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    Found some creature eating my copepod !

    Hi all my tank is only 3month old and saw some creature that are eating my copepod!


    Are they aiptasia youth? How do I get rid of them?


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    Flatworm? Planaria?

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    Might not be flatworm cuz they are colorless.


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    This is a Planaria, also known as a flatworm. Your thing in the picture looks similar to it. Does it look like that to you in person?

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    They feed on copepods so it kind of lines up.

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    https://youtu.be/_hgJ1waQCPk
    Hereís a video of them. If I donít have any sps then they are harmless in my tank?


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    Yep, planaria. The brown ones like yours don't usually go crazy and infest the tank like the red ones. The red ones can reach plague proportions and smoother corals, plus they are toxic so harder to remove.

    The brown ones are usually harmless and some fish find them appetizing.

    The ones that attack acros are totally different, they are called acro eating flatworms, move much slower than that guy, and developed a very special diet of acro flesh only so they don't eat copepods.

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    Thanks a lot. I got a cleaner wrasse in my DT nipping on them. But tonight when I use a flash light in my refugium so many of them craw up and worries me.


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    Just think of them as free food for your wrasses. You may be able to eliminate them with flatworm exit. It works well on the red Planaria but I've heard of mixed results for the brown ones. Obviously use caution in case your flatworm are toxic and follow the instructions on the package.

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    Agree with ATX.

    My six line wrasse will devour any flatworm. Great hunter...

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