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How to control Acropora Eating Flatworms (AEFW)

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 in Education, Equipment | 0 comments

Acropora Eating Flatworms (AEFW) almost destroyed my tank. My fight against those sly AEFW’s began about a month ago in this post. Since then I have been periodically blasting my corals in the tank with a pipette/turkey baster as a test and haven’t seen any AEFW come off of the corals. If there are any AEFW’s they usually come off of the coral because of the pressure from the turkey baster. Also all coral polyps are out, corals are growing and coloring up again and I can’t see any AEFW eggs. I don’t see any bite marks either! Once you see these things in your tank they are so easy to recognize again. It seems like I am winning the battle against AEFW’s. Below I have outlined my procedure to help you in case AEFW’s are affecting your tank....

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Eradicating AEFW in the Red Sea Max 250 reef

Posted on Mar 18, 2012 in Guides | 0 comments

In dealing with Aceopora Eating Flatworms (AEFW) in my Red Sea Max 250 reef, I took all of my Acropora corals off of rocks, dipped for weeks, added wrasses for patrolling, and all the other suggestions out there. I did lose a few corals, especially deep water ones due to the stress of the dips and sensitivity to Revive. I am out of patience and whatever happens now happens. If AEFW want to eat my Acroporas, then they are going to and I’ll have to not have any Acros. However, since the reef was being dismantled at this time, it was a great time to correct a few mistakes I had made a long time ago that only experience teaches, if you know what I mean. A few that come to mind are: 1. Glue corals to small pieces...

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Red Sea Max 250 reef destroyed!

Posted on Mar 4, 2012 in Coral, Featured | 0 comments

Before the destruction of the Red Sea Max 250 reef                 After the destruction of the Red Sea Max 250 reef               A terrible thing has happened: Acropora Eating Flatworm (AEFW) invasion. After the Interceptor treatment for the Red Bugs pests, these AEFW have increased in numbers to the point that my Six Line Wrasse (normally a great biological control for pests) can’t help much. I see bite marks on almost all of my Acropora corals, similar to the bite marks pointed out earlier on the Bellina coral in this post. The Acroporas are dying. It’s so painful to watch. I have read the horror stories, seen the disasters and home reef death with only a few successes in handling AEFW. Corals are so sensitive. There...

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