Leopard Polyclad Flatworm

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    I thought I'd share my latest unfortunate find, a Leopard Polyclad Flatworm.

    I see a few guys on here have had them in their tanks. I was lucky enough to have found him in a filter sock, otherwise I probably wouldn't have found him at all. I have many snails, some that I am quite fond of, as well as a very nice clam, so unfortunately he has to go, as I'm not willing to risk it. All seem to be accounted for, except for my cowries, but they are experts at camouflage, and I sometimes don't see them for days.

    Plus, however he got into my tank, he must have survived a 10 min Seachem Reef Dip dip, as I dip all new corals. I didn't dip my clam, but if he came with the clam he's been in my tank since February. I'm however starting to doubt the efficacy of this product, as some monti eating nudis also survived a dip, as well as many other more harmless critters.

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    Some more info I found on it:

    Source: Reefs Magazine - Pest Free Reefkeeping III: The Flatworms

    Here are some of the other threads I found with he same creature:
    Hitchhiker ID - Marine Aquariums South Africa
    Nudibranch ID. Any help? - Marine Aquariums South Africa
    Another Critter - flatworm or what? - Page 2 - Marine Aquariums South Africa
     
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    I would hate for it to eat my clam, cowries or strombid. Or even my nassarius, trochus and nerite snails.

    I feed my fish and LPS chopped up clam meat, so maybe it's been eating that.

    For now it's in a glass jar floating in my sump.
     
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    feed him a piece of clam meat and check if he goes for it.
     
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    Good idea, I'll try that. I'd prefer not to kill him, so the least I could do is give him a fair trial.
     
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    Hey Ascheff, I think you did good on putting it on quarantine. Any update on this? Did you feed it with clam meat?

    -NP
     
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    I tried now, he didn't seem interested in it at all. I removed it again and gave him clean water. I left some clam meat in a bit of water to go off. Will try and feed that to him tomorrow; want to check if he's perhaps a scavenger.

    I'll try a few things over the next few days. If he doesn't take anything I'll let him go in my refugium and keep an eye on him there.
     
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