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How To Easily Remove Baby Aiptasia From Your Aquarium!

With aiptasia and baby aiptasia being such a pain to deal with in aquariums its easy to see why we constantly see fish keepers reaching out and asking for various tips and tricks to deal with the constant outbreaks of baby aiptasia in their tanks each month.

Thankfully though, you are able to take a number of steps to quickly and easily remove the baby aiptasia growing in your tank with it often taking less time and effort than most people initially realise.

With baby aiptasia being such a common problem that results in so many people from the fish keeping hobby having to look for ways to deal with them, we have decided to publish our own article going over how to remove baby aiptasia from your aquarium in the hope that we will be able to help as many of our readers as possible.

Now, prevention is always better than cure when it comes to baby aiptasia but they can commonly be added to your aquarium by accident so even if you take the required steps to prevent them, it is still common to notice baby aiptasia growing in your tank.

We have settled on four methods that we feel are the best for removing baby aiptasia from your fish tank and our table of contents below should make it as quick and easy to navigate our article as possible.

We have arranged the removal methods for baby aiptasia in descending order of effectiveness too meaning the more effective methods are at the top of the article with the lease effective or more risky methods at the bottom.

Use Red Sea’s Aiptasia-X To Your Advantage!

The quickest and easiest way to deal with baby aiptasia in your tank is to use the No products found. product to quickly treat the water in your tank and deal with the baby aiptasia.

Aiptasia X is easy to use, cheap, and has a great reputation amongst the fish keeping community due to having such an excellent track record of being able to remove baby aiptasia.

You are able to use No products found. in the majority of tanks that are having problems with baby aiptasia breakouts too without it causing problems with the rest of your tank.

That said though, if you do have sensitive corals in your tank then you may want to try one of the other methods for removing baby aiptasia later in our article as Apitasia X can be unpredictable with sensitive corals.

For the most part though, Aiptasia X is the quickest, easiest, and cheapest method of removing baby aiptasia breakouts from your tank and should easily be able to get the job done for the majority of our readers with minimal effort required on your part.

Although there are a number of other products on the market similar to Aiptasia X, we would not recommend them due to the performance of No products found. being the best and it easily outperforming its competition.

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Add A Baby Aiptasia Eater To Your Tank!

A quick and easy way to remove baby aiptasia from your aquarium is to add something that will eat the baby aiptasia and adult aiptasia as a part of their regular diet.

The best option for this by far at the time of writing is the peppermint shrimp as it will eat large amounts of aiptasia without paying your corals much attention.

As we covered in our article going over if peppermint shrimp are reef safe, the vast majority of peppermint shrimp will not eat your corals but a small number of them may develop a taste for coral but this is usually just a single shrimp out of a full batch.

This makes it quick and easy to remove the offending shrimp and let the rest of the peppermint shrimp in your tank focus on eating detritus and baby aiptasia to help keep your tank clean from the aiptasia breakout.

You are usually able to find peppermint shrimp for cheap online making them an excellent option for keeping aiptasia under control in most tanks with them being our primary aiptasia eating recommendation.

Although some people do prefer hermit crabs over peppermint shrimp, hermit crabs don’t eat as much aiptasia as peppermint shrimp while hermit crabs will also try to eat any of your fish that they are able to catch too.

Physical Removal From The Tank!

Some people choose to physically remove the baby aiptasia from their aquariums and although this can work, it does take large amount of time to scrape the baby aiptasia from the surfaces that they are growing on.

Depending on your aquarium setup though, this may be the best option available as the other methods for removing baby aiptasia from your tank can put any sensitive corals or other anemone in your tank at risk.

There are a wide range of aquarium maintenance tools available on the market these days that can make it much easier to physically remove the baby aiptasia from your aquarium and helping to save you time.

Although those tool sets are cheap, many people simply use a folk or spoon to get the job done and although it will take you longer to remove the baby aiptasia, it does get the job done.

You will usually need a steady hand to remove baby aiptasia from areas of your aquarium where you have other sensitive plants growing as a single slip of the hand may end up causing problems by potentially damaging your corals.

Still, if you take your time then you can often remove baby aiptasia that are literally growing along side your corals with minimal risk.

Use A Peroxide Solution!

Many people use a peroxide solution to remove baby aiptasia from their aquariums and although this can work, we really don’t recommend it due to the risk to the other organisms in your aquarium.

Most people having problems with baby aiptasia are also keeping corals in their tank and the last thing you want is to get peroxide near your corals.

To use peroxide to remove baby aiptasia from your aquarium, we would highly recommend you turn off anything causing the water in the tank to move so you are able to use a pipette to release the peroxide solution ontop of the baby aiptasia without it moving around in your tank.

This will destroy the cells of the baby aiptasia and over the course of a couple of days, it will end up as detritus and usually eaten by the clean up crew in your tank.

Some people use lemon juice instead of peroxide as it is still pretty effective at destroying baby aiptasia in aquariums while being less harmful to corals.

Still, we just think that the methods covered in the article are much better as you really shouldn’t be adding peroxide or even lemon juice to your main aquarium due to the potential risks to everything else in the tank when doing so.


That brings our article going over how to remove baby aiptasia from your aquarium to an end. We hope that we have been able to help you better understand the four best options on the market for you to remove baby aiptasia or even fully grown aiptasia from you tank with ease. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages so you are able to tailor the method to the specific setup of your aquarium to try and make the task as easy as possible.