What is this on my Mushrooms?

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  1. Helga

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    Can someone please identify this on my mushrooms. It is spreading to all my mushrooms now. It is brown in colour and if I view it through my macro lens it appears to have a white "mouth" in the middle. It does not have a hard shell.

    What is this and what should I do?

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    Flatworms? Do they move?
     
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    Flatworms, cannot remember exact species. Their modus operandi is to irritate and aggrovate mostly corralamopheans (sp?) To create their own little buffet, as their presence on a coral causes it to increase mucus production, their favourite food.
    Some wrasses (sixline amongst others if memory serves correctly) feed on them.
    Flatworm infestations generally indicated excessive particulate matter settling on substrate. Basically too much food, too little flow and insufficient natural predation.
    There are some products to eradicate them, think 1 is called flatworm exit? Have no personal experience with it. My copperband and a few seios sorted my issue out.
     
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    http://saltwateraquariumadviceblog.com/?tag=rust-brown-flatworms
    Pests Invading the Reef Aquarium Hobby: Part 2 - Flatworms, Snails & Limpets
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    I don't know if this is the same...maybe you can spot it...on one of the Sites...?:blush:...Hope they help...
    http://saltwateraquariumadviceblog.com/?p=287
    Help! Rust Brown Flatworm! - UltimateReef.com
     
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    Get flatworm exit. Sorts them out chop chop
     
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    Speak to @Submariner regarding flatworm - he's busy sorting out a tank with them ;)
     
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    He's also going to be using Flatworm exit
     
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    I nailed some on my zoas using FWE
     
  10. Helga

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    Thanks All,
    I have read through the attached threads. Seems it is flatworm indeed. Now it seems I have a few options. Wrasse.... Mandarin.... freshwater dip and Flatworm Exit.

    Not sure what route to take. Adding a fish to my system might NOT solve the problem, and if I do, which one? It could be "hit and miss" with that option!

    Freshwater dip would be a problem as I cannot remove all the problem mushrooms. Some are attached to the liverock.

    That leaves me with the Flatworm Exit. I have PM'ed Submariner to enquire about the progress he has in removing this pest. If I go the Flatworm Exit route, where can one buy this? and what is the process. Does it come in liquid form that you add to your DT? Is it not detrimental to the other inhabitants in the tank?
     
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    I used FWE in my DT, no ill effects at all. Its in liquid form
     
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    Nieuwe pagina 1 www.salifert.com

    Flatworm Exit
    http://www.marinedepot.com/Salifert...Pest_Control-Salifert-SF5111-FIADAFFE-vi.html
     
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    Thanks Belinda for the time you have spent to search my problem!:)

    I have gone through quite a number of websites on FWE and decided to first go the natural way. I have upped my flow even more now... Now its really hurricane season in the tank! Will try and siphon some off the rocks that I can reach. I have activated carbon in a reactor and will also feed sparingly (which I hate, dont like the animals to do the diet thing unnessary.

    Have also bought a 6-line wrasse this morning. Hope the little fella will start doing his job!
     
  14. finrott

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    the nuisance acoel flatworms (misnamed planaria) I have seen tanks that reduced this pest simply by increasing water flow... good choice of doing it natural way. Do you have any torch or hammer corals? they love them too. Dont stress to much about them as they dont consume the coral but rather 'shade' it (in the long term this will become an issue)

    I do not recommend dips or chemicals... they only address the symptom and not the problem.
     
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    Yeah Finrott, up to now I have never added any chemical (to solve problems) to my tank. At this stage I am not comfortable with adding FWE to the tank. For every good result I have read I have also read about disasterous results.
    I have torch and hammer corals. Dont see any on them yet. But there is some on my Gonipora.
    Lets hope!
     
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