The Battle with Red Planaria Flatworms

Discussion in 'Reef Aquarium Discussion' started by AquaNerd, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. Rakie

    Rakie Federal Coral Reserve R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award SCMAS Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Mine wouldn't touch the things.. But the leopard wrasse I got ate em into extinction in like 8 days... Months of hassle, bottles of FWE, nothing worked. But a very happy and pudgy little leopard wrasse. I kinda think he misses them sometimes lol
     
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    Mine made quick work of them. Leopards are awesome too!
     
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    Bayer ;)
     
  4. ChuzUThisDay

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    Melanarus Wrasse worked in our tank as well.

    We had flatworms EVERYWHERE. There was nothing that seemed to work permanently. Our sixline either couldn’t keep up with them or just didn’t care for them. Chemical treatments were the same. We used the turkey baster and vacuumed them out or netted them. We were getting frustrated!

    We bought a melanarus and within three weeks the flatworms were completely gone and we have seen none since. I’m betting a leopard would do the same.
     
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    A pair of Potters Leopards wiped out a horrible infestation I had in very short time.
     
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    I've not seen a noticeable decrease in flatworms having used both FWE and a Melanarus wrasse.
     
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    Thank you for posting this! Very informative, and well written.
     
  8. ArowanaLover1902

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    What about arrow crabs, they'll switch to zoas and polyps occasionally, but they are awesome for picking worms off of the rockwork
     
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    I threw in a blue velvet nudibranch yesterday and it immediately started to eat them. It's been parked on the sand not moving since last night in a sort of semi-shriveled dormant state. Do they park like snails sometimes?
     
  10. Jrain904

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    Melanarus wrasse ate all of mine in an old tank I had. The tank was absolutely infested before the wrasse.
     
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