Flat Worms or something else?

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  1. Travis45

    Travis45 Scooter Blennie

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    I've noticed on some of my shrooms these little flat weird guys on them. They move really strange around on the shrooms also while they are the mushrooms, the coral itself seems really irritated and not too happy at all. I have posted a few pics, lemme know what you think. Also if these are flat worms is Flat Worm Exit my best plan of attack?

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  3. slocal

    slocal Torch Coral

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    Those are for sure flatworms. I've never tried flatworm exit. I'd suggest a freshwater dip for the affected coral and supplemental siphoning
     
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    flatworm exit works excellently but is a pain to use
     
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    slocal Torch Coral

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    And what about the toxicity of from all the dead flatworms in your tank at once?
     
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    Yeah thats what I was wondering? I did my water change yesterday and I believe you need to do an immediate water change after dosing the tank with Flatworm Exit. I might have to wait till next week to run it.
     
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    slocal Torch Coral

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    Just be very careful. I can't tell you how many tank crash threads from FWE I've read. I think big colonies of FW's need to be manually removed and FWE is just for the remainder.
     
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  9. Travis45

    Travis45 Scooter Blennie

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    Yeah thats a little scary, what can I do to manually remove. Could I take that shroom rock and do a freshwater dip on it?
     
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    slocal Torch Coral

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    Yes, like a 5-10 second dip with the coral upside down and a soft shake at the end in the water. Flatworms are very sensitive to salinity swings and should shake off very fast. Just be sure to have the freshwater decholorinated and have it's ph and temp to match your tank's water.
     
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    Travis45 Scooter Blennie

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    Ok cool I have some RO/DI water I made up yesterday. Now what about the straggler flatworms that I see up a little higher on my rock work that our on random shrooms. The rocks they are on are basically unmovable. Will a turkey baster suck them off the corals?
     
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    slocal Torch Coral

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    You could try that or just use airline tubing to siphon them off in to a water bucket or similar container. I'd advise using the tubing or the baster at a low angle against the mushrooms. You don't want to give them hickies :D