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How do I know when hyrda is really dead?

Hi all, this is my first post, this is also my first aquarium in 18 years... My 10g tank has had a growing hyrda problem for about month. I am on day 2 of a "No Planaria" treatment. I underdosed and my shrimp and fish seem to be doing fine so far. I have noticed that all the hydra is not long and flowing like it usually is. The hydra seem to have retracted and shrunk into tiny white balls that are stuck in their original positions. My question is, how will I know when the hydra is really dead? Do those little white balls eventually disappear or do they fall off the plants at some point? Do they magically disappear somehow? I read that the hydra have regenerative properties so I'm wondering if the remnants, if there are any, will eventually recover. I suppose the obvious answer might be to just wait a few days and see what happens but I was hoping that anyone with hydra experience might have the answer. I've done some searches but can't find any description of what dead hydra looks like. Feel free to point me to the post if this has already been discussed. Also, wasn't sure which forum section to post in so feel free to move this to the appropriate section if needed. Thanks!


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Instead of just waiting a few days I would take the opportunity to hold a wake and drink a lot. That way if they do come back from the dead at least you won’t care as much


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Just stick it out for a few days. I dosed no planar a few weeks back to kill planaria and at the end of day 3, I still saw some wigglers that struggled on the glass. Kind of freaked out but just followed the instructions and so far I am planaria free. If the hydra survive, repeat the process in a week or two with a big higher dose. As a reference, I went full dose in my tank with Crystal Red shrimp and only 1 of them died out of 20.
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Instead of just waiting a few days I would take the opportunity to hold a wake and drink a lot. That way if they do come back from the dead at least you won’t care as much
I think I'll be having a drink either way!


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