Acro Eating Flatworms

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  1. Nemos Janitor

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    Before we go here. @viper357 could we have a section for coral sickness like the one we have for fish. :thumbup:

    Lets talk AEFW.....

    Control, identification, etc
     
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    Ok who has had AEFW in their tank? How did you ID it? What action did you take?
     
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    @Nemos Janitor, for the benefit of guys that don't know all the acronyms, AEFW stands for Acropora Eating Flatworms. I hope I never get it! Yes, what would one do after you know it is AEFW?:thumbup:
     
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    What's that?
     
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    Asked and answered thanks Carlos
     
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    Thank you Carlos. I was browsing MASA for coral diseases and found a load of RSS feeds on AEFW butt not one thread or discussion on it. The only mention I found was @dallasg mentioned to @archiecrain some years ago. Wondered if this confirmed and what the outcome was? This indicated to me that either everybody is aware of AEFW or that MASA reefers may be struggling with their SPS tanks thinking it is something in the water quality or lighting not knowing about AEFW.

    Anyways it would also be nice for others to share their experiences and also highlight the importance of QT and dipping corals and frags.
     
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    Any time bud, the work was easy! I am astounded and suprised EVERYDAY by two things in my life. How little we know about the creatures we share the planet with and secondly, the human psyche. :biggrin:

    Well I have had many chats with Dallas over the last few months, and our conversations center 95% on marines and reef keeping (man, it was just the other day we discovered we have similar tatses in music!), and we have never talked about this one.

    I am paranoid woman on the best of days, trust me, last night before I went to bed I was out with my red LED torch looking at my acros! :lol:

    Good thread here Keith!
     
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    I so agree, there is a wealth of knowledge in here! I always do live searches, best way to find info. Or just ask, problem is, many are too scared to ask, or just to bashful!
     
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    i like this topic, good notion Kieth, i think we focus on water params to much and let the obvious elude us.
    the ocean has potentially billions of life forms so the possibility that parasites/bacteria etc are the cause of RTN and STN and many other deaths in coral is possible. i think its our own naivety that we assume it cant be that. if we all dipped our corals and QT them we would eliminate the possibility of infection of our corals.

    If we made our reefs more natural, in the sense of balance, eg natural grazzers, pest eaters etc instead of glass manageries of coral we wouldnt have so many issues. i know in the GHA threads or algae battles @Bob the (reef)builder always gives great advice in mentioning we need to have the predators of our pests in our tanks.

    while i do believe that marine biologists know their stuff, the ocean is to vast a place to know it all so finding cures to pests is not difficult there is to much "life" to sift through. so until we find a predator for them, of which there are, and they become main stream :)

    but in the meantime we should dip our corals before placing them in the DT or educating LFS's in doing so, a good remedy is Levamisole dips and cost is very cheap
     
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    This is why nothing goes in my tank before being dipped in Coral Rx. Might not be bulletproof but my risks are greatly reduced
     
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    @dallasg, bud you were instilled with the gift of putting things down of paper so well! I wish I could write like you do!
     
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    yes but how many do?
     
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    thanks :thumbup:
     
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    That's why a quarantine is a must, hardest lessons I have learnt this short year so far!
     
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    we often over look the importance of QT for corals thinking that only fish get the short end of the stick, remember corals are living animals too and a 5min dip even in the bag from the LFS will save $$$

    1-2 drops of coralRX or Revive will save a lot of misery
     
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    I totally agree, i been using COralRX since its been available and dip almost anything before it goes in my tank. I have even seen success using CoralRX to treat STN in SPS.
     
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    The gist I am getting from the few that have posted is that a dip is the trick. Is this sufficient?

    How does a reefer acclimate a coral? Does one need a system that has an elaborate lighting and filtration system to QT for a few weeks. Thoughts......
     
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