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    For the last half year, it is not clear why, many local aquarists, like me, have begun to die of corals.
    This is mainly STN, but sometimes RTN.
    Since my permissible strontium level was 4 times exceeded, I suspected that I myself was to blame for the bleaching of corals. But after a month of massive water changes, the strontium level dropped to normal, but the problem persisted.
    One of my hobby friends told me to check for flatworms.
    The magnifying glass did not help, I did not find anything (I even ordered an electron microscope for this). I have only seen how flatworms look in pictures on the Internet, I have never had such a thing.
    Although I did not find the flatworms, I still decided to do the treatment for the flatworms with the help of Flatworm Stop.
    After 2 weeks, the STN stopped, and the corals that started bleaching stopped and signs of regeneration appeared.
    By this time it turned out that our aquariums had been infected with the Vibrio bacteria.
    I began to wonder why it helped me?
    Korallen Zücht notes in the description of this product that it does not kill flatworms, but increases the protective layer of corals, so that it is difficult for flatworms to reach it and, as a result, they begin to starve to death.
    Apparently the same kind of protection protects the coral from Vibrio.
    For over a month I have not lost a any coral. Moreover, I advised Flatworm Stop to a friend with the same problem and it also helped him.
    I usually use Flatworm Stop on a regular basis to strengthen the immune defenses of corals, giving the usual dose of 1 ml per 100 liters twice a week. water. For treatment, I began to give daily double doze (2 ml per 100 liters of water).
    Maybe this information will help someone.

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    Thank you for sharing your experiences with this product, really interesting. The tissue eating flatworms are still very common and I remember when I fist have seen them about 25 years ago. No one has known so far that they do exist but importers from Indonesia where the fist one which where affected over here. Would really be interesting to know if corals from Australia where also infected directly or if that has happen when dealers mixed them in their tanks with corals from Indonesia or corals from their customers which where already infected.

    My experience with the product is very similar to yours, corals which are not 100% healthy are infected usually first and healthy corals are often never infected. Dipping all corals will just stress them and the flatworms will return after some time as partial substrate which does contain their eggs where not removed, also the eggs are not affected by the treatments.

    G.Alexander

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    • #3
      Hey, that’s awesome info

      thanks

      - How did you work out you had a the Vibrio bacterial infection ??

      regards
      Nickb

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      • #4
        I have never observed a vibrio bacterial infection at the affected corals however there where some corals infected with flatworms again and again. I decided to remove them as they where already damaged hard by the flatworms.

        After some time I have not had any further coral looses because of the flatworms but I have continued to dose FlatwormStop once or twice per week preventive.

        G.Alexander

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        • #5
          I’ve been using flatworm stop since I’ve had this reef tank set up three years now. I’ve seen a few flat worms from time to time on the glass and syphon them out when doing weakly water changes but never seen them attach to any of my sps. I don’t see them anymore. I’ve continued to use it for almost three years now and feel it the best product out there.

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