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Old 10-28-2008, 01:31 PM   #1
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What is this on my coral? Is it flatworms?

Hey All,

I got this frogspawn coral a few months back and these brown circles seam to be multiplying, I now see a few of these same brown circles on my Xenias.

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Hard to tell from that pic, but my guess would be flatworms.

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I think that is exactly what it is.
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I`m starting to think so also.
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I've dealt with them before... and yeah - those are flatworms. You've got yourself a world class infestation there.

Mine were on my rocks, so I was easily able to suck them out with a siphon hose. That would be the preferred method. Salifert sells "FlatWorm Exit", a chemical that will kill them off. BUT... you want to get as many out as possible first and follow the directions CAREFULLY. As the flatworms die, they'll release a toxin. Enough flatworms dieing is enough to nuke the tank, so you if you're killing them you want to suck them out immediately.
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I have also used Flatworm Exit. As Kurt said get as many out as you can before using it. Also you want to make sure to follow the directions very closely and have some carbon ready to run after you have treated the tank.
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Yep they were definitly flat worms. I went to the LFS and bought some flat worm exit, and the second I treated the tank, The flat worms began to vacate all my corals instantly! It was actually pretty neat to watch. They were running for their lives, and falling off the corals.

I plan on doing a 20g water change this afternoon, so that should hopefully take care of any toxins..

how long after the treatment should I run the activated carbon? How long does it take for the flat worms to die? should I re-treat, if so when?

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Suck out any and all worms that are accessible with a siphon hose. Keep as many from dieing in your tank as possible.
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Suck out any and all worms that are accessible with a siphon hose. Keep as many from dieing in your tank as possible.

Well that's the problem, with the circulation and all my LR, not much is accessible. I could get a few here and there, but the majority of them are scattered around. I took the coral in the picture which is where 90% of them were out and shook it off inside a cup upside down, and 98% of them fell off in the cup, so I'm going to say many 50 or so that I could see foating around the tank...

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How did your treatment for flatworms go?

Did you lose any fish? also how many times did you have to treat your tank and are they gone. I know it's been a couple of months but any help would be appreciated. Thanks
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