Flat Worms Invasion

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  1. ml

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    Hi
    I have a flat worm invasason in my tank and I don't know what to do and I really don't want to redo my whole tank over again
    Thanks
    ML.
     
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    Hello Morne - see if you can get a 6-line wrasse. It should be able to resolve this issue for you as well....
     
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    6-line wrasse and a bannana wrasse sould I think
    Much better then only one ine the tank
    Probleem NO STOCK at sterlig

    Mornè
     
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    Here is were problem is.
     
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    Hi Ml

    The wrasses mentioned will work if you can find them , mandarins have also been known to eat them (sometimes).

    Salifert makes a product called flatworm exit

    you can also siphon them off by attaching a old stocking or filter bag to the end of clear tube & start a siphon....they will end up in the bag and the water will run into the sump
     
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    everything i have read suggests that the number of worms is the most alarming thing for the aquarist but very little damage is done by them and they subsequently die back due to a lack of food, i have looked for the article but cant seem to find it ATM. still its a good excuse to get a fish:whistling:
     
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    my banana wrasse ate my flat worms:)
     
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    Don't buy flat worm exit - it is too good and can cause a serious ammonia spike in your tank, just cut down on food and syphon as much detritus/flat worms out of your tank.
     
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    No not a fish but a rock full of muchrooms but I will see to it that we all fix the tank.

    Mornè
     
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    You are correct. It is best to siphon as many as you can out of the water and cut back on food. Get yourself a filter sock, siphon them out through the sock, putting the same water back into the tank. Do this over and over and over again until you get the problem pretty much under control. The Flatworm Exit will work, but when the flatworms die they release a toxin. So if you have a lot, your asking for trouble by killing them all at once. So siphoning as many as you can is best. You will want to do a decent water change after using this product and run carbon to protect your livestock from the released toxins.

    I also don't like to use chemicals to kill them because I believe it is going to mess up your beneficial bacteria. Flatworm Exit may also need to be repeated because (to my knowledge) it does not kill the unhatched eggs.
     
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    Thanks all for the heads up on Flatworm exit....didnt know about it's downside
     
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    It was banned in the UK around 3 years ago, i have read tales of a complete tank wipe out:(
     
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    WOW Mike

    Scary that its still being "pushed" on a lot of overseas sites
     
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    Very, perhaps they now have better instructions/warnings on the packs?
     
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    It is a great product when used as part of your quarantine process, before your corals go into your display tank.
     
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    cool thanks for the info
     
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    "Flatworm exit"
    Where to buy this, because I looked at work to day and we don't stock it.

    Morne
     
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    Bit late to use it - not for use in a reef environment;)
     
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    You are correct. Many have used this product without any losses to fish and coral. However, it does affect the beneficial bacteria. I've also seen it kill hundreds of the mini brittlestars that are beneficial to our tanks.
     
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