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Old 06-07-2013, 08:36 AM   #1
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Diy planaria & flatworm traps


What's everyone idea on this??? Share your traps w/ pictures and success or fail stories! I myself have a flatworm problem, though there not lethal to shrimp. There annoying the living day lights out of me!! Haha
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Old 06-07-2013, 07:59 PM   #2
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Here's a link to another thread where ppl were showing their ideas for traps...

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=338898

The OP idea seems very cheap to make, just get a small portion cup and lid from a restaurant, what they serve togo salsa or other sauces in.

Post 17 & 20 had pics but I can't see them now for some reason. Basically one used a glass test tube that you would take a blood sample with(I guess he works in the medical field) and the other used an API test tube for testing your water. They cut a small hole in the top and stuck in a short length of airline tubing.

Steathlypotatoes, the poster of #20, had extra to sell for cheap if you want to give him a shout. I was going to purchase a couple, then decided to use the "Safeguard" dewormer method. Good luck.
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Old 06-08-2013, 12:40 AM   #3
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Yeah I seen those, but I don't have an extra test tube, I actually broke two of the four I had lol. And the cup idea just didn't look as effective
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Old 06-08-2013, 06:31 PM   #4
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How on Earth did you break your test tubes!?!? I have accidently slammed them into the sink while getting rinse water out and nat a scatch.

Anyways contact stealthypotatoes he is selling what I (with my trusty Masters degree in engineering) thought up a few months ago.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...8170&highlight=
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I have a huge planaria infestation in my OEBT/Rili shrimp tank currently. So today I made a DIY planaria bait trap made from a API glass test tube with airline tubing.. and I got this much few hours later..






It really does work.
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Old 06-09-2013, 07:02 AM   #6
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Can u freeze these and feed them to your fish?


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I have a huge planaria infestation in my OEBT/Rili shrimp tank currently. So today I made a DIY planaria bait trap made from a API glass test tube with airline tubing.. and I got this much few hours later..






It really does work.
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Yeah, that will probably work. I have given it some thought about feeding them live to my cichlids, because they're harmless and safe if ingested (they are not parasites from what I heard) although I have loaches and I heard that bottom-dwelling fish can be victims by these guys by crawling, sneaking into their gills and getting them irritated, itchy and maybe sick.. So yeah, freezing will work. Hopefully they don't survive freezing.. Anyway, good idea haha maybe I'll actually culture a bunch of these guys in a small tank, net them out, freeze them into cubes and feed lol. Great source of protein. :P
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I was going to the bathroom to wash out my test tubes and my daughter decided to crawl under me at the moment I had the test tubes in hand and tried catching her from hitting her head on the door, she just started walking and is clumsy, and flam wam bam, there went my test tubes, straight on a slate bathroom floor:/ at least my daughter is ok though that's all that mattered. I was thinking, can I use a bic pen to make on of these things? And somehow clean a used ink tube to use as the tubing, instead of airline tube, and configure one do you think?
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It may be a tad to small for bigger planaria. But I'm sure little ones could squeeze in. Try it and let us know
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Nice catch! Looks most like my trap. Works like a charm
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I'm going to try to make the bic pen one tomorrow, see what decides to take the bait. What's in my tank looks nothing like what newbie caught. But we'll see. And I need help posting pics. I clicked the picture thing above the message typing box on another thread, and put my URL in but it showed up blank
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I ended up just buying a test tube and making one.
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neonflux, that is absolutely disgusting! and a good example of how that trap totally works!
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neonflux, that is absolutely disgusting! and a good example of how that trap totally works!
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:36 PM   #15
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I have a huge planaria infestation in my OEBT/Rili shrimp tank currently. So today I made a DIY planaria bait trap made from a API glass test tube with airline tubing.. and I got this much few hours later..




It really does work.
Wow that is horrifying...glad to see it worked so well
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