pests: the embarrassing STI of my reef

By James Passantino 10 years agoNo Comments

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?


 James Passantino

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