I am trying to decrease the population of Red Flatworms in my tank before using Flatworm Exit to wipe them out. I have some time since the Flatworm Exit needs to be shipped to me anyway. Fortunately, there are no fish or fancy corals in my tank yet since I am still cycling so this is the best time for me to be daeling with this. I made a tool for siphoning up worms by attaching an empty Bic pen casing to a section of siphon hose. With the pen, I can get right on the Flatworms and suck them right off anything they might be on. I was not able to get enough suction on a larger piece of tube to pull the Flatworms right off a piece of rock.
Today I got busy sucking the worms out of the tank. I was able to get almost every visible Flatworm in about 10 minutes. My tank got a 20% water change as a nice side benefit. A couple hours later, it was like all of the Flatworms were right back in the tank
I really thought I had most of the worms, but I guess they are pretty well established in my substrate and rock. I am going to do it all over again tomorrow and keep this up for a few days until I does the Flatworm Exit.
Is there anyway to attract these to a specific portion of the tank? Or any food source I can put in the tank to collect them? Anyway to cut down on them reproducing until I break out the Flatworm Exit? Thanks!
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