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Old 12-07-2009, 8:20 PM   #21
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I just tried this on some Majanos in my 210 gallon, and it dissolved them on contact!!!!!!
I can't wait to do this too! Thanks for the heads up and the great explanation of how.

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Old 12-10-2009, 6:30 PM   #22
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Update: did another visual scan of the tank and found/killed three baby aiptasias. I also now have 5 peppermint shrimp in the tank, so I am hoping that between my NaOH Napalm and the peppermints I'll get the ones I can see and the Peps will get the ones I can't get to.
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Old 12-10-2009, 7:02 PM   #23
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Old 12-20-2009, 6:42 PM   #24
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Update: I haven't seen a single aptaisia in the tank for 10 days now.
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Old 12-20-2009, 9:50 PM   #25
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:07 AM   #26
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Woot, woot, and more woot!!!!!!

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Old 12-21-2009, 12:17 AM   #27
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Looks like I am going to be making a run to the hardware store. I just found some of these buggers on my rock!

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Looks like I am going to be making a run to the hardware store. I just found some of these buggers on my rock!
Same here... there are three in Sandie's tank that refuse to let kalk paste beat them. I refuse to let them beat me, however.

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Now, for those not familiar with this chemical, sodium hydroxide is also known as lye, which is a very caustic chemical with a pH of 13. It can burn skin, remove the anodization off metal, and pit aluminum. So please follow the directions outlined in the webpage carefully.

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I used to use this stuff to strip deck stain off of wood when I was in the deck sealing business. I have plenty of burns to prove it. Nasty chemical. I would NEVER have thought about using this as a treatment unless I was ready to kill off my tank completely. I'm glad it worked for you! I remember 5 gal buckets with 5 wendys cups full being so hot the bucket would burn me.

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I used to use this stuff to strip deck stain off of wood when I was in the deck sealing business. I have plenty of burns to prove it. Nasty chemical. I would NEVER have thought about using this as a treatment unless I was ready to kill off my tank completely. I'm glad it worked for you! I remember 5 gal buckets with 5 wendys cups full being so hot the bucket would burn me.
If you go to the Seachem Aquavitro product page and look at the product
"balance", you will see that that product, which is marketed as a way to raise pH without affecting calcium, is a blend of sodium and potassium lye (NaOH an KOH), albeit a much more dilute blend than what you use to kill the aiptasia.

http://www.aquavitro.com/Products/balance.html

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Dave Wrote;

The lye forms a light milky slurry when it hits water. Only a few drops are needed for a small aiptasia.

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I missed this part. Was kinda freaked outwhen the stuff came out lookin like that, I thought I had mixed it wrong.

I used a 5ml pippette. It took one pippette full to kill over a dozen aiptasia, all large ones. I thought that was enough for one night, I'll do a more complete job next time, as this was to experiment with the product.

Neat how they just almost blink out of exsistance with this stuff without having to be certain to stab them.....


If anyone needs some of this stuff, I have more than I'll use in a hundred years. Let me know and I'll pick up some bottles and childproof caps from work and share. I'd be certain to mark it as poison directly on the bottle. (does this offer violate a DOS?)
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I have some from my water plant. Thought about using it. Potent stuff. It'll cook about anything you put it on. Had it on my skin a few times. Burns like crazy. Gonna try it.

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I am torn on this, tried it today, I actually felt like joes juice(my only other experience to compare with) was easier, it sank better where this stuff is very close to nuetral bouyancy... we'll see how it turns out tomorrow. I put like 50ml into my fuge trying to get em all, and I know I didnt even succeed in that.

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I am torn on this, tried it today, I actually felt like joes juice(my only other experience to compare with) was easier, it sank better where this stuff is very close to nuetral bouyancy... we'll see how it turns out tomorrow. I put like 50ml into my fuge trying to get em all, and I know I didnt even succeed in that.


That seems like an awful lot, but you probably have a huge system....
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I am torn on this, tried it today, I actually felt like joes juice(my only other experience to compare with) was easier, it sank better where this stuff is very close to nuetral bouyancy... we'll see how it turns out tomorrow. I put like 50ml into my fuge trying to get em all, and I know I didnt even succeed in that.
You have to use a light touch when you apply it. The tank water has to be still, and all pumps/PHs need to be off. It is lighter than Joes Juice, but that's not why I use it. The reason I like it so much is that it works so much better than any commercial preparation I have ever used.

Also, what type applicator are you using? I cut the tube end off one of those cheapo bulb type syringes and attached it to a 5 cc syringe. the opening is very small, so very little of the NaOH solution comes out. Makes a great applicator.

Might not be the best choice for you depending on your comfort level working with it, but I have no issues using it.
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:51 PM   #36
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I used to use this stuff to strip deck stain off of wood when I was in the deck sealing business. I have plenty of burns to prove it. Nasty chemical. I would NEVER have thought about using this as a treatment unless I was ready to kill off my tank completely. I'm glad it worked for you! I remember 5 gal buckets with 5 wendys cups full being so hot the bucket would burn me.
And I used to use it to strip VCT many years ago. Don't mix it with hot water, and don't inhale the fumes.

I can't wait to give it a try!
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I used a 1ml syringe with the open end. seemed to come out ok, just found that the aptasia was back the next day frequently.

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Worked quite well for me, but your mileage may vary.

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OK, this is a VERY old thread but i stumbled across Dave's original thread when i was searching for ways to eliminate some zoas that are out of control in my 210. Any recent or updated tips on this method? Before I give it a shot figured I would check with you all!

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actually, i tried the pep shrimp method, and it worked nicely.
i have 4 in my 45. they dont right away eat the aiptasia though.
it took about a month of me cutting back on my feeding plan for
the other fish. one day i woke up and my aiptasia was gone.
i havent had it return since last summer/fall.

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