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  1. Anyone here tried Benibachi Planaria Zero in their Sula tanks?
  2. After getting a magnifying glass to try to count baby shrimps, I was also able to see some other little things swimming, some of which I'm not happy about. Many were too small for me to identify what they were other than tiny jumping specks. When I bought the plants for my new tank for the shrimp, I dipped and rinsed them well in salt water. Despite this, I still find a few tiny snails each day, which I suck up with a airline hose attached to a small wooden dowel rod. When I was looking really closely today with the glass, I saw 2 small Planaria as well, which I removed with my "Snail Vac." Many of the tiny things that I cannot confirm as RCS, are probably daphnia, cyclops, etc. I was super excited to see the 12 specks, I could definitely confirm were RCS babies, but very unhappy about the Planaria, which I've read can be a bad for baby shrimps. I did some reading and most people said that "No Planaria" from Genchem is safe for RCS and might also rid me of my pesky pond snails. A few Amazon reviewers of the product said that all of their shrimp died after using it. If I can only see a few and remove them, is the "cure worse than the disease"? I'm only feeding the 20 adult shrimp 2 small pellets per day, which they eat within an hour before resuming their grazing on the tank's algae covered back. I'm not overfeeding. Ammonia, nitrates, and phosphates are all below detectable limits. There is a thin film of algae and diatoms on the tank's back, which I don't clean and leave for the shrimp to graze upon. The tank has been running for 3 months, with little debris on its sand substrate, except shrimp poo and a few dropped leaves from floating hornwort. I always take online complaints with some scepticism so I wanted the advice of you guys with RCS experience. For an example of pointless complaints that should be ignored, I recently saw on YouTube where a lady was ranting that "Pothos DESTROYED my aquarium!". I don't remember what I was looking for at the time, but the title of her video caught my eye. Years ago I had a 200 gallon tank with 4 large Comet Goldfish. After 15 years, the Pothos that I grew from the tank had covered an entire wall of my den. I had hung a 12 foot seine net on the wall behind the tank as decoration, and the vine eventually climbed and completely covered it. When I saw her video's title, I had a vision of something similar that might have fallen and broken a tank. This lady was apparently very fond of the black hair algae that had been growing in her tank of monster fish. After putting a handful of Pothos vine in her HOB filter, the algae all melted away. For several decades I've recommended to new fish keepers to keep a Pothos vine hanging over the edge of their tank. Even for people that can't keep underwater live plants or don't want the hassle, the roots of a Pothos vine in the tank's water will suck up ammonia, nitrates, and phosphates like a Hoover. I'm not sure why this lady on YouTube had put the vine in her tank, since the normal purpose of doing so is to starve algae of the nutrients it needs to grow. Sure enough her beloved black hair algae all died, and she was ranting about it.
  3. wayne6442

    A little info on Planaria

    Planaria are a non parasitic flatworm of the class Turbellaria. The fresh water animal that we come across in our Aquariums is a subclass species Dugesia.They are primary carnivorous, but are also known to be scavengers eating detritus and other decaying organic matter. Planaria are not hunters and prefer dead or dying pray as well as fish eggs. Planaria are usually found in aquariums that have an abundance of uneaten fish food. These animals just don't appear in your tank and must be introduced from an outside source. They are sometimes found just after the introduction of new stock, plants etc. Some people claim that their eggs can be introduced via some forms of flake fish food, or live worms Planaria are hermaphroditic and carry both male and female organs, they do re produce sexually. These animals more commonly re produce a sexually by a method called TRANSVERSION FISSION. The Planaria will anchor itself by the tail and literally pull itself apart. Over a period of several days the tail section will grow a new head and the head section will grow a new tail. If the animal has a good food source this re production method can be repeated many times. Science has shown that planaria can be dissected up to four separate parts and each section will develop into a full animal. Scientists have also shown that if you divide a planarian's head in two, lengthwise, two heads will develop and the animal will continue life with two heads. The body of a planaria is non segmented ,The head is triangular shaped and contains two eye spots that detect light, planaria are light sensitive and usually haunt dark areas, and will venture out at night to feed. Many people claim that planaria are harmless in small numbers and are just an eyesore as they are not active hunters, therefore presenting a very small threat to active shrimp and fish, preferring to feast on the sick and dead. Most aquarium keepers would rather not have them around because of the fear of their re production abilities. There are several ways that can be put into action to rid the aquarium of these little creatures. The most common methods are listed here. One of the easiest and non invasive ways, is to keep your tanks clean, vacuuming up all uneaten foods and cleaning the substrate of any detritus, no food no planaria. Many people opt to tackle the problem by chemical warfare! The most common option is the use of a dog de wormer containing FENBENDAZOLE! the agreed upon "Safe" dosage of Fenbendazole is 0ne gram per 38 litres ( ten gallons) Be sure to remove any carbon that may be in your filters as it will absorb the chemicals defeating the purpose of dosing the tank. Another method is to build a DIY planarian trap, many ideas for a trap can be found online for example. This trap uses a test tube from a test kit and a small length of air hose. Drill a hole in the lid of the test tube the same size as the air tube push a piece of airline tubing through the hole making sure that the tubing is suspended in the middle of the test tube.bait the trap with a small piece of meat, fish or shrimp etc. submerge the trap and wait check after a couple of days, remove the planaria re bait and set the trap again. Ref Used www. stevesauter.com/planarians planarians .org Planarians- Encyclopedia Planarian - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia www, fishtankprojects.com
  4. Planaria is a species of flatworm from the Turbellaria class and is the name for a member of the genus Planaria that is a part of the family Planariidae. It also often refers to the genus Dugesia. These free-living flatworms have three layers of tissues including an ectoderm, a mesoderm and an endoderm. These three layers of tissues are classified into both organs and organ systems, making flatworms the simplest animals that feature mesoderrmic layers and organ-system levels. It should be noted that flatworms do not have a body cavity, therefore they are acoelomates. The majority of planarians are freshwater worms that inhabit ponds and streams. However, there are terrestrial and marine species of flatworms, too. Unfortunately for those who have aquariums may find that their aquarium has been plagued by planera, and they can be really problematic. How Planaria Invade Aquariums Planaria are a common pest in freshwater aquariums. In freshwater aquariums that house shrimp, planaria often develop as a result of overfeeding. In freshwater aquariums that house other species of fish, they can develop as a result of dirty substrate. When there is either too much uneaten food in an aquarium, or the substrate in the aquarium is not kept clean, the ideal environment for these pests is created. Planaria thrive in these environments, as they consume small shrimps and fish fry. Are Planaria Dangerous to Fish? Planaria will not put the fish in an infested aquarium in danger; however, they are very unsightly and can detract from the beauty of a tank. They also are a tell-tale sign of poor tank hygiene and maintenance. If the population of planaria grows to large levels, there is a chance that they could impact the health of the fish that live in the aquarium. How to Treat a Planaria Infestation The best way to treat a planaria infestation is avoiding one in the first place. How can you do that? - By not overfeeding your fish and/or shrimp, and by making sure that you properly clean the tank on a regular basis. When cleaning the tank, it is important to clean all surfaces, including the substrate, in order to prevent these pests from developing. If an infestation of planaria does occur, there are several treatments available. Some of the most common treatment options include: Treating the tank with a shrimp friendly chemical dewormer Thoroughly vacuuming the substrate in the tank and performing a 30 to 50 percent partial water change. Minimize the amount of food being placed in the tank and performing water changes weekly while stirring the substrate. Partially changing the water on a constant basis when the tank is overcrowded. Using planaria traps The following article also provides some treatment advice:
  5. Planaria is a species of flatworm from the Turbellaria class and is the name for a member of the genus Planaria that is a part of the family Planariidae. It also often refers to the genus Dugesia. These free-living flatworms have three layers of tissues including an ectoderm, a mesoderm and an endoderm. These three layers of tissues are classified into both organs and organ systems, making flatworms the simplest animals that feature mesoderrmic layers and organ-system levels. It should be noted that flatworms do not have a body cavity, therefore they are acoelomates. The majority of planarians are freshwater worms that inhabit ponds and streams. However, there are terrestrial and marine species of flatworms, too. Unfortunately for those who have aquariums may find that their aquarium has been plagued by planera, and they can be really problematic. How Planaria Invade Aquariums Planaria are a common pest in freshwater aquariums. In freshwater aquariums that house shrimp, planaria often develop as a result of overfeeding. In freshwater aquariums that house other species of fish, they can develop as a result of dirty substrate. When there is either too much uneaten food in an aquarium, or the substrate in the aquarium is not kept clean, the ideal environment for these pests is created. Planaria thrive in these environments, as they consume small shrimps and fish fry. Are Planaria Dangerous to Fish? Planaria will not put the fish in an infested aquarium in danger; however, they are very unsightly and can detract from the beauty of a tank. They also are a tell-tale sign of poor tank hygiene and maintenance. If the population of planaria grows to large levels, there is a chance that they could impact the health of the fish that live in the aquarium. How to Treat a Planaria Infestation The best way to treat a planaria infestation is avoiding one in the first place. How can you do that? - By not overfeeding your fish and/or shrimp, and by making sure that you properly clean the tank on a regular basis. When cleaning the tank, it is important to clean all surfaces, including the substrate, in order to prevent these pests from developing. If an infestation of planaria does occur, there are several treatments available. Some of the most common treatment options include: Treating the tank with a shrimp friendly chemical dewormer Thoroughly vacuuming the substrate in the tank and performing a 30 to 50 percent partial water change. Minimize the amount of food being placed in the tank and performing water changes weekly while stirring the substrate. Partially changing the water on a constant basis when the tank is overcrowded. Using planaria traps The following article also provides some treatment advice: View full article
  6. Planaria are a non parasitic flatworm of the class Turbellaria. The fresh water animal that we come across in our Aquariums is a subclass species Dugesia.They are primary carnivorous, but are also known to be scavengers eating detritus and other decaying organic matter. Planaria are not hunters and prefer dead or dying pray as well as fish eggs. Planaria are usually found in aquariums that have an abundance of uneaten fish food. These animals just don't appear in your tank and must be introduced from an outside source. They are sometimes found just after the introduction of new stock, plants etc. Some people claim that their eggs can be introduced via some forms of flake fish food, or live worms Planaria are hermaphroditic and carry both male and female organs, they do re produce sexually. These animals more commonly re produce a sexually by a method called TRANSVERSION FISSION. The Planaria will anchor itself by the tail and literally pull itself apart. Over a period of several days the tail section will grow a new head and the head section will grow a new tail. If the animal has a good food source this re production method can be repeated many times. Science has shown that planaria can be dissected up to four separate parts and each section will develop into a full animal. Scientists have also shown that if you divide a planarian's head in two, lengthwise, two heads will develop and the animal will continue life with two heads. The body of a planaria is non segmented ,The head is triangular shaped and contains two eye spots that detect light, planaria are light sensitive and usually haunt dark areas, and will venture out at night to feed. Many people claim that planaria are harmless in small numbers and are just an eyesore as they are not active hunters, therefore presenting a very small threat to active shrimp and fish, preferring to feast on the sick and dead. Most aquarium keepers would rather not have them around because of the fear of their re production abilities. There are several ways that can be put into action to rid the aquarium of these little creatures. The most common methods are listed here. One of the easiest and non invasive ways, is to keep your tanks clean, vacuuming up all uneaten foods and cleaning the substrate of any detritus, no food no planaria. Many people opt to tackle the problem by chemical warfare! The most common option is the use of a dog de wormer containing FENBENDAZOLE! the agreed upon "Safe" dosage of Fenbendazole is 0ne gram per 38 litres ( ten gallons) Be sure to remove any carbon that may be in your filters as it will absorb the chemicals defeating the purpose of dosing the tank. Another method is to build a DIY planarian trap, many ideas for a trap can be found online for example. This trap uses a test tube from a test kit and a small length of air hose. Drill a hole in the lid of the test tube the same size as the air tube push a piece of airline tubing through the hole making sure that the tubing is suspended in the middle of the test tube.bait the trap with a small piece of meat, fish or shrimp etc. submerge the trap and wait check after a couple of days, remove the planaria re bait and set the trap again. Ref Used www. stevesauter.com/planarians planarians .org Planarians- Encyclopedia Planarian - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia www, fishtankprojects.com View full article
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