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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-27-2014, 05:26 AM Thread Starter
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Will FLUbendazole kill shrimp (have hydras)

I have a pico 3.5 gallon and my RCS are breeding! However, I have noticed the growth of hydras.

I have researched and am making sure I get the Flubendazole and not the FENbendazole that you put onto fish food.

I'm not sure why I even have the Hydras as I dont feed anything into the shrimp tank.

Will the FLUbendazole kill the shrimp?

Thanks!

Also, it appears that flubendazole is somewhat expensive....like $27 for 25g of it...I only need a small amount. Anything else that would kill them? (it's only a 3.5 gallon tank, so no blue gouramis)

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-27-2014, 06:45 AM
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I have same issue.

I had ordered Panacur 1g which contains 222mg Fenbendazole per gram.

will use 22.2mg Fenbendazole (0.1g powder) to treat my 10G BMS tank.
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Check Ebay for "fish bendazole." Comes in packets, stored in a jar.

My method:
.1g for planaria per tenner
.05g for hydra per tenner

Mix in tank water in cup outside aquarium, then pour in.

Turn off lights (reacts with light to break down) for first day.

repeat dose 3 days later if needed. Same way.

Do water change if needed.

NOTE: Remove mystery snails and Nerites as this is poisonous to them.

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Check Ebay for "fish bendazole." Comes in packets, stored in a jar.

My method:
.1g for planaria per tenner
.05g for hydra per tenner

Mix in tank water in cup outside aquarium, then pour in.

Turn off lights (reacts with light to break down) for first day.

repeat dose 3 days later if needed. Same way.

Do water change if needed.

NOTE: Remove mystery snails and Nerites as this is poisonous to them.
The parts in bold are not true.
I just sprinkled a pinch in the filter of my 3 gallon and it killed them all. No deaths.

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Ok, so using the above recommended doses of FENbendazole, which is usually applied to a fish's food won't kill shrimp, but will kill the hydras?

This could be good news as FLUbendazole seems super expensive for the small amounts I would need.
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I have used it with a prl tank and no issue. .1 gram is all I used and it took care of it in one dose

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Where do people usually get the fenbendazole?
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Where do people usually get the fenbendazole?
most pet stores that have a dog section will have it, it is sold as dog dewormer and I know for sure petsmart and petco sells it
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Where do people usually get the fenbendazole?
Panacur from Amazon
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The parts in bold are not true.
I just sprinkled a pinch in the filter of my 3 gallon and it killed them all. No deaths.


It may have worked for you that way in your 3 gallon tank, and I think that's great- however please don't label something "not true" when there's research to back up the statement.

As just one example, here's a paper from the FDA http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AnimalV.../UCM078335.pdf

"This study conclusively demonstrates a rapid degradation process for
fenbendazole exists (less than one day) with photolysis
proceeding to many insignificant degradate compounds in which
none comprise more than 10% of the original concentration."

As for Nerites dying, there's enough threads on this and other forums that state using fenben killed them to warrant being on the safe side and removing them. Just use the terms Nerites and fenbendazole in google and see what pops up.

Again, I think it's great it worked for you in your method, however please be open minded enough to accept there may be more information.

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The parts in bold are not true.
I just sprinkled a pinch in the filter of my 3 gallon and it killed them all. No deaths.
Just because you got lucky doesn't mean it's safe. Just saying it's not true isn't valid without proof.
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The parts in bold are not true.
I just sprinkled a pinch in the filter of my 3 gallon and it killed them all. No deaths.
My Nerites died right after dosing Fenbendazole in 2 different tanks, please provide solid evidence that it is safe to use with Nerites, I don't want other members to loose their snails as well.
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I have accidentally Killed 2 Mystery snails from dosing Febendazole. I dosed and did 3 water changes before putting them back in the tank. They ate all the algae in the tank over 3 days then I found them stinking up the place.

The smaller snails didn't like it, but they survived it.

I don't use chemicals at all, I use newborn guppy fry. They have to be just born and never fed anything live. I plop them in the tank and 3 days later no water fleas, no hydra, and no planaria. They little mouths are too small for baby shrimp. Then after a week for severe infestations, I leave up to a week. Not feed the fish, but feeding the shrimp. I will post a picture of this tomorrow if my Chocolate tank needs treatment.
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Here, this article will help you.
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...ra-231872.html

I always do 30% water change and dose half spoon " No Planaria"
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post #15 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-30-2014, 10:09 AM
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Fenbendazole copes well with planar. I have used and have not noticed any death snails, shrimp or death. Maybe a certain kind of snails react to this drug?
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