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Old 09-07-2013, 01:34 AM   #1
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Planaria Attack


So I've had problems with my shrimp lately. Occasional deaths, and higher than normal baby shrimp deaths. 2 days ago I spotted a planaria and realized that was the cause.

Started taking them out with a turkey baster. I took out 12 yesterday and 8 more today, but I'm sure there's more. I actually found 4 of them on a single dead shrimp yesterday.

I ordered the 12 packet pack of 250mg Fish Bendazole and have a 40 gallon tank. If I'm right then I should add about 2 packets, after removing any carbon from my filters and turning off my lights of course. Does that sound right to everyone?

After 3 days I should add another 2 packets. Should I continue to leave my lights off? And for how long?

Sorry for the silly questions, but I want to kill these stupid worms!
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Old 09-07-2013, 05:29 AM   #2
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You need buy " No planaria " , and it works well
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Old 09-07-2013, 02:02 PM   #3
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Yepper. Just went through a tank with planaria. Recommended is ~.1g per tenner, so 2 packets should do you well for a 40g. Some people have had success with dosing less.

Lights tend to breakdown the meds, so leave them off except when checking to see if planaria are dead.

Dose, small water change after 3 days if you think it's warranted for ammonia, and dose again if wanted.

I chose not to dose with "no planaria" because of stories about it killing off some shrimp. I had no experience with it though. I just wanted to err on the cautious side.
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:12 PM   #4
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Dose, small water change after 3 days if you think it's warranted for ammonia, and dose again if wanted.
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I dont expect much of an ammonia spike, been pulling out the planaria with a turkey baster. Got 10 yesterday and 12 the day before.
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:30 PM   #5
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:40 PM   #6
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i have a feeling planaria come when theres more ammonia in the water. just my theory though. i also heard that no planaria is made of only natural stuff, no? but i did find a planaria in my tank the other day too, thankfully just one, and put it in a cup. i squirted prime in it and it shriveled up. not sure what that means but, that worked and it felt good because those things creep me out.
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Old 09-08-2013, 01:31 AM   #7
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Well prime is a pretty concentrated blend of chemicals, mostly sulfur-based salts. So basically it's like dropping any soft-bodied freshwater creature into salt water. The salt causes the water in the animal to be drawn out, and it shrivels up.
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:35 AM   #8
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well however it did it, it felt good planaria freak me out haha.
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Medicine is in the tank. I used 2 packets as suggested, that's what I'd calculated myself as well so it worked out pretty well.

Took the carbon out of my filter and have the lights unplugged now. I did watch for a few minutes after adding the meds and saw a few planaria crawling along the sand. They were moving REALLY fast so I don't think they like it very much.

Tough for them because it's going to get a lot worse. That will teach them to attack my shrimp!
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You go, dude! Get them there planers!
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I am a hypocrite.
I showed people how to kill planaria using fenbendazole with good result (according to them), but have never had the gut to do it myself with my shrimp tanks.
I still have to do it the hard way, using straw to pick out one by one.
I get like 20-30 of them every few days over 16 tanks. For some reasons, only 6 tanks have them. The others have none.
Then I drop a few drops of liquid soap to see them die slowly a painful death ... as blacksheep998 said: "That will teach them to attack my shrimp! " ... hahaha.
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I am a hypocrite.
I showed people how to kill planaria using fenbendazole with good result (according to them), but have never had the gut to do it myself with my shrimp tanks.
I still have to do it the hard way, using straw to pick out one by one.
I get like 20-30 of them every few days over 16 tanks. For some reasons, only 6 tanks have them. The others have none.
Then I drop a few drops of liquid soap to see them die slowly a painful death ... as blacksheep998 said: "That will teach them to attack my shrimp! " ... hahaha.
That's what I've been doing until the meds arrived. When I did my morning check today I couldn't find a single one. I thought I'd gotten almost all of them and would just use the medicine to clear up the one or 2 that might be hiding. Boy was I wrong! A couple hours after adding fenbendazole they're ALL OVER THE PLACE and going MAD! They aren't dying yet but it's defiantly doing something.
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So we're at about 30 hours. Planaria are still visible, but not moving as much as they were before I dosed the tank.

The water is also getting quite cloudy but I guess that's normal. My main concern right now is that the sponges over my filter intakes are clogging up. I need to rinse them every few hours. Anyone else who's used this stuff before encounter this sort of problem?
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My water never became cloudy.
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Old 09-11-2013, 02:51 AM   #15
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I did it once and did not face the problem you described here.
I removed all the shrimps from the tank before I dosed fenbendazole.
Even though I didn't use fenbendazole to get rid of planaria.
I used it to kill hydra. It worked really well.
Like I said before, I am too chicken to use it with shrimps present.
The dose I used was 1/10 of the bag per 10 gallon.
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