Flatworm - What Kind?

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  1. justonwo

    justonwo Fire Shrimp

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    Just arrived on an acropora frag. Coral Rx helped me discover it.

    Is this an AEFW or some other variety?

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    civiccars2003 Great Blue Whale

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    And know you understand the importance of dipping coral
     
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  4. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    It's part of a Polyclad flatworm, could be AEFW but looks more like a Polyclad to me.
     
  5. justonwo

    justonwo Fire Shrimp

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    When it came off the acro it was elongated like a long, thin worm. Only when it reached the bottom of the glass did it flatten out.

    Is a polyclad a problem for coral or other reef tank creatures?
     
  6. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Polyclads are parasitic to clams and snails and in some cases they eat Euphyllias.

    For the sake of safety I would treat the flatworm like a AEFW and search the corals for eggs. That would be a real shame if it was an AEFW.

    Google images of AEFW eggs.
     
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    April Hope Fire Shrimp

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    Call me stupid, what is an AEFW? When I buy corals, do I need to treat them before transitioning them to my tank?
     
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  9. Vinnyboombatz

    Vinnyboombatz Giant Squid

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    Acropora eating flat worm.Yes all corals should be dipped and inspected.Dips do not kill eggs so it is far from foolproof.
     
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    April Hope Fire Shrimp

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    Oh!!!! I am going to check out a new acan tomorrow, and buy water. What do I ask for?
     
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    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    I like CoralRX. Always make sure your corals can be dipped, most can.
     
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  12. justonwo

    justonwo Fire Shrimp

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    I examined the coral very closely with a 16x loupe, and I knew what to look for as far as eggs are concerned. I didn't see any.