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I treated my tank but I'm not sure if the filtration should be disconnected and if so, for how long.

I did my best trying to dissolve Panacur using a small blender. Afterwards I disconnected my canister filter and switched on air pump for a quick distribution of the 'milk'.

After some four hours the tank is still very hazy, to say the least and now I have a dilemma whether or not to turn on the filtration.

Your opinions would be greatly appreciated - Thanks!
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What kind of critters are in your tank? If you have shrimp and fish, turning the filter on is going to be inevitable. For the Panacur to do its job it will need to be in your tank for days to weeks depending on what you're trying to kill.
Unless you redo your tank afterwards, no matter how much carbon you add to your filter, in my experience you will never remove the Panacur from your substrate. That's the bad news. The good news is that the only critters this would affect are nerite snails. Once you use Panacur they won't survive in your tank unless you replace your substrate and redo the tank. Shrimp and other snails are unaffected by small amounts of Panacur.
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What kind of critters are in your tank? If you have shrimp and fish, turning the filter on is going to be inevitable. For the Panacur to do its job it will need to be in your tank for days to weeks depending on what you're trying to kill.
Unless you redo your tank afterwards, no matter how much carbon you add to your filter you will never remove the Panacur from your substrate. That's the bad news. The good news is that the only critters this would affect are nerite snails. Once you use Panacur they won't survive in your tank unless you replace your substrate and redo the tank. Shrimp and other snails are unaffected by small amounts of Panacur.
In my filter there are mostly ceramic rings and foam pads, so the question is whether or not the filter will just recycle Panacur back into the tank, or, by filtering out the particles, the filter will diminish action of Panacur as one could expect.

Is it that the white, seemingly undissolvable particles are serving as a carrier for fenbendazole as an active ingredient or it is in itself 'the meat'?

As it happened, nobody up to date mentioned if the filter should be off or it doesn't matter and this is what bothers me...
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Leave filter on, I've never turned it off while dosing. What are you dosing it to kill? If its planaria or Hydra, the particles will settle on the gravel eventually and do its magic.
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Leave filter on, I've never turned it off while dosing. What are you dosing it to kill? If its planaria or Hydra, the particles will settle on the gravel eventually and do its magic.
Thanks. After an hour I've noticed Panacurs' effect on Hydra. Of the ones I manged to observe, all had shrunk - an interesting feat. Some of my fish, mainly Stiphodons, exhibited a bit of 'excitement' after a while and swam all over the tank, otherwise there were no other observable changes in the behaviour of other kinds of fish and shrimp.
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