Any of you who have battled against the dreaded pest anemones may be interested in the Majano Wands that we now stock.
We tried a unit out, lending it to a few customers with long-standing aiptasia issues to see how well it was received. Apart from having great fun zapping the troublesome anemones, the wand seemed to do a great job of helping to eliminate the unwanted hitchhikers so we added the Majano Wand to our stock list.
One of our customers who purchased a Majano Wand from us has written the following product review:
“My tank is a 400 litre mixed reef aquarium. Initially, I took little notice of what looked like harmless random coral polyps. It was only when a member of staff from South West Marines came to my house and made a positive identification that the penny dropped – they were the dreaded Majano Anomone. They reproduce at a prolific rate and colonize any available unused surface. This even includes the glass sides of a reef aquarium. The problem with Majano Anemones are: they take over and sting other desirable coral species. There are various strategies for dealing with Majano Anemones:
- Remove and “cook” the live rock – effectively starting again.
- Mechanical removal.
- Inject a non-proprietary substance such as lemon juice, vinegar or kalkwasser.
- Inject a proprietary substance such as Joe’s Juice or Aiptasia X.
- Try adding a fish such as a butterfly or filefish.
- Introduce Berghia Nudibranches to the tank.
- Try a Majano Wand.
As you can imagine, option 1 was the least appealing. I decided that a blend of all of the other options was required. I’ll confine this narrative to the use of the Majano Wand as it’s a product review after all.
What is a Majano Wand?
Looking at the picture, you see a black plastic rod 65 cm long including the metal tip, a mains power adapter, a US to UK power converter plug and a press switch to energize the metal tip. The rubber boot protects the metal tip when not in use. The three-page printed instructions that accompany the Majano Wand are very simple to understand.
Without breaching copyright and reproducing their instructions verbatim, here’s what you do:
- Remove the rubber boot over the needle tip.
- If you’re living in the UK, using the US to UK converter, plug the Majano Wand into the mains. I know how counter intuitive this sounds as you’re about to thrust a piece of mains energised, metal-tipped equipment into your reef tank.
- Identify a target Majano Anemone and insert the metal tip into the body. Of course, the Majano Anemone will retract in self-protecion.
- Presss the switch whilst the metal tip is embedded in the Majano Anemone. A fine stream of hydrogen bubbles will be emitted from the tip – most likely electrolysis.
- The Majano Anenome will start turning into a white paste the more you prod and poke the unfortunate organism.
- Depending on the size, this white paste is the disintegration of body tissue which will float to the surface where it should be removed. My demsels seemed to eat some of this paste with no ill effects – if only they could do that with a living Majano!
Just touching the Majano Wand metal tip against the body of the Majano Anemone will cause the desirable disintegration of tissue. Leaving Majano Anemono tissue intact is inviting regrowth so do thorough job.
Due to the production of hydrogen gas, the manufacturer’s instructions recommend that you observe a maximum session time based upon the volume of the tank. I think this is sound advice.
In summary, I found the Majano Wand a very useful tool in the battle against Majano Anemones.”
- Greg Scott