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    Senior Member pwall's Avatar
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    Flatworms...be gone!

    The other week mickyfin dropped by to get some of my sand bed to start his tank. To my shock and horror, as soon as he looks at the tank he says 'You got flotworms'. I was wondering what those were.

    I ordered 'Flatform Exit' from Ivan. Following the directions to the letter, I put the Flatform Exit in the tank yesterday. It's amazing how fast that stuff works...within minutes, flatworms were floating everywhere.

    Today, there are no signs of them anywhere. If they come back...well at least I'll be ready for them.
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    Patrick.
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    Ok noob here, whats a flatworm look like? Got pics?

    Marie-Claude

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    Here's a close-up picture of one. They are very small (about 1-3mm), and usually matt over rock or substrate in the 100's or 1000's...

    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

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    Senior Member pwall's Avatar
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    That's exactly what mine looked like. First I thought it was some kinds of algae growth...it was on the rocks and sandbed.
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    Are they always they color?
    Cheers,
    Mike Philpott

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    Red/brown are the bad ones...
    There are some larger white/clear ones that are nothing to worry about.
    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

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    Excellent flatworm pic. Sometimes the same worms can be an olive greenish colour, depends on their lifecycle stage.

    pwall - keep a close eye on your tank. Often you need to do a second dose of flatworm exit to get the last stragglers. It's best to do this a week after the first dose.
    Susan

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    Senior Member pwall's Avatar
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    Thanks Susan! i appreciate the advice.
    I have some Flatworm Exit left so I'll dose the tank again next Friday.
    I have carbon in the sump right now to remove any toxins from the flatworms. When should I remove the carbon?
    I know the carbon has to be removed before I dose again (otherwise, it'll filter out the Exit). Should I just leave the carbon there until next week? Any thoughts?
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    Yes, you could leave some carbon in, but change it now as it's probably full of toxins already.

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    Glad to hear you're successully getting rid of those flatworms!

    It's amazing how quick those things can multiply!
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