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Old 01-29-2013, 07:39 PM   #1
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RCS and Planaria


How do I get rid of planaria in my RCS tank? I do not know how I got them. This tank was originally a qt tank with no bottom.....I did not see these creepy things before getting my RCS. Once I got them, I did not feed for 2 days, then I feed I tiny wafer and BAM the next day when I turned on the light I saw them on tank wall...the only thing I currently have is CYROPRO which kills parasites...Does anyone or has anyone used with shrimp or know if it is safe? Or, any other suggestions to rid them...
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:50 PM   #2
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No-planaria worked for me. Real easy to use and no harm to shrimp
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:09 PM   #3
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You positive of the id? As in triangle head and eyes?
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+1 raven. I've had lots of different worms, none that turned out to be planaria but I thought they were at the time. I went to my LFS and saw an infected tank with planaria, and once you see them in purpose, you know. The big triangle head is a give away.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:49 PM   #5
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Yeah, I've panicked to the point of tearing down a tank thinking what I was seeing was planaria when it was actually Rhabdocoela. When finally saw my first real planaria yeah, ya can't get them confused with anything else. LOL! But you can confuse other things for planaria
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to me they look like tiny grains of white rice
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to me they look like tiny grains of white rice

If it doesn't have the triangle head it's not planaria. Please go here and read post #12.

http://www.shrimpnow.com/forums/show...imp-tank/page2

The reason you need to be SURE what it is is because #1 most other flat worms that are similar are harmless and #2 the meds that kill planaria won't kill some of these other worms.

Also lots of flat white worms in the aquarium are going to look like grains of rice, that's not really descriptive enough to help determine what you have.
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:07 PM   #8
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First time I saw worms crawling on my glass I freaked, broke it down and bleached everything. LOL Don't make my rookie mistake. As long as you don't have that triangle head worm, you are good.
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:09 PM   #9
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i see little worms all the time but untill they finaly got bigger i couldnt tell they were planaria cause at first i didnt see the triangle head. i figure might as well treat my tank if i even think it could be now.
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I agree, definitely make sure they are planaria before napalming the tank.
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ok stupid question time..... what other worms have triangle heads? i never have seen eyes on the few i have seen with triangle heads in my tanks but i dont normally let them get big enough to see they triangle head either
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:39 PM   #12
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There are various coloration of planarian, and they don't live just in water. But once you decide if you have planaria for sure, you can use the search function to decide what treatment you like.

There is a new thread every week on this. Lol.
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:20 AM   #13
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They are so small to get pic and I tried looking through my cheap magnifying glass but not strong enough to be sure if it is or isn't with a triangle head....is there a site with all the different white worms images so I can look and see if I can identify them? I been dealing with this awhile but I never let them be in there long enough to see if they grow, swim, etc...I siphon out as many as possible during every weekly water change....please someone help me even if they are harmless I don't like it in there.....:-(
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:35 AM   #14
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They are harmless , I have a lot of worms from my shrimp tank. If you try to use any chemicals kill worm, then your shrimp will be die
You need reduce feed them, change 10% water per week, and Otto fish like eat those worm
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:40 AM   #15
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Here's the thing, most of the things designed to kill planaria won't kill rhabdacoela, nematodes, or detritus worms and all you'll wind up doing is putting your other tank inhabitants at risk (snail, shrimp, etc). Also if they ARE planaria, doing anything to them will cause them to multiply. As in, you get a planaria, cut it in half, you have two planaria. You have a planaria, go to siphon it out and accidentally smoosh it with the side of the siphon you might have 30 planaria.

There is a sticky at the top of the shrimp forum on shrimp keeping and in there is a guide to fauna in the tank. If you have plants and shrimp only tank, fauna is just likely to happen because fish generally take care of them. Unfortunately most fish make snacks out of shrimp too.

So you either learn to deal with it, learn what they are (and if they are not planaria, yes you can try to siphon them out with your water changes), or just don't have shrimp only tank. I'm not saying that to be a smart alec, that's just sort of how it is. Also, overfeeding and feeding directly on the substrate can also lead to break outs in the fauna population.

I used to hate seeing ANYTHING in my shrimp tanks like that and then realized it was zapping all the fun out of my tanks worrying about them. As long as I'm not seeing planaria or hydra, I don't care about the others. They all serve a purpose, eating detritus, algae, decaying plants matter, leftover food, etc.
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