Reef Central Online Community
Blue Zoo Aquatics

Home Forum Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences View New Posts View Today's Posts

Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Search Reefkeeping ...an online magazine for marine aquarists Support our sponsors and mention Reef Central

Go Back   Reef Central Online Community > General Interest Forums > Reef Discussion
Register Blogs FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

Notices

User Tag List

Reply
Thread Tools
Old 01/08/2008, 10:32 PM   #1
allenpantino
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 103
FLATWORMS... What do I need to get rid of these guys???

So ive noticed these lil' flat purple ish things on my shrooms and frogspawn. I thought they were lil' mushroom pods starting to grow then i did some research and found out they were flatworms. i have quite a few and need to know what the best way to get rid of them.

i heard there was a liquid to buy called flatworm eXit that works good....but if they all die at one time then they could release toxins that could wipe out my tank?

has any one has had issues with Flatworms if so what was your method to getting rid of them thanks


allenpantino is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/08/2008, 10:52 PM   #2
josephatmbibank
Registered Member
 
josephatmbibank's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: North Austin , Texas
Posts: 59
This might be wierd but Chromis eat all types of flatworms. try a fish to solve the problem. Worked great in my tank!

-joseph


__________________
Loan officer at Mbi Mortgage Bank. 135G,75G,58G all mix reef tanks.

Current Tank Info: 135 Gallon reef tank with mix SPS and LPS. One 75 g same set up.
josephatmbibank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/08/2008, 11:19 PM   #3
dc_909
Moved On
 
dc_909's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Murrieta, CA
Posts: 3,260
Sixline wrasse


dc_909 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/08/2008, 11:51 PM   #4
allenpantino
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 103
i have sixline but he's not doing much i had chromis before but i will get a few and see what they do i just siphoned about 100 off them with a turkey baster

do they mutilpy rapidly??????????


allenpantino is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 01:44 AM   #5
NanoGurl
Moved On
 
NanoGurl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Earth
Posts: 4,306
Yes. Goto melevsreef.com and read his FW article. It's good advice. Six lines will eat them, and some mandarins. If you have a large population they will stick around.


NanoGurl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 04:37 AM   #6
Racing1
Registered Member
 
Racing1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Maine
Posts: 740
Using fish will not solve the problem.. as stated above go to melevsreef and read the article...


Racing1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 04:45 AM   #7
cateyes
Registered Member
 
cateyes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: OliveBranch, Mississippi
Posts: 2,773
scooter blenny....


__________________
some things in life are not meant to be understood... just accepted....

Current Tank Info: 150 gallon mixed reef, 35ish gallon RBTA tank..
cateyes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 05:31 AM   #8
reggiepe
Seriously?
 
reggiepe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Newburg, Pennsylvania
Posts: 332
If your follow the direction that Melev has given with his experience, you will not have an issue. I went through this same thing about 2 months ago with red planaria and it was a flawless execution. I have not seen a flatworm since that day.


__________________
Rich

Current Tank(s) Info: 75 mixed Reef, 6 x 54 ATI T5, ReefBrite Blue LED, (2) Ecotech MP40, (2) Ecotech MP10, 15 gallon sump, Bermuda Rogue Skimmer, 500ml Bio pellet Reactor.......30 Breeder, Current NEP w/ ATI bulbs, 10 gallon sump, Eshopps Skimmer, CPR Aquafuge w/ cheato........28 JBJ CF Nano......yep, that's it.....but it still isn't enough :-)
reggiepe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 05:32 AM   #9
driftin
Registered Member
 
driftin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Chicago
Posts: 1,247
I had no success with my 6-line. A LFS claimed success in keeping the worm population in check with a scooter blenny, but not complete eradication. I had fantastic success using flatworm eXit. You just need to be well prepared.


__________________
-Jim

Current Tank Info: 70 gal custom room divider
driftin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 05:50 AM   #10
Fiziksgeek
Registered Member
 
Fiziksgeek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Oxford, CT
Posts: 1,565
This is how I successfully took care of flat worms in my 210.

1. Bought 3 bottles of Sailfert's Flat Worm Exit
2. Make up some dip tanks and treated many of my corals discarding the water and dead flat worms. Mushrooms and LPS seemed to harbor the most worms in my case.
3. Returned all corals to the tank and treated the entire display.
4. Add a good amount of carbon per FWE instructions
5. Did a 20% water change at 18 hours and 48 hours post treatment.

Here is a video of the worms freaking out...right before they die..




Fiziksgeek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 06:07 AM   #11
ridinfast03
Registered Member
 
ridinfast03's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Danville, Indiana
Posts: 246
When I went through this I basically followed the same procedure and fiziksgeek and was successful, but do read melevs topics!


__________________
"Never argue with an idiot, he will only bring you to his level and beat you with his experience in being an idiot"

70 Gal bowfront Lighted by a 150 W HQI

Current Tank Info: 70 Bow Front
ridinfast03 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 08:30 AM   #12
gman08016
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 137
Flatworm exit worked for me but did have to do treatments


gman08016 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 01:56 PM   #13
allenpantino
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 103
thanks for all the great advice guys i will buy the flat worm exit asap. and also try to syphon them like the article and you guys suggested. thanks again RC members


allenpantino is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 02:00 PM   #14
allenpantino
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 103
Fiziksgeek thanks for the extensive breakdown


allenpantino is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 02:15 PM   #15
ReefTECK
Registered Member
 
ReefTECK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Posts: 901
I would contest that a mandarin or sixline would work for this problem if the type of flatworm you have is what I am thinking of. Are they red flatworm about 1mm in length?

I had an outbreak of these when starting up a new reef tank a few years ago which was stocked with a sixline wrasse. I must have had tens of thousands of them piling on top of one another.

I bought a melenurus wrasse and he finished the job in three weeks! This also could have been spurious results. Good luck!


__________________
2013 President of the Greater Iowa Reef Society
www.iowareefs.org

Current Tank Info: 120 Gallon Tank, 96 DIY LED's on 3 channels, 30gal sump/fuge, 4x2x0.5' & 40gal frag tank, SRO Ca rxr, GSA Kalk rxr, SRO 3000 skmr, Gen-X PCX40 Return, 2xMP40w's, 1xTunze 6101, 140lbs LR, SSB, SPS all the way!
ReefTECK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 02:16 PM   #16
ReefTECK
Registered Member
 
ReefTECK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Posts: 901
holy crap fiziksgeek, that is one gross freaking video!


__________________
2013 President of the Greater Iowa Reef Society
www.iowareefs.org

Current Tank Info: 120 Gallon Tank, 96 DIY LED's on 3 channels, 30gal sump/fuge, 4x2x0.5' & 40gal frag tank, SRO Ca rxr, GSA Kalk rxr, SRO 3000 skmr, Gen-X PCX40 Return, 2xMP40w's, 1xTunze 6101, 140lbs LR, SSB, SPS all the way!
ReefTECK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 04:36 PM   #17
TimL
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Sacramento
Posts: 32
I did a fresh water dip when I noticed a HUGE number of flatworms on my hair mushrooms. The instant the freshwater hit the worms fell right off. Make sure that the water is RO and the same temp and ph.

I was skeptical at first as the coral looked terrible, but within 24 hours looked ok and after 2 days was back to normal. No worm since. Been about 12 weeks now.


TimL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 04:52 PM   #18
Waxxiemann
Registered Member
 
Waxxiemann's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Winnipeg
Posts: 2,364
Man, that video was so cool ... and disturbing ... but mostly cool.


__________________
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe." Albert Einstein
Waxxiemann is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 05:30 PM   #19
Fiziksgeek
Registered Member
 
Fiziksgeek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Oxford, CT
Posts: 1,565
HAha, Glad everyone enjoyed...You should see it in HD on the big screen!


Fiziksgeek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 08:52 PM   #20
reefworm
Registered Member
 
reefworm's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Waxhaw, NC USA
Posts: 2,139
no thanks! I'm going to have nightmares as it is! very cool clip, but creepy. how's the coral doing now? any damage?


__________________
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." - Thomas Jefferson

Current Tank Info: 29 gal. reef/assist with 75 gal. at the school
reefworm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/10/2008, 05:30 AM   #21
Fiziksgeek
Registered Member
 
Fiziksgeek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Oxford, CT
Posts: 1,565
Everyone seems to be doing just fine. In fact, I think everyone is happier. The most obvious change has been to all the annoying red mushrooms that litter my tank. Their color seems to be darkening to a nice deep red and they seem to be open more. Other than that, I haven't seen any real difference in the tank. But I feel better knowing that I got rid of the flat worms...


Fiziksgeek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/10/2008, 05:34 AM   #22
reefworm
Registered Member
 
reefworm's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Waxhaw, NC USA
Posts: 2,139
excellent. thanks for the input


__________________
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." - Thomas Jefferson

Current Tank Info: 29 gal. reef/assist with 75 gal. at the school
reefworm is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:28 PM.


TapaTalk Enabled

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2021 Axivo Inc.
Use of this web site is subject to the terms and conditions described in the user agreement.
Reef CentralTM Reef Central, LLC. Copyright 1999-2014
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.3.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.