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Old 03-11-2005, 05:17 PM   #1
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Flatworms and Mandarin Dragonettes

Does anyone know whether or not mandarins will indeed eat flatworms, or if it is just a hit and miss thing like peppermint shrimp and aiptasia,.....
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Wow, I never heard of them eating flatworms. What a bonus that would be.
I'll watch this thread out of interest.
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From Aquacon.com (not the best source of info): Beautiful coloration, reminds me of the paisley patterns famous in the 60's. Excellent tank companions as well for sea horses and pipe fish. Good for keeping brown flatworms under control in reef aquariums.

I have found a few references such as this, with none being from what I would call reputable sources. So I figured I would ask here. I also have read that the 6 line wrasse and dragon wrasse would eat them.....6 line is a possibility for sure but not the dragon in a reef tank.
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I think they just eat Pods...
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In the Marine fishes book it says that the spotted mandarinfish will eat brown flat worms.
the 4,6,8 line wrasse also say they will eat flat worms.
There are also nudibranches that will eat flat worms..... Only problem is when the FW are gone so are the nudis...
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I knew the nudi's were not a good idea. At least the wrasses will eat other foods when the flatworms are gone. I think I will try 6 lines.
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Let us know how it goes. I've got a large population of flatworms that I'm tired of siphoning out every weekend.
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sure will, I was pondering the "leave em alone til they reproduce en masse and then starve themselves out" method.....but I think I will shop for a wrasse.
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Re: Flatworms and Mandarin Dragonettes

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or if it is just a hit and miss thing like peppermint shrimp and aiptasia,.....
More miss than hit actually, so are most other claimed fish species. At least with the wrasse option, you won't need to worry about the care needs after the fact.

Have you considered faltworm exit by Salifert?

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I did consider the flatworm exit, but I felt with the size of the tank, it would just be too much to have to try to overcome with carbon and waterchanges. I am keeping that as a last resort.
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