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Old 08-23-2013, 01:02 PM   #31
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Just a small update. I no longer see planaria and most shrimp survived. I lost a few babies, but everyone else survived, so I'm good.
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Old 08-23-2013, 02:03 PM   #32
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Yay Im glad you seemed to beat them! Sorry to hear about the shrimplets that didn't make it, but look at it this way. If you didn't treat your tank you would have lost way more in the end.
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Old 08-23-2013, 02:07 PM   #33
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Absolutely. Thanks.
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Old 08-23-2013, 03:07 PM   #34
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So, for the benefit of us in the future, what'd you end up doing? You kept dosing or you came up with traps? Because the previous post was that you still saw some gliding along ..
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Old 08-24-2013, 02:10 AM   #35
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Yes, it will be great if you could recap what you've done so far. Do you think some planaria might have a chance to survive the dosing by hiding deep in the substrate? How about their eggs? Will the med wipe the eggs out too? Or, need to wait for any left over eggs to hatch and then dose again?
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Old 08-24-2013, 06:01 PM   #36
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Okay, so a real quick recap. I bought some Fish Bendazole on the net.

The container came with 3 packets in it. Each packet held 250mg.

I poured out the powder from a single pouch onto glass and using a razor blade, split the powder into roughly two equal halves. This gave me roughly 125mg to use to dose my tank with.

I used a small container, scooped some water from my 10g tank and mixed the 125mg powder with the water, then poured it into my tank, and turned off the light since it is light sensitive.

I waited three days. Most planaria gone, but I still saw some occasional ones on the glass. I then dosed a 2nd time without any water change figuring if the planaria that survived were strong enough to survive the first dose, then any powder still active combined with the 2nd dose would be stronger yet and knock them out.

The 2nd dose did it. After three days I didn't see anymore planaria and did a 20% water change.
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An interesting side note, I had a 10g project tank that I noticed a good amount of hydra in and used a quarter of a packet. ~63mg and the hydra have retracted their tentacles and have turned into little balls. Still waiting on a final verdict, but it's nice to know the packets can be stretched out if needed.
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:40 PM   #37
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I looked up on Amazon.com, each Fish Bendazole 250mg package contains 100% or 250mg Fenbendazole (Could you pls verify this?). So, you were dosing 125mg Fenbendazole for your 10G tank on day 1 and then dose the same amount again 3 days later.

However, from an earlier link: http://www.planetinverts.com/killing...and_hydra.html
This person was dosing 22.2mg of Fenbendazole on day 1 and then another 22.2mg on day 2 evening (~36 hours away), also on a 10G shrimp tank.

I wonder if you lower your dose and it still be effective.
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Old 08-25-2013, 12:12 AM   #38
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Yes, that's right. 125mg is .125g, which is close to .1g which is the recommended dose.

22.2mg would be ~.02g . Beats me if it is still effective at that dose for planaria. My concern would be if it made med resistant planaria.
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:10 AM   #39
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med resistant planaria? That is a good question and I hope not. Then, I probably agree to use the max dosing qty (that the shrimps could still tolerate without casualty) as a sure way to exterminate the planaria all at once.

Do u see any shrimps eating the death planaria? If not, I wonder how much the ammonia level goes up in your 10g tank as a aftermath....
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:43 PM   #40
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Ammonia level is a good question, however I didn't really test. Didn't see any shrimp eating the dead planaria, but doesn't mean it didn't happen. heh I do have snails that will eat just about anything except live plants though.
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Old 08-28-2013, 02:24 PM   #41
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~63mg for 10g and all hydra gone.
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:04 AM   #42
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I am going to dose ~50mg for my 10g (with 100+ red cherries & shrimplets and 5 Otocinclus). I see planaria but no hydra and this is the only tank I have this problem. The planaria must come from the algae wafers, the only food I ever use for this tank only. I didn't introduce any new plant into this tank. All plants already growing there were setup almost a year ago. It must be from the food. Absolutely no other way.
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Old 08-29-2013, 02:29 PM   #43
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Derek, I'm pretty convinced that my troubles came from the manufacturer of a food as well. I'm back to Jake since I've never had any problems with his sticks.
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Old 08-31-2013, 04:16 AM   #44
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It is hard to tell for the picture what they look like do they swim like snakes?
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:54 AM   #45
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Slither on the glass, substrate, plants like slugs
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