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Old 08-29-2012, 05:52 AM   #1
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what should i do with planaria?


I am currently researching for a natural way of getting rid of the planaria in my tank. i have read that vacuuming is an option but it is a bit tough to vacuum since my tank is somewhat a bit heavily planted. lately i have seen 3 or 4 on the glass. i know its not many but id like to get rid of them before it becomes a problem.

I have reduced the food that i give to my shrimps and recently bought a glass dish to put the shrimp food. then i take the food out after a few hours.

are there any small nano fish that eat them or type of medications that will not harm any of my RCS or MTS?

any advice would be much appreciated!
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Old 08-29-2012, 06:33 AM   #2
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Google planaria trap or YouTube it
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Old 08-29-2012, 06:59 AM   #3
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hmm i found a few of them and also i found a thing called gush planaria trap. its like a little tube thing. but I don't think my planaria is big enough. should i wait till they are big enough to make a trap?
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If you choose medicine, a dog dewormer called panacur can kill those planaria.
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I tried the trap no results. Then used dog dewormer... problem fixed.
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:16 PM   #6
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Buy No Planaria. Works very well.
Will kill every snail in your tank too so make sure you remove your MTS first. Be sure not to put them back in the tank for a couple of weeks after dosing and a couple of water changes.
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Any dewormer product with flu/fenbendazole as a leading product will kill planaria. However.. if you have any snails in your tank I would be wary.
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i guess since the trap doesn't work ill have to go with the dewormer?
should i wait til it gets worse or get it over with? =p
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Green Leaf Aquariums has No-Planaria in stock right now. Get some
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are there any medications that will kill planaria but not snails?
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are there any medications that will kill planaria but not snails?
I've heard that dog dewormer with fenbendazole is safe for snails except nerite snails.
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are there any medications that will kill planaria but not snails?
Not 100% safe that I am aware of. The medicanes are really hit or miss. Sometimes you commit genocide on the pest snails. Other times no effect on the snails.
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:33 PM   #13
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What will kill planaria, will also kill snails.
If you see 3 or 4 on the glass that means there are tons in the tank. Most tanks have them and most people are not aware that they have them. Once you see them on the glass, there are plenty in the tank. If you go with the no planaria or dog dewormer, remove as many snails as you can or you could end up with an ammonia spike from the decaying snail bodies. Also do not return the snails until several water changes later. I used it on a 2.5 gal tank. And even after totally emptying the tank and replacing the water, the added snails died within a day. It took 3 total gravel washes before the tank was safe for snails again. Since I have snails in all of my tanks, I will not use no planaria again. It did work like a charm on the planaria but within a month the first planaria showed up again. I believe they came via the gravel vac from other tanks. The planaria catcher did not work for me at all. Less food makes a difference but I doubt you will ever totally get rid of the critters. What I also found helpful is adding a flat rock, like slate. Planaria like to hide under flat rocks or decorations during the day. I remove these rocks once a day and wash them off. I am always amazed how many planaria I find this way, when in those tanks I don't even see them otherwise.
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What will kill planaria, will also kill snails.
If you see 3 or 4 on the glass that means there are tons in the tank. Most tanks have them and most people are not aware that they have them. Once you see them on the glass, there are plenty in the tank. If you go with the no planaria or dog dewormer, remove as many sanils as you can or you could end up with an ammonia spike from the decaying snail bodies. Also do not return the snails until several water changes later. I used it on a 2.5 gal tank. And even after totally emptying the tank and replacing the water, the added snails died within a day. It took 3 total gravel washes before the tank was safe for snails again. Since I have snails in all of my tanks, I will not use no planaria again. It did work like a charm on the planaria but within a month the first planaria showed up again. I believe they came via the gravel vac from other tanks. The planaria catcher did not work for me at all. Less food makes a difference but I doubt you will ever totally get rid of the critters. What I also found helpful is adding a flat rock, like slate. Planaria like to hide under flat rocks or decorations during the day. I remove these rocks once a day and wash them off. I am always amazed how many planaria I find this way, when in those tanks I don't even see them otherwise.

Thanks for this very useful info!
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Old 08-31-2012, 06:48 AM   #15
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I bought no planaria exact doses for my tanks from H4N. It waa super cheap!

It killed the planaria but DIDN'T kill my ramshorns snails. I think he said it kills nerites tho.

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I used it on this tank with CRS CBS OEBTs and blue velvets.

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