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Old 09-11-2009, 02:19 PM   #1
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Planaria Flat Worms

Has anyone had any luck with using a melanarus wrasse to get rid of flat worms? Does anyone know of anything else (non-chemical) that works? Any feedback would be appreciated.

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Old 09-11-2009, 02:23 PM   #2
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Flat Worm Exit. But if I were you try getting a 6 line Wrasse some will eat them up and some will not but it will be worth a try. Also if you have White Flatworm they are good to have also the will eat up all your Brown Flatworms and Planaria. HTH
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Old 09-11-2009, 02:36 PM   #3
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Old 09-11-2009, 04:29 PM   #4
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Siphon hose with a fine mesh bag (or pantyhose) attached to the end. Siphon the little buggers out, catch them in the bag, return water to tank. Obviously that method won't work if they're covering a soft tissued coral that could be damaged from the suction, but if they're on the rocks/glass... siphon tube is the way to go.

It'll take a while and several sessions, but you'll eventually get the population down enough that they won't be able to support themselves.
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Old 09-11-2009, 11:24 PM   #5
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Alright. I'll look into these ideas. Thanks for the feedback.
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How safe are the nudibranch's? I thought that they didn't last long and they release a toxin that can do a lot of damage to the tank when they die. Is that correct?
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Old 09-12-2009, 02:16 AM   #7
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That's my understanding too.
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Old 11-25-2009, 11:49 AM   #8
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I had a small infestation about a month ago. I siphoned out as much as i could. The worms really liked my Mushrooms and Toadstools and so when ever the Toadstool retracted his tentacles I would siphon him good.

I was also lucky because I found my Peppermint Shrimp had taken a liking to them as well. I still see a few around and siphon whenever I see several at a time.

Predation on Flatworms is hit and miss.
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Old 11-25-2009, 01:56 PM   #9
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I have them now and I have found that regular siphoning is about the best mitigation there is. I did add a spotted mandarin and was planning to add a 6 line, but between the mandarin and siphoning, I can deal with them. There is a flavor of flat worm that will eat SPS but luckily not what I have. Though, they can quickly cover zoos and other softies which typically cause them to close and, in extreme cases, starve due to lack of light. Again, I find if I just siphon them off the coral, the coral recovers just fine. I have read alot about the Flat Worm Exit, the common complaint being that people use it and they lose a bunch of other stuff in the tank. The reason, I have gathered, is that when you have a true infestation of FW's the sheer number that die and release toxins into the tank while treating cause death. So, if you really want to eliminate them, I would consider siphoning as best you can then treating, being prepared to do a large water change and using some carbon for the following week. As for me, given that the new mandarin seems content with picking at them, I will keep them around and just siphon. It encourages other, generally good husbandry anyway. GL!
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I got a blue devil damsel to take care of the problem, it is the only fish in the tank and will remain that way. In my larger tank I put a 6line wrasse in there he is getting the job done but not as well as the blue devil aka little butt head.

I decided to do the natural route rather than chemical since I have done enough research to know the flatworm exit will effect more than just the flatworms like snails and stars.
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