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Old 04-29-2010, 01:37 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Would it make more sense to dissolve the stuff in 10cc of alcohol, which, presumably it will dissolve in, then use only 1cc (or whatever). That might make the measuring easier and more accurate. Good to know there's something that kills hydra though, that's always been a thorny issue.
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:02 AM   #32 (permalink)
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wow, this is exactly the solution that I am looking for my hydra infestation!

BTW, will any d-wormer work? I found
a product named D-Worm Liquid Wormer in Petsmart.

But its active ingredient is Piperazine (Dipiperazine Sulfate).

Will it work?
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Hi snail_chen,

If it doesn't have the same ingredients who knows? Do you really want to take a chance?
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:28 AM   #34 (permalink)
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Default Re: Planaria and Hydra Elimination in Shrimp Tanks

Thought I would chime in with my observations in my El Natural set up after my last post 8/14/2008.

I haven't dosed my tank since the first post and have since had the planaria come back to plague proportions. I was disgusted with the little buggers but decided to just let them be. It took a good long while for them to come back.

I also commented before how the dosing seemed to really impact the snail population as well. They have also staged a good comeback. They are not a nuisance and/or out of control in population.

Throughout the experience I have not noticed any adverse results from using fenbendazole to my guppies or cherry shrimp.

I did have a very pleasant surprise recently: I purchased 3 female bettas and have been observing them over the past 2 weeks. 1 was isolated within 2 days to her own tank for being over aggressive. The other 2 have been quite a treat to watch. One is growing big and fat from eating all the flake and mini-wafer food but the other is pure predator. She wants nothing to do with the man made foods. I see her actively scouring the gravel and occasionally diving down to wrestle and devour something. Also I haven't spotted a single planaria for the past 2 days which is very strange for my tank. I highly suspect that she has been hunting them all down. I did see her with an adult male shrimp in her mouth but after struggling with it for a minute she spit him back out after she figured he was too big to swallow. Both bettas seem to have figured out what is food and what isn't in the tank by now and don't really go after the shrimp anymore. The shrimp likewise have quickly learned to respect the bettas as a threat and scatter when they get within striking distance.

I'll let you know if I spot any more planaria in the days to come but female bettas may be a somewhat viable planaria solution for some tanks.
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wow, this is exactly the solution that I am looking for my hydra infestation!

BTW, will any d-wormer work? I found
a product named D-Worm Liquid Wormer in Petsmart.

But its active ingredient is Piperazine (Dipiperazine Sulfate).

Will it work?
Just rambling on, for what it's worth. . .

You would probably have to try it. Most anthelminics are specific in animals. Piperazine is mostly given for round worms and is usually given to puppies as a first wormer. Safe Guard has been around for as long as I can remember. I used to give it to my horses, dogs, sheep, goats, until I found D.E. I now use Ivermectin on the meat eaters and D.E. in the sheep. Ivermectin is used for just about every parasite known, inside and out. It is the active ingredient in Heart worm medications, gets rid of ticks, fleas, etc. It can be absorbed through the skin so, injections, or by mouth applications are not always necessary. It is very concentrated so I think one would have to be extremely careful. (I mis diluted once and gave my cat too big a dose and did not see her for a full day) I also found it interesting that it is only found in one place on earth. Japan, in the soil. Any animal in the area has no parasites, whatsoever at all. None, nada, zip, zilch.
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Looks like someone is takin a run to the pet store today. I have been flabber tasted why my shrimps aren't breeding. Thank goodness I put my baby shrimp I just got in a breeder tank
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