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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-17-2020, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Uses for Planaria?

So I recently restarted my cherry shrimp 5G. All the shrimp are happy and healthy, the tank has been established and cycled for at least 6 months. I recently added some plants and have noticed scuds and planaria roaming around the tank.

At some point in the near future, I'm going to siphon up as many of the scuds as I can reasonably get and set up a scud colony tank/jar to use as feeders. The question I have is can the planaria be harvested for anything useful other than interesting science project type stuff? Or will the risk outweigh any possible benefits of using them for feeders, assuming anything would actually eat them. As a supplementary question, does anything out there actually eat planaria?

I've searched and there are countless posts about getting rid of planaria, but nothing about using them. I thought I'd check before I start taking steps to clear out the scuds and planaria from the tank.
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Are you sure that they are planaria and not rhabdocoela flatworms?

I'm sure there are some fish that would eat them.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-18-2020, 02:10 AM
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Kill them in the shrimp tank they kill baby shrimp. Toxins in slime trail paralyze young and they eat them. Panacur c kills all worms and is safe with shrimp. It will KILL ALL SNAILS for about 2 to 3 months
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