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Old 08-03-2006, 10:29 AM   #11
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Once it eats the flat worms, it will starve, unless you keep feeding it with them. You could possibly buy one, let it do it's job and trade it in to the LFS or give/sell to another member that has the same problem. Others might have better advice.
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Old 08-04-2006, 01:44 PM   #12
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I have some many flatworms in my tank, im sure it could live for quite some time.

Now it says expert only.....

I do a 15% water change once a week, my temp is steady at 78*.....my trates, trites and ammonia are all at 0. Im pretty sure I have so much LR in my tank(like 25lbs in a 10 gal) that it has started to filter the tank.

Is it possible to keep these things?
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I would get one, at first. It might be possibly that one (or two) later might be able to keep them under control and have the flatworms keep populating, just enough to keep everyone happy...kinda like the mandarin/pods concept...
Tails, I could be wrong, but if you are keeping your numbers under control and the tank is stable, I think you should be good to go. I would definitely acclimate him 2+ hours, using the drip method...
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I read somewhere that they are known to generally not have a long life-span. I'm sure poor water conditions could hasten their demise as well.

I had one for approximateley 4 months before it "disappeared". It happily munched on my flat worms in my nano reef tank. It trimmed the flat worm population back quite a bit but did not have time to fully eliminate them (so I don't think it starved).

I would suggest responsible ownership as with any specialty animal. If it has done it's job...trade it into the LFS so it won't starve.
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Flatworm eXit all the way. You have to be ultra vigilant on the siphoning and the water changes right after dosing, but I haven't lost anything (besides the coral that they smothered before hand).
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My mandarin eats flatworms! I had some come in on some live and when I spotted them on the glas I also spotted my Mandarin havin a field day gobbling them up. I love my Mandarin!
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My dotty back woukd probably terrorize a mandarin......

I am going to try one of these things.
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Keep us posted on it! I was looking at getting one as well, but I'm not sure how hard they are to take care of. Is it expert only because of the food it needs or because it needs extremely stable tank conditions or what? Good luck with it!
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