laser for killing reef pests?

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    I hear someone is using a 1W laser pointer to kill unwanted polyps in his DT. Has anybody here ever heard of somebody using a laser on their tank? Can you explain how it works? Here is the video I found on youtube:

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    The laser focuses light and uses the heat to kill things like Aipstaisa. I highly doubt a 1 watt laser would actually be strong enough. The ones that are are illegal to sell assembled, so you buy the components and assemble it.

    They are very powerful, and even a short exposure directly to someone's eye causes permanent vision loss, and you are shooting them through glass which can easily reflect the beam

    Way, way to dangerous in my opinion
     
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    +1 North
     
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    the guy at my lfs uses his on aiptasia and pest nems, and wears welding goggles when doing it at ALL times
     
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    Cheeser I Love Reefer

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    I the lasers are like $400.
     
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    $400 buys a lot of Aiptasia X. ;)
     
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    IMO. your LFS guy is risking eye damage. Welding goggles are designed to block UV light and also as a general block for a broad spectrum. He should be wearing goggles/glasses designed for that specific wavelength of light.
     
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    This is very true, you need special eye wear designed to filter out the wavelength of the laser. I hope the guy at your LFS is not doing this when there are customers around
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    Hey, how come all the fish in his store look like this? :rofl:

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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    (Those are eyeless fish that have evolved to living in underwater caves, in 100% darkness. Pretty neato.)
     
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    A 1W laser could almost burn through incorrect goggles. I have one from wickedlasers and it can light matches easily.
     
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