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Shrimp Safe Planaria Destroyer?


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I have a ton of small planaria in my shrimp tank. Just looking for something shrimp safe to get rid of them.

 

I don't have baby shrimp yet, but I don't want any risk of the planaria pestering/killing babies.

 

I don't feed often or that much and I haven't seen any large ones. They really like a particular spot on the glass though for some reason.

 

I've heard Fenbendazole works? How safe is it for shrimp? If it works I have access to "Safeguard" which is "for dogs", but I figure it would work as long as it is dosed correctly.

 

 

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I followed the instructions given by James Aquatics in this thread (3rd post).  I had hydra in both my CRS and Orange Rili tanks.  The treatment worked great and I didn't lose any shrimp.  From what I have read, it should work for planaria too.

Sweet! Thanks for sharing your successful experience :) I will have to do that.

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I remember at least one instance where the dose used was quite a bit less than the posted one, and it still managed to do away with the pests. Might be worth experimenting, particularly if you are not in a rush.

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I might try half or even a quarter of the recommended dose and just dose daily and watch the planaria numbers

-Duffy

That sounds like a good idea especially if you have a lot of them.  If you kill too many of them at once you risk polluting the water as they decay.  Good luck.

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Are you sure what you have is planaria?

 

http://www.shrimpspot.com/index.php?/topic/3724-worm-id-please/

 

Interesting, the link in there was a good read. The Scheibenwürmer "Rhabdocoela" actually looks very similar to what I have. I will still dose the fenbendazole just in case, but in very small amounts and see if it does anything. If not then I guess I have the Scheibenwürmer haha.

 

Thanks for the link.

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I have used No-Planaria by Genchem in the past, works really well though it does kill your snails as well.

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You could try to make a DIY planaria trap - and API tube plus some yummy bait inside, or simply a piece of food left on the substrate. I can't remember what they like to eat. The planaria will find this interesting, the Rhabdocoela will not. Then you will know if the treatment is needed. I think the Rhabdocoela tend to frequent the glass a lot more than planaria do.

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