Aiptasia Culture Question

Aiptasia Culture Question

Postby kodiak » Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:24 pm

I am looking for ways to increase my aiptasia production and was wondering about the following... if I sever the tentacles off of an aiptasia will the severed pieces grow into new aiptasias?
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Re: Aiptasia Culture Question

Postby JimWelsh » Sat Sep 26, 2009 3:07 am

You make double-check my calendar. No, it is NOT April 1st!
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Re: Aiptasia Culture Question

Postby kodiak » Sat Sep 26, 2009 4:30 am

Yes, it probably seems like an odd question but I am culturing aiptasia to feed to berghia nudibranchs. If anyone can offer any tips on how to get aiptasia to multiply quickly I would love to hear. I am particularly intersted to know if they can grow from severed tentacles or if that is just a myth.
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Re: Aiptasia Culture Question

Postby JimWelsh » Sat Sep 26, 2009 4:36 am

OK, now I understand. I don't know about the severed tentacles, but I can tell you from my seahorse fry raising attempts that aptasia + baby brine shrimp = tons of very large aptasia!
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Re: Aiptasia Culture Question

Postby Almon » Sat Sep 26, 2009 8:34 pm

That's a good strategy. Feed a lot....of anything.

You might try mashing a few to damage them. :wink:

I've noticed they love to live in homemade very porous live rock with made with aragonite gravel.
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Re: Aiptasia Culture Question

Postby John V » Thu Oct 15, 2009 9:44 am

Aiptasia are very hardy. Little pieces that have been torn or cut off will readily take hold and continue growing. You might try slicing and dicing with a razor blade.

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Re: Aiptasia Culture Question

Postby "Umm, fish?" » Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:51 am

Or even throw a bunch into a blender.
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Re: Aiptasia Culture Question

Postby malau » Sat Jan 01, 2011 9:57 am

I guess it just like propagate the soft corals?
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