Flatworm Infestation

Discussion in 'Coral Diseases' started by Lilou, Jul 14, 2008.

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  1. Lilou

    Lilou Astrea Snail

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    Per my last thread someone identified the reddish spots as flatworms. They are multiplying rapidly and I am infested with them now. I only have a 10 gallon tank and not sure how to proceed. Some one recommended tweezers but am having an awful time catching them without hurting the corals. They keep sliming away :eek:. Maneuvering the big turkey baster is prooving to be just as inefficient. All I do is suck up water and the worms stay comfortably attached to my corals and rocks.

    I managed to get rid of the ones on the glass by squishing them with my finger.

    I am worried that if I put the Flatworm Exit product in and kill them all it will cause too much toxin for the inhabitant of my tank.

    I wish I knew they were worms earlier... I thought it was a pesky algae! :-[

    H E L P ... Pretty please!
     
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  3. Bogie

    Bogie Snowflake Eel

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    Do the Flatworm EXit treatment ASAP or worse might happen.
     
  4. Lilou

    Lilou Astrea Snail

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    The drops are in. Stay tuned.
     
  5. coral reefer

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    Do a freshwater dip with your corals that are infected!!!
     
  6. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    And stop squishing them :)
     
  7. PharmrJohn

    PharmrJohn The Dude

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    If they are acoel flatworms, Chelidonura genus nudibranchs feed on them. Wrasses are too big for a ten gallon tank, but a nudibranch or two might do just fine.
     
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  9. gazog

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    I have read extensively about these little buggers and there is allot out there to read believe me! An what I have found is that Some people say "Kill them at all costs" and some say "leave them alone, their populations tend to shoot up until overload, and then they crash".

    I personally tried flateworm exit when I had them in my 16 gallon, it did a nice job of killing them, but then a few weeks later they came bake with a vengeance. I then bought a Six Line and not because of the flat worms in fact I had never heard that they ate the till just recently. But after I bought it they slowly disappeared and I haven't seen them in 5 or 6 months.

    Two weeks ago my Six line decided to go carpet surfing, My he RIP! But the really sick part about this is guess what I found in the tank the other day... Flat worms and a bunch of them I might add! So I guess its out to the store for another Six line, hope this one will stay in the tank....
     
  10. gazog

    gazog Kole Tang

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    Yeah, what she said, it helps them spread, or at least thats what I have read...
     
  11. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It does help them spread in that the little pieces that are created by the squishing will grow into new worms.
     
  12. phoenixhieghts

    phoenixhieghts Panda Puffer

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    My lfs said the same thing - they overpopulate then crash and just vanish, but he also has some of these magic nudis on order too.