Discussion in 'General SPS Discussion' started by ronnie, Jan 14, 2011.
I'm pest free. Went to revive dips and nada.
I dont think Ive seen anyone talk about KZ "Flatworm Stop" yet. Ive felt its great as a preventive but I have seen signs of flatworms never progress with use of it.
Also Ive seen peppermint shimp pick Acros clean in a closed enviorment where they dont have many other options for food.
Anyone else have expirence with these or other methods for natural control?
KZ flat worm stops and coral booster worked for me. Went from total infested to not seeing any in a year. But run it nonstop and have a couple werases. Blow off the acros around the tank to make sure their gone. Working still
What do people with nano tanks that are too small for wrasses get as an alternative? I just got my first acros this week and i suspect one of them (tricolor) might be looking a little funny.
Theres wrasse's that can stay in nano's depending how nano we'r talking. Possum Wrasse, yellow corris wrasse, or the dreaded 6 line.
Acropora eating flatworms have been found on corals in the wild that are perfectly healthy, so this does suggest that the are natural Predators or something holistic at work to fend off the flatworms.
I'm not looking to get a wrasse, just because i have a 25g and i have my fish planned out already. It was mostly a curiosity of mine.
I thought that i would share my trials with these buggers. I like others thought I was having tank issues when my sps were looking bad. Tried all kindof things till I discovered a funny looking spot on one of the effected corals and took a turkey baster to it and off came a aefw. They were all over my tank. I decided to use bayer and dip the corals that I could easily remove from the rocks. I also would pull whole rocks that were well encrusted and dip and rinse those. Let me tell you the tiniest bit of bayer will kill any shrimp you have in your system almost instantly. I did this for I think 6 weeks and also added a melanarus wrasse. I did frequent water changes and several weeks after the treatments and a water change I added a cleaner shrimp and it died right away. After several more water changes I was finally good to add shrimp. I felt I was cured of aefw, and for the next year or so I felt I had them whipped. Out of the blue I noticed one of my corals looking bad and being the arrogant reefer I was again thought it was tank issues and tried different things until I found worms again. I had also gotten rid of my wrasse because all my shrimp would come up missing and from doing some reading read where they love to kill and eat shrimp. After blowing off all my corals I only saw a few smaller worms blow off and only one larger one on the worst effected coral. I think this time I am going to live with them and not go through what I did before. I will just blow off my corals every couple of weeks and see what comes off them. If I ever upgrade to my dream 300dd tank I will deal with them then but as long as they are like they are now I can easily deal with them without a complete tank tear down. I would like to add another wrasse though, does anyone know of one who will not kill and eat my shrimp?
Oh, by the way I also tried coral rx and it didnt even touch killing the worms. I might have needed to go above the recommended dosage to do any good.
you have them again?
Looking back at your 1 year that you thought your where free of worms, How where the acros doing as far as growth, color, and PE? Did you add any new acros and where you inspecting daily and weekly around the corals base and undersides? I ask because Ifind it hard to believe they would have taken 1 year before you could see them again. Perhaps you just thought they where gone but they where secretly building up their power.
Interested to hear more on your experience.
I too used this for a period of time and it seemed to help, but only at low levels of infestation. I could spot eggs on colonies that I couldnt pull out due to their size and location. I would religiously turkey baste and usually the fish would eat the floating flatworms but the goal is to get them eggs.
If you can pull out the coral and scrape them off that would be ideal, otherwise you just have to constantly turkey baste them free for months and hopefully lessen their population to something manageable where KZ flatworm stop can take hold.
I read that peppermint shrimp do predation on them.
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