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Old 07-31-2006, 12:09 PM   #1
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Flatworms?

My tank has become infested with little(tiny, size of pen tip) red-orange worms....I assume flatworms.....

Do the harm anything?

How can I get ride of them, they cover ever rock, and I cought one on my zoos the other day, but considering how large my zoo colony is, if they wanted to much them I figure there would be more worms all over them.....do they eat coral?
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Old 07-31-2006, 01:36 PM   #2
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There are many different kinds of flatworms from what I know and I have "read" that increased water flow can often solve the problem.

I have also heard that some will pass with time, and some will multiply VERY fast. Do a googe search and there are different ways to remove them.

I heard they are often introduced from not using QT for LR ,corals, fish....

Can you post a pic.?


ALSO: I am a newbie so this is just my reading. I am sure people will give you "actual experience" about what they are and removing.
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Old 07-31-2006, 03:54 PM   #3
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I found a cool article that explains how to remove them.

You syphon out what you can see, then you treat the tank with Flatworm eXit.
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I found that to at. "seems" like a safe chemical way. I am interested to hear peoples experiences on how they have delt with this. I think siphoning them when you can, not feeding a refigium if you have one, blasting them off the rock with a turkey baster....all ways of manual removal. Although I never had a reef tank, I dont like the idea of chemicals.

http://www.aquacave.com/detail.aspx?...FQMaFQodu1v0SQ
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I plan to battle them by syphoning whatever I can see everday, for a couple weeks. As they are more of an eyesore than anything, they dont seem to be eating any of my corals.

Then, once they are at a smaller number in the tank, I will ready some carbon, and have 10 gal of water ready for PWC's after the treatment. Then, proceed with the treatment, and syphon out the dead ones I can see....then let the carbon run for a couple hours, then do some PWC's.....

Man I will be pissed if this kills my zoo's, xenia, or green star polyps.....but I cannot deal with my rocks looking orange due to so many flatworms.
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the FW are a big pest and you have a good plan of attack. My friend had them so bad you though his SB in his 180 was red/brown. They covered everything... They release toxins when they die so you want to have plenty of water ready for a WC.
Stick with your plan and syphon as many as you can.
I read somehere that they love light, if you can shut off your main lights and place a spot light in the front of the tank and try and lure them out of the LR and too the light..
My friend ended up breaking down his 180 to get rid of the little bugs...
Any nudibranches in your tank? Seahare? take them out before treating with the FW exit.
They also stain your hands when you handle them..
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I read somehere that they love light, if you can shut off your main lights and place a spot light in the front of the tank and try and lure them out of the LR and too the light..
I read this same thing.
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I had the same problem in my nano reef. Flatworms covered everything. One natural predator you may look into is the

Blue Velvet Nudibranch
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flatworms

Wow...I am going to look into these for my tank. I think they are real cool looking!!

Anybody own these? Love to hear experiences
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