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rav3n
07/28/2017, 06:48 PM
Hello reef central,
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I recently aquired some new acro frags. I dipped and small wiggling flatworm came off. Upon inspecting the underside of the plug also noticed clusters of eggs that look like AEFW eggs on Google. The coral (multiple frags) have no bit marks that I can tell and generally look healthy.

My question is are there other flatworm that have the same behavior and look the same but are just harmless to across? I'm being told this by the seller.

Thanks in advance!

stryker
07/28/2017, 06:58 PM
Hard to tell from the pic, looks out of focus.


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Pife
07/28/2017, 07:00 PM
Based upon that picture is toss the frag.

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rav3n
07/28/2017, 07:08 PM
Sorry it is out of focus but I can with certainty tell you it matches AEFW eggs on Google. I'm being told there are other species that have eggs and such

stryker
07/28/2017, 07:13 PM
I don't know of any other types of flatworms that lay eggs at the base of acros like that or have eggs that look similar. I would assume that they are aefw and decide from there.


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rav3n
07/28/2017, 07:26 PM
I don't know of any other types of flatworms that lay eggs at the base of acros like that or have eggs that look similar. I would assume that they are aefw and decide from there.


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Yes I'm being told that this person I got my frags from has them all over his tank and they are harmless. I don't think it's worth the risk. I also can't find any info on other types of reef flatworms that lay green clusters of eggs at the base of acros.

Pife
07/28/2017, 08:16 PM
Yes I'm being told that this person I got my frags from has them all over his tank and they are harmless. I don't think it's worth the risk. I also can't find any info on other types of reef flatworms that lay green clusters of eggs at the base of acros.

Aefw eggs are brown / orange.

rav3n
07/28/2017, 08:31 PM
Aefw eggs are brown / orange.

I'm brown green color blind.. To me the eggs look like AEFW when comparing

rav3n
07/28/2017, 09:05 PM
I'm brown green color blind.. To me the eggs look like AEFW when comparing
Here is a clear picture.

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jda
07/28/2017, 09:13 PM
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4297/36066709702_5382e3e15d_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/WX6jfs)

Pife
07/28/2017, 09:16 PM
Throw it out. They are still aefw eggs.

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rav3n
07/29/2017, 05:25 AM
To the garbage they went. Thanks all!

jdamon
07/29/2017, 05:57 AM
Could the original poster just have removed the frags from the plugs, dipped, and then either glued to fresh plugs or glued directly to rocks?

plyle02
07/29/2017, 06:17 AM
Could the original poster just have removed the frags from the plugs, dipped, and then either glued to fresh plugs or glued directly to rocks?

AEFW are too risky, the only way I would think of keeping it would be to cut above glue line on the frag, then dip and quarantine until there is no evidence of the worms or eggs. Not many are setup for this type of system, so yeah, I would probably toss it too.

rav3n
07/29/2017, 07:31 AM
Could the original poster just have removed the frags from the plugs, dipped, and then either glued to fresh plugs or glued directly to rocks?

I thought of doing so but my quarantine would be a bucket with a heater, not so great.. and there is still the possibility of eggs being laid in the coral itself.

bif24701
07/31/2017, 04:15 PM
Here is a clear picture.



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lol basically covered in them.


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