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    fish eating flatworms?? any truth?

    is there any truth to this....

    i have read that Mandarins, Six Line Wrasse, and Blue Damsels will eat flat worms....any truth?

    reason being, i have noticed some flatworms and i will soon add some new fish....so if this is true these fish could be the fish of choice.

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    What kind of flatworms do you have? White ones or redish orange ones? If you have the white ones I would'nt really worry about them as they should dissapear on their own.

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    the redish orange ones

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    the reddish orange ones are the easiest to control with manderins, scooter blennies and wrasses- provided you don't have a million
    I didn't know about damsels..
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    Matt

    Have you actually seen these fish eat flatworms. Over the years, I have never seen any of my wrasses or manderins eat flatworms. It must be hit and miss.

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    What are you thinking of addingto the tank man?

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    im really not sure....but i need to get rid of the flatworms before they become a major issue.

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    It may be hit and miss, all I know is that when I had the little red buggers, I had a yellow and 6 line wrasse, once I added a spotted manderin, as scooter blennie, and a green manderin, my red flatworms vanished- my flesh toned ones didn't, however- I still have those ones- although I used to have a pair of clowns who most definetly enjoyed a leisurely meal on the flesh coloured ones- only one pair ever did that. I forget the name of the clown..I'll look it up
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    The Leopard Wrasse Macropharyngodon meleagris and the Yellow Wrasse Halichoeres chrysus are reputed to eat flatworms and pyram snails.

    However... Not all do, so your experience may vary.

    My Yellow wrasse DID eat flatworms when I had them in my other tank. However not at a rate to have them disappear or even put a dent in their population.
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    Same here. My yellow wrasse finished off whatever flatworm was left (not a lot, maybe a couple dozen of them) after the main assault with Flatworm Exit.
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