Freshwater dip coral to get rid of flatworms?

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  1. purpletang

    purpletang Bristle Worm

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    I have a tank that is infested with small flatworms and i want to get my corals out of that tank before they die. However i don't want the flatworms in my new tank. Should i just do a freshwater dip?
     
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  3. lunatik_69

    lunatik_69 Giant Squid

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    Flatworms dont kill corals, there would have to be billions of them. FW dips will kill flatworms, but dont keep the corals in the FW for too long. Between 10-15 seconds.


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  4. bwalker9801

    bwalker9801 Zoanthid

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    ibefishy Montipora Capricornis

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    I just lost my ricordia that had flatworms all over it because I went to dip it, set it in the water walked away for what was going to be a second, got distracted, came back about 3 min later and my ricordia was dead. It just started melting and I couldnt save it. I am so bummed. Lesson learned. Never dip and walk away.
     
  6. wastemanagement

    wastemanagement Eyelash Blennie

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    I dont FW dip corals . to much stress IMO
     
  7. schackmel

    schackmel Giant Squid

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    there is flatworm medicine...have not used it and cant remember the name but best way is to use that as the flatworms are in your rock, sand, etc. I think it is flatworm exit????
     
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  9. Screwtape

    Screwtape Tonozukai Fairy Wrasse

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    Revive works for flatworms too. Doesn't necessarily kill them but will shock them so you can easily blow them off the coral. I wouldn't freshwater dip any coral except zoas/palys personally.
     
  10. yvr

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    I wouldn't do a freshwater bath personally, because the risk of damaging the coral is quite high as they do not have a good ability to osmoregulate. I would however, suggest using an iodine bath like Tropic Marin Pro Coral Cure to try and kill off the flatworms. I dip all my new corals in an iodine bath like Pro Coral Cure before introducing them into my tank. I get a bit paranoid about introducing things like flatworms into my display tanks. I also believe that dipping a new coral in an iodine solution helps it recover from the stress of transport and reduces the chance of microbial/bacterial infection on the new coral.
     
  11. reef goddess

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    Yeah, I don't know who put the idea into other reefers heads that its a good thing to dip corals in FW, but its not. I have a friend that dipped his acros in FW for 10 minutes trying to treat acro flatworms and then he was wondering why all his acros bleached. Argh! If you want to stress out your coral or even kill it, then by all means dip it in freshwater.

    Flatworm Exit for brown flatworms and then a good sized water change.

    Tropic Marin Procoral Cure for acro flatworms and you'll need to dip them for at least one month, 1 a week. The dip needs to be coffee or tea colored. The darker mixture can stress your corals a little bit but it will kill parasites better.

    Brown flatworms come about in numbers when nutrients are high. If you reduce your nitrates/phosphates and increase your flow, you will notice less brown flatworms.
     
  12. ReefSparky

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    Flatworm eXit is the way to go IMO. It calls for a drop per gallon of water if used in the tank. I always put one drop in the bag when I bring it home from the LFS. Any flatworms on the coral are dead before introduction to the tank.

    Flatworm eXit works, but as goddess says, if you use it in your tank, either use it at the first sign of flatworms, or if after an infestation, get ready with a water change. The medication itself is harmless, but the scum and toxins released by thousands and thousands of flatworms when they're killed will really turn your tank into what looks like egg-drop soup FAST!

    Follow the directions on the paperwork. They tell you exactly what will happen, what to expect, and how to proceed. Salifert is a great company.