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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:43 pm Post subject: Planaria in my 5g shrimp tank (problem solved) Reply with quote

 I  found  planaria  in  my  freshwater  5g  shrimp  tank...probably  hitch-hiked  onto  some  new  plants  or  shrimps  I  got  this  week..how  do  I  get  rid  of  these  as  I  have  shrimp  fry  in  the  tank..and  I  know  that  these  critters  harm  the  fry.  tried  to  catch  them  with  the  forceps  but  to  no  avail


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:59 pm Post subject: Re: Planaria in my 5g shrimp tank Reply with quote

 Planaria  are  too  slow  moving.  Will  they  eat  shrimplets?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:10 pm Post subject: Re: Planaria in my 5g shrimp tank Reply with quote

                                                   
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Planaria  are  too  slow  moving.  Will  they  eat  shrimplets?                

 
 dont  they  affect  the  shrimp  and  shrimplets  in  any  way?  they  are  prolific  breeders..
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:32 pm Post subject: Re: Planaria in my 5g shrimp tank Reply with quote

 I  dont  think  they  hurt  shrimps  but  they  breed  tooo  much......  They  are  a  good  feed  for  fishes
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:35 pm Post subject: Re: Planaria in my 5g shrimp tank Reply with quote

 Jabba's  right.  Use  a  thin  piped  siphon  to  suck  them  out.  They're  good  food  for  fish.  One  reason  of  their  entrance  is  through  plants  but  an  other  way  could  be  of  over-feeding  but  I  don't  think  it  is.  It  won't  harm  the  shrimplets.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:48 pm Post subject: Re: Planaria in my 5g shrimp tank Reply with quote

 They  will  not  hurt  any  tank  mates.  You  can  use  a  little  bit  of  any  meat  piece  (Clean  the  meat  once)  inside  a  small  Ice  cream  cup  and  keep  inside  the  tank.  You  can  see  all  the  lil'  crawlies  rushing  towards  the  cup.  Then  you  can  remove  the  cup  clean  it  again  repeat  the  same  thing  if  you  really  want  to  get  rid  of  that  lil'  buggers.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:17 pm Post subject: Re: Planaria in my 5g shrimp tank Reply with quote

 whoever  says  planaria  don't  eat  shrimplets  is  wrong.  i  have  seen  them  attached  to  my  big  RCS.  they  attach  to  them  and  kill  them.  But  the  shrimplets  are  at  bigger  risk.
 
 i  used  human  dewormer  to  get  rid  of  it  Chuckle  my  shrimps/fish  didn't  die.  i  changed  the  water  the  next  morning.  But  i  had  a  30  gallon  tank.  not  too  sure  on  how  it  will  augur  in  case  of  a  5  gallon  where  the  dosage  might  get  tricky.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:35 pm Post subject: Re: Planaria in my 5g shrimp tank Reply with quote

 If  that's  true  then  I'm  guessing  Half  my  shrimplets  are  dead.  Surprised
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:38 pm Post subject: Re: Planaria in my 5g shrimp tank Reply with quote

 Oh  oops  sorry  I  made  mistake.  I  was  actually  taking  about  ostracods  (seed  shrimps)  but  planaria  I've  seen  have  attacked  shrimps.  Even  large  ghost  shrimps.  They're  like  leeches  slowly  sucking  away  life.  The  bait  method  and  siphoning  method  on  a  regular  basis  will  stop  it.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:08 am Post subject: Re: Planaria in my 5g shrimp tank Reply with quote

 hmm..this  gets  tricky...the  only  small  enough  siphon  i  have  is  an  airline  tube
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:11 am Post subject: Re: Planaria in my 5g shrimp tank Reply with quote

 Planaria  are  dangerous  for  shrimps  tank...I  have  heard  no-planaria  is  very  good  and  have  ordered  2packet  from  London...will  update  once  i  get  some  good  result.
 In  the  mean  time  you  can  control  thefood  in  your  tank  and  try  to  make  a  diy  planaria  catcher.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:13 am Post subject: Re: Planaria in my 5g shrimp tank Reply with quote

                                                   
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whoever  says  planaria  don't  eat  shrimplets  is  wrong.  i  have  seen  them  attached  to  my  big  RCS.  they  attach  to  them  and  kill  them.  But  the  shrimplets  are  at  bigger  risk.
 
 i  used  human  dewormer  to  get  rid  of  it  Chuckle  my  shrimps/fish  didn't  die.  i  changed  the  water  the  next  morning.  But  i  had  a  30  gallon  tank.  not  too  sure  on  how  it  will  augur  in  case  of  a  5  gallon  where  the  dosage  might  get  tricky.                
 and  therefore  I  cannot  try  this  method...because  of  the  tiny  size  of  the  aquarium  plus  there  are  baby  shrimps.
 
 
                                                 
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 They  will  not  hurt  any  tank  mates.  You  can  use  a  little  bit  of  any  meat  piece  (Clean  the  meat  once)  inside  a  small  Ice  cream  cup  and  keep  inside  the  tank.  You  can  see  all  the  lil'  crawlies  rushing  towards  the  cup.  Then  you  can  remove  the  cup  clean  it  again  repeat  the  same  thing  if  you  really  want  to  get  rid  of  that  lil'  buggers.
                 

 Now  this  method  I  have  not  heard  of,  but  wont  it  quickly  mess  with  the  water  parameters?  I  dont  even  have  a  testing  kit!
                                                 
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 I  dont  think  they  hurt  shrimps  but  they  breed  tooo  much......  They  are  a  good  feed  for  fishes
                 

 
 True,  but  I  dont  have  these  in  the  FISH  TANK!!  its  in  my  shrimp  tank.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:08 am Post subject: Re: Planaria in my 5g shrimp tank Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 i  had  a  lot  of  it  in  my  grass  tank  initially.  got  rid  of  it  once  started  changing  water  in  frequent  intervals.  frequent  water  change  did  not  affect  my  wild  caught  shrimps.  Also,  saw  a  change  in  their  number  when  i  increased  the  light  from  15  W  to  additional  30  W.
 
 Also  forgot  to  add.  their  numbers  decreased  once  i  added  assassin  snails  to  one  of  my  planted  tank.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 8:58 am Post subject: Re: Planaria in my 5g shrimp tank Reply with quote

 How  about  taking  out  the  shrimps  and  introducing  some  guppy  frys  to  feast  on  them.  One  more  thing....  overfeeding  helps  planaria.
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