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Old 09-17-2012, 07:11 PM
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Can someone confirm what I am pretty sure is AEFW. I removed two clusters of eggs (pictured separately) from my A. prostrata colony just now. I have decided to just remove the coral permanently as it now looks horrible anyway.

I have been dosing Flatworm Stop since May 19th daily but only for preventative purposes, I have just discovered I have AEFW today.
I have a A. valida and A. gomezi that has STN but cannot find eggs on those colonies. I have a A. Millepora that looks horrible as well.

Picture with the red oval indicates where the two egg masses were removed, on the skeleton just below the tissue.
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Sorry to say but those are the kind of flatworms eating the tissue of Acropora corals.

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Thank you G. Alexander.
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:18 PM
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Kinda looks like its a possibility, I would normally see "bite marks" up from the necrosis have you dipped or basted any worms off?
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Here's a better picture I took later showing bite marks. Dipped and Basted saw a couple of worms.

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Hello NanoTapia,
We are fighting the same pest in two tanks. We bought a frag tank and have transfered all acro frags and have bin dipping weekly for two weeks, what a pain in the ars! Flatworm exit helped but did not get all even at 2x's dose. Been using FW stop for two weeks to help but have no idea how it's working?
I really enjoy this hobby, but I do not think I would do this again!

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Sorry about your experience with AEFW's. I don't think FWS will be of much use short term. I have been dosing it for 4 months with little result, however I believe it has not been a waste of time dosing it. From what I have been reading, multiple dips and basting will do the trick in time. FWS may help the tissue recover after the fact. Flatworm Exit is not intended for AEFW.

This pest is beatable but without proper coral QT they will likely be introduced back in the tank in the future. These pests are quite common now.
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Unfortunately it is. You need to set up a dipping station and use a solution like Coral RX or Bayer Advanced or bot. Be carefull with smoot skin Acros. I used a pestaside here in the US called Bayer Advanced. You will need to deep every 5 days for 3-5 weeks. Also get your self some wrasse. you can place the corals softly in front of a powerhead and the worms will fly off and the wrasse will eat them. Research Bayer on the net.
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Unfortunately it is. You need to set up a dipping station and use a solution like Coral RX or Bayer Advanced or bot. Be carefull with smoot skin Acros. I used a pestaside here in the US called Bayer Advanced. You will need to deep every 5 days for 3-5 weeks. Also get your self some wrasse. you can place the corals softly in front of a powerhead and the worms will fly off and the wrasse will eat them. Research Bayer on the net.
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Been there, done that, hate it!
http://www.zeovit.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20439

there's lots of pics and ways to solution (no chemical solution... only camel shrimps, and it's not gonna be pretty).

If you want a very close look of the eggs of AEFW, here's what I had:



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Thank you for posting your experience OZ. How are your corals now? Do you quarantine corals now before putting them in your display?

I have lost a few corals but overall "I think" I am winning the battle.
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:08 PM
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If you ask for my opinion, I believe that each tank that had AEFW, will ever have them.
It's not a win-lose battle. You can't win it.
Wrasses and Camel shrimps only eats what they can reach. The eggs colonies they can't reach, those are the problem...
BUT, they're able to prevent the AEFW from doing a real damage by eating them whenever they see it.
I know that wasn't the answer you hoped for, but I truly believe you cant defeat them. you can only lower their numbers and hope for the best.

my corals are fine at the moment. healthy and colorful for the past 2 years. I see the nipping bites here and there but whenever it gets to a visible and accessible place, the wrasses get to work so nothing dies or damaged.

If you start a new tank with quarantine and follow the protocols... you can avoid those horrible pests. Otherwise, you cant.

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