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I recently restarted my tank to find out I reintroduced leeches, limpets, and planaria into my tank. I decided to remove the plants, dip them in potassium permanganate for 3 hrs, then quarantine them for 2 weeks before another potassium permanganate dip. As for the tank, I removed all the substrate and boiled it (found lots of dead leeches) and then subsequently ran concentrated bleach mixed with water (between 2.5% to 5% solution) for 3 hrs through the tank including the filter. I then drained the tank and dried the tank and filter components.

I just added the substrate back and hooked up the filter again. Can I be certain that I have killed all the planaria, leeches, and limpets? Lol I know my measures seem like overkill, but just want to have a pristine start. I literally had 100's of planaria on the glass.

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I would think this would work, no living thing can really withstand boiling water. How did that even happen?


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Poor habits. I did not thoroughly clean plants from my old tank and the next day these little pests were reintroduced. I've found that a 3 hr potassium permanganate dip is more surefire than a 20-30 min dip (won't kill limpets or leeches).

Since I wanted to preserve my biological bacteria, I sterilize my filter upon setup too. I'm thinking some planaria and limpets were hiding out in there and, upon restart, were reintroduced.

I'm really hoping the bleach through the tank will kill planaria and limpets. I'm reading that some people may not have killed planaria with bleach. For information, I ran the bleach through an empty tank (no substrate, decorations, anything)

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That's pretty crazy, I've never heard of anything like that but good luck man!


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Thanks! I'm hoping i got all of them.
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