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    I Have Flatworms

    I noticed two things in my tank last night which I am sure are red flatworms. They look like little pieces of flake food and were moving on the glass. I looked really hard and could only see the two. I know there is likely more but I think I have caught it early!

    I am going to go the Salifert Flatworm eXit route and will follow their instructions which are something like:
    - Syphon out any visible worms
    - Remove carbon
    - Keep skimmer running
    - Dose
    - After worms start dieing all over add carbon and syphon like mad
    - Have lots of water on hand for a quick water change

    Since I can only see a couple of them, and last night was my first sighting I am fairly confident my tank is not over run with them. I will be prepared for the worst.

    Any other words of advice, other than start treating any new corals before I add them to my tank.

    Thanks In Advance,
    Ross

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    Yes, thats your best bet... those instructions are perfect.

    if you caught it early enough, it shoudlnt' be too bad.

    keep in mind that you may have to do the treatment more then once.
    I had to make the dosage 6 times the required strenght to nuke some new LR i had picked up which was infested with them. I also kept it longer then necessary.. But start with the right dosage and time first.. then increase if necessary.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    Due to the time reccomended to observe after medicating I think I have no choice but to wait until the weekend to treat.

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    also, some wrasses love FW's... so once its nuked and everything looks fine again, you may want to look for a wrasse that eats those.. as insurrance

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    Quote Originally Posted by RossW View Post
    ... other than start treating any new corals before I add them to my tank.
    did you just add something??

    Quote Originally Posted by liv View Post
    also, some wrasses love FW's... so once its nuked and everything looks fine again, you may want to look for a wrasse that eats those.. as insurrance
    i also remember hearing the the spotted mandarin does as well, there's no guarantee when using fish but could make a nice addition ( if you can keep one ) and may help.
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    I have added several pieces over the last few weeks so I really have no clue as to where they may have come from.

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    I have a mandarian that ate FW in an older setup. It actually wiped them out for me.

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    Time also works well too. Had an infestation about a year and a half back in my 40 gallon. I litterally could not see through the bottom half of the tank they were so thick. Now I cant say for sure what happened but in about 4 months things cleared up. I still have them in my current 110 but only in the refugium and in very very small numbers so my guess is that I have something somewhere in my system that is controlling them. The only large predators in the main tank are my 6 brittle stars and 1 serpent star (these guys really are the best scavengers IMO) as well as a fat 6 line wrasse. Other than that theres nothing that I knowingly added that could be controlling them. Just thought I'd add my input.
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    The only safe and natural solution: Blue Velvet Nudibranch and of course a 6 line wrasse

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