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I'm not trying to pull you out little shrimp.

So I do water changes on my red cherry shrimp tank at least once a week, perhaps a 25-40% water change. Problem is, I've started to get planaria in my aquarium because I don't gravel vac as much I should because I might suck up the tiny shrimp. Any good methods to prevent shrimp from getting sucked up?

I usually just use my other hand to stall the siphon when I need to but there's always that one little critter that decides to YOLO it.
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Throw in any of the following products:
GLA's No Planaria
Benibachi's Planaria Zero (same thing as No Planaria, they are both betel nut extract)
Dog dewormer (fenbendazole)
Albendazole (it treats human intestinal parasites)

Any one of these will effectively limit population of planaria, if not drive them to extinction in your tank.
In the case of albendazole, it works by inhibiting the worms from absorbing nutrition, effectively starving them to death.

As for gravel vacuuming, perhaps you can put a fine mesh on the intake that will not suck in shrimps.

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put a fluval edge sponge over the end of your tube. works wonders
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I took an old brine shrimp net and just places it over the front of gravel vac with a rubber band to hold in place now I get zero baby shrimp in WC bucket.
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put a fluval edge sponge over the end of your tube. Works wonders
great idea!


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I put a panty hose over the end of my gravel vac. The crud will stick to it but I just pull it out rinse it in the sink and then fill the tank.
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+ panty hose. Had some black ones, just rubber banded it on.
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I actually just use a turkey baster, push it deep into the gravel. I usually get a good number of unwanted pests without getting any babies.
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Are you sure it is planaria? Detritus worms look similar. I often find detritus worms in my shrimp tank and heavily planted tank. It took a magnifying glass for me to identify them.
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