03-31-2012, 10:24 AM
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Natural solution for planaria and other gross stuff?
So, I have a little 3 1/2 gallon tank I have a few RCS in. Yes they will be getting a much larger tank in the future. However, they have been in this tank for 2 weeks. I discovered a pond snail that hitchhiked in on some plants and left him alone. This morning I saw these teensy weensy little clearish things moving on the leaves and their movement resembled snails so I didn't think much of it. Then I saw them. These gross, super small worms on my tank walls. They are pretty much clear or white looking. I siphoned some off the walls and grabbed anything else weird floating through the water I could find. This is a fairly heavily planted tank, I try not to overfeed my shrimp only feeding every other day or every third day and what I feed is just a few fish flakes and a couple of pellets of Shrimp Cuisine...which is all eaten in under 1 hour. So I really do wonder how this little ecosystem has established in such short order outside of coming in on the plants. I've read about Panacur but would have zero idea of dose on a tank this small. I also read that folks use the granules which is odd to me since it comes in liquid form as well. I know it kills hydra, which I have not noticed...yet, but have also read success with killing planaria. I just ordered a nerite snail but now I'm wondering about other snails or life forms to take out these inhabitants. I hesitate to clean the whole tank because I don't want to kill my RCS by changing all of the water out right now. SOoooo.. help? If I can find one of these things again I will get out the macro lens and try to photograph it for identification.