Urgent help needed Will this work

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  1. charlv

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    Hi Guys

    I've got a flatworm problem i want to know if mandrin wrasse will control this:(

    Here's a pic of what they look like
     
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  3. charlv

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    Sorry try to upload pic
     
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    Cleaner shrimps are apparently good for flatworm control, not always a good idea to add a fish/invert purely for control, and Mandarin Dragonettes are very difficult to keep unless you have a mature tank with good pod life.

    Is this the one you are referring to?

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3233/3145889992_0ca7e2f101.jpg
     
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    hi mnd

    pods no problem tank is 10 months old and crawling with pods any suggestions
     
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    Yes that's the one
     
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    mmmm, there is a lot of interesting reading on the net about Mandarins and flatworm control, do your research (Google is your friend) and if you have enough pods to sustain him after he has klapped the flatworms, then go for it I say. I loved my Mandarin, was a great little character, I lost him to a 12 hour power failure and am still building up the courage to get another one in my 6ft.

    They are known to eat brown flatworms, as are 6-line wrasses, but 6-lines can be the devil - gram for gram you dont get a more agressive little b*%tard
     
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    Charl, the Mandarin is a Dragonette, not a wrasse.
     
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    i've got a six line but he is not touching them. And yes they are the brown flatworms
     
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    mnd i know it a goby just want to know if he will controll the flatworm problem
     
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    Sorry my bad not a goby
     
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    funny u should say that about the pretty stripped fella, ive had three in my tanks and ive never seen them so much as wink at another fish, always been angels (in a manner of speach) in my tanks.

    if that tank does have a good pod supply, and a continued pod breeding area (refuge, ats etc) then i would give one atry on the flat worms too
     
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    Thanks crispin my 6 line is real character but never agro towards my other fish
    i will try the mandrin route i think he will be ok running dsb and ats on system and pods are plenty
     
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    I'm sorry but in all my years in this hobby (8 years) i haven't heared or knowned a fish that can control or eradicate Flat worm of any kind, wrasse might pick on then can multifly like rabbit about 5 local hobbyist here have tryed chemical with with coution and was succesfull, i always suggest to our costumer to make it a hobit dipping any corals with REVIVE (i'm not sure about the availability there) before putting the corals in your display tank to remove any unwanted parasite or bugs.
     
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    Flatworms are unable to osmoregulate quick. So if you don´t have any shrimps and crabs or maybe you can catch them first out, you can drop the salinity quickly down.
    As an example from 1.024 down to 1.020.
    Other option is to put a spotlight on at night and siphon the majority out in the morning.
    Also the scooter blenny eats the flatworms.
    Flatworms don´t like strong current, so adding a few powerful pumps after you siphoned the majority out, will work.
     
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    Here is one thing that may help you with your planaria (flat worm) problem its hard to keep but they will eat planaria Velvet nudibranch, you need to cover you power heads, screen guard on your return and minimize your display ciculation, Good Luck.
     
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    And you need a supplier for the nudibranch.
    That will be very difficult.
     
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    wow that hard to get it there?
     
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