators won't touch, this is the answer - just keep some predators around for the "babies" - I can't see myself having the patience to try and hit every one of the tiny ones, failing, screaming...
LOVE THIS STUFF By Bob on 9/20/2012
Bob would recommend this product to a friend
I love this stuff. It doesn't hurt my corals at all of the aiptasias are too close
No more aiptasia By Earl on 9/13/2012
Earl would recommend this product to a friend
I got this because I had a small aiptasia problem. I tried a couple of peppermint shrimp, they didn't touch it and I had one red legged hermit crab that would eat it sometimes, but it just came back. I used this and the aiotasia just shrank up and disappeared. I accidently got some on a coral and I thought I had killed it, but it didn't seem to affect it at all.
Works great By Seth on 9/2/2012
Seth would recommend this product to a friend
Works great! Move slow and follow the directions and you'll love the results!
Bye bye aiptasia! By BRIAN on 8/30/2012
BRIAN would recommend this product to a friend
I had a good sized aiptasia growing from underneath a new frag I put into my reef. One simple injection of Aiptasia X into its mouth and it was gone in seconds, never to return. The paste dissolves over 24 hours or less and causes no harm to the rest of the reef. Great product.
works as advertised By Thomas on 8/16/2012
Thomas would recommend this product to a friend
Works just as it says it does. Need to stay on top of it because these things are really prolific.
Effective but not a permanant solution By Louis on 8/10/2012
Louis would recommend this product to a friend
I noticed some Aptasia popping up in my nano about 3 months ago. Some getting rather large. This product works fantastically but they always seem to come back.
I have button polyps, green star polyps, xenia, Duncan, and mushrooms in my nano and in the past 3 months none of these coral have been affected by the Aptasia-X. For me it has truly been ref safe as advertised.
it works! By scott on 7/14/2012
scott would recommend this product to a friend
I had purchased some live rock from a fellow reefer. Well the rock came loaded with aiptasia which I had not seen prior to purchasing it. I wanted a quicka and effective method to kill this pest. Aiptasia-X works pretty well. You just have to make sure and get it into the mouth very slowly so it does not retract. It can also be tricky depending on where the pest is located on the rock as my tank does not have a large opening at the top. All in all great product.
great as long as you read the directions By Robert on 5/20/2012
Robert would recommend this product to a friend
If you follow the directions, advance slowly towards the aiptasia while gently dispensing the product the tentacles will wrap around the needle and allow you to gently cover the entire oral disk. It will die and not release any planulae.
If you just try to blast the anemones they will retract and release their planulae causing an outbreak of little ones.
There is a LOT of solution in the bottle so if you are careful not to contaminate the bottle with salt water and replace what you don't use it will last for hundreds of satisfying cnidarian deaths! I have killed large and small aiptasia and after several weeks I have not found any babies growing anywhere.
Great product By Shawn on 5/20/2012
Shawn would recommend this product to a friend
i had a major aiptasia problem with a particular rock. I bought this product and eliminated my problem in 2 days. It did not seem to affect my corals. If you need to kill aiptasia, this works. Follow directions.
Best Product for the Problem By Ricky on 5/5/2012
Ricky would recommend this product to a friend
This is one of the few 'effective' commercially available remedies for nuisance anemones. Of course prevention is desirable and this won't single-handily eliminate your problem but I would consider it a staple in pest control. BRS hands-down has THE BEST price on this product - yes it is pricey - buy way more so elsewhere.
Does what it says By Robert on 4/8/2012
Robert would recommend this product to a friend
Product kills aiptasia when directions are followed