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Sep 08, 2015
The Life Cycle of a Coral Killer: the Acropora-Eating Flatworm
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I recently had a heavy rebound of AEFW and after performing a series of experiments using both Levamisol and Prazi, am about the clear my tank out. However, I just happened to catch this update and if you're interested, may be interested in assisting you by performing an in-tank experiment in my own tank based on your preliminary studies as I am not concerned with the repercussions at this point. I'm very detailed and meticulous with my tank and with experiments. Contact me if you would like more details. :-)
Aug 31, 2015
The Life Cycle of a Coral Killer: the Acropora-Eating Flatworm
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Great info. Thank you Kate!
Jan 26, 2015
The Life Cycle of a Coral Killer: the Acropora-Eating Flatworm
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Hi Kat, I have a few questions I hope you can answer. Do you have a "general" time frame that can be anticipated for reaching ~4mm (in other words, no less than or greater than)? This may help people battling AEFW in the meantime. If left in an Acropora free tank, will an AEFW lay eggs in the rock work or substrate? If so, chances of survival? Can AEFW feed off of another type of SPS in order to survive or prolong survival? In 2011, your abstract titled "Taxonomy and Life History of the AEFW" you stated 21 days for hatching. Has this changed or had you previously witnessed a longer lifespan than what you have most recently posted? Does egg laying slow down without Acropora present or if the AEFW is weak or starving? Are there any plans, on your part, to test effectiveness of Levamisole, Praziquantel, etc? Is it possible that even dipping procedures using a highly concentrated mix, that sliming from the AEFW could protect it through the process? You previously stated that adults can survive for 6-15 days without a food source, larger individuals longer. Did you mean longer than 15 days or longer within the given time frame? For hobbyists looking to control their populations, would basting the corals regularly promote the spreading of AEFW in the tank to other acros? Thanks for all of your hard work! I am working on trying to get something going in our local area for providing donations toward your research. Pete
Jan 23, 2015
The Life Cycle of a Coral Killer: the Acropora-Eating Flatworm
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