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White worm creature ID

What are theses white flat worm like creatures that have appeared in my shrimp tank
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Planaria

Icky little boogers.

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Will they hurt anything. Should I slowly start hunting them with the tweezers?

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I have spotted atleast 5 so far
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Yep, Planaria. Folks here use this glass catch pen for a pretty non-invasive grab of planaria:

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But a chemical alternative to wipe them out like Levamisole can do a number on them too - but maybe also your shrimp, so heads up on that approach. Some folks also say things like Loaches can eat them, but the long term solution is to feed your shrimp less - less uneaten waste in the substrate, less fat happy planaria. Planaria aren't parasites so no worries about them going Alien on your shrimp tho.
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Good to know. Thanks for the info. I just redid this tank so they either snuck in on the fluval stratum or driftwood I pulled from another shrimp tank. Ill see if I can slowly trap them out
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You can also use dog/cat dewormer to take care of them. From what I've read this won't hurt your shrimp in reasonable doses. And yes they are potentially harmful to shrimp as they are carnivorous and have been seen attacking shrimplets and even adult shrimp.

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They were swarming the shrimp food so I put some in a test tube to see if I can lure them in.
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I would try the dog dewormer. It works wonders. Just make sure you read the guides in the forum.


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^^^wow thats gross....I also notice some worm like things in my subrtrade but mines were alot thiner like but I been poking them down into the subtrate in hopes of killing it but they some times float up and I just scoop them out with my net.
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The thin ones are normally just harmless nematodes.

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Good point on the dog de-wormer, the worm killer in that is Fenbendazole which isn't as deadly as Levamisole - maybe gentler on the fauna? Anyhow this is the dog med you'll be looking for:



Also known as Panacur.
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Thanks for the heads up. So in a 5g tank I would use .5grams?
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Thanks for the heads up. So in a 5g tank I would use .5grams?
.05 grams, or 1/20th of the package. repeat if worms still around. you can put that one gram pack in measured water then pour in 1/20th of that water, if it makes it easier to measure that way for you. here's a rundown for a 10G tank, with .1gram (1/10th of a package) treatments:

http://www.arizonainverts.com/articl...endazole).html
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I don't think that Piperazine will do it:

http://www.aquaboards.com/archive/in.../t-76775.html?

"lotsoffish" on that board tried it, and no go. The Fenbendazole is the active ingredient that you have to look for.
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