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Old 11-09-2012, 03:40 PM   #1
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Flat Worms: The best way to rid a tank


Does any body have any idea how to get rid of flat worms without flatworm Rx?

Will a mandarin dragonette eat them?

Currently there is a 6-line wrass in there which is supposed to only eat flat worms...but too many flat worms and they reproduce rapidly.

Does any one have any ideas how to get rid of these little things.

Disclaimer: This is a post for a friend of mine and he has had no other luck with the other forum(s) or LFS.

His tank is a 20g mixed reef.
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:47 PM   #2
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in a 20g tank I think it would be easier to dismantle the tank and rebuild it without the flat worms, then limit nutrients to help with population control...

just remember flat worms are toxic, so be careful when killing them.
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:50 PM   #3
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if he can take coral and rock out one piece at a time and dip them in some coral dip worms should fall off.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:41 PM   #4
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Siphon out and remove as many flatworms as possible manually (siphoning them out with a flexible air-line tube works really well). Dose a tank with Salifert's Flatworm Exit. Add carbon and do a water change. As mentioned earlier, flatworms are toxic and release toxins when they die so the more flatworms you remove manually, the better.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:42 PM   #5
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BTW, wrasses can eat flatworms. Sometimes they rather eat other pods first and definitely will not eat them if the tank is fed regularly by the owner. Free lunches stop them from working for their meals.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:42 AM   #6
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I will let him know what you all have said...I should have some more info for you shortly.
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:36 PM   #7
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Well he says "the tank is mature (10+ years) and he doesn't want to destroy it by dismantling it all.

Can any one think of any other options?
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:30 PM   #8
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I had the same problem, my friend recommended a melanarus wrasse and haven't seen a flat worm since.
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