I’m not sure if it is as bad as burning pee but seeing some dreaded unwanted pest in your tank has to be like getting a call from a one-night stand informing you of his or her not-so squeaky-clean status. For me that scourge is red planaria. Yeah, yeah “I swear I used protection! I dipped all my frags,” yet the little bastards still got in and are now having wild, unprotected (and sometimes asexual) orgies in my reeftank. What started out as a few is now into the hundreds if not thousands and I am embarrassed to tell my reefing friends. When people come over to see the tank and then accept my offer to take some frags home I need to give them a caveat before I let them leave. The conversation usually goes something like this:
me: (as ufct is walking toward the door) Ummmm, do you have Coral Rx or flatworm exit?
unsuspecting free coral taker: No, why?
me: There is something I have to tell you, you might want to take a seat.
ufct: … (looks at me strangely because they know what’s coming) uhh, O.K. (they sit)
me: I haven’t been completely forthright with you. They are completely harmless, they don’t eat acros.
ufct:(interrupting me) WTF ?@!
me: I have (pause for dramatic effect)… bugs, worms to be precise.
At this point, their response depends on a couple of things. Is the ufct a noob or a vet? Have they had flatworms before?