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DyloHeath

I really hope these aren't flatworms. Please help ID these.

 

They all seem to be on the tank glass, I don't notice any bites on any of the corals. Tiny bugs.

 

I tried to make the photos clear. Faint red circles around the bugs.

 

If they are flatworms, what is the best plan of attack?

 

 

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Snow_Phoenix

Yep, those are flatworms. 

 

If they're not bothering any of your corals and are not growing to plague-like proportions, I'd just leave them be. 

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DyloHeath
11 minutes ago, Snow_Phoenix said:

Yep, those are flatworms. 

 

If they're not bothering any of your corals and are not growing to plague-like proportions, I'd just leave them be. 

Okay, I’ll keep an eye on them.

 

ive heard they can be a problem when they overpopulate.

 

thanks for the ID 

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DyloHeath

Update: These things have multiplied like crazy all over the glass, also I've notice some massive ones. And from what I understand they are the ones that lay all the eggs?

 

I took the hammer out and did a coral RX treatment

 

I've also ordered salifert flatworm exit.

 

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jservedio

I would not worry about them too much right now and just let their population boom and then eventually bust. My tank had a massive amount of them about 6-8 months in, they lasted a few weeks, and then they were gone. I would certainly not use Flatworm Exit and would not start removing and dipping corals for these types of flatworms (the big exception being if you have clams) unless absolutely necessary. Simply remove the really, really big ones manually when you see them and try and suck up as many as you can during your regular water changes.

 

Flatworm Exit will kill the flatworms outright and they generally contain toxins which are released when the flatworm dies. If they get entirely out of control and start causing real issues, then you can consider using Flatworm Exit, but you need to remove as many as you physically can before using it because in a nano, you don't have a lot of margin for error when it comes to toxicity.

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