The Battle with Red Planaria Flatworms

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  1. spllbnd2

    spllbnd2 Well-Known Member

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    I had a bunch of red flatworms in one of my newest tanks and once I added a six line in they all disappeared after a couple of months. Not saying that a six line or any fish for that matter will eat them, but if you're going to get the fish anyways, definitely a bonus when they do eat the flatworms. :)

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    Wow! That Bluestripe Pipefish is super cool!!
     
  3. Vivid Aquariums

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    We use Melanurus Wrasse (Hoeven's Wrasse) in many of our coral systems because they love to eat flatworms including Red Planaria Flatworms. Sixline Wrasse are a good choice for nano tanks.

    Salifert's Flatworm Exit is also effective for big outbreaks but you must try to siphon our as many dead flatworms as possible and be ready to do a large water change (or two). We always run carbon after the treatment as well.

    Dave
     
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  4. twilliard

    twilliard OSI layers, yuck! R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Partner Member

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    Ohh flatworm :)
    I absolutely love them!
    Red, brown, clear, what ever color they come in are fun
    Its true you MUST keep up on massive amounts of carbon and water changes.
    Maybe its an illness I have but I have found 1 thing these guys absolutely will not tolerate and die a for sure death.

    Peroxide
     
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    NanaReefer Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    You're definitely ill
     
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  6. twilliard

    twilliard OSI layers, yuck! R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Partner Member

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    Lol yup that's why I study hard on pest control!
    Imagine this..
    A solution to planaria at less than a tenth of the cost of FWE..
    yup it is true!
    I am actually going out tomorrow to purchase more planaria (I kinda ran out lol) to get my dosing stages more accurate.
    Absolutely no damage to the tank as long as cleanup procedures are followed :) (planaria toxins)
    Thank you !
     
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    baseballfanatic2 Well-Known Member

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    Great write up. thank u
     
  8. Aquaman024

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    I had this problem soon bad that worms covered the glass walls of my aquarium. The best method I found was siphon out what you can; however, there is no winning with just this. I also added a melenarius wrasse. He was a champ in this battle. He had the biggest belly after a week. Problem solved.

    I had a friend that used the flatworm exit; however, it was nearly impossible to siphon them out when dead. These worms release a toxin and that toxin is not good from a mass of dead worms. It started to foul his tank, even with water change. Stick to natural solution!
     
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    I just ordered that flatworm exit I'm also having problems with them , this just happened I feel like over night I dip all my coral's but I got a new one about 3 weeks ago and think the flatworms came with it I dipped the coral but I was told the eggs may have not been killed in the dip but I hope the flatworm exit works out for me
     
  10. twilliard

    twilliard OSI layers, yuck! R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Partner Member

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    Be careful with this approach :)
     
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    What should I watch out for ?
     
  12. twilliard

    twilliard OSI layers, yuck! R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Partner Member

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    If using FWE make sure your population is low by siphoning as much as possible.
    FWE will kill them and the toxins can cause tank damage
     
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    Yea I read about it I'm worried but has to be done it sucks lol thanks
     
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  14. Breva1100

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    I have a small infestation of flat worms, these are really little guys maybe 1 to 2 mm long. I have treated twice with Salifert's Flatworm Exit, about five days apart. They disappeared after the first treatment for a day or two, then came back. After each treatment I have done a 25 % water change and placed a sock full of carbon in a filter. Everyone appears to be fine with the exception of two small leather frags. I think it killed them, anyone else had a similar experience using SFE
     
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    Well, I got lucky. I got a scooter blenny, and not right away because my tank was infested, but one day I noticed my Duncan looked really good. All the flatworms were gone. I couldn't believe it. Several weeks after I noticed that I saw another flatworm, just one, on the Duncan. It was gone the next day. Maybe it walked off, maybe it was eaten, but this is no longer an issue. Looking back, I realized that the blenny was really huge for a while. LOL! Now I replenish with pods every month.
     
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    Ditto to the Melanurus 150% the goto
     
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    Thanks for the write up. I have a few these flatworms in a couple of my tanks, luckily not in plague numbers like some people experience. I siphon them out of my tanks every week or so into a filter sock in my sump. It seems to keep the numbers down. I plan to get some wrasses to help do some of the work and eliminate them for good.

    I have never seen them in any of my tanks that I have a Six Line Wrasse in.
     
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  18. teamlounge

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    mandarin gobys also eat flatworms. You can use FWE for larger infestations...you just need to follow precise directions. Siphon first, make sure you can do one large water change (maybe a second if really bad), run carbon as soon as you start to see die off.
     
  19. Lninwa

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    I used theFlatworm Exit which worked great but if you don't read all the directions and do the big water change you loose all your prized corals. I am responsible for my own stupidity but my LFS owner should have reminded me to do the WC.
     
  20. Alfrareef

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    That's why I never throw those in my tank... prefer to use animals to do the job and treatments in QT.
     
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