Are these flat worms of some kind?

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    Very difficult to get focused well and this is one of the best pics. These are ~1/8" long.

    Wife bought a lot of pods from reefs2go and I bought plants from aquacon about the same time. This is in the 50 gal refugium. I am pretty sure that these came with the pods. One of my fish guys said they are flat worms, but I am not finding anything quite like these online. They have been stuck to the glass in low flow areas, top to bottom, since I put the pods in.
     

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    Looks like flatworms to me. The little "horns" on the back end are indicative. Flatworm Exit is the way to go.
     
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    Definitely red planaria flatworms....siphon out all you can and consider FW Exit, but carefully consider the instructions....get the charcoal ready because if you see a few you have many and they give off a toxin when they die....
     
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    +2 Erin & Mitch
     
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    MitchReef reef noobie, since 1986

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    realize that if you do this wrong they will nuke all your fish...that's why I emphasized being ready when you start.....
     
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    I have the clear kinds and they don't seem too bad. Are the clear kinds harmful?
     
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    @MitchReef ... yes, I was just reading about Flatworm Exit ... have the carbon ready!
     
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    MitchReef reef noobie, since 1986

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    MANY clear flatworms eat corals...I don't trust any of the little bastiches every since my experience with AEFW....ALWAYS dip and quarantene ALL corals....
     
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    Are there any kinds of fish that would eat them?
     
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    Wrasses' eat them...
     
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    Would mandarins eat them?
     
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    I just squish the ones in my sump. I dont think theyll make it threw my pump but you never know. It is so peaceful to go in the basement and squish flatworms! Its a challenge! +1 smitty
     
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    @mario... sigh
     
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    Don't squish too many at once mario....they are still giving off those aforementioned toxins....even if squished instead of bombed....
     
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    I dont know what aforementions toxins is, so can you give me a number of squishies im safe at in a 24hr period?
     
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    Squish away. Unless you spend hours doing it, it's not going to harm your tank.
     
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    I don't think those red planaria. There is a flat worm that's relatively harmless. I'd get a six line wrasse. Cool fish and constant picker. Blue damsels may as well.
     
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