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Just curious if anyone had read this article in reef hobbyist magazine about using a scat to control Aiptasia?  It’s an interesting concept basically it seems like it’s the least damaging option that I’ve never heard of before. There seem to be no negatives like all other options. Biggest deal seems to be availability and acclimation. Anyone have thoughts on this or wanting to try it? 

https://www.reefhobbyistmagazine.com/read-magazine.php?did=6574320_63148585

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I saw the article when I downloaded but hadn’t read it yet. Quite interesting, but I bet I haven’t seen scats in a shop since the mid 90’s when people were setting up brackish tanks with these and or monos. Maybe I should poke around the freshwater side and see what i find!  Thanks for sharing

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Reviving an old thread because I’m at a threshold with my tank. I’ve got aptasia so bad I’m not sure I can save it at this point. So in a last ditch effort I have finally found a place that has Scats. I have ordered 3 of the silver scats as well as a peppermint shrimp. If they don’t do the deed then I will be saving/fragging what coral I can and straight up nuking everything. I bought  25 Berghia awhile back and if they have survived then they just aren’t enough.  

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Well the place I ordered the scats from  ended up not having any after all... so I ordered more berghia’s. I’ve been stalking them at night to try and figure out how many have survived. I’m worried I have to many micro-brittle stars. I have tons and tons of them.  
 

8 hours ago, Jon Fishman said:

What’s the downside of the Nudibranches? My local shop sells them

the problem is getting them to survive what’s already in the tank.  Any of the night time hunters will likely eat them. Filefish, butterflies, peppermint shrimp, wrasses. 

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Can’t find scats anywhere. They showed they had them and didn’t ship because they didn’t have them.  So I ordered more Berghias. I’ve been stalking them and trying to count how many I see at night.  They are not easy  to see in the cracks of the rocks. This has also allowed me to see that asterina starfish have been eating my zoas and even on my sps so I’ve been hunting them every night as well. I had suspected something was up because I’d have growth and then complete reversal for no reason. 
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they are truly amazing how they can camouflage into the areas they are at I’ll give them that.  

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