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salifer flatworm eXit - one week later

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well, i finally got up the courage to dose my tank last weekend with saliferts flatworm eXit...

heres my setup...

125 gal tank ...180 #s of LR...5" DSB...three 250w 10K MHs...aqua-c ev180 skimmer

My tank is all softies (shrooms, polyps, leathers, xenia) and a large magnifica anemone with a A. Ocellaris clown. My other fish are a purple tang, leopard wrasse, citron goby, and spotted mandarin.

I have had FWs for about a year. No idea how they were introduced, but they had slowly started to spread like wildfire. I tried limiting feeding and cut down on adding phyto-plankton all together. I also added the leopard wrasse and spotted mandarin in the hope that they would eat them, but they never did.

heres the timeline of what i did...

i siphoned out as many FWs as i could (not many)
1:21pm dosed almost the whole bottle (bottle does 300 gallons)
1:28 flatworm death...start carbon in Hot Magnum
1:35 tank water looks noticably yellow/orange and really stinks...using a net to skim out dead FW bodies...i put sponges in the overflows to help catch debris
1:43 turned skimmer back on
2:39 anemone looks bad, kinda turned inside out
2:45pm 12 gal water change (siphoned out water looks like apple juice!)
7:00pm living room stinks like hell...
8:45 took out sponges from overflows..they seem reddish color
8:50 12 gal water change (water looks pretty good comin out)...cleaned out skimmer, alot of orange/red skimmate...really stinks
9:15pm changed carbon in hot magnum

next morning...

8:00am purple tang is dead, serpant star looks like hell...skimmer cup really overflowing with bright red skimmate....alot of dead bristle worms (didnt really know i had so many)...a few dead snails too
9:45 12 gal water change
12:00pm everything is very closed up...xenia looks horrible...anemone is completely closed up
11:00pm changed carbon again...cleaned skimmer cup...


its taken all week but everything is getting back to "normal"...i seem to have lost a couple shrooms, but all the other corals are looking much better...

like alot of people who have used this product have said, i dont think its the salifert eXit that causes harm but the dead FW bodies...i had what i would consider a pretty bad case and i've seemed to come thru it...i havent seen one FW all week...knock on wood...

my purple tang was my favorite fish so it really sucks to lose him...the mandarin, clown and goby didnt seem fazed at all by the treatment...the leopard wrasse went into hiding for a few days but is back to eating big concern was my anemone and it even is pretty much back to "normal"...

im not sure what the long term effects (if any) there will be...but for now, at least for me, the flatworm exit has lived up to its name...

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Brad,at least ya called your fellow local reefers to help out,,,
:( :mad:
i have a couple of Magnum 350's AND plenty of powdered carbon to run in them.
bummer the tang, i know it would have been a tough one to get out of the tank,, to take over to Joy's or myself,,,,
hope you end up with a good result, no more flatworms,,,,
FWI , a "certain" LFS HAS flatworms starting in their display tank,,
hint:ummmmm, at the back door of the store as you go "downstairs",,,hope i don't turn out to be a ,,ahem ,"haven" for more,,,,;)
if you need anything , you know where/who to call on,,,,
keep us posted,,,,
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