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    Flatworms from the pot shop :(

    I got a frag of hammer from the pot shop and didn't realize the brown splotches on the stem near the tentacles were flat worms till I sat here staring at it and noticed the splotches moving. There were only a few at first but now there are literally like 200 on 2 hammer heads. What do I do?

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    Get the hammer out of your tank before the flatworm infests it. I used flatworm exit when I had them (I had a major infestation). I cut the normal dose in half. You can also use it as a dip. Just my 2 cents.

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    Pot shop? This that a typo? Anyway I got a six line wrasse when I found them in my tank and haven't seen a flat worm sense

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reeflextion View Post
    Get the hammer out of your tank before the flatworm infests it. I used flatworm exit when I had them (I had a major infestation). I cut the normal dose in half. You can also use it as a dip. Just my 2 cents.
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    A fresh water dip will also kill the flatworms. But not any eggs that may be on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hooked View Post
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    A fresh water dip will also kill the flatworms. But not any eggs that may be on it.
    +1. Dips kill the flatworms but not the eggs. I suggest quarantining the hammer and dip every week to make sure the flatworms (from eggs hatched) are killed. Otherwise, six line or yellow coris wrasses will eat them.

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    I had some once about a year ago. I used a combination of flatworm exit, manual removal, and a six line wrasse. Haven't seen a single one since.... or a married one either.
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    I wanna know about this pot shop with corals

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    Quote Originally Posted by kutcha View Post
    I wanna know about this pot shop with corals
    LOL I would say apparently you don't.

    I can sell you flatworms if you're that hard up for some lol
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    but yes...

    a sixline will be your best friend.

    Haven't seen any in my tanks have you
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    Got me scared. What do they look like?

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    Worms...that are flat lmao

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweat044 View Post
    Got me scared. What do they look like?

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    They are a tiny little clear/whitish worm with a split tail, they quickly multiply and like to hang out on the glass, that's where I noticed them when my tank had them, I used flat worm exit and it worked great

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    Flatworms from the pot shop :(

    Quote Originally Posted by freedominco View Post
    They are a tiny little clear/whitish worm with a split tail, they quickly multiply and like to hang out on the glass, that's where I noticed them when my tank had them, I used flat worm exit and it worked great
    I thought the clear ones are okay. And the red ones are bad. I have the clear ones in my refugium
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    so general consensus is 6 line and flatworm exit. can flatworm exit be used for multiple doses like weekly so that any eggs that hatch are caught immediately with the stuff? They are clear flat and very hard to see. I do not have any on my glass, they are all over the hammers and now on the closest frag of zoas to it. It looks like it blurs the coral behind it and it is VERY thin and a clear to offwhite / brown color. If you stare long enough you can actually see them move sometimes even rear up and move in another direction.

    Green Coris wrasse wont eat them? Leopard wrasse?

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    A good read on flat worms

    http://www.melevsreef.com/flatworms.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by bazeball05 View Post
    I thought the clear ones are okay. And the red ones are bad. I have the clear ones in my refugium
    I think your thinking of something else, if you have them in your fuge they would be in your tank to, google image saltwater flat worms

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    Yeah I have some clear ones only in my refugium. They say they are not bad, only the red ones because they breed at exponential levels
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    Flatworm exit works great. Get some kind of Wrasse to keep them in check. Yellow Coris Wrasse is good, less aggressive than a 6 line.
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    I picked up a leopard tonight and was going to get a green coris on bushes next order

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    Quote Originally Posted by bazeball05 View Post
    Yeah I have some clear ones only in my refugium. They say they are not bad, only the red ones because they breed at exponential levels
    The clear ones breed in my tank super quick, they were everywhere within in days of them being pointed out to me this is what they looked like


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