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  1. Flatworm Causes and Cures 
    #1
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    Hi everyone,
    I am about to pick a tank up that has had an outbreak of flatworm (not ideal, I know!); can anyone give me an idea on what may be the cause of this, plus a cure? I will be taking the rock/corals/fish out first (I have another tank to put these in). Can I treat the rock with something? I intend dumping the sand, then totally disinfecting the tank before I start setting it up; what would I use for this?
    Any help would be greatly apprecaited!
    Thanks,
    Andy.
     

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    the main cause for these getting to plague proportions are low flow which in turn causes a build up of detrius for them to eat. once the detrius is gone they will slowly die back. you can do a fresh water dip when you transfere the rock over. this will hep bring the numbers down again.
     

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    they are synonamous with new tanks... and will come and go, ensure you have a good clean up crew, good flow and they will soon dissapear... I had a problem to begin with, but now they have died back... can't find one...

     

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    My flatworm population was on the decline after the initial explosion. I add a Iridis wrasse and now I can't see a single flatworm!

    Might be just a coincidence though

    Dave

    http://www.suttonreef.co.uk Click here for my old SPS tank thread, here for my new tank thread
     

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