Aiptasia-X

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Chemical
Aiptasia-X
Common Name(s): NA
Molecular Formula: CaCl2, CaSO4, NaOH, Agar, MgSO4
Used For: Killing Aiptasia and Anemonea
Caution: Avoid eye contact
Material Safety Data Sheet: Calcium hydroxide

Calcium chloride

Sodium hydroxide

Magnesium sulphate

Calcium sulphate


Introduction

Aiptasia-X is a commercially available product from Red Sea for the elimination of pest anemones such as Aiptasia sp. and Anemonea sp.. The solution is drawn up into a syringe then injected on top of the anemone so that the anemone consumes the resulting mass / blob. The difference with Aiptasia-X is that it contains a binder to ensure that it does not disperse (agar), a desensitiser (magnesium sulphate) and a feeding inducer.

According the the patent for the product[1], it consists of ".... Table 1 lists the typical amounts used to prepare a composition including bait, a binder, an anemonescide and a desensitizer, wherein the anemonescide is calcium sulphate or calcium hydroxide formed from calcium chloride and sodium hydroxide, agar serves as both bait and binder, and the desensitizer is magnesium sulphate. ...."

References

  1. (http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2010/0310679.html): Ram, S., Novel compositions for control of malicious marine anemones, United States Patent Application, Patent Application No. 20100310679, 2010.