Red/orange spot all over my tank?? What is it?

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  1. turbokimmees

    turbokimmees Astrea Snail

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    Guys I need some help... I notice these red/orange spot a while back in my tank..it's grown all over my liverock on my aquarium glass?? Been trying to suck it out clean it up and it just keep coming back! Please take a look I have a few pic here.

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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    You have a bad Flatworm infestation.

    Please research remedies prior to treatment.

    When FW die they release a toxin that will wipe out a tank.

    Look to FW Exit and research.
     
  4. Rawdogz

    Rawdogz Torch Coral

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    +1 agreed

    with that many in your tank you could also look into a Velvet Nudibranch, but research it first.
     
  5. turbokimmees

    turbokimmees Astrea Snail

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    FML.... this is pritty bad... how do you treat this? with out hurting my fish? coral? corcea clam?
     
  6. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    This you need to research.

    There is a ton of information out there regarding FW and treatment.

    My best advise is to not proceed until you have done the research.

    You will need to remove as many as possible manually prior to treatment.

    Most inverts will show significant stress while treating with FW exist and one treatment will probably not be enough.

    What you see is only a small percentage of the FW population, therefore expect a larger die off of FW and know that the toxins released by those you can not remove will have a dramatic affect on your tank.
     
  7. ingtar_shinowa

    ingtar_shinowa Giant Squid

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    Those look alot like red planaria flatworms which generally are not harmful but you want to get them under control. They breed quickly and usually in the substrate.

    My cure was to reduce feedings and introduce a melarunus wrasse.
     
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  9. turbokimmees

    turbokimmees Astrea Snail

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    How about six line wrasse?? how about any goby? mandarin goby? spotted goby?? Blenny??
     
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  10. Rawdogz

    Rawdogz Torch Coral

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    Yes, no , No , No

    i would go with either the wrasse, FW exit or Velvet Nudibranch just to keep it simple. Research those 3
     
  11. Greg@LionfishLair

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    Agreed...your critters are Convolutriloba retrogemma (AKA red menace, red planaria).

    I'd go for manual removal (do it in the AM and in the PM if you can). I'd use a piece of rigid airline tubing "wand" with a length of flex airline on it. The small diameter will allow you maximum dwell time with the least water loss.

    As mentioned, you can also go for biological means to help.

    I wouldn't dose the tank with FW Exit, personally.

    Another helpful hint is to cover the tank with brown shipping paper and put a hole in it. darken the tank and shine a light into the hole and wait a bit...the worms will be attracted to the light and congregate near the hole, which makes manual removal a lot easier.

    HTH