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    DSB cleaning

    im doing a flatworm exit treatment this weekend. all of my livestock is coming out until i get the toxins taken care of. the tank is 5 months old but the 5" DSB is pretty dirty for some reason. (not enough sifting going on i guess, but ill solve that problem soon) i plan to reaquascape and vacuum my SB aswell.

    since there will be no livestock in the tank, will it be ok to give it a good cleaning with the DIATOM filter, powerheads and a 50% waterchange?

    am i looking for trouble with ammonia spikes and pollutants?

    my livestock is listed below. im a little concerned about my clam. will it be ok?

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    Your doing a major overhaul there so IMO you can EXPECT the tank to cycle again but it should be a shorter cycle period.
    Rob

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    If you take out all of the rock, how are you going to kill the flatworms on it?
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    true reefmutt.....leave the rock in....and dont syphon the dsb to much cause you may loose alot of the esential bacteria that you want.

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    LOL, i might have typed that in wrong.
    i am leaving the rock in there for 4-6 hrs of the treatment but them im going blast each peice with a powerhead and put them in a rubbermaid with tankwater untill i get the crap outta there.
    also i plan to get several 3-4" peices of pvc pipe to place under the rockwork, which is why im taking it out. does that sound ok?

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    Corals, clams, snails, crabs will all harbour flatworms and their cysts. The only thing that won't is fish and shrimp. If you're only doing this to reaquascape fine but it's not going to help the flatworm treatment any. If you're planning to kill off a large number of flatworms at once and want to try and spare your livestock you pretty much have to start your tank all over. You won't be able to use that water once the flatworm toxins are released. I would think you'd have some significant die off from the live rock too - expect an ammonia spike.
    Susan

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    can i get pictures of flatworms please lol..

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    susan,
    i plan to treat everything with FE. but ill take the livestock out of the tank and treat them in a separate bin to avoid the massive toxins from the main tank.
    i think im going to have to acclimate everything back into the tank very slowly. probably a drip system

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    Keep passing the open windows!

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