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Post by SeanT on Thu 09 Aug 2012, 8:26 pm

Anybody have any Flatworm Exit or similar flatworm treatment that I can buy or replace just as soon as I can get some in!! I have to learn the hard way, what happens when you don't dip and quarantine your corals that you buy!!! I see a Quarantine Tank in my near future!! Thanks!! Text me @ 903-343-6533

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Re: I need Flatworm Exit!!!

Post by grawlfang on Fri 10 Aug 2012, 9:24 am

or a natural remedy called a coral banded shrimp Wink I understand your pain though I added LR that had aptasia and didn't really notice it at first now I have in both tanks (was clear for over a year)
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Post by ritter678 on Fri 10 Aug 2012, 11:05 am

Sorry to hear about the FW. Is it the Acro eating ones or the other ones?

grawlfang wrote:or a natural remedy called a coral banded shrimp Wink

CBS won't eat flatworms. I don't think anything does.
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Re: I need Flatworm Exit!!!

Post by grawlfang on Fri 10 Aug 2012, 11:46 am

eww, my error Sad here is an article from liveaquaria on flat worm removal.

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The best way of controlling flatworms is by prevention. Maintaining low nutrient levels in the aquarium with the use of carbon and aggressive protein skimming, along with increased water flow will help to reduce the populations of these pests. Proper quarantine of new specimens, and all aquatic life before they are placed in the display aquarium will keep the initial introduction of flatworms to a minimum.

Natural means of control include: Wrasse of the genus Pseudocheilinus, such as the Six Line Wrasse (P. hexataenia), Halichoeres Wrasse, such as Yellow Wrasse (H. chrysus), Macropharyngodon Wrasse such as the numerous Leopard Wrasse (Macropharyngodon sp.), and Dragonets such as the Spotted Mandarin (Synchiropus picturatus). The Blue Velvet Nudibranch (Chelidonura varians) is very effective at consuming flatworms in the aquarium, but is very sensitive to changes in water chemistry and has a short life expectancy in the home aquarium.
Although the species mentioned above will consume flatworms, they may not feed on all of the different species that inhabit the aquarium, nor will they typically rid the aquarium completely. Also be sure that your aquarium is appropriate for the fish, as some of the species do have special requirements and increased care levels in the home aquarium.

Another method of removing flatworms from an infected colony is by performing a brief freshwater bath or dip. Flatworms are very sensitive to salinity changes; by dipping the colony in dechlorinated freshwater for 5 to 10 seconds and then shaking the colony while submerged in the bath of freshwater, will cause the worms to lose their grip and fall to the bottom of the container. Be sure the freshwater has the same temperature and pH as the aquarium's water in order to reduce the amount of stress on the colony.

The last method involves manual removal. Siphoning seems to work the best, as the flatworms do not keep a very strong grip on the colony. A small diameter airline tubing works very well for soft leather coral colonies and some species of mushrooms. Be careful not to damage the coral with too strong of a siphon. For the more delicate mushrooms and LPS corals, small syringes work very well. It is possible to get the syringe very close to the flatworm and gently draw the worm into the syringe without harming the coral.
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Re: I need Flatworm Exit!!!

Post by SeanT on Fri 10 Aug 2012, 12:55 pm

Thank Kevin. Yep, I've had a population explosion in my frag tank and I've been dipping like crazy!! I also put sock on my drain lines and keep them stirred up!! I figure i'll to the "flatworm exit" as a final step to eradicate them!! All I can say, "DIP & QUARANTINE"!!!!
Oh yea, I've been meaning to ask you how the skimmer was working out? Thanks

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Post by SeanT on Fri 10 Aug 2012, 1:15 pm

And Gabe, they're not the Acro eating redbugs!! Those are supposedly tan with red dots on them? You can't even tell these are bugs!! They're just a little, tiny red spot!! They look like tiny blood blisters, so flat it looks like they're under the "skin" of my branching Duncan!! Then you start looking closer and realize they're everywhere that has small spots of discoloration!! They blow off the coral very easy!! Any dip seems to kill them rather easy, Coral RX and Revive both work!! the Acro eating red bugs seem to do alot more damage and are harder to kill? These guys just seem to irritate the corals, more than anything? And that might just be the sheer numbers? I've seen a few in my DT, but I think the water flow, Christmas wrasse and Manderin are keeping them in check?

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Re: I need Flatworm Exit!!!

Post by grawlfang on Fri 10 Aug 2012, 3:26 pm

Skimmer is working great after I replumbed the refugium and got it on stilts Smile I have gotten 1/2 a gallon of crud so far and I have it draining to 1gal milk jug.
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Post by SeanT on Fri 10 Aug 2012, 7:29 pm

Good deal, I'm glad it's working out for you!!

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Re: I need Flatworm Exit!!!

Post by grawlfang on Sat 11 Aug 2012, 9:35 pm

now we need to get together for your LED's Smile
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