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Is there any way to get rid of the pesky planaria in a shrimp tank wtihout harming the shrimp? It seems nearly impossible. It's hard to get a good substrate vacuum to suck them up since I'm putting nylon over the end of my python to avoid sucking up baby shrimp. Is there anything that will kill planaria that won't kill shrimp? Help!!
 

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Is there a way to kill off planaria in a shrimp tank without harming the shrimp? I've tried manual removal and that's just no good. It's hard to "suck" them out during water changes and gravel/sand vacs because I put a piece of nylon over the end of my python to avoid sucking up the baby shrimp. I'm not over-feeding. There must be something! I hope!
 

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if you can find spixi snails locally they work wonders but they are illegal to ship across state lines
 

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if you can get spixi snails locally they will eat planaria but they are illegal to ship across state lines
 

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Wow, Spixis eat planaria huh? I'll have to look around for some. I have yet to see any around my area, Baltimore, MD.
 

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Thanks for all the help. Yesterday I picked up some Safe Guard (Fenbendazole) dog wormer. Now I've just got to get a gram scale and I will be on my way to planaria execution. If anyone needs some of this, I have extra. I ended up getting 5 boxes of Safe Guard and they are the ones for large dogs--each box contains 3 packets each containing 4 grams.
 

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Hi,
Just wondering how everything went after using the Safeguard? I recently just set up a small 3 gallon shrimp tank, and now i'm infested with planaria as well! I was just wondering if it would be possible to get some safegaurd from you to try? I saw that you had some extra and I really only need a tiny bit! It would be greatly appreciated! I'd be more than happy to pay for shipping.
Thanks so much!
 

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I am happy to report that I have successfully eliminated the planaria in my yellow shrimp tank. I have only done one at this point because I wanted to make sure things went well with one tank before doing the rest. Anyways, I started off at the recommend 0.1 gram of Fenbendazole for the 10 gallon tank. I waited 48 hours--during this time, I did not feed the tank or do any maintenance/water change--and I noticed that there were still some planaria alive though they seemed to be quite immobile. I went ahead and dosed the tank again with another 0.1 gram of Fenbendazole. After an additional 48 hours, I performed a massive (80%) water change. It has been a few days and I have no seen a planaria. I can say that the Fenbendazole didn't cause any problems in the tank. I did lose 2 shrimp, but I'm hesitant to think that it was the Fenbendazole. Even if it was, I have to say that it was still worth it. It did not seem to affect the two bristlenose pleco fry that I have in the tank.

I would love to help you out and weigh out the tiny amount that you need and send it to you. Unfortunately, I'm leary of doing that. I think it would looks suspicious to be mailing a powdery substance without it being in its original packaging. I can send you a 4 gram (sealed) packet that has all the labeling on it for $7 shipped. That would leave you with needing to measure it out. I actually ordered a gram scale (accurate to 0.01 gram) on ebay for about $15 to measure mine out. If you're interested, let me know.
 

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Well thanks so much for the update! It looks like I have no choice but to treat my tank as well. It's getting out of hand! Anyway, I appreciate the offer. I am going to try one more local pet store tomorrow and if they don't have it I will let you know bc as you know I am in bad need of this med! I'm hoping to get it done before my pregnant shrimp give birth, I don't want these nasty worms affecting my new little shrimplets. Anyway, thanks again and I will let you know if I am still in need by tomorrow!

So glad you resolved your problem, good luck with the other tanks!
 
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