Is this flat worm?

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  1. gMAN

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    Can anyone confirm that this bugger is in fact flatworm?



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    At the risk of sounding doff, is flat worm bad for your tank?
     
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    Generally, flatworm is bad for your tank. Eat your corals.

    But their are some good ones, that like algae, or only stay in / on the sand. Those that only stay within the sand can be deemed OK. If they do not climb on the rock, obviously they then do not eat corals. Else they cannot get to it - doh.

    But yes, if they are on your corals. You got problems. Need Coral dip or flatworm Exit.
     
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    BTW, what is the size of those in your tank @gMAN
     
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    gMAN Thread Starter with the plan

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    about 2mm @RiaanP
    Got me some Flat Worm Exit today, gonna dose tomorrow morning, busy mixing 200L of salt in preparation for the after effects if any...also got carbon on hand.

    This is a pic of the basterds on my beloved torch... :(

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    Flip that's a crap load of them
     
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    gMAN Thread Starter with the plan

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    yeah, and that's only on the torch, have a monti that's covered with them as well! the war is on this weekend...
     
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    @gMAN,

    if its the rust coloured non flesh eating flatworm, its not necessarily harmful to your corals. I have had these flatworm on my soft corals for a few months now. They tend to come and go. They dont eat your corals,, if theres to many on the coral they could suffocate or prevent the coral to get enough light ( which could harm your coral). I have steered away from chemical fixes till now and I'm still in control. If they cover a mushroom to much I simply take my feeding tube and squirt them off. They come off very easy. They swim when in the water column and normaly ends up on the glass where I wipe them off with the magnet!

    I have heard of great success with flatworm Exit, but I have also read about even bigger disasters!!!.
     
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    gMAN Thread Starter with the plan

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    @Helga
    So funny you posted this message! I've been thinking about the possible negative effect that FWE may have on my tank and decided to use my coral feeder to siphon them off!
    Was quite easy getting them off the monti, I then went to my torch coral and they were literally coming of by the 10's!! :eek:

    I think in about 3 minutes I probably removed about 40-50 just of the one head that's left of the torch coral! So I think for know I'm gonna give the FWE treatment the back seat and try and siphon out as much as I can. They're not the rust colour, almost lilac, similar to the tips of my torch coral.... thank you for you bit of info.
     
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    Yeah I know theres guys that have had real good results, but if you google flatworm exit results, there are a lot of real disasterous results as well. its a personal thing...if youre prepared to take that risk...and I'm a bit of a sissy!!!!!

    You can also give your mushrooms or LPS a quick (5-10 sec) RO water dip. I do that every few months. They fall off in seconds. The corals sulk for about a day and then theyre perfect again.
     
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    gMAN Thread Starter with the plan

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    I've also heard and read of the successes but really don't want to be that 1 in 100...
     
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    Used fwe a few times and never had a problem myself. Fought the nudibranches with it
     
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    gMAN Thread Starter with the plan

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    this is the result of siphoning for less than 3 minutes this morning:

     
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    :eek:A six line wrasse would be having a new years party in there!
     
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    If you use the FWE, rather use it in a smaller separate container. As not to harm other things in your tank. Plus you would use less FWE per treatment. And you treat only the coral you need to do.
     
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    current nanotank of the month winner states that he had a springer damsel sort out the issue in his tank
     
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    If only you knew the six line wrasse your buying will eat the Flatworm....I bought one...:(.. And a Banana wrasse. :(... And i have a Mandarin..... Theyre all fat as pigs and I cannot confirm that either one of them are really eating the worms.
    It seems its the luck of the draw ! ;)
     
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    gMAN Thread Starter with the plan

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    Thanks for this advice @RiaanP, will definitely go this way if I decide to use the product.

    I also thought about getting a wrasse to sort out but think I'm just gonna siphon out as much as I can for now.

    just a few on the torch now and cannot see them anywhere else but I'm doing regular inspections....
     
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