These nuisance anemones can be aggressive towards neighboring corals by stinging them with their tentacles, and harming coral tissue. They can quickly reproduce in the aquarium through asexual and sexual means.

Control methods: Nutrient control; chemical methods (i.e. injections, feedings)....too many to list; Peppermint shrimp (Rhynchocinetes sp.) have been known to eat aiptasia, but they may also eat corallimorphs and zoanthids, as well; Copperband butterflyfish work well, however, not all systems will support this fish long term; Berghia sp. (nudibranch) is another species for natural predation methods; Use caution if trying to scrape them off, as pedal laceration can lead to propagation.