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It was either here or on youtube where I saw a vid posted where the planaria attacked shrimp, crawling under the shell. (sorry, I don't do shrimp & am not up on terminology!) It was obviously painful/distressing to the shrimp, which I think died later. It was too gross to watch more than once! If I had shrimp, I would do my best to be safely rid of planaria.

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post #17 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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I've only seen white planaria.

Guess I've been lucky! LOL!

(I can't get enough of watching my tanks, especially the Opae Ula. Completely different critters, the way they interact with each other...)
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The planaria I've seen have all been a slight beige or off white color. ARe you 100% positive they are planaria? Tell tale triangle head? Because it's not uncommon for people to have Rhabdocoela and think they are planaria. They are white, flat, crawl on the glass and substrate but are harmless to shrimp. One end is slightly larger than the other end, but they lack the traingle shaped head and eyes. Rhabdocoela is not susceptible to planaria meds and such either. Just to be sure, here is a thread on the difference.

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The planaria I've seen have all been a slight beige or off white color. ARe you 100% positive they are planaria? Tell tale triangle head? Because it's not uncommon for people to have Rhabdocoela and think they are planaria. They are white, flat, crawl on the glass and substrate but are harmless to shrimp. One end is slightly larger than the other end, but they lack the traingle shaped head and eyes. Rhabdocoela is not susceptible to planaria meds and such either. Just to be sure, here is a thread on the difference.

http://www.shrimpnow.com/forums/show...imp-tank/page2
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Thanks, Jaime, for that...

Mine are definitely planaria, beige/off white in color with the triangular head and eye spots.

I've never seen them gang up on a shrimp, Doug. Thinking if I had, I'd've run from the room screaming! LOL!
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Since I dont think it was mentioned specifically yet, the dog dewormer you are looking for is one that contains febendazole. I believe Panacur is the brand most often used, and sold in american pet shops. Im canadian and had to order mine online.
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Another option for treatment is Flubendazole. You can get it pure online:
http://www.inkmkr.com/Fish/

Drop him an email and he'll ship you out some. The stuff he sent me is pure, and you just add a pinch to a tank.
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The planaria in my CRS tank are dark pink, almost red. How do they differ from the white ones you guys are talking about? I don't think its food causing the color, since the tank only gets shrimp wafers 3 times a week.

For sure they are planaria, they've got the triangle head.

I suspect them of eating my baby shrimp, as I had a lot of baby CRS, and then the planaria showed up and the baby shrimp went away.
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Can you post a picture? I've never seen any referred to as red, not even from the biological supply companies. If it's preying on your shrimplets it's probably just some sort of color morph of white planaria. Black or Brown planaria don't eat live food, as they are strictly scavengers.

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Don't they show up when you over feed and under clean the substrate and filters??
I've never had them show unless those two things were neglected...
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Another option for treatment is Flubendazole.
The product is Fenbendazole, and it is a dog dewormer.

Sold as Safe-guard for a cheap price online and in pet stores.

The dosing guide is 1/10 of 1 packet (comes with 3) per 10 gallons.

When dosed in this form, I find it does NOT injure any of my snails, but removes all living flat worms.

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