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Does anyone have any experience treating planaria in a planted tank? Do planaria harm anything in a planted tank? I have very light weight substrate and everything says to vacuum the gravel. That would be just a mess with this type of substrate. Any advice????
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why treat planaria, just get a few small killie type fish to eat them. You can even get guppies or any other opportunistic eater to take care of them and you'll be fine.


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Many people either don't want or can't have fish in their tanks. A prime example: shrimp keepers.

And planaria are often problematic for shrimplets - which is why many use a product called No Planaria. Sometimes The Shrimp Lab has it and GLA often does.


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are we sure they are planaria? they could be detritus worms

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OK, looked up detrius worms and now I just don't know; it could be detrius worms. Can either one cause harm to my Amano shrimp?
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Honestly wouldn't worry about them unless they get seriously out of control and you see hundreds on the tank walls. And even then, just get a sponge or paper towel and wipe those suckers off.


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Just don't squish them on the glass. You squish a planaria into 5 pieces, it makes 5 planaria.

20g platy, , 2 x 10g shrimp, 3 x 20g shrimp, 7.5g shrimp and 1 great dane/mastiff puppy.

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it the are detritus worms. they don't hurt anything unless they great crazy out of control like somewhatshocked said. at that point the reduce oxygen levels in the tank from breaking down organics.

most fish will eat them happily especially if they are squiggling in the water
clean the substrate a couple times and see if that helps

if its a shrimp only tank. could possibly be planaria as they are more common in shrimp only tanks

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Planaria really are much more flat than detritus worms. And I think, from personal experience, they look a lot more creepy. They stand out much more.

If they're detritus white worms and you have a crazy explosion? Sometimes it's fun to remove them from a tank with a paper towel or pipette and culture them in a small container to later be used as live food.


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