How to get rid of flatworms??

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    I have a massive flatworm problem; they are everywhere. How do I get rid of them? I tried to take the rocks out dip them in fresh water and they just came back. I tried to suck them out with a small syphon but that took forever and it was useless they were back in an hour or two. What to do???
     
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    You need to treat the whole tank with Flatworm Exit (by Salifert). I had flatworms a while back as well, except I managed to take care of them when they were only on one rock, which made it easier. Before you treat with the Flatworm Exit, you need to remove as many as possible from the tank by hand, since they release toxins when they die. After you use the Flatworm Exit, be prepared to do some large water changes and run carbon to get rid of the toxins.
     
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    What Biff said.
    And don't be surprised if you have to treat it twice. Most of us end up having to.
     
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    Good luck killing them. I have been fortunate not to have gotten them..... yet.
     
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    That site was really helpful thanks. I think im gonna do what it suggested and vacuum as many out as possible then treat it with that flatworm eXit stuff.
     
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    have lots of carbon ready to pout in the tank after you are done with the treatment
     
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