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Old 12-31-2007, 04:15 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Chris and I both have the same type, the white kind.

I've never had a problem with them except for my shrimp tanks. I think this is due to overfeeding and a lack of predators.

I can't say for sure if they are the problem or not as I have never seen them eat a shrimp. i just know that I have had several different types of shrimp have babies in the past and rarely have any juvenile shrimp in my tanks. I've removed the HOB filters since I thought they were the cause so that only leaves the planaria (at least in my mind) as the problem.
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Old 12-31-2007, 04:41 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Was trying to look for life cycle info on planaria, and think I figured out what I have/had. "Detritus worms", related to earthworms: http://lakes.chebucto.org/ZOOBENTH/BENTHOS/xxv.html

Thinking the Corydoras did their job, though, as I've been poking around quite a bit lately and haven't seen any.
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I can't verify the accuracy of the source, but this is an interesting tidbit. Interestingly enough, though, the guy who posted the question is NOT talking about planaria, since his pests are free-swimming (from http://en.allexperts.com/q/Freshwate...white-worm.htm):

"You may have to change foods too. Some have more undigestible junk in them than others. I like Hikari and OSI brands. They are more expensive, but it is because they are more nutritious. I had a massive planaria problem in a tank of oscars that I fed some very cheap food to many years ago. I tried cleaning and chemicals and everything. I finally changed foods to some free samples of premium pellets I was given and the planaria disappeared in a couple of weeks. It was a lesson well learned. I only feed high quality foods now, and sparingly."
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This page on culturing them says that feeding them once a week is adequate, may be helpful if you wanna "starve them out"? http://www.flinnsci.com/Sections/MS/...iveCare_MS.asp

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Old 12-31-2007, 05:10 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Well, I've done a massive water change and gravel vac on the Tiger and New Bee tanks so that should help with the detritus in the substrate. I also added Endlers to the New Bee tank but I have too many baby Tigers to add any Endlers to that tank. I suppose I could net them out but I know I would miss some with that big bunch of moss in that tank and I would hate to give the Endlers a $5 lunch

For the next couple of weeks I plan on cutting back to one pellet every other day or so. I need to double check what type of foods I am feeding.

Glad to see you got that worm thing figured out. Detritus Worms sounds nasty but it seems like they could almost be useful in a tank.
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thats weird i have tons of baby shrimp and white planaria. never noticed them as a problem.

i was worried about my scuds though but i havent had any problems with them attacking shrimps at least alive ones, had a few die due to ammonia spike.

i over feed to i guess but my shrimps and scud/snails tend to eat all of it. i use 10 hikari algea wafers for my 29g cherry tank with ~200-300 shrimps.

how often are you doing water changes? because when i first set up the tank i was doing weekly 50% w/c and wasnt noticing much in the way of babies but now that ive backed off to once every 4-6 wks ive noticed more babies. could that have something to do with it??
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I haven't had any problems with the shrimp since moving to the new place. I'm not sure if the planaria was the problem in the past. I'm still waiting on my first batch of Snowballs and CRS to be born. Once they arrive I will monitor the tanks and see how the young do. If they survive, I'll be able to say it wasn't the planaria.

At the old house I did weekly 20% water changes using mainly reconstituted RO water. I even changed it up a bit and started doing the water changes with Tap water but the problem persisted...pregnant females and no baby shrimp.

I've been monitoring the TDS here recently to judge when to do my water changes. Most of my tanks have only risen 10ppm in the past two weeks so I haven't been doing any water changes. I just top off for evaporation with RO water.

I think it is hard not to overfeed shrimp tanks. Then again, I don't have anywhere near the amount of shrimp in my tanks as you do.
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ok guys found out my "planaria" are actually nematodes.

not sure how i got them???
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Ha Ha, maybe that is why your "planaria" don't seem to bother your shrimp
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Are Nematodes the little crazy worms that flail like they're on fire??? I find that many are floating on top of my tank when it's dark. When I turn the lights on they all fall down as if I shook a piece of hornwort to pieces.. then some go crazy doing their stupid little dance. I wish there was a shrimp friendly badarse cichlid that would eat planaria and these annoying little worms... oh yeah and snails and bba... and do water changes... Haha.. I NEED SLEEP!
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