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Post by DarloKev on 23/1/2012, 23:40

Has anyone ever had a problem with flatworms?????? Everytime i think i've got rid of them they come back in force. Have pulled out most the gravel given the tank a thorough clean, siphoned the gravel, gave the filter a good clean. Have treated the water with anti parasite treatment. They seem to disappear for a week or so then return in force. Currently in the tank theres an oscar, synodontis, red tail black shark, and a fire eel.

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Post by Ian on 24/1/2012, 09:04

sounds like your not killing the eggs if its a week or so and there back

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Post by DarloKev on 24/1/2012, 11:29

is there any sure fire way of getting rid of all the worms and the eggs?

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Post by Fish dude on 24/1/2012, 11:37

Ok not sure if this will help but look up (Flatworm vacume).
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Post by Ian on 24/1/2012, 12:29

hi kev what do these flat worms look like and what colour
any pics of them

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Post by DarloKev on 24/1/2012, 13:17

not very good pictures but its the best my phone can do. the second is them all over a bit of prawn

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Post by Ian on 24/1/2012, 13:27

they look like lech more than flat worm
have you been adding blood worm to the tank regular as they sometimes come in them or plants from a pond

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Post by DarloKev on 24/1/2012, 13:32

yes bloodworm its their main meal.

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Post by Ian on 24/1/2012, 13:53

have any of your fish been effected by them or are they just in the gravel

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Post by DarloKev on 24/1/2012, 13:56

Just in the gravel if they're on pieces of food the fish usually eat them. Is there anyway i can get rid of them completely?

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Post by Ian on 24/1/2012, 14:01

the only safe way is to boil the gravel and wash the tank out with salt leaving the salt solution quite strong in the tank for a coupler of days to kill any that are in the tank or the eggs you could add salt to the water you boil the gravel in as most chemicals that kill them also are dangerous to fish
Any cloths green pads etc... you use to wash it out the tank and rocks and wood need to be thrown out just incase they get infected with eggs

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Post by Ian on 24/1/2012, 14:03

blood worm is good but you better off checking it before you put it in the tank to check for letch in future
also only use them occassionally theres plenty of other foods to use

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Post by DarloKev on 24/1/2012, 14:13

mmmm this is going to be a challenge the only way i can take the fish out is to set up 4 small tanks so not really an option at the moment. Will strip the tank down and get everything cleaned up. Couple of questions though, Can you actually see the eggs or are they too small? Can they survive in the filter? Is there any fish that will actually eat them? Thanks for all your help its always best when you know exactly what your dealing with.

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Post by Ian on 24/1/2012, 14:25

yes fish will eat them but they could be harmful as they can carry fish diesaes
yes they will live in your filter
the eggs are so tiny you would need a magnifing glass and they will be everywhere above and below the water line
but thats the only way without using harmful chemicals

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Post by Fish dude on 24/1/2012, 14:34

did you look up flatworm vacume ?
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