Comradovich Posted April 2 Share Posted April 2 I have an outbreak of planaria in the tank I raise shrimp, snails and scuds in. Looking at a reply by @nabokovfan87 on another planaria thread, I'm pretty sure it's either a Dugesia or Girardia species. Since I'm planning on introducing some of these as either cleaners or prey items into the main 20G tank at some future date, I'm gonna need to solve the 5.5G's infestation. Not to mention starting up the 40G breeder... was planning to start it cycling with snails and plant cuttings, that's on the backburner now. Now, main plan is to treat the tank with Levamisole. Mainly because I saw a Keeping Fish Simple vid where an actual shrimp breeder tells me the shrimp-safe concentration of Levamisole. You can see that here at the 9:50 mark. I'm planning to order some of that from Select Aquatics, or pick some up from my local farm supply shop. That'll be several weeks down the road, though. The nuke is on it's way, but I need to contain the outbreak while my orbital weapons platform gets into position. Here's what I have in the tank itself: 1. Scuds... probably both genuses, as I seem to have two differently sized/colored strains. 2. Bladder snails, (which are crashing and need saving). 3. Ramshorn snails, (which I have seen the planaria devour the egg cases of, but I have a ton so no harm there). 4. Ghost shrimp. (These were mostly installed in the tank to prep it for neocaridina later on, they're also looking rough). I do have a number of jars/tubs with pumps/filters I could park a few snails/shrimp in if needs be. The snails will have to be moved anyway before the Levamisole. Now, as potential short term control measures, the 20 G contains the following candidates: 1. 3 dwarf chain loaches... (I know zebra loaches eat planaria, do these?) 2. A single very old female gold white cloud. (This is the tank boss). 3. 4 neon tetras that I am trying to condition to breed. 4. 6 juvenile pitbull plecos that I would rather not risk on an experiment as I plan to breed them. 5. 4 java loaches, (at least I think there's 4, darn things are everywhere at dinner time, but invisible when I'm trying to get a head count). Would transplanting any of these over to the smaller tank potentially reduce my infestation? The 20G is long overdue for most of its plants to be reverse respirationed to get rid of a BBA problem. I figured I'd give the fish a vacation while I reduced the plant load over a day or so. If I did both things simultaneously, I wouldn't disrupt the 20G's balance bad enough to cause lasting harm. Probably looking at just a water change while the plants are in the bucket. This tank mostly gets top-offs. Again, I just need a bridge while I get the treatment ready. I have been scraping the planaria off with an algae scraper, but this misses any hiding in the silicon seals or my forest of Süßwassertang. I also have Aquarium Salt. Might start with that after I check on the dosage that won't fry my snails. Come to think of it... would just moving the snails to a tub and dosing with salt solve the issue? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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